Da’wah to Jehovah’s Witnesses
The Beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses
•Don’t believe in The Trinity –(Therefore they don't believe that Jesus is God or Part of God)
•Believe Jesus was created by God
•Believe Jesus is The Begotten Son of God
•Believe the Bible is the absolute word of God
•Happy to accept that Jesus is a prophet of God.
Therefore you cannot start with the key question to Christians is Jesus god? because they would agree that Jesus is not God but was sent by God.
The lines of argument we could follow:
1.Show that Muslims are following Jesus in the Bible more closely than Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Jesus prayed by putting his head on the ground (Matthew 26:39)
Jesus had a beard (evidence not in the bible but common knowledge)
Jesus ate kosher - Halal food - never ate pork
Jesus was circumcised
Jesus fasted (same way that Muslims fast
Jesus submitted his will (the word submission in Islam is Arabic)
Mary covered her hair all the time - just as Muslims do! JW ladies only cover their hair in their churches (Kingdom Halls)
2.God’s name is Allah.
a)Alleluia, which is used in the Bible by angels to praise God, is a corruption of Allah-hu-yah Alleluia = Allah-hu-yah (from Ahmed Deedat)
b)Jesus on the cross, said 'Aly-Aly-lema sabakhtani' which is “My God My God, why have you forsaken me?” He did not use the word Jehovah' for God, or 'Abi' which is father. Aly is closer to illahi/Allah which means My God or Deity to be worshipped.
c)In the Aramaic Language used by Jesus, the word for God is Alaha.
3.God does not beget. (That is give birth to).When Jehovah’s Witnesses, say begotten, they are going against the 1st and 2nd commandments in the Bible.
The First Commandment - You must not have any other God but me.
The Second Commandment - You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the Heavens or on the Earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them.
4.Then go on to show that Jesus talked about the coming of The Qur’an and that it is a Miracle.
If All Else Fails with Jehovah's witnesses then as a last resort, show that The Bible in its present form cannot be the words of Almighty God.
Ask them, when they say that ‘The Bible is the word of God’ what do they mean. Because there are many versions of The Bible. Catholics have the Du-ay version, Protestants have the King James Version and the JW have The New World translation.
These are not different translations, but different Versions - they will say theirs is the most accurate as it goes back to the original Greek scripture, but Jesus did not speak Greek, but spoke Aramaic. (Compare with the Qur’an – which is preserved in its original Arabic language)
The many contradictions in their Bible have in fact been highlighted in their own, Jehovah’s Witness magazine called 'Awake' or 'Watchtower'. Their magazines produced in the 1960s mentioned thousands of errors in the Bible!
However some of the errors they pointed out have now been removed by JW in their own Bible. Jesus talked about the Holy Spirit bringing the words of the 'Father' and we believe that he was talking about the words of God and that is The Qur’an. (16:12-13)
Jehovah’s Witness’ and their ‘Elders’ suggest that their pious ones (living amongst us) receive revelation from God. Ask them to produce, some of, what they say God reveals to them in their dialogues – even 3 sentences of it. If it is imitable by man then it cannot be the word of God as we expect that the work of the All-knowing, All-Powerful is inimitable so that we can differentiate the word of God from that of man.
The Creator says in The Quran: "And if you are in doubt concerning that which we have sent down to our slave (Muhammad) then produce a chapter like it, and call your supporters and helpers besides Allah, if you are truthful!" [Noble Quran 2:23]
The challenge was laid down by The Creator in the Quran to the people over 1400 years ago to produce a chapter like it in the Arabic language with the smallest chapter being just 3 lines. The challenge still stands today, even though many have indeed tried!
Jesus (AS) Never said he was God or that any should worship him. His message was for the Jews not mankind – (Matthew 10:6)
He consistently called to the Jews (Banu Israel) not any other – indeed it was Paul who spread message to Gentiles (Non-Jews).
First miracle – Speaking in the cradle as a baby against the accusations levelled against his blessed mother.
Prostrated in Prayer – (Matthew 26:39)
Undisclosed miracles found in Quran – breathing life into clay birds/ speaking as an infant
Description of him/his mother are like Muslims even from Christian sources
Jesus: was Circumcised, had a Beard,
His Mother: Wore a Head scarf
Both: Wore Loose clothing, Fasted, Prostrated to God, ate Kosher food (no pork).