Podcast #057: Patrick Sookhdeo and understanding Islam

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On this podcast we continue our conversation with Patrick Sookhdeo and his journey with Christ in a hostile British environment in the 1960s and 1970s.

Patrick  is currently Director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity as well as the International Director of Barnabas Fund. The latter is an interdenominational Christian charity that supports Christians who face discrimination because of their faith. It was established in 1993 and channels aid through national Christians to more than 60 countries around the world. He campaigns for the abolition of Islamic apostasy laws around the world and has written to date 33 books.

Do join us in our ongoing conversation with Patrick as we discuss:

  • Planting a church in one of the most violent parts of the UK.
  • The importance of incarnational ministry and being present with others in their suffering.
  • How his interest in Islam was awakened by the first international conference on mission to Muslims in 1976.
  • Being an advisor to the Police in the UK on Islam until 1999 when his views were felt to be too controversial.
  • How that all changed after 9/11
  • Patrick’s helpful three points on understanding Muslims and Islam that comprises:
  1. Muslims like all people are made in the image of God and so we are called to love all Muslims.
  2. Because we live in a liberal democratic society we must learn to accept one other regardless our personal views and opinions. This includes the freedom to criticise. While people are equally valuable not all ideas and opinions need to be equally valued.
  3. We must accept that there is a politicised form of Islam that seeks to dominate the world through violence and this must be rejected as it challenges the very basis of a democratic society.
  • Patrick’s role as a military advisor to the British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan.

You can access the podcast below or at Making Sense of Life on iTunes here.

Our previous conversation is Podcast #056: Patrick Sookhdeo – An Immigrant Story

The Barnabas Fund website is here.

Patrick’s latest book, “Hated Without A Reason: The Remarkable Story of Christian Persecution Over The Centuries” is a history of persecution from the first century to the present day.

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