Are Muslims divorced from anything these days? In watching Rev. Jeremiah Wright repeatedly use Islamic phrases in his speech last night to the NAACP in Detroit in order to show his familiarity with Islam I must say I was kind of impressed. The Arabic pronunciation of Rev. Wright was better than that of a lot of American converts I know (but of course their struggling with the luga with imaan is better than his mastery without). He even made the point that “Arabic is not a religion” and there are “Arabic speaking Christians, Jews, Muslims and atheists” and you can’t use an Arabic name, like Hussein, to attack people.
Today, at the National Press Club in DC, Rev. Wright was asked the question that if Jesus said he” is the way, the truth and the light and no one comes to the Father but through me” can one find salvation in Islam? This was a question clearly asked by an Evangelical who believes in eternal damnation for anyone not being born-again in Christ who makes takfir on professed Christians who believe people can attain salvation, or at least avoid Hell, without the born-again experience. Wright responded with a verse I do not know and can’t remember; but the point I took away is that there is now a “Muslim test” that people can give out to those they feel may be too closely tied to Islam and Muslims. This question could have been “if a Jew rejects Jesus as the Messiah and is not born-again will he go to Hell” (which is the classical position) but the political envionment does not dictate that.