Saturday 6 January 2024

What is said and believed AND what is said and NOT believed

All Divine religions have the same fountainhead, that is one true God. All along since Adam, through chain of prophets including Noah, Abraham and Moses, the status of one true God remained unchanged. But then with the miraculous birth of prophet Eesa (Jesus) things changed, not by Divine decree but by human interpretations.  Now we have three Gods instead of one. This is despite the fact that what has been said is not believed and what has not been said is believed. 

When Islam, the last and final Divine religion came to us, we were categorically asked to believe in one true God, as has been decreed through all previous prophets by God, for the word of one true God never changes and has been accepted by followers of all previous prophets, except followers of Jesus. And instead of following what has been practiced by the previous prophets and the last of the prophets after Jesus, the followers of Jesus today believe in three gods. Some even go a step forward and proclaim Jesus to be the bigger god than the rest two and it is he who will salvage the people on the end day. 

The purpose of this post is not to get into any unnecessary debate or argument, but just to share a few references from Bible to show that what is said is not believed and what is not said and yet believed:
  • Hear O  Jews! Our God is One (Mark 12:29), but what is believed is: God is THREE in one
  • No man never heard God voice nor seen His form (John 5:37), but what is believed is Jesus if part of God, thus Jesus is God.
  • My Father and your Father (John 20:17), but what is believed is that Jesus is the only son of God, while others are not.
  • By myself I can do nothing (John 5:30), but the belief says Jesus is the Almighty.
  • Little children are without any sins (Matt 18:3, 19:14), but the belief is all children are born carrying sins of Adam and must be baptized to be washed of the sins they carry.
Now whenever there is a debate between God of Jesus followers and God of Muslims, called Allah, the dispute comes to three gods vs one true God, as the God has been before the birth of Jesus. To the Jesus followers, One God that is Allah of Muslims is not acceptable but they never object to the same one God of Moses, Abraham and Noah. This is despite the fact that Jews out rightly reject Jesus as a prophet

The above few examples show that followers of Jesus believe what is written by men like Paul, John etc about trinity, but at the same time they do not believe that Jesus was a man, a prophet and obeyed One God of Jews. why the dichotomy in belief and faith?

We Muslims believe in the God of Moses and Abraham, the same God that we call Allah.  There is no dichotomy about the status of Allah throughout the Qur'an, which strengthens our faith in Allah, the same God that has since existed and will continue to exist forever. So what is said in Qur'an and earlier scriptures about one true God is BELIEVED and what is said by men is certainly not to be believed.

We will continue to add more to this post so that this simple question is answered for those who have doubts about Allah, the one true God.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

You may refer to our reference page: Faith in Allah to read more directives on the subject.

For more Selected Verses, please refer to our reference page: Selected Verses from the Qur'anYou may also refer to our Reference Pages  and Understanding Al Qur'an for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.

An effort has been made to gather explanation / exegesis of the surahs of the Qur'ān from authentic sources and then present a least possible condensed explanation of the surah. In that the exegesis of the chapters of the Quran is mainly based on the "Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Qur'an" by one of the most enlightened scholars of the Muslim World Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi.  
In order to augment and add more explanation as already provided, additional input has been interjected from the following sources: 
  • Tafsir Ibn Khatir
  • Muhammad Asad Translation
  • Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Translation Javed Ahmad Ghamidi / Al Mawrid
  • Qur'an Wiki
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
  • Towards Understanding the Quran
In addition, references of other sources which have been explored have also been given above. Those desirous of detailed explanations and tafsir (exegesis), may refer to these sites.

Disclaimer: The material for this post has been collected from the references given above. If anyone differs with the material contained in this post, one may consult the references and their authors.  If someone has more material about the subject, he/she is most welcome to share in the comments box to make the post all encompassing.

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Surah Tauheed
Surah Akhlas is self explanatory. Your efforts are appreciable and explain further.
Jazak Allah

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