Can you guess what Muslims believe about Abraham? It’s a common belief that is held by both Muslims and Jews…

Both religions believe that Abraham is their father, whom they descend from. Muslims descend from Ishmael, the first-born son of Abraham by his wife’s maidservant Hagar, and Jews descend from Abraham’s promised son Isaac through his wife, Sarah.

But here is where the two religions diverge:

When God told Abraham to go up to Mt. Moriah to sacrifice his son, the Muslims believe that it was Ishmael who was supposed to be sacrificed, while the Jews believe that it was Isaac. Which is correct?

The Qur’an, in Surah 37, does not mention specifically which son went up to Mt. Moriah with Abraham, but the Bible does. The Bible is quite clear in Genesis 22 that it was Isaac who was led up to be sacrificed.

Finding Common Ground with Muslims

Witnessing to Muslims can seem difficult, but here is where a Christian can find common ground with a Muslim: Both Christians and Muslims believe Abraham is their father. As a Christian, we are spiritual sons of Abraham.

Here is a great starting point. By finding common ground with Abraham, it would be easy to shift into talking about the Festival of Sacrifice.

The Festival of Sacrifice is a yearly tradition for Muslims who celebrate the event of Abraham almost sacrificing his son in submitting to God’s command. The Festival occurs in the month of September.

How to use the Festival of Sacrifice to share the Gospel to Muslims

The sacrifice of Isaac, Abraham’s son, was a foreshadowing of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for His people. Here is Abraham who was promised a son in his old age. He took that son and was going to sacrifice him —like our great Father in heaven who sacrificed his only Son to save His people. The Festival is a great opportunity to share the transcendent love of God  through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ to those who are lost in the darkness.

Further discussion:

John Gilchrist explains witnessing to Muslims

Dr. Erwin Lutzer walks through Having a Conversation With a Muslim