One of the greatest challenges to the spread of the Gospel in the world today is presented by Islam. In a huge stretch of the world’s surface from Morocco in the west to the Far East and going north into Central Asia and south into large parts of Africa and Southeast Asia, the predominating section of the population in many different countries is Moslem. Many of these lands are ruled by Islamic governments, and some of them are entirely closed to Christian missions, such as Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. Then there are large numbers of Moslems in America and in European countries like England and France. The total number of Moslems in the world today is said to be about 400 million.
In some parts of Africa Christian missions have made a great impact upon paganism, and within a comparatively few years large numbers have become converts, some of whom now are African pastors and Christian teachers. But in Moslem lands there seem to be little or no progress. And for that reason, missionary work for Moslems does not arouse the enthusiasm among Christian people that it should, nor call forth satisfactory support for it.
Moreover, it is well-known that Islam is making far more converts in Africa than is Christianity, and it is spreading rapidly, not only there but in other lands as well. Large numbers of Moslem missionaries, many of them trained in the University of Al Azhar in Cairo, are entering Africa for this purpose. Egypt has, as a definite aim, the establishment of Moslem and Arab domination over the African continent, and its emissaries are seeking to persuade Africans that in order to enjoy political freedom, Christianity (the religion of the ruling races) must be destroyed.
The Moslem Resistance
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