American Protestants need to understand that their American Muslim neighbours do worship the very same God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Moses, and Jesus. They need to understand that the name, ‘Allah’, is just the Arabic form of the Aramaic ‘Alaha’, which is what Jesus Christ called God. Islam sees itself as the culmination of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and it honours its Prophets and traditions, notes Hesham A. Hassaballa.
Last week, the Pentagon rescinded their invitation to speak at a National Day of Prayer event for pastor Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham, because of his past and current sentiments about Islam. Speaking about the decision, Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins said, “This Army honors all faiths and tries to inculcate our soldiers and work force with an appreciation of all faiths and his past comments just were not appropriate for this venue.”