A dear friend is one of life's greatest gifts, one of life's greatest blessings. I can chart so much of my life, my personal growth, through these precious relationships, these precious friendships. So many times these faithful friends have given wisdom at a moment of weakness, help in a time of trial, strength that is not my own. And many of my school friends were Muslims.
The Qur'an describes many prophets and messengers as well as their respective followers as Muslim: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses and Jesus and his apostles are all considered to be Muslims in the Qur'an. The Qur'an states that these men were Muslims because they submitted to God, preached His message and upheld His values, which included praying, charity, fasting and pilgrimage. Thus, in Surah 3:52 of the Qur'an, Jesus’ disciples tell Jesus, "We believe in God; and you be our witness that we are Muslims (wa-shahad be anna muslimūn)." In Muslim belief, before the Qur'an, God had given the Torah to Moses, the Psalms to David and the Gospel to Jesus, who are all considered important Muslim prophets.
We cannot reach Muslims with the Gospel if we ourselves are not living by its message. A Muslim has to see something different in us. Our mission, should we choose to accept it, first and foremost is to follow Jesus. It’s as simple, as fundamental, and as far reaching as that! Among other things it also means following Jesus in his vision for taking the whole gospel to the whole world - every nation, tribe, people - that includes Muslims.
The best way to win a Muslim’s trust is to show the love of Christ to him. Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.‘(Matthew 5:44-48).Continuing further, I liked the interview about Abdul Saleeb. He is a strong Apologetic, Muslim convert and a Christian. You may like to read his interview which is interesting, transforming and informative.