Is Islam a Christian Heresy?

Discuss the Canons of the Orthodox Church and the Anathemas, especially those against various heresies that have arisen since the beginning of Christ's Holy Orthodox Church.

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Is Islam a Christian Heresy?

Postby Justice » Tue 20 June 2017 8:10 pm

Since Islam has many things in common with Christianity, would it be true to label it as a Christian heresy?
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Re: Is Islam a Christian Heresy?

Postby Maria » Wed 21 June 2017 3:13 am

Justice wrote:Since Islam has many things in common with Christianity, would it be true to label it as a Christian heresy?


Yes. Muhammed had many friends who were Nestorians and some who were Jews.
Perhaps this is one reason why the Quran calls Christians and Jews, People of the Book (referring to the Bible).

There are other threads at E Cafe, and then blogs and websites on the Internet which discuss Islamic customs, which have been liberally borrowed from the ancient Jews and Christians, and also from pagan influences, such as those who worship the Moon god.

A few of these traditions and customs include:
    Prostrations (Orthodox Monks usually do 300 prostrations or more per day)
    Head coverings for women (ancient Jews and Christians up until the 20th century always covered their hair)
    Hours of prayers (We Orthodox Christians have many more hours of prayers than do Muslims, including Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, and Vespers. There are also the prayers of Great Vespers, the All-night Vigil, the Sacraments, the Funeral Services, Paraclesis to various saints and the Theotokos, Akathist Hymns to various saints and the Theotokos, the Presanctified LIturgy, and the Divine Liturgy.)
    Clerical dress, liturgical vestments, and long monastic robes for men
    Modest dresses for women
    Sacred writings (Our Holy Bibie,. both the Old Testament and the New Testmant outdates the Quran)
    Sacred Spaces -- architecture, which the Muslims heavily borrowed or stole from us, for example, Agia Sophia
    Rites of Initiation: Circumcision (for Jews) and Baptism, Chrismation, and Holy Communion (for Christians)
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Re: Is Islam a Christian Heresy?

Postby fschmidt » Sat 24 June 2017 4:38 am

I don't understand how Islam can be considered a Christian heresy when it isn't Christian to being with.

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Re: Is Islam a Christian Heresy?

Postby Maria » Sat 24 June 2017 4:53 am

fschmidt wrote:I don't understand how Islam can be considered a Christian heresy when it isn't Christian to being with.


Islam is a new and developing religion. Its roots are a mixture of various pagan practices, Christianity (Nestorian heresy) and Judaism, and its founder was Muhammed (a mere man). Because Muhammed heavily borrowed from the Nestorian heresy, Islam can be said to be a Christian/Jewish heresy.

I have known some former Jews who were raised in the Islamic faith, but who privately practiced Judaism in their home. Is this not hypocrisy and apostasy? They denied their faith to save their skins. When they fled to the USA, they openly embraced Judaism, but some of them started looking into Christianity for the first time as they recognized Jesus and Mary (Miriam) who are mentioned in the Quran. Then they converted to Christianity.

While Judaism can be traced back to Abraham, Christianity has its roots in Jesus Christ, our Eternal Lord God and Savior, who was incarnated in time (born a Jew of the Virgin Mary without the seed of an earthly father). St. Joseph was his guardian.
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