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Which is The Religion of God?

Each person is born in a circumstance which is not of his own choosing. The religion of his family or the ideology of the state is thrust upon him from the very beginning of his existence in this world. By the time he reaches his teens, he is usually fully brain-washed into believing that the beliefs of his particular society are the correct beliefs that everyone should have. However, when some people mature and are exposed to other belief-systems, they begin to question the validity of their own beliefs. The seekers of truth often each a point of confusion upon realizing that each and every religion, sect, ideology and philosophy claims to be the one only correct way for man. Indeed, they all contain some valid and reasonable points, and they all encourage people to do good. So, which one is right? They cannot all be right since each claims that all the others are wrong. How then does the seeker of truth choose the right way?

God gave us all minds and intellects to enable us to make this crucial decision. It is the most important decision in the life of a human being. Upon it depends his future. Consequently, each and every one of us must examine dispassionately the evidence presented and choose what appears to be right until further evidence arises.

Like every other religion or philosophy, Islam also claims to be the one and only true way to God. In this respect it is no different from other systems. This booklet intends to provide some evidence for the validity of that claim. However, it must always be kept in mind that one can only determine the true path by putting aside emotions and prejudices which often blind us to reality. Then, and only then, will we be able to use our God-given intelligence and make a rational and correct decision.

There are several arguments which may be advanced to support Islam's claim to be the true religion of God. The following are only three of the most obvious. The first argument is based on the divine origin of the name of the religion and the comprehensiveness of its meaning. The second deals with the unique and uncomplicated teachings concerning the relationship between God, man, and creation. The third argument derives from the fact that Islam is universally attainable by all men at all times. These are three basic components of what logic and reason dictate necessary for a religion to be considered the true religion of God. The following pages will develop these concepts in some detail.

The Religion's Name

The first thing that one should know and clearly understand about Islam is what the word "Islam" itself means. The Arabic word ''Islam'' means the submission or surrender of one's will to the only true God, known in Arabic as "Allah". One who submits his will to God is termed in Arabic a "Muslim". The religion of Islam is not named after a person or a people, nor was it decided upon by later generations of man, as in the case of Christianity which was named after Jesus Christ, Buddhism after Gotama Buddha, Confucianism after Confucius, Marxism after Karl Marx, Judaism after the tribe of Judah and Hinduism after the Hindus. Islam (submission to the will of God) is the religion which was sent to Adam, the first man and the first prophet of God, and it was the religion of all the prophets sent by Allah to mankind. Further its name was chosen by God Himself and clearly mentioned in the final scripture which He revealed to man. In the final revelation, the Qur'an, Allah states the following:

"This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion." 

[Al-Qur'an 5:3]

"If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to God), never will it be accepted of Him."

 [Al-Qur'an 3:85]

Hence, Islam does not claim to be a new religion brought by Prophet Muhammed into Arabia in the seventh century, but rather to be a re-expression in its final form of the true religion of Almighty God, Allah, as it was originally revealed to Adam and subsequent prophets.

At this point we might comment briefly on two other religions that claim to be the true path. Nowhere in the Bible will you and God revealing to prophet Moses' people or their descendants that their religion is called Judaism or to the followers of Christ that their religion is called Christianity. In other words, the names 'Judaism and Christianity' had no divine origin or approval. It was not until long after his death that the name Christianity was given to Jesus' religion.

What then, was Jesus' religion in actual fact, as distinct from its name? Both the names 'Jesus' and the name 'Christ' are derived from Hebrew words, through Latin and Greek. Jesus is the English and Latin form of the Greek 'Iesous', which in Hebrew is 'Yeshua' or 'Yehoshua' (Joshua). The Greek word 'Christos' is a translation of the Hebrew, 'messiah', which is a title meaning 'the anointed.'{/qluetip} His religion was reflected in his teachings. which he urged his followers to accept as guiding principles in their relationship with God. ln Islam, Jesus is a prophet sent by Allah and his Arabic name is Isa. Like the prophets before him, he called upon the people to surrender their will to the will of God (which is what Islam stands for). For example; in the New Testament it is stated that Jesus taught his followers to pray to God as follows:

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." [Luke 11:2/Matthew 6:9-10]

This concept was emphasized by Jesus in a number of his statements recorded in the Gospels. He taught, for example, that only those who submitted would inherit paradise.

"None of those who call me 'Lord' will enter the kingdom of God, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven." [Matthew 7:21]

Jesus also pointed out that he himself submitted to the will of God.

'' I cannot do anything of myself. I judge as l hear and my judgement is honest because I am not seeking my own will but the will of Him who sent me." [John 5:30]

There are many reports in the Gospels which show that Jesus made it clear to his followers that he was not the one true God. For example, when speaking about the final Hour, he said:

'' No-one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, not the son, but only the Father." [Mark 13:32]

Thus, Jesus, like the prophets before him and the only one who came after him, taught to religion of Islam: submission to the will of the one true God.

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