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You are Kashmiri…or Pakistani…he is Arab…they are American… she is Bangladeshi..he is indian…i am Malaysian, they are Egyptians…you are white…and he is black…You are rich….and she is poor….
If we all say :
La ilaha illa Allaah Muhammadun Rasulullah…
Then, Stop your national pride..! We are ONE Ummah… We are MUSLIMS. All One under one flag of
LA ILAHA ILLALLAH
I converted to Islam about 21 months ago. My journey to Islam was a long one that spanned over more than 2 decades.
An “All-American Boy”
Allah is a permanent reality that works in the lives of those who hear His message. Not having a personal relationship with my Creator tugged at my heart and mind for nearly two decades. Then, I discovered Islam. I would not be considered in the West as a stereotypical Muslim. I believe the popular Western stereotype of a Muslim male is something like the following: dark skin, dark hair, bearded, Middle-Eastern or Asian descent, dressed in modest clothing and possibly a head covering. No, I’m the complete opposite of this. I am in many ways the epitome of the “all-American boy”: blond-hair, blue-eyed, corn-fed Protestant/Christian background. However, Islam and Muslims take on many faces, many backgrounds, many cultures, many nationalities and many tongues.
Our family moved a few times in my youth, but my world was limited to the heart of the “Bible-belt” in Augusta, GA, and Spartanburg and Greenville, SC all fairly large communities, but all offered little in religious diversity. I had normal, loving, God-fearing parents – they are still happily married today after more than 30 years and one younger brother.
I grew up as a “PK” (for those of you outside of Protestant Christianity, I was a “preacher’s kid”). My father was a Southern Baptist minister for more than 25 years. As you can imagine, for the first 18 years of my life, I attended church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night and any number of other nights that the church lights were on. I grew up believing in God and Jesus, or, should I say, fearing God and Jesus. Like most adolescents, I was afraid not to believe in the religion of my parents. However, something was wrong. I can recall thinking, even at age 10, “this Jesus’ story just doesn’t make sense to me.” Even at this young age, I didn’t accept the divinity of Jesus and the notion of Christian salvation (i.e., Jesus dying for my sins).
As all my church friends were getting saved, baptized and confirmed during their pre-teen and teenage years (this all seemed like more of a rite of passage than a sincere decision for most, or just the popular thing to do), I quietly sat in the church pews questioning the fundamentals of Christian theology. My parents, my church-friends and the various churches my father pastored throughout my childhood all prayed for my salvation.
Then, one Sunday night, I succumb to the pressure. I was 12 years old and my family was at the First Baptist Church of North Spartanburg (in Spartanburg, South Carolina). After a fiery sermon, which obviously moved a lot of people, my father came to me and said, “Son, do you want to ask Jesus into your heart? It’s about time you do so.” Tired of all the solicitations, tired of all the “Scott, we’re praying for you,” tired of always feeling like the one who didn’t belong, I lied to my father and said, “Yes POPS.” That night, I repeated after my father and supposedly accepted Jesus into my heart. I was presented to the church as a new Christian, baptized and immediately became part of the Christian community; although, I was very empty inside. For the next 5 years, I put on the charade of a good preacher’s kid. I attended Bible studies, went on summer mission trips and even had a couple “saves” (individuals becoming Christian) contributed to me. This was all under the veil of a big lie that night when I was 12 years old, the night that I supposedly became a Christian myself I never asked Jesus in my heart. True, I went through the motions, but it meant nothing to me.
When I graduated high school and it was time to go off to college, I only thought of one thing: religious freedom. I viewed the opportunity as the chance to move away from my parents and explore the religions of the world. I moved about 70 miles away from my parents to Rock Hill, SC, enrolled in Winthrop College and majored in religion. However, moving from one part of the “Bible-belt” to another part of the “Bible-belt” didn’t help my search. Rock Hill was a smaller town than I grew up in and there were even more churches per capita. Once again, the only religious diversity was in the form of what favor of Christianity you wanted for the week. I did manage to run across a couple freethinking religion professors that mentored me in exploring religion. If anything, they pointed me to many different sources to satisfy my quest. I rarely pushed the envelope of my comfort level and only ended up exploring different forms of Christianity. During the two years I spent in little Rock Hill, SC, I attended Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Pentecostal and many non-affiliated/community churches. It would not be until another couple years before I would experience non-Christian religious expression.
Beyond the “Chosen People” Vision
Unsatisfied with the lack of religious diversity, I left Rock Hill, SC for the University of South Carolina in the state’s capital of Columbia (metro population: half-million). I thought, “Surely I can find other religions in city this size.” Once again, I majored in religion. While in Columbia for the remainder of my undergraduate degree, I became extremely interested in Judaism, but not on a spiritual level, but rather, on an academic level. I was attracted to the Hebrew language. I took more than 4 years of a combined Bible and Modern Hebrew and excelled at reading the original scriptures and reading Jewish prayers. In fact, because one of my professors was a local rabbi, I even taught 6-grade Hebrew school for a term (to this day, a decade later, I can still read the Hebrew texts).
I was very involved with Judaism in Columbia, SC, but much like Christianity, it’s fundamental beliefs seemed empty to me. Inside, I asked questions like, “If the Jews are considered God’s ‘chosen people’ where does that leave me? While at the University of South Carolina, I was exposed to a glimpse of Islam. I took a class entitled “Islamic Institutions and Traditions.” It was taught by a non-Muslim who had taught university in Egypt, so he seemed to be an authority on Islam but the class did little for me other than provide a good textbook background for me. Half the class consisted of Muslims, so I think the class’ integrity was kept in check. Half way through the class, I did visit the local mosque and witnessed salah (prayer) for the first time.
Although I didn’t understand what seemed like an impersonal approach to prayer and worship I was impressed by Islam’s simplicity and humbleness (e.g.: prostrating before almighty Allah) in prayer and worship. My brief encounter with Islam, both in a college class and my visit to a mosque, planted a seed that would grow for the next ten years. After my undergraduate studies, I went out into the workforce. For the next 5 years, I withdrew from religion and became what I considered to be agnostic. I knew there was a one God, however, I didn’t know a lot about Him. For me, Christianity and Judaism did not address the issue of the proper worship of one God.
My professional positions took me all across the United States where I finally settled in Fort Collins, Colorado. After waking up day after day to the beautiful mountains, prairies and expanses of Colorado, I began to question the concept of “God” again. How could there be so much beauty and order in the world and God not intimately reveal Himself to mankind? I began to recall the religious experience I’d had over the past 10-15 years. I looked at Christianity and said “No.” I still could accept the Jesus theology. I looked at Judaism. Again, “No.” I couldn’t live with the Jewish customs and belief in a “chosen people.” Finally, I began to look at Islam. My impression of Islam was a combination of several things. It consisted of the one class I took in university, my one visit to the mosque in Columbia, SC, and then the media (I’ve now discovered that the U.S. media does not accurately display Islam). I began researching the fundamental beliefs of Islam. I decided to strip away the stereotypes and examine exactly what Islam is all about. After some study, I found the following:
- Islam has the strongest declaration of monotheistic faith of any religion (I said to myself, “check, I agree”),
- the belief that God has no partners (again, “big check”),
- the belief that God has revealed Himself many times through prophets and messengers and His message has been confused and distorted by man (I always had a hard time believing parts of the Bible and its interpretation, so “check for now”),
- that Islam is not just a religion, but an entire way of life (very appealing, “check”).
Reading the Qur’an
After reading about Islam, I set out to inquire a little deeper. I set out to find a Muslim. At the time of my inquiry into Islam, I was working in a very large company with more than 1000 employees. I thought, “Surely there’s a Muslim or two that would be willing to answer my questions.”
My search did not take long. I met a kind, quiet Muslim man named “Hani.” I approached the man and told him that I wanted to learn more about his religion. The first thing Hani recommended was reading the Qur’an, the revelation of Allah to His Prophet Muhammad. Hani even gave me a Qur’an (In fact, the small Arabic-English Qur’an that Brother Hani gave me is still one of my prized possessions). Hani inscribed in it the following words that continue to touch my heart: “May Allah guide us to the right path.” I began reading the Qur’an and to my surprise, it made sense to me. Coming from a Christian background with a good understanding of Jewish history/theology, the Qur’an connected all the dots for me. It confirmed so many doubts I had about Judaism and Christianity, and provided the roadmap that I was looking for. After reading only part of the Qur’an, I said to myself, “I believe in this. I should be a Muslim.” But what would my family say? What would my friends say? What would my co-workers think? So, for months, I kept my feelings quiet and continued to study Islam silently. I began to read more books, subscribed to Muslim email lists, purchased Islamic videos and even began memorizing the prayers. Out of all the aspects of Islam that I observed, the prayer impacted me the most. Like the worshipers I saw in the videos, I too wanted to bow down and prostrate myself before my Holy Creator.
Finally, after more than eight months of inquiry with my friend Hani, he must have sensed I was ready to take the next step.
In early January 2001, he invited me to the Islamic Center of Fort Collins (Colorado). It is where more than 1000 Muslims in Northern Colorado go to pray and worship. He invited me the fajr prayer (before sunrise). At that time, it was around 6:15 a.m. You can imagine what I was thinking: “God, you want me to get up before 6:00 on a cold Colorado winter morning and go worship you?” I recall not sleeping too well the night before. I felt like I was being called to do something. I made it down to Islamic Center and met up with Hani.
When I went in, I was instructed to take off my shoes in the vestibule. I walked through a large communal area and Hani showed me the area that Muslims perform wudhu, the washing and purifying of one’s body before going before Allah. Hani and I then went into the prayer area. The prayer area was a large, simple, quiet room. There were many books, mostly in Arabic, on several of the walls, and the room seemed to point in one direction (the direction to the ka’bah in Makkah, or the first house of worship to Allah).
When we walked in, there were 6-7 Muslim men praying. For the second time, I saw again in-person what I had seen only in videos – worshipers bowing before their Creator but with anew understanding after all the careful reading I did. It sent chills down my spine. I too wanted to worship as the men before me. The familiar call to prayer, the adhan, was called and Hani asked me if I wanted to pray. I nervously said, “Yes!” Hani said, “Just do as the rest of us do.” And for the first time, I prayed and worshiped Allah as He commands. I didn’t know all the words or their meanings, but it had a powerful impact. After the prayer, Hani asked me if I would like to become a Muslim. Again, I said, “Yes!” I had already practiced and said the shahadah dozens of times, and on that cold morning on January 3, 2001, at around 6:30 a.m., I said it in front of those Muslim men.
Alhamdulilah (Glory be to Allah), I became a Muslim.
The moment I said “la ilaha illallah muhammad rasulallah” (There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah) in front of those men, I felt a huge burden lifted from my heart. I felt liberated from my search. For the first time in my life, I knew the Truth – the Truth of Allah. It’s now been over a year since I became a Muslim. Has it been easy? Not always. Have I had struggles, setbacks and doubts? Absolutely, I’m human. However, the past year has been the best of my life. Allah has blessed me beyond belief. I’ve had a peace about me that is indescribable. And although I can’t really describe how it feels, I know where it comes from it comes minute-after-minute, hour-after-hour, day-after-day, trying my best to follow Allah’s true din (religion, way of life). My peace is knowing that Allah has revealed the Truth to me. To my Muslims brothers and sisters and all non-Muslims, may Allah guide us all to the right path.
My name is Sharon. I’m American and live in Texas. When I was a child, I was taught to worship God at the appropriate times – Christmas, Easter, and Need Help Day. We went to church but we weren’t crazy enough to let that effect our lifestyle or anything. After all people who base their lives around God are annoying and need therapy right?So, this was our way and our family seemed quite pleased wi
So, this was our way and our family seemed quite pleased with it until I hit puberty. I wanted to know why God created me and no one could give me a satisfactory answer. Go through this life for what? A house, a car and 2.5 children did not seem like a good reason to me. I had trouble motivating myself when I realized I cared very little what others thought of me.
I decided to eat, drink and be merry because I did not have a clue. I dedicated myself to thrills and merriment AND I WAS GOOD AT IT. My parents declared it Need Help Day and began to pull out their only defence – the Bible. I decided it was time to be on my own my, parents did not understand my right to party and they were so boring.ht? So, this was our way and our family seemed quite pleased wi
I left with 5 dollars and went to live with flower children. Life was just a big party. Then I began to feel sorry for my parents at Christmas time and went home. They had a wonderful surprise planned for me – a Christian Reform school just for me! I was soon packed, shipped and on my way. I arrived at the door of this home for wayward girls and was led into an office to meet the evangelist that ran the ministry that ran the home.
“What’s your name?”, he said as he extended a friendly handshake. I told him my name and shook his hand. Then, he managed to surprise me by biting my thumb,” Don’t you give me that HIPPY handshake! We’ll soon run the devil out of you!” I made the mistake of saying, “Can I leave with him?”. The rest of the day was spent showing me my bed and telling me the rules.r family seemed quite pleased wi
Bars on the windows, surrounded by a barbed wire fence, intercoms in every room so that THEY could hear you, radio bible broadcast in the morning at 5, 15 minutes of every class in bible study, then home to bible study, then more radio bible broadcast then 2 hours to bathe and get ready for tomorrow. I knew the first ten minutes I was there that I would make a break for it at the first possible opportunity.
The next day I jumped the barbed wire fence and booked it. I hitched a ride with a stranger, who to my horror turned out to be one of the dreaded WORKERS. They drove me right back to the home and I was ushered into PAPA’S office for punishment. I found out Papa was a man about 6’5, middle aged. He asked my name. I was angry at this point and responded with, “Do you talk to God?” He said, “Yes, quite often”. I said, ” Then why don’t you ask him what my name is?” I was beaten severely with a black jack by a 24 year old man that wanted to please Christ by putting me in my place.
I never gave him the pleasure of seeing me cry. Amazingly enough, I am grateful for all of these events because this was the beginning of my search for the true church of Jesus having painfully become aware that this was definitely not it. I was forced to read the Bible and read it I did, not for them – for me. I was searching for truth for myself. I asked Jesus to save me and come into my heart. Everything was supposed to be wonderful after that, but everything wasn’t.
Great, I was going to heaven now (everyone assured me of that). BUT WHY WAS I CREATED IN THE FIRST PLACE? AND GOD, WHY WONT YOU LET ME TELL YOU MY PROBLEMS – WHY DO I HAVE TO GO THROUGH JESUS? JESUS IS WONDERFUL BUT I NEED YOU.
I was finally released from the home back to the loving home of my family. They were eating pig meat and it bothered me. I told them the Bible says in Deuteronomy not to eat pigs. They said I was driving them crazy, had become a religious fanatic and it was plainly not normal to worry about what God thinks ALL THE TIME.
I was asked by my parents to find someplace else to live. I was 15 years old. I searched for the pure teachings of Jesus. I knew belief in Jesus was not enough. I need guidance and answers. I led a very lonely life even though I was surrounded by people. I went to many many many churches searching, always searching. I never considered Islam as a possibility because Christian preachers had already warned us of THOSE HEATHEN MUSLIMS (now here’s the funny part) AND HOW THEY FORCE YOU INTO THEIR RELIGION.
All the lies they told me about Islam kept me from even putting Islam on the shelf as a possibility. Preachers tell tall tales but they have no effect on the plans of Allah. I read the Bible for many years because I wanted to be sure of which Christian religion should join. I had heard many ministers claiming to have the ‘ Holy Spirit’ guiding them, and they were all teaching different doctrines. I came to realize that ANYONE could claim almost anything as Biblical teaching and I understood why, when I came across too many mistakes to print here.
The modern day Bible was collected and binded together in the 16th century. It was supervised by King James who had control of the church at that time. Books of the Bible we have today are books which agreed with the interpretation of the scholars of a particular school of thought. The chapters they did not feel expressed their point of view were not included in the Bible and called fraudulent. The average man never got a look at those chapters because the matters of the heart were decided for him by the church council which was functioning under the political wheel of the government. I finally threw my hands in the air and gave up because of these Bible Verses:le what others thought
- Isiah 46:3 I will not meet thee as a man.
- Isiah 46:8 Neither shall I know the loss of children.
- Hebrews 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted he is able to soccour them that are tempted.
- James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted I am tempted of God for God cannot be tempted of evil, neither tempteth he any man.
- 1 John 3:2 Beloved now are we the sons of God.
- 1 John 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not. Whosoever sinneth hath not seen him neither known him.
- 1 John 1:8 If we say we have no sin we decieve ourselves and the truth is not in us.
- Matthew 15:24 I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel (He did not say he was sent to all mankind).
- Mark 6:4 (here Jesus calls himself a prophet).
- Matthew 19:17 And he said unto them, “Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God.”
I was told that God was always there and that he was not made. We are told that Jesus is made in:at
- Hebrews 2:9 and Hebrews 1:4
- Ecclesiastes 3:19 so that man hath no preeminence above a beast.
- Genesis 1:28 … and have dominion over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
- Ecclesiastes 9:5 … the dead know not anything neither have they anymore a reward.
- Psalms 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned and in the keeping of them there is great reward.
- Ecclesiastes 10:19… but money answereth all things.
- Isiah 52:3 … and ye shall be redeemed without money.
- 1st Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil.
- Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear O Israel the lord our God is one Lord.
- Psalms 82:6 I have said ye are gods and all of you are children of the Most High.
- Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels.
- Hebrews 1:2 Spoken to us by his son..being made so much better than the angels.
- Genesis 32:30 I saw God face to face.
- 1 John 4:12 no man hath seen God at any time.
- Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker strong drink is raging and whosoever is decieved thereby is not wise.
- 1 Timothy 5:23 Drink no longer water but use a little wine for thy stomachs sake and thine often infirmities.
- Genesis 1:22 And god blessed them saying be fruitful and multiply.
- 1 Corinthians 7:1 it is good for a man not to touch a woman.
- 2nd Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God.
- 1 Corinthians 7:6 and I speak this by permission and not of commandment.
- 1 Corinthians She is happier if she so abide after my judgement and I think also that I have the spirit of God.
- Phillipians 2:6 Who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal to God.
- John 5:57 Ye have neither heard his voice at any time or seen his shape.
- 2nd Corinthians 11:8 I robbed other churches (says Paul).
- 1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.
- John 5:30 I can of mine ownself do nothing.
- John 8:42 Jesus said unto them if God were your father ye would love me for I proceeded forth and came from God NEITHER CAME I OF MYSELF, but HE sent me.
AND THE LIST GOES ON … THE LIST GOES ON.
Is there any wonder I was bewildered?
I became convinced that God hated me because He would not let me find the Truth. About this time an acquaintance sent me a pamphlet about Islam. She was American like me. I felt so sorry for the poor stupid misled thing. I was quite sure she was weak minded and had let her Arab husband brainwash her. I opened the pamphlet because I was sure it was stupid and nothing is better to make fun of than Muslims.
The pamphet said THINK VERY CAREFULLY ABOUT THE TRINITY. I had never been exposed to anything but Arab boozers and Muslims who were not practising their religion. Those people were so easy to put down. I would tell them,” Look at you. YOU can’t even believe in your own religion enough to practice it!”
The guy who wrote this pamphlet was a different sort of Arab – to my dismay, not an easy target. I stopped reading in the middle of the pamphlet because I knew HE KNOWS THE TRUTH! I can’t believe this! God has given the Truth to the Muslims! They are Arabs! I’m not Arab! This is a disaster! I cannot be a Muslim , everyone I know hates Muslims! I will have to dress like those women and take off my beloved make-up! How could you do this to me God?!
Then I thought I’d play a game with God … Well, they might not have the Truth and I’m not SURE they have the truth – so I’ll just forget about all of this. I’d been on my own since age 15 and was now 26. I was lonely. I asked God to send me a husband. I asked God for a religious man (I had a Christian man in mind when I placed this request. I made a solemn promise to God to marry the very next man who asked me. I was going to take it as a sign.)
Allah has never failed to answer my requests. The next man to ask me to marry him was Palestinian. He was 2 things I did not want in a man – he was Arab and he was Muslim. He was different than any man I’d ever met. He was practicing Islam and he did not drink. I complained to God. I was convinced God sent me an Arab Muslim to ask me for marriage because He hated me.
I was now angry with God and decided to marry this Muslim since God will not help me. However I felt about this man’s background, I have to say it was love at first sight. The most surprising thing was that he seemed to know everything I needed. It was the first time I felt like another human being loved me. We married. Our marriage was horrible. I told him not to ever discuss his religion with me and he didn’t. I put him through a lot of misery in the beginning of our marriage. a satisfactor
Then one night he brought a Qur’an home to me. He handed it to me explaining that it was a Holy Book. He told me I could read it if I wanted to. My response in front of him was, “Why should I read that? Just set it over there. I don’t want it.” I waited until he went to bed and was asleep. I prayed, “Oh God show me whether or not this book is true. If the book is true I will accept it. If it is false – show me.” I opened the Qur’an and randomly read;
Proclaim! (or Read!) In the name Of thy Lord and Cherisher,
Who created-Created man, out of A leech like clot:
Proclaim! And thy Lord Is Most Bountiful,
He Who taught (The use of) the Pen,
Taught man that Which he knew not
I felt strangely some new emotion – I flipped open to another spot – I read:
There will be those of the people of the book who when they see the truth they will recognise it.
I quite suddenly became aware of the fact that I was touching something very Holy for the first time. I was in AWE. I knew I was holding the very Words of God. Then I realized for the first time that God did not hate me because He let me find this miracle.
I felt joy! I had found the treasure! I had finally found the Truth. I felt ashamed that I had been so arrogant towards my Creator and Merciful Allah. I knew I had been given Mercy because I found the Truth when I wasn’t even looking for it. Allah in His Mercy sent it to a poor blind fool. I sat transfixed for quite some time rejoicing in my new found treasure.
It was 4 am. Who cares?! I have found a miracle! I ran to wake my husband. “Honey! Wake up! I need to tell you something you don’t know!” My husband woke up and said,” I have to work tomorrow. What are you talking about?” “That book you gave me is a miracle from God! Why aren’t you guys screaming from the mountaintops about this book?!”
My husband smiled, “Every ayah (verse) has it’s miracle – but not everybody wants to know about it.” We have 5 children now, and have been married 15 years. Islam is my way of life. Now, when rednecks asks me about why I’m wearing this thing on my head I have to smile and be patient. I was once that arrogant redneck. I understand where they are coming from BUT DON’T WISH TO RETURN. You may not believe it but:
There is no God but Allah
Muhammad is His Messenger
All Praise is for Allah alone. He is the Rabb of all that exists. Surely, we send the highest Salah and Salam upon the Final Prophet, the leader of the pious and upon his family, companions and those who follow their example with Ih’san till the Day of Reckoning.
One of the greatest hurdles confronting Muslims today is a lack of knowledge about certain essential beliefs that we as Muslims must unwaveringly adhere to. Of the most pertinent issues facing Muslims living in localities that are heavily influenced by western culture is how we view ‘Isa ibn Maryum – Jesus the Son of Mary – ‘alayhis-salam.
On a cyclical basis we are confronted with different “religious” occasions that are marked by our Christian neighbours, coworkers and acquaintances. It is paramount that we as Muslims have a firm understanding of what he – ‘Isa,‘alayhis-salam, represents to us as Muslims. Whether it is Easter Monday or Christmas day, we as Muslims should know what Islam says about the issues that are presented to us on a regular basis.
This article will attempt to expound upon the basic knowledge that Muslims may already have. It will also seek to introduce evidences from the Noble Qur’an and the Pure Sunnah with regards to issues that may not have been discussed in detail before.
The opinions expressed will be those that are held by the majority of the Scholars of Islam. The weaker opinions or those that do not have an evidentiary basis will not be discussed unless to show their inaccuracy or incorrectness. In discussing this issue we will only turn to the verified sources of authenticity. We will only narrate that which is accepted as true and verified by the Muslim scholars of past and present. We will not look into sources that do not have an Islamic basis. A Muslim writes this discussion for Muslims, from exclusively Islamic scholarly sources. To debate these issues from others sources (Bible) is a wholly separate discussion that has no place here.
The Muslim Nation is More Worthy of ‘Isa than All Others
The one who claims that ‘Isa, ‘alayhis-salam, is God, or that ‘Isa, ‘alayhis-salam, is the Son of God, or that God is a Trinity that includes ‘Isa is in fact the most distant from the teachings of ‘Isa, ‘alayhis-salam, even if he calls himself a devout Christian. Claiming love for someone implies that you adhere to what that individual stood for and called to. ‘Isa, ‘alayhis-salam, was never one who claimed any one of the previous three statements for himself. In fact neither did his true followers.
For this to become clear we will analyze four main points:
- The prophets of Allah are all related;
- The only accepted din (religious way of life) is Islam;
- ‘Isa was but a humble Messenger and prophet of Allah; and
- ‘Isa distances himself from the slander and unjustified claims of Christians.
The Prophets of Allah are All Related
The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said, “I am the most worthy of ‘Isa bin Maryum in this life and in the hereafter.” They (the Sahabah) asked: “Why is that O Messenger of Allah?” He, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, replied: “The Prophets are paternal (bloodline) brethren. Their mothers may be different (races, peoples, bloodlines) yet their din is always one (Islam).” [Reported by Bukhari and Muslim]
This concept is clearly portrayed in the Qur’an. Allah mentions the first Messenger to humanity Nuh (Noah), ‘alayhis-salam, in the Qur’an. What is very interesting is that Allah states in Surah Ash-Shu’arah (26:105) that “Nuh’s people disbelieved the Messengers.” The point of relevance is that a plural (Messengers) is used in this ayah, yet we know that there were no Messengers sent to his people or humanity as a matter of fact. Allah only sent Nuh, ‘alayhis-salam, to his people and none other before him. This same concept is further emphasized in the same Surah. Allah says:
“‘Ad’s people disbelieved the Messengers.” [Al-Qur’an 26:123]
“Thamud’s people disbelieved the Messengers.” [Al-Qur’an 26:141]
“Lut’s (Lot’s) people disbelieved the Messengers.” [Al-Qur’an 26:160]
We know that to each of these people only one Messenger was sent to them.
Disbelieving in one Prophet or Messenger is disbelief in all the Prophets and Messengers.
“The Messenger (Muhammad) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. (They say,) ‘We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers.’ “ [Al-Qur’an 2:285]
Therefore all the Prophets and Messengers are a fraternity of brethren through the lineage of their fathers. Even ‘Isa who was born without a father’s input into the equation of procreation is from the family of Bani Israel the descendant of Ishaq (Isaac) son of Ya’qub or Jacob.
Even more important is to know that all the Prophets called to one and the same thing – Islam. This brings us to the second point of our analysis…
The Only Accepted Din (Religious Way of Life) is Islam
Allah says: “Truly the religion with Allah is Islam.” [Al-Qur’an 3:19]
All of the Prophets and Messengers came calling to the one true faith. They all were sent with one mission. They were selected to call people to singling out only Allah in worship and to disavow all other gods or deities while establishing Allah Alone as the One deserving all worship. All the Prophets and Messengers called their respective peoples to Islam.
Nuh, ‘alayhis-salam, called to Islam – Allah says: “(Nuh said) But if you turn away (from accepting Islamic Monotheism) then no reward have I asked of you, my reward is only from Allah, and I have been commanded to be of the Muslims!” [Al-Qur’an 10:72]
Ibrahim and Ya’qub or Abraham and Jacob called to Islam – Allah says:
“And who turns away from the religion of Ibrahim (Abraham) except him who befools himself? Truly, We chose him in this world and verily, in the Hereafter he will be among the righteous. When his Lord said to him, ‘Submit (Be Muslim)!’ He said, ‘I have submitted myself (I am Muslim) to the Lord of the all that exists.’ And this (Islam) was enjoined by Ibrahim upon his sons and by Ya’qub (Jacob) saying, ‘O My sons! Allah has chosen for you the (true) religion, die not then except in the Faith of Islam (as Muslims).’ Or were you witnesses when death approached Ya’qub? When he said to his sons, ‘What will you worship after me (my death)?’ They said, ‘We shall worship your God (Allah) and the God of your fathers, Ibrahim, Isma’il (Ishmael), Ishaq (Isaac). The One (God), and to Him we submit (are Muslim).’ “ [Al-Qur’an 2:130-133]
Musa or Moses, ‘alayhis-salam, came with nothing other than Islam. Allah says:
“And Musa said: ‘O my People! If you have believed in Allah, then put your trust in Him if you are Muslims.’ “ [Al-Qur’an 10:84]
Yusuf or Joseph, ‘alayhis-salam, came calling his people to Islam. Allah says:
“(Yusuf supplicated) My Lord! You have indeed bestowed on me of the sovereignty, and taught me something of the interpretation of dreams – the (Only) Creator of the heavens and the earth! You (O Allah) are my Wali (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian) in this world and in the Hereafter. Cause me to die as a Muslim (submitting to You alone) and join me with the righteous.” [Al-Qur’an 12:101]
In turn, ‘Isa ibn Maryum, ‘alayhis-salam, came calling his people only to Islam. Allah says: “Then when ‘Isa came to know of their disbelief, he said: ‘Who will be my helpers in Allah’s Cause?’ The disciples said: ‘We are the helpers of Allah; we believe in Allah, and bear witness that we are Muslims.’ “ [Al-Qur’an 3:52]
And the finality of Prophethood, the Imam of the Messengers and the Leader of the Righteous, Muhammad, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was sent calling all of humanity not just a single people to Islam. Allah says:
“This day I have perfected your religion for you (all humanity), completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [Al-Qur’an 5:3]
The religion of all those truly sent by Allah as Messengers was Islam.
‘Isa Was But a Humble Messenger and Prophet of Allah
What is quite amusing to see is that there are those who accept the concept of Monotheism (Jews and Christians) yet reject it at the same time. The Jews reject known Prophets and Messengers of Allah. They at times went as far as executing them. This was planned for ‘Isa as will be explained later on in our discussions. Allah describes this vividly in the Qur’an:
“Is it that whenever there came to you a Messenger with what you yourselves desired not, you grew arrogant? Some you disbelieved and some you killed.” [Al-Qur’an 2:87]
On the other hand, those who claimed Christianity went too far in the veneration of their Prophet and Messenger ‘Isa. They corrupted his teachings by claiming for him things that he never stated for him self. They elevated ‘Isa after his departing them to a paganistic status that nullified whatever Monotheistic faith they had in their hearts.
“And they say: ‘The Most Gracious (Allah) has begotten a son (or offspring or children).’ Indeed you have brought forth (said) a most terrible, evil thing. Whereby the heavens are almost torn, and the earth is split asunder, and the mountains fall in ruins, that they ascribe a son (or offspring) to the Most Gracious. But it is not befitting (the Majesty) of the Most Gracious (Allah) that He should beget a son (or offspring). There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the Most Gracious as a slave.” [Al-Qur’an 19:88-93]
Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn al-Qayyim has a beautiful poem dispelling the falsities and irrational of Christians past and present. He poetically states:
To the worshippers of the Messiah we put forth a question.
We seek an answer from those who have comprehension.
If a god was to be put to death by a people
Can he be truly godly?
Stranger than a god being interned in a grave,
Is being confined in a womb
Remaining for nine months
In darkness; nourished from his mothers blood
Finally exiting the birth canal a small weak child
With open mouth seeking a breast to suckle
Suckling thus necessitating urination and defecation
Is this the God that you claim?!
Quite simply he is but a man who was chosen by Allah as a caller to guidance and righteousness. Allah says:
“The Messiah (‘Isa) ibn Maryum, was no more than a Messenger, many who were Messengers have passed away before him. His mother (Mary) was a Siddiqah (believed in Words of Allah). Both of them used to eat food (as all other human beings). Look how We make the Ayat (proofs, evidences, lessons, examples) clear to them; yet look how they are deluded away (from the truth).” [Al-Qur’an 5:75]
Some will ask, how can someone be born to a virgin mother and not be divine?
“Verily, the likeness of ‘Isa before Allah is the likeness of Adam. He created him (Adam) from dust, then (He) said to him: ‘Be!’ – and he was.” [Al-Qur’an 3:59]
Surely the creation of a complete physical man from dust is greater than the creation of ‘Isa. If Adam, ‘alayhis-salam, is not thought of as being divine, then why has the same claim been made for ‘Isa?
‘Isa Distances Himself from the Slander and Unjustified Claims of Christians
Allah gives us a glimpse of what will be spoken by ‘Isa on the Day of Judgment in defense of himself and proclaiming his innocence and freedom from the unjustified claims of those who ascribed to him abominable lies.
Allah mentions this to us in the concluding verses of Surah Al-Ma’idah:
“And (remember) when Allah will say (on the Day of Resurrection):
‘O ‘Isa, son of Maryum! Did you say unto men: ‘Worship me and my mother as two gods besides Allah?’ ‘
He (‘Isa) will say: ‘Glory is to You (Alone)! It was not for me to say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, You surely, have known it. You know what is in my inner-self though I do not know what is in Yours; truly You, only You, are the All-Knower of all that is hidden and (unseen).’
‘Never did I say to them except what You (Allah) commanded me to say: ‘Worship Allah, My Lord and Your Lord.’ And I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them, but when You took me up, You were the Watcher over them; and You are a Witness to all things.’
‘If You punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, verily, You, only You, are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.’
Allah will say: ‘This is a Day on which the truthful will profit from their truth: Theirs are Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise) – they shall abide therein forever.’ Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him. That is the great success (Paradise).
To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is therein, and He is Able to do all things.” [Al-Qur’an 5:116-120]
These are the words of truth that are undeniable by the one who possesses insight, rational and a clear understanding of Allah.
“Among His signs is that He created for you mates from yourselves that you may find tranquility in them, and He placed between you love and mercy. Verily, in that are signs for a people who give thought.”
(Surah Ar-Rum 30:21)
Don’t lie (22.30)
Don’t spy (49.12)
Don’t exult (28.76)
Don’t insult (49.11)
Don’t waste (17.26)
Feed the poor (22.36)
Don’t backbite (49.12)
Keep your oaths (5.89)
Don’t take bribes (27.36)
Honour your treaties (9.4)
Restrain your anger (3.134)
Don’t spread gossip (24.15)
Think good of others (24.12)
Be good to guests (51.24-27)
Don’t harm believers (33.58)
Don’t be rude to parents (17.23)
Turn away from ill speech (23.3)
Don’t make fun of others (49.11)
Walk in a humble manner (25.63)
Respond to evil with good (41.34)
Don’t say what you don’t do (62.2)
Keep your trusts & promises (23.?
Don’t insult others’ false gods (6.108)
Don’t deceive people in trade (6.152)
Don’t take items without right (3.162)
Don’t ask unnecessary questions (5.101)
Don’t be miserly nor extravagant (25.67)
Don’t call others with bad names (49.11)
Don’t claim yourselves to be pure (53.32)
Speak nicely, even to the ignorant (25.63)
Don’t ask for repayment for favours (76.9)
Make room for others at gatherings (58.11)
If enemy wants peace, then accept it (8.61)
Return a greeting in a better manner (4.86)
Don’t remind others of your favours (2.264)
Make peace between fighting groups (49.9)
Lower your voice and talk moderately (31.19)
Don’t let hatred cause you to be unjust (6.108)
Don’t ask too many favours from people (2.273)
Greet people when entering their home (24.27)
Be just, even against yourself & relatives (4.135)
Speak gently, even to leaders of disbelief (20.44)
Don’t criticize small contributions of others (9.79)
Don’t call the Prophet how you call others’ (24.63)
Try to make peace between husband & wife (4.128)
Don’t call the Prophet from outside his rooms (49.4)
Opprression/corruption is worse than killing (2.217)
Preach to others in a good and wise manner (16.125)
Don’t accuse others of immorality without proof (24.4)
Consider wives of the Prophet like your mothers (33.6)
Don’t raise your voice above that of the Prophet’s (49.2)
Don’t call someone a disbeliever without knowing (4.94)
Seek permission before entering someone’s room (24.59)
Know your enemies can become your close friends (41.34)
Don’t wrongly consume the wealth of the vulnerable (4.29)
Don’t turn your cheek away from people in arrogance (31.18)
Forgive others, as you would like Allah to forgive you (24.22)
Seek Prophet’s permission when leaving his gathering (24.62)
Don’t hold secret meetings for sin, rather do so for piety (58.9)
Don’t order others to do good while forgetting it yourself (2.44)
Be patient with your teacher & follow his instructions (18.67-69)
Don’t frown, turn away or neglect those who come to you (80. 10)
If unable to help a needy person, at least speak nice words (17.28)
Be lenient to those under you, and consult them in matters (3.159)
Verify information from a dubious source before acting upon it (49.6)
Don’t remain in the Prophet’s home unnecessarily after a meal (33.53)
Those who can should continue to spend on those less fortunate (24.22)
Don’t enter homes without permission & return if refused entry (24.27-28)
Don’t sit with those who mock religion until they change the subject (4.140)
Say it’s not appropriate to talk of slander when it’s mentioned to you (24.16)
If required to ask the Prophet’s wives, then do so from behind a screen (33.53)
Divorce in an amicable manner instead of keeping & harming your wife (2.231)
Punish in an equivalent manner to how you were harmed or be patient (16.126)
Differences in colour & language are signs of Allah, not means of superiority (49.13)
Don’t take women by force, nor take back bridal gift without a valid reason & live with them in kindness (4.19)
99 Names of Allah Day 50 Ash-Shahid (الشهيد) The Omniscient Witness, The Certifier, The Testifier
The One who directly and ever-presently observes everything in creation. The One from whose knowledge nothing is hidden.
The One who witnesses both that which is seen and that which is unseen. The One who has knowledge of all that happens everywhere at all times.
The One who is the ultimate witness on judgment day. From the root sh-h-d which has the following classical Arabic connotations:
to bear witness to offer testimony to have knowledge of, to experience to be present with,
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