I pray that all is going well with you! Let me start out by saying "YES" Christians CAN be friends with muslims. If I said "NO" then 99% of the churches I have attended would have to quit preaching "With God ALL things ARE possible!" The catch here is, it will be VERY difficult in MOST cases to continue to keep talking about the One True God (Jesus) and maintain the peace in your friendship.
I have only recently begun digging into the religion of Islam. I in no way claim to be a scholar on the matter which is why I have begun to ask, those in the religion, questions about their religion to confirm things that could just be speculation from the Christian point of view.
The local church I attend has had much discussion recently on Walid Shoebat. Walid is an ex-muslim PLO terrorist. Walid converted to Christianity after a little challenge from his catholic wife to read the bible and explain to her what was so bad about the Jewish people that Walid had so much hatred towards at that present time. Walid said that as he read the bible he noticed that all of the good guys of the quran were the bad guys of the bible and the bad guys in the quran were the good guys in the bible. His own words on the matter "Something is very fishy here!" He also goes on to say that the anti-christ of the quran is The Christ of the bible and the christ of the quran is the anti-christ of the bible.
Walid said that as he was confused between the bible and quran he found one similarity that he could go with as he began to pray on the matter. He found that both say they pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. At that time he began to ask the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to reveal the truth to him. He then goes on to say "Be very careful when you pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, because when you do SOMETHING HAPPENS!" and of course it would because the True God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is alive and well today!
Walid is fluent in arabic and speaks English very well also. He is now preaching in the United States throughout the christian churches and can also be heard at times on Christian radio stations being interviewed.
As I have myself begun to seek the truth concerning this religion that is quickly moving upon the world, the only similarities I have found is that they do say they pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and oddly enough they also claim to believe that Jesus was a Prophet. It seems that it would be easy to show someone that if the Prophet said in John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me" it would be easy to see that Jesus was not only a Prophet but also the ONLY WAY to the God of Abraham, Isacc and Jacob.
I included a small you tube video with Walid speaking on Islam. If any readers here are arabic speaking please watch the video as Walid gives some of the message in the arabic language. Thanks again for dropping by and may the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob become real to you also!
Click here to see the Walid Shoebat video
That while we believe this video contains a lot of good information on the teachings of Islam, Missionaries For Jesus Christ does not claim to agree with all teaching in the video, especially with those of the catholic doctrine.
God bless you!