This is not an issue of Arabic fluency, it is a fundamental principal in Islamic Doctrine which all devout Muslims are aware of, no matter where we are from.
Injeel means Gospel, whilst Jinn refers to the unseen being, not necessarily an evil spirit, there are good Jinn as well as bad Jinn. This ?slip up? is indeed embarrassing ? especially coming from somebody who claims to have regularly read the Qur?an and been a devout Muslim for 18 years.
Furthermore ? those of you who brush this aside as a ?slip up? need to consider the fact that Ergun Caner is an author of books which are specifically written on the subject of Islam ? he refers to himself as a Scholar and claims to be an expert in delivering "the Gospel" to Muslims ? why is this ?expert? and ?scholar? not familiar with the most basic of principles?
The fact that he claims to have been a devout Muslim until the age of 18 further means that he must be even more familiar with Islamic issues. It?s not like Ergun ?forgets? these things because it has been so long ?since he was a Muslim?.
Look at the reality ? if this is the reason ? then do you not consider the fact that Ergun has been studying Islam all this time? He has authored many books on the subject too ? he has not ?forgotten? anything ? he did not stop being exposed to Islam ? in fact he has spent more time learning about Islam now than ?when he was a Muslim? - he did not know these things in the first place, he did not stop being exposed to Islam ?when he converted? ? he constantly speaks on the subject ? so to suggest that he has forgotten is not a valid argument. He did not know these things in the first place - because he is not an ex devout Muslim as he claims to be.
Also, please remember ? Ergun claims to use his language skills in Arabic speaking fellowships! What language skills? Is he not misleading people saying he uses his language skills in Arabic language fellowships?
Even I, as a Muslim who is born in London, England - I do not speak Arabic as a language - but I can read it (not very well) and I have memorised many segments of the Qur'an and Ahadith, I am totally familiar with all the Islamic phrases that are used casually by all Muslims - I AM NOT AN ARAB - but I will not do what Ergun does and say that I use my "language skills" to speak to Arabs! That would be lying! Because I can't speak Arabic - but at least the Islamic Arabic terms and Qur'an I do know - I know how to say properly despite the fact that I am not an Arab.
As I said before, this is not an issue of Arabic fluency. It is an issue of making an error of Islamic Doctrine. You do not have to be able to speak Arabic in order to know that Injeel is Gospel and not an Angel.
It?s like saying that an ex Christian accidentally uses a random Hebrew word instead of ?Jehovah? for God ? it is not an argument to say that this persons Hebrew is not fluent because it has been such a long time since he was supposedly a Christian ? because the word ?Jehovah? is a word that is known amongst most, if not all Christians.
This is not a minor error.
Ergun should abstain from giving these erroneous interviews if he has ?forgotten? everything about Islam ? he is not in a position to be giving interviews about Islam.
Like the Shahada for example ? as stated in the Shahada issue of my website ? this declaration of faith is known to ALL Muslims around the world in its original Arabic (even non Arabs).
- It is recited in each of the 5 daily prayers (in Arabic)
- It is called out aloud by the Mu?athin (in Arabic) (Ergun must have heard this 5 times a day until he was 18, he says his dad used to do the call to prayer)
? it is the FIRST pillar of Islam, you don?t just forget these things.
If you were to ask a Muslim who is even 3 years old who is from Tanzania, from Turkey, from Indonesia from ANY country ? they will tell you ? la ilaha il allah muhamad rasoolala in Arabic. Even us non Arab Muslims ? we pray in Arabic, we hear the call to prayer in Arabic ? we begin our sermons in Arabic ? we greet eachother in Arabic on a daily basis ? we read Arabic ? we remember Allah in Arabic with ?al hamdolilah? ? ?subhanallah? ? ?allahu akbar? ? we regularly say ?inshallah? ? to say this is a slip up is not sufficient ? it only further shows that Ergun is in no position to be speaking on the subject of Islam.