I looked over on the floor, and there was his prayer rug. He was a Moslem. That’s what I walked in to. Now I wasn’t a Christian. I’d been to church all my life, but I’d never accepted Christ as my Savior. But I knew what the Moslem religion was.
And I said to myself, “This is going to be an interesting year.” And my first thought was, I’m going to go down and change roommates. And I thought, No, I’m not going to do that. And I found that this young man was a quality young man. I found out that even though the Moslem religion is a false religion, I found that he was very sincere, very earnest and that he prayed more than any Christian I’d ever met in my life. He was on that prayer rug five times a day. I’d never been on my knees once. He humbled me.
And the sincerity of his heart, even though he was serving a false god, because the god he served, Allah, little “a” Allah, is not the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
If you want to know how that started in the seventh century, a man named Mohammed went to a certain place where they were serving three gods. And he was so enthralled by it that he took those three gods and married them together and called it Allah. That’s the beginning of the Moslem religion.
And the Moslems believe that when we say God, the Lord God Jehovah and they say Allah, we’re talking about the same God, but we’re not. Allah is not the God of heaven and earth. Allah is not the Father of Abraham, the Father of Isaac, Father of Jacob, the Father of Jesus. It’s a different god.