Dakdok exposes error of Islam at Baptist Building event
JEFFERSON CITY – The sixth verse in the opening chapter of the Qur’an pleads: “show us the straight way.” According to Usama Dakdok, the “straight way” can only be found by looking in a different book: the Bible. More specifically, John 14:6: “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
Dakdok is the founder of The Straight Way of Grace, a ministry that has him traveling throughout the United States equipping Christians to be effective witnesses of Jesus Christ to their Muslim neighbors, as well as ministering to Muslims directly. He was one of several instructors at the Missouri Baptist Convention’s third annual missions training event at the Baptist Building March 30.
Dakdok was born in Egypt and raised in a Christian home as the son of a Baptist pastor. Although he became a Christian at age 11, Dakdok was still forced to study Islam in school; it was and remains a mandatory subject. To further his knowledge of Islam and better prepare him to effectively reach Muslims, he studied Islamic law in college before earning a bachelor’s degree in theology and a master’s in missiology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
If anyone is qualified to comment on how Islam is taking hold across the world, it is Dakdok.
“Islam is a religion spreading in darkness and ignorance,” he said. “Muslims are no longer using just the sword for Jihad, they are changing their teachings to create a new Islam to fit you. Islam in America is a fake Islam. It is not the Islam of the Qur’an.”
Because the holy book of Islam, the Qur’an, must be read in Arabic (a language less than 13 percent of Muslim can speak, let alone read) the faith lends itself easily to distortion and confusion among those who claim to be believers. In short, Dakdok said, the majority of American Muslims think Islam is a religion of peace and do not belive Jihad should be translated as “holy war” simply because they have no idea what the Qur’an really teaches… yet.
It is this willingness to compromise and adapt while shrouding the true desire for domination (Dakdok translates “Islam” as “surrender”) that he said is the cause behind Islam’s rapid growth in America. According to Dakdok, Christianity has grown 47 percent in the past 50 years while Islam has ballooned 235 percent.
In a way, one could say Islam is following Christianity’s example of watering down its doctrine and beliefs to attract converts.
“We are taking the scriptures out of our own churches,” he said, “when we should be doing the opposite. We have the truth and we keep it to ourselves. Jesus is just your Savior but he is not your Lord if you do this.”
What is Dakdok’s vision for fighting the spread of Islam and winning those souls to Christ?
“My dream is that every American will have the Qur’an,” he said. “Not to be put up on the shelf next to the family Bible to gather dust, but to be read so they will know the truth. I’m not asking you and your church to go to Saudi Arabia. I’m asking you to wake up and learn what [the Qur’an] and the Bible says! Jesus defeated the devil in the New Testament by knowing the Word: ‘It is written.’ That is how Christians are going to defeat Islam; by knowing the truth and saying, ‘It is written.’”
And he is doing everything he can to insure that happens. Dakdok is weeks away from completing a translation of the Qur’an. Once completed, copies can be ordered from Dakdok’s website, www.thestraightway.org.
“I want to expose the danger of this book (the Qur’an),” he said. “This is a filthy book. This is not a godly book.”
Interestingly, it is the reliance on God’s Holy Scriptures that identifies Jews and Christians as Infidels. The ninth chapter of the Qur’an literally calls Jews and Christians “the people of the Book.” In verse 27 of that chapter, it reads “take the people of the Book and cast terror in their hearts.”
If that leaves any doubt true Islam is not a religion of peace, Dakdok translated the following passages (47:4 and 5:72-73): “So, when you meet the Infidels, chop off their heads until you have made a great slaughter.” “Infidels indeed are those who say, ‘Surely God is the Christ, son of Mary.’ Infidels indeed are those who say ‘Surely God is the third of three (trinity).’”
Dakdok is available to present any one of 18 informational presentations on Islam or to train Christians to more effectively reach Muslims. Contact information is available on his website.