Some people reject God because they can find no evidence for Him which satisfies both their hearts and minds simultaneously. Then there are others who accept God on the basis of emotional or irrational reasons which satisfy their hearts, but leave their minds unsure. These two groups of people have never found a satisfying answer to the question of their relationship with God. Then there are yet others who have found the correct path which God intended for us: to accept Him and His message to us using our minds first and foremost, and the heart follows easily and naturally as a consequence.
Instead of searching for the answer, there are also some people who chose to simply brush the question aside and ignore it unfortunately. This is the easy way out of what appears to be a very difficult, mysterious question which may seem to have no final solution.
Most of these people are unaware of a very powerful message which completely and unequivocally establishes the correct path to God. This message squares with both the mind and the heart, and it has no equal since it comes to us straight from God Himself. The message comes in the form of a book. In fact, God has given us several Books of guidance through the ages, but each one was ultimately corrupted and changed by dishonest people. Each Book essentially contained the same fundamental message as the previous Books. Mankind was expected to guard these Books from harm, but unfortunately failed to live up to this expectation. Slowly but surely, each Book was edited and tampered with, destroying its authenticity. This is partly why God kept sending us more revelations. However, almost 1400 years ago, God sent us another Book with the same basic message as the earlier ones, but with a small but very important difference. This time, God decreed that this Book would be the last Book sent down to us because God would protect it Himself. Regarding this Final Book, God said, إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ "We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption)." translation of 15:9 This book is called the Qur'an.
Today, if we compare the 114 chapters in every copy of this Final Book with each other, we will find they match perfectly word for word - from the oldest copies made 1300-plus years ago to the ones printed just a few hours ago. No human hand has changed it.
The rational person has every right to be doubtful, of course, if he or she has never read this book. For such people, I am going to make this series of articles as a small sample of what the Final Book contains. Suppose we wanted to ask God several questions about Him and about ourselves. Sort of Him speaking to us directly (such a privilege has been granted to only one person out of all humanity, prophet Moses -peace and blessings be upon him-), this Book has the best answers one can find. It is on the strength of these answers that an honest person may be struck with the conviction that the Final Book is from none other than God Almighty. Again, in the following articles is only a small part of the information one might find.
And herein lies the problem for most of the big organized religions. They all believe that they own the true unalterated word of god and that their way is right. Though this has led to the formation of charities, setting up of soup hospitals, and helping those who are less fortunate, however this line of thinking can also lead to a dark and dangerous path. This way of thinking allows people to classify people who don't follow their religion as "The Other". What I mean by the term "The Other" is people who are classified as threat to another people's way of life and whose ways are deginerate and wrong. All religions in the world today have this problem; Christianity, Isam, Hinduism, and countless others, and what this does is that it makes killing someone that is labeled as "The Other", as a good thing. This is not an attack on any particular religion or religion in general, i'm just saying that you can still be a believer without blinding yourself to the harm religion can do. However with all that being said, this is a good article
and what this does is that it makes killing someone that is labeled as "The Other", as a good thing. I have to disagree with you here. I don't know about other religions, but in Islam, killing the innocent is considered a grave sin. It is a last resort for self defense and stopping oppression when all peaceful means fail. nowhere does the Qur'an justify the killing of 'the other', the Qur'an states clearly how to deal with the people who do not follow Islam. we are commanded to use beautiful and rational preaching in order to show Islam to them. and if they do not accept it, the Qur'an tells us that we are not to force them, our duty is only to bring the message to them. and we are also commanded to deal with them justly and fairly. nowhere does the Qur'an say kill them because they are 'others'. Now if the other fights us and kills us, that's another story...
However with all that being said, this is a good article This is just the introduction...
I never said that Islam called for the crime of killing of "The Other", or my religion (Christianity)for the crime of the killing of "The Other". However both religions have people that follow their religion and use the mindset that I described as justification for killing or oppressing "The Other". What i'm saying that every religion has people who use their religion to justify acts of persecution and murder of people they consider "The Other". If this is the introduction where is the article, if you don't mind me asking.
Nayzak I'm muslim but I just have a question. If Allah knew all that would ever happen in the history of the universe. Why did he send so many books and not guard them and then in the end he sent a book and guarded it? What I mean is, why didn't Allah send one book and guard it from corruption so that there would only be one Abrahamic Religion to follow?
Allah -subhaanahu wa ta'aalaa- sent Islam little by little according to the needs and understanding of humans in different ages. for example, in Adam's time, people did not know what is trade, they did not know war and what is cheating and gambling. they did not know what is idol worship. it is pointless to tell them do not cheat, do not gamble and do not worship idols. it is also pointless to tell them how to make war and how to make peace. but later in the history of human civilization, people developed and learned many things, therefore the God sent messengers and prophets to teach people regarding the thing they learned. each time, the God only teaches us what we need to know. it is like a parent teaching their little kid. they are not going to teach him all in the first day. they start by teaching him simple things and then, when he learns more, they teach him complicated things.
in prophet Mohammed's time -sallallaahu alaihi ea sallam-, human civilization reached maturity. and there would be no new needs to be taught regarding the divine law, so the God finalized the religion and completed it with his final messenger. and from that time until the end of the world, there is no need for new teachings and new revelations until the end of time. that's why the God promised to preserve his book. And Allah knows best.
Allah (swt) only revealed certain instructions to a specific group of people for a short time.
Like the Gospel and Torah. Allah (swt) revealed these books to Jesus (as) and Moses (as) for a certain time period, and he also sent many other books in the past to previous prophets, but they were not meant forever. They were only meant to last for a little while to build up faith of the humans.
This is how it works.
If a child wants to grow up to be a doctor, are you immediately doing to put them in a medical college? Of course not.
You will take the child to a normal school and get some basic education, and then move on to high school and focus on classes related to becoming a doctor. Then you will go to college/university and take courses regarding the medical field. Then you will get a job around the medical field to become experienced with the doctors, then one day, InSha'Allah, you will become a new doctor, and over time, as you continue to work, you gain more experience and strength within your knowledge of treating other people.
This is how Allah (swt) created the guidance.
He created this just like the schooling system today. The easy and simple stuff first, then as you grow older, the harder it progresses.
Allah (swt) did this in the form of PROPHETS and BOOKS.
The PROPHETS preached the message of God slowly to the various tribes to give them an 'idea' of who God is.
If Allah (swt) immediately sent down Muhammad (saw) as the first prophet in this world, and preached that there is "One Invisible Creator", everyone will think he is mad and they will get confused and not get anything he is saying!
So first Allah (swt) sent down prophet Adam (as) to preach to the humans that were living at that time. Then slowly, more and more prophets came, slowly, around the entire Earth.
According to Muhammad (saw), 124,000 prophets have appeared, and the Qur'an states that no place on Earth did NOT have a prophet visit there.
So these prophets' jobs were to preach the message of ONE God, and they did that, and slowly over time, the message was becoming clearer and clearer.
Of course, people have deviated, and that was their choice.
The mission of these prophets were not for the whole world, but for a limited time.
Then finally, the final law-bearing prophet, the last Rasool, Muhammad (saw) was sent down and became the Seal of the Prophets, and he WAS meant for mankind, and he PERFECTED the religion of Islam by the help of Allah Almighty. ALL the previous prophets' messages were ALL combined into one, in the Qur'an.
So that all the knowledge of God that remained in the world from the previous prophets before Rasool Allah (saw), it will be EASIER for them to accept the final message.
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