Today I spent some time conducting a few interviews with Muslims in and around my local suburb. They main point of the interviews was to gain what sort of an understanding grass-roots Muslims had of the term ‘gospel’. Ironically the vast majority of them associated the term with gospel music.
That wasn’t the biggest surprise for me though. When I posed the question as to whether or not they felt it was important for people to believe in just one specific faith, and if they thought that all the others were false faiths, they all answered contrary to what I understood to be an orthodox Muslim view. All, without exception suggested a pluralistic view of belief in a god(s) – all roads lead to the same place in the end. As far as they were concerned (or at least as far as they were prepared to admit to me) there was no judgment for those who refused to adopt Islam. Surprising?