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November 02, 2019

Islam in a Nutshell—Part 1

It’s the world’s second largest religion—with 1.8 billion followers. We’re talking about Islam. But how well do you understand the basics of what Islam teaches? This week on The Land and the Book, it’s “Islam in a Nutshell.” Our guest is a former Muslim, who helps us understand the teachings of Islam. Does the Quran really command Muslims to kill? Join us for a spirited conversation this week on The Land and the Book.



Isik Abla
Isik Abla

Isik Abla

Isik Abla was born in Turkey. She was raised - and physically abused - in a Muslim home, only to escape into even deadlier abuse by a man she married.

Isik entered college when she was only sixteen and earned a bachelor's degree in literature, followed by an advanced business degree. She worked in high-ranking executive positions for some of the largest corporations in Turkey and traveled extensively throughout Europe.

In 1996, she fled to America for her life from a violent husband. After years of struggle to start her career all over again in a foreign country and failing in many areas of her personal life, Isik went into intense depression.

She had a personal encounter with God on the day she was planning her suicide. That day, she received the supernatural healing and redemption of Jesus Christ.

From that moment on, her life remarkably changed for the better. More doors were opened, and she was given a position as CFO, then as CEO, of North American operations for a European corporation. In the meantime, Isik served in many capacities as a minister of the Gospel and as an evangelist and public speaker. Isik started her second college to study Computer Science. After a while, she realized that God was calling her into full time ministry. She left college and went to Ambassador's Commission School of Ministry. Soon after her graduation, she became an ordained minister by WBWF.

In 2009, Isik began hosting a satellite TV program called Light for the Heart on the Kanal Hayat Turkish-language channel. After receiving tremendous response, two years later, Isik added a live call-in program that is simulcast on the Turkish and Farsi channels throughout the Middle East and Europe. These TV programs now deliver the message of love, healing, and freedom through Christ Jesus, reflecting on her own life experience.

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Dr. Charlie Dyer

Dr. Charlie Dyer is professor-at-large of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill. Dyer is an Old Testament scholar as well as an authority on Middle Eastern history and religion. As a licensed guide to Israel, he has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East over the last two decades. Dyer has authored and co-edited many books and articles on the Middle East and the Old Testament. His articles have been published in Bibliotheca Sacra and Michigan Theological Journal. Dr. Dyer’s books include The Rise of Babylon, What’s Next?, The New Christian Traveler’s Guide to the Holy Land and Strike the Dragon.

Jon Gauger

Jon Gauger has been with Moody Radio nearly three decades and works with special projects. In addition to being the announcer for Moody Presents which features sermons by the Presidents of Moody, Jon is hosting and producing The Land and the Book. He writes and produces a weekly commentary, creates special documentaries, and has traveled to 30 countries covering stories for Moody Radio, or doing training work with international broadcasting partners. Jon is married to Diana, and they have two grown children-all of whom are Moody graduates. An avid photographer, videographer and reader, Jon also enjoys camping and freelance voice-over work, including audiobook projects.

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Does the Middle East seem like a complex tapestry of people and events—difficult to understand? For a uniquely biblical perspective, join Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger for The Land and the Book. Every week this gifted team brings you terrific stories of God at work as they explore biblical, archaeological and prophetic events. Great guests, intriguing listener questions and more!