By: Maged Taman
Islam in English means submission. Before the last revelation of God to humans (Islam) there were many prophets and many religions. Those who submitted to God's absolute authority and followed his commandments at any age are Muslims (submitted).
The First Commandment is the most important in all the scriptures: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is One God!Therefore you shall adore the Lord your God with all your heart,with all your soul,with all your mind,and with all your strength.[Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Mark 12:29 and Luke 10:27, Quran 3:18]. Thus one has to have faith in the glorious, omnipotent and omnipresent God.
To prove your faith (Hadith: faith is what is in depth of the heart and proved by actions) you have to follow God commandments. No one is prefect except God. Messengers are close to perfect as humans, then Saints and then good people. I hope I belong to the last group. Humans are in a continuous struggle between the good and evil.
Satan is competing every second with God over the hearts and minds of humans. Conscience is built up by the inner judgment of human of what is right and what is wrong. Satan wants us to do follow our senses: pleasure and pain with no regard to what is right and what is wrong.
Conscience is perfected when humans receive a perfect message from God as in the purist of the three major religions before people corrupted or misinterpreted them. Unlike some Christians who believe that they are saved by the cross or blood of Christ Muslims believe of teachings of Christ (PBUH) which is almost the same as Muhammad (PBUH) as the savior.
The thing I do not understand how Christians reconcile being saved by the cross and in the same time they believe in God's wrath. I do not know how they can have it both ways. Everyone has the right to his creed, but as humans we all asked to be righteous and cooperate to fill the earth with justice and fairness. We will be asked if we had spread God's teachings that the prophets told us in earth.
If you are saved already then you may as well forget God's wrath. Some Muslims in my country are trying to deceive God saying that they will do the evil and go to pilgrims in Mecca every year and they will be O.K. This is how Satan tempted people so he can corrupt the world.
Though there is no obligation to creed, Islam is the last message and it deserves or actually ought to be studied. If one stands to refute it he is better to have very strong arguments so when he meets God he will be convincing.
If you believe or crossed your mind that no life after death you have to examine it very well now since there is no second chance after we die. Life in earth is only transient and a preparation to our eternal life in heaven or hell so this is a duty to yourself. Actually by default we are entitled to eternal paradise, if you do the good and sustain few years of sufferings. You can navigate my web as well many in Internet as http://www.submission.org/ that prove God existence and compare religions.
2:132 The same did Abraham enjoin upon his sons, and also Jacob, (saying): O my sons! Lo! Allah hath chosen for you the (true) religion; therefore die not save as men who have surrendered (unto Him). وَوَصَّى بِهَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ بَنِيهِ وَيَعْقُوبُ يَا بَنِيَّ إِنَّ اللّهَ اصْطَفَى لَكُمُ الدِّينَ فَلاَ تَمُوتُنَّ إَلاَّ وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ (
10:84 Moses said: "O my people! If ye do (really) believe in Allah, then in Him put your trust if ye submit (your will to His)." وَقَالَ مُوسَى يَا قَوْمِ إِن كُنتُمْ آمَنتُم بِاللّهِ فَعَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلُواْ إِن كُنتُم مُّسْلِمِينَ (10:84)
10:90 We took the Children of Israel across the sea: Pharaoh and his hosts followed them in insolence and spite. At length, when overwhelmed with the flood, he said: "I believe that there is no god except Him Whom the Children of Israel believe in: I am of those who submit (to Allah in Islam)." وَجَاوَزْنَا بِبَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ الْبَحْرَ فَأَتْبَعَهُمْ فِرْعَوْنُ وَجُنُودُهُ بَغْيًا وَعَدْوًا حَتَّى إِذَا أَدْرَكَهُ الْغَرَقُ قَالَ آمَنتُ أَنَّهُ لا إِلِـهَ إِلاَّ الَّذِي آمَنَتْ بِهِ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ وَأَنَاْ مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ (10:90)
12:101 (Joseph) "O my Lord! Thou hast indeed bestowed on me some power, and taught me something of the interpretation of dreams and events,- O Thou Creator of the heavens and the earth! Thou art my Protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Take Thou my soul (at death) as one submitting to Thy will (as a Muslim), and unite me with the righteous." رَبِّ قَدْ آتَيْتَنِي مِنَ الْمُلْكِ وَعَلَّمْتَنِي مِن تَأْوِيلِ الأَحَادِيثِ فَاطِرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ أَنتَ وَلِيِّي فِي الدُّنُيَا وَالآخِرَةِ تَوَفَّنِي مُسْلِمًا وَأَلْحِقْنِي بِالصَّالِحِينَ (12:101)
3:52 When Jesus found Unbelief on their part He said: "Who will be My helpers to (the work of) Allah." Said the disciples: "We are Allah's helpers: We believe in Allah, and do thou bear witness that we are muslims. فَلَمَّا أَحَسَّ عِيسَى مِنْهُمُ الْكُفْرَ قَالَ مَنْ أَنصَارِي إِلَى اللّهِ قَالَ الْحَوَارِيُّونَ نَحْنُ أَنصَارُ اللّهِ آمَنَّا بِاللّهِ وَاشْهَدْ بِأَنَّا مُسْلِمُونَ (3:52)
22:34 To every people did We appoint rites (of sacrifice), that they might celebrate the name of Allah over the sustenance He gave them from animals (fit for food). But your Allah is One Allah. submit then your wills to Him (in Islam): and give thou the good news to those who humble themselves,- وَلِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ جَعَلْنَا مَنسَكًا لِيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ عَلَى مَا رَزَقَهُم مِّن بَهِيمَةِ الْأَنْعَامِ فَإِلَهُكُمْ إِلَهٌ وَاحِدٌ فَلَهُ أَسْلِمُوا وَبَشِّرِ الْمُخْبِتِينَ (22:34)
أُوْلَئِكَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِم مِّنَ النَّبِيِّينَ مِن ذُرِّيَّةِ آدَمَ وَمِمَّنْ حَمَلْنَا مَعَ نُوحٍ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّةِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْرَائِيلَ وَمِمَّنْ هَدَيْنَا وَاجْتَبَيْنَا إِذَا تُتْلَى عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُ الرَّحْمَن خَرُّوا سُجَّدًا وَبُكِيًّا (19:58)
19:58 (Picktall) These are they unto whom Allah showed favor from among the Prophets, of the seed of adam and of those whom We carried (in the ship) with Noah, and of the seed of Abraham and Israel, and from among those whom We guided and chose. When the revelations of the Beneficent were recited unto them, they fell down, adoring and weeping.