Tag: Islam

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Sharing the Good News with Hui

Know Thy Hui Neighbor (9)

What not to do and suggestions for getting started.

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Hui Disciples of Jesus

Know Thy Hui Neighbor (8)

A look at three threats to Hui disciples and three paths they might take as they follow the Lord.

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Hui Weddings, Funerals, and Other Rites of Passage

Know Thy Hui Neighbor (7)

Rites of passage are supposed to be passed through—they serve as gateways to the next stage of life. Yet too many of our Hui friends see them as closed doors, barriers to entering new life in Christ.

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Spiritual Awakenings and Reawakenings

The Great Awakening in China (2)

During the 1980s, more and more people in China turned to religion. The turn toward religion included young and old, rural and urban, people who were nearly illiterate and university professors. While many came to Christianity, others returned to Confucianism, Islam, and Buddhism.

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May They Dream of Jesus

Know Thy Hui Neighbor (6)

This is the time of year when Muslims are most in tune with spirituality and when Christians who love Muslims pray most fervently for God to reveal himself to them in the person of Jesus the Messiah.

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The Two Eids and Other Hui Celebrations

Know Thy Hui Neighbor (5)

This month, our Hui neighbors observe Ramadan—the Muslim month of fasting which culminates with Eid al-Fitr. Yet even for Hui who do not fast, it’s a special time of increased spiritual awareness. Let’s look at four annual festivals and how they might lead to gospel opportunities.

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The Princess Bride and Ramadan

If you’ve ever read or seen The Princess Bride, there’s a character who responds to every assertion the other characters make with “Inconceivable!” And this is just how my Muslim friend responded the other day. She said, 不可 思议 which my Chinese dictionary translated as “Inconceivable!”

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Hui Food, Clothes, and Greetings

Know Thy Hui Neighbor (4)

How did you feel the first time you visited a “foreigner’s” home? Were you nervous? Did you find yourself wondering what to wear, what food would be served, and whether to bring a gift? Perhaps you are more often the host. How do you help your cross-cultural guests feel at ease?

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Wahhabi-Inspired Islam in China

Know Thy Hui Neighbor (3)

Having learned a little about Islam with Chinese characteristics, you might wonder if there is any point in studying “orthodox” Islam to help you understand your Hui friends. The answer is yes and no.

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Islam with Chinese Characteristics

Know Thy Hui Neighbor (1)

Starting with the Old School (Gedimu), this series introduces the main schools of Hui religious thought and practice, Hui diet, dress, customs, and festivals. Ideas for Christians seeking to better know and love their Hui neighbors in the name of Jesus are also included.