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feel free to simply end the conversation and walk away.Remember that many of these questions and associationsthey are trying to sell have been debunked many times bymore learned Muslims. If they were interested in dialogue,they would be speaking to respected elders and communityleaders exploring common ground improving understandingand faith in the community, but all one sees are the oftenthe same question again to unsuspecting victims. Askyourself what do they hope to gain? However, some of youmay want to listen to their arguments and then learn theMuslim response, in order to be better prepared for futureencounters. One must also remember that manymissionaries intentionally go into Muslim areas in Britain sothey train themselves and create the most seductive "SalesPitch" they can manage. Once they have finished theretraining in salesmanship they will target unsuspectingMuslims (the lonely, vulnerable and weak) lacking inknowledge. The following pointers should give you a basicidea of what to look for.
The missionary may tell you that he (or a Christian friend oracquaintance) was once a Muslim, or that he had a solidMuslim education, a traditional Muslim family life, etc. Thisis almost always a lie, so don't let him fool you. The hiddenmessage that he is attempting to convey is that he came toaccept Christianity after knowing and overcoming all of theMuslim objections (Jesus being son of god, Bible beingcorrupted by man etc.), and therefore, why should youbother to check it out? He may drop certain Islamic phrasesor talk about the details of his "traditional" Muslimupbringing, in order to lend more credence to his story. Infact, his "memory" is often the result of careful coaching.The missionary might tell you that he knows the Islamicobjections to his arguments, and will then proceed to showhow such objectives are ill-founded. Don't expect to hearthe real Islamic response from such a source.
GOOD, BAD OR UGLY
Don't be taken in by the "good cop - bad cop" routine. Thisroutine involves a "bad cop" who threatens the subject,and a "good cop" who protects him from the "bad cop". Thesubject is so grateful to the "good cop", and so worriedabout losing the good-will of his protector, that heinvariably shows his appreciation by telling the "good cop"what he wants to hear. In similar fashion, the "good"Christian talks about how much he loves and respectsMuslims, while denouncing the "bad" Christians who hate
Remember, the missionaryhas studied Islamic beliefsfor the sole purpose to sellChristianity to Muslims.There hearts are sealed andthey are no longer interestedin truth. Keep in mind thathe is not speaking to you inorder to exchange ideas, butrather to create as muchdoubt in your mind and leadyou away from your faith. Ifyou want to learn moreabout the Quran, do so fromsomeone who doesn't havehidden motives. Therefore,feel free to simply end theconversation and walk away.Remember that many ofthese questions and beliefsthey are trying to sell havebeen debunked many timesby more learned Muslims. Ifthey were interested indialogue, they would bespeaking to respected eldersand community leadersexploring common groundimproving understandingand faith in the community,but all one sees are theoften the same questionagain to unsuspectingvictims.