Can The Church survive in an islamic world?
The first time I wonder if Christianity could exist within a islamic controlled region is when I heard that in islam alcohol is prohibited. How does alcohol relate to Christianity? For some Christians wine is used during their ceremonies. But from my understanding for some Christians once the wine is consecrated it is no longer ordinary wine It is the sacred Blood of Jesus. And even though a small amount is consumed by a single person participating in the ceremony by islamic standards it is still haram.
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"]‘Every intoxicating substance is haram, and whatever intoxicates in large amounts, a handful of it is haram.’
I don’t know the islamic perspective to how a follower of islam sees the actions of non-islamic people i.e. do they see other religions that use wine as committing haram… so if wine is forbidden, I am only guessing that in an islamic controlled country so would a ceremony including wine would also be forbidden. Something like that I wouldn’t know how it would be answered.
Even though it is something I don’t have an answer for, what I found out when heard about the muttawa arrest Filipinos who attend a mass (in 2010) was that religious articles can not be worn nor other sacred images are allowed to be shown in the homes of non-islamic people in Saudi Arabia. But it doesn’t stop there there is also a ban on the construction of non-islamic places of worship in Saudi Arabia. But it doesn’t stop there the latest thing I heard was there was a call for destruction of Churches in the region. So whether it is an docile act of worship, or a personal display of devotion or even a place of worship it seems that there is an intolerance for the freedom of non-islamic religious expression in Saudi Arabia and surrounding areas. Is this attitude toward churches only that of Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah or do you think that this something could spread throughout other ilsamic controlled regions? Can The Church survive in a islamic controlled world?