It is very wrong to mislead people only to make yourself feel better. You think Islam is worth supporting because all your peers are into it, because your family tradition is Islamic or because it was the first „comfort“ you found on your quest for God. This is not a willful deception. But it's still very wrong - and yes, very sad!
Islam is perfect "deen". There is no doubt. Islam dont depend on any peer or anybody except Allah. Allah is enough for all things.
I have often wondered what would happen if I started a church and taught Islam in English but told everyone that it was Christianity. Does anyone who is Muslim think they would know? I have heard stories where similar things like that have happened. Is it true?
Thank you for that great explanation abdul_wasay . Those are the things I have been saying for years to Christians. The Christians I know think they have to believe what organized religion tells them rather than questioning those things that make no sense. They are told that Islam worships a false god called Allah, not realizing that Allah is the Arabic version of the Hebrew word Eloah. Both meaning God. They refuse to read the Quran where it implicitly states that Allah is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. There can be no confusion in that statement. I feel due to the language barrier there is a miscommunication of facts between both religions, which in all reality are actually the same religion in two different cultures. Yes there are differences because there will be differences in anything that evolves in differing cultures and differing places on the planet.
Christians will be Christians because that is the Prophet they know. There was several hundred years between Jesus and Muhammad. Muhammad was the Prophet in the Arab countries, so that is who they know. Christians have this idea that they have to give up Jesus to be Islam, but all they have to give up is the belief that Jesus is a god or the God.
I wonder how many times Jesus/Issa is mentioned in the Quran. Even Moses and Abraham are there.
I am still quite confused as to why Christians side with the Jewish faith who denies his existence and slanders his name; but denies the Islamic faith who hold Jesus to a level of Prophet. I could easily see our two faiths becoming one if only the Christian community would follow the rules that is present in all three religions. There is only one God. He is unique. There is nothing like Him.
Also I would like to point out that the Christians use the word Elohim found in the Hebrew to justify the trinity. There are a couple problems with that.
Sorry for rambling but I have all this knowledge to share and no one will listen. :)
Some wonderful answers here so I thought I might add one.
I say this answer with utmost respect to my Christian friend
Islam was already in existence when Adam (as) set foot on earth:
The word used is perfected not created.
The points of contradiction between the two are as follows wrt Bible (known as Injeel):
Muslim means "someone who submits his will to Allah" and thus Quran says:
There are some to name but I will add if memory serves more.
NB: no Muslim is a Muslim unless he believes Jesus is messenger of Allah.
Muhammadhaddoubts I don't know why you compare prophets when they were all Messengers of Allah (Sahih Bukhari) as you did some place earlier?
Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah: The Prophet said, "My similitude in comparison with the other prophets is that of a man who has built a house completely and excellently except for a place of one brick. When the people enter the house, they admire its beauty and say: 'But for the place of this brick (how splendid the house will be)!" (Book #56, Hadith #734)---thus with that Islam also got perfected!
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Every Prophet was given miracles because of which people believed, but what I have been given, is Divine Inspiration which Allah has revealed to me. So I hope that my followers will outnumber the followers of the other Prophets on the Day of Resurrection." (Book #61, Hadith #504)
Narrated 'Aisha and 'Abdullah bin 'Abbas: When the disease of Allah's Apostle got aggravated, he covered his face with a Khamisa, but when he became short of breath, he would remove it from his face and say, "It is like that! May Allah curse the Jews Christians because they took the graves of their prophets as places of worship." By that he warned his follower of imitating them, by doing that which they did. (Book #72, Hadith #706)
One sidenote: the word religion is not precise enough (a particular system of faith and worship-dictionary) but the word Deen is more appropriate: Deen is a submission, following and worship by man for the creator, the ruler, the subjugator in a comprehensive system of life with all its belief, intellectual, moral and practical aspects.
I completely understand your position. I too was there a few years ago. Only with Christianity as my object of anger. It wasn't until I cleared my mind from ALL propaganda from all religions that I have started to understand more clearly. For example, in Christianity, most contradictions in the New Testament can be explained simply by the fact that preachers read something Paul wrote (that contradicts what Jesus said) and then gives Jesus credit for saying it. They deceive us with the idea that the first four books are from Apostles of Jesus, when they are not. Only Matthew and John were Apostles of Jesus. Mark and Luke were not, so therefore by default carry less weight. Paul was not an Apostle either and was not taught by Jesus or the Apostles, so therefore what he says holds much less authority than a Disciple.
The truth that John 1:1 was added to the beginning of John by Pope Innocent the first is withheld. He wrote it as an introduction for trinitarians to make the point that God is a trinity and Jesus was God. John 1:1 is not in the earlier older writing, therefore we know it was placed there more recently.
I can go on and on, but you get the point. Not until I read and studied did I find these things. The passage that means the most to me is from a quote of Jesus.... Question all things, hold fast that which is good.
Most people misquote that passage as , hold fast that which is true... Which is kind of oxymoronic in that how are you to know the truth? But you do know what is good, and if you don't, all you have to do is look at the Ten Commandments.
If you were to get you a Quran and read it you will see that Jesus (whose name in Arabic is Issa and in Greek is Iesu) is one of the key figures in all of Islam. Said to be one of the greatest prophets EVER. Unlike the Jews who claim him to be the udulterous bastard son of Mary who conceived him while menstruating. ( this would be the greatest insult a Jewish person could make), or the Jewish just claim that Jesus never existed. Hmmm. Do you side with a religion that slanders a prophet of God or one that holds that prophet up to the highest levels? If you believe in the mainstream Christianity then you must side with the Jews. I do not.
More over, lets clear some misconceptions about the Jewish. They are not THE TRIBE OF ISRAEL, They are only ONE of the twelve. Do not mistake what I say for hatred of the Jewish. I just want to clarify the terminology for you. The Tribe of Judah and Benjamin left Israel and started their own KINGDOM, after God told Israel that they could not have a king. They are two separate groups. In Jesus' days we know the Jewish and the Benjamites as two groups. The tribe of Benjamin were the Pharasees, and the tribe of Judah were the Sadducees. Jesus called the Pharasees, children of their father Satan. These later became known Jewish mystics/ kabbala/ or Zionists. While the real Jews today still worship God and follow the Torah, The Zionist/Pharasees worship something else.
In the United States, we are told that they are the same. That Zionists are Jews and Jews are Zionists, but I have read and seen interviews with real Jews that would say otherwise. So when you hear someone in the middle east saying they hate Jews in a translation, they are probably using the word Zionist, not Jew. After all, if they are of their father Satan, as a Christian, shouldn't you hate them too? Aren't you as a Christian suppose to hate Satan?
Well I have rambled on too long. Read Read Read. :)
May I take a stab at the beard question?
That question is so easy to answer. The reason Muslim men wear beards is the same reason Jewish men wear beards and is the same reason Christian Amish wear beards. It is an outward sign that you are married or betrothed to be married.
It is simply a way for a person to know whether you can be considered available for marriage. If you have a beard, they wont even ask. If you don't, they may approach you and discuss the possibility of marriage.
Mr. Doubts; I study religions, well I study the big three, and I am confused as to what your real question is. I read your initial question and the answers given spoke of Allah way more than Muhammad. You are condemning them for using the word Muhammad too much rather than using the word Allah; yet at the same time you are propping up Christianity as a holier religion when Cristians very rarely even say the word God, unless they are calling the man Yeshua/Jesus/Joshua god. In every Christian church I have ever been in, The word used in place of God is Jesus.
Not to be nitpicky but you are condemning Islam for what you praise Christianity for doing?
I am a very strange person I guess. I can call myself a Christian because I believe in the teachings of Jesus/Yeshua. I can call myself a follower of Israel/Jewish because I believe in the Ten Commandments and the One True God. I can call myself Islam because I find both Christianity/Jesus and Israel in the Quran.
Islam - 1. A monotheistic religion characterized by the acceptance of the doctrine of submission to God
Israel- 1. In the Bible Israel (ĭz
Christianity - 1. of, pertaining to, or derived from Jesus Christ or His teachings
If I submit to the will of God I am Islam; If I follow the teachings of Yeshua/Jesus (only what he taught) I am Christian; If I stand with God when I am striving against something I am Israel.
The key is to stop nitpicking and read. I can only say, that for me, I could not find anything in the Quran that would interfere in my Christianity or being Israel. Unless I have misunderstood what Israel means.
If Israel means to strive against God, Then I must re-examine my position. I have so much information from my studies that it can be overwhelming sometimes.
Keep studying, read the Quran, pray to God for help and you will find what you are looking for. But you have to be honest with yourself when reading.
Have a good day and God Bless you
"Doubt" is something between Sure(100%) and Impossible(0%). or by another word; "may be yes and may be no"
and being sure of something 100%(without doubt) is called the certainty in faith.. and thanks Allah we are certain about what we believe. for me I started by the doubts; may be there is Creator and may be not? and I reflect and search and found that it is impossible that there be no Creator.. so it became certainty to me that the Creator exist. and then(next step) I search for "where is His message to me?" and found an invitation of His messenger Muhammad who (claim to)deliver the Creator's message to all mankind, and after checking its signs/proofs manifested in the miraculous Quran (words of Allah/Creator)..i believed in him as the real messenger of Allah and followed the religion of Islam(submit and inclined to the truth/Allah), through his message i learned about the Creator and that He is Allah the one and only my lord and the lord of worlds and of everything.
This is the basic thing to do before go into details; like who is killing more or what is the description of Jannah/Paradise/hidden garden.. for your knowledge there is 8 Jannah, one of it its pleasures is nothing but "nearness from Allah" and that is the best Jannah/Paradise.. its pleasure is not compared with the food and/or sex pleasures.. and that is for the people who were pleased/enjoying nearness of Allah by their mind in this world. because they knew being with the giver of gifts/favors/pleaure is much more better and not compared with the gifts/favors/pleasures.
May Allah(The Creator) guide us to the truth and enlighten us its straight path which drives into Him.
Salaam/Peace upon you
So your point: Islam is true because it is so simple. Well, Christians have a one-sentence explanation of their faith, too: See John 3:16. Then questions like why this was necessary take two sentences and some things cannot be reasonably explained, you're right. But by saying "allahu akbar" daily, shouldn't you believe that God really is greater than our simple mind and that paradise has more to offer than just food and sex?! Isn't this rather proof that Christianity is right: Their paradise includes the very presence of and the restored relation with God?
And why do you always praise yourself for your Tawhid and don't realize that you talk more about Muhammad than about Allah? Since Allah doesn't have a beard, why should Muslims have one? Look, if you want to worship one God only (as you understand this), try to convert to Judaism. It's a bit more complicated than converting to Islam, but I've heard of people who succeeded.
O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one's] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers.
O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful.
O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.
The Bedouins say, "We have believed." Say, “You have not [yet] believed; but say [instead], 'We have submitted,' for faith has not yet entered your hearts. And if you obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not deprive you from your deeds of anything. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful."
The believers are only the ones who have believed in Allah and His Messenger and then doubt not but strive with their properties and their lives in the cause of Allah. It is those who are the truthful.
Say, "Would you acquaint Allah with your religion while Allah knows whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth, and Allah is Knowing of all things?"
They consider it a favor to you that they have accepted Islam. Say, "Do not consider your Islam a favor to me. Rather, Allah has conferred favor upon you that He has guided you to the faith, if you should be truthful."
Indeed, Allah knows the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth. And Allah is Seeing of what you do.
(Translation of the Glorious Quran. Chapter 49. Surah Hujurat http://www.allahsquran.com/read/verses.php?ch=49)
O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful.
And know that among you is the Messenger of Allah. If he were to obey you in much of the matter, you would be in difficulty, but Allah has endeared to you the faith and has made it pleasing in your hearts and has made hateful to you disbelief, defiance and disobedience. Those are the [rightly] guided.
[It is] as bounty from Allah and favor. And Allah is Knowing and Wise.
And if two factions among the believers should fight, then make settlement between the two. But if one of them oppresses the other, then fight against the one that oppresses until it returns to the ordinance of Allah. And if it returns, then make settlement between them in justice and act justly. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.
The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.