Several people have asked me about a couple of assertions I made during my debate with Peter Kreeft, which I have reposted above for your convenience. I received an email pointing me to a purported refutation of some of the things I said in the debate, taking issue with my saying — in the words of the refutation, not my words — that a “tenant of Islam is that the End Times can be hastened and brought quicker by killing Jews.”
If that’s the tenant, I wonder who is the landlord, but never mind. In any case, once again here the Muslim spokesmen misrepresent the facts. It is in a hadith from Sahih Muslim, a collection considered to be reliable by Muslims, that the End Times will not come until Muslims kill Jews. Muhammad said it:
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews. (Sahih Muslim 6985)
The piece also took issue with my saying that “the theological word for marriage in Islam is not a word that people say in polite company.” Here again, what I said was entirely correct. The word for marriage in Islam is nikaah. The Arabic root-word Ù†ÙƒØ (nakah) is, to put it mildly, an impolite word for sexual intercourse. But Ù†ÙƒØ§Ø (nikaah) is, of course, used in Qur’anic Arabic to refer to marriage or the marriage contract. While Muslims use the word in normal conversation without any sense that it is a word that should not be said, Arabic-speaking Christians generally blush to hear the word, and especially verbal conjugations of it, and don’t say it in polite company.