Introduction to Islam for Christians


What is Islam ?
Word Islam means submission, everything in universe obeys God, willingly or unwillingly. But we humans are supposed to establish that kingdom of God on earth out of love and fear of God alone, despite having a free will.

So Islam is to submit your own will to the will of God, and this has been the religion of all the prophets including Abraham.
Who is Allah ?
Allah is the name of The God, in Arabic language; Allah = The God ‘Eloah/Elohim in Jewish scripture’ and AaLaH/AaLoH in Aramaic.
Who is Muhammad (saw)?
All prophets were given the same message which is ‘follow me and worship God alone’.  But people who inherited them changed the religion out of wickedness or exaggeration or short-term personal gains.

Each time God’s religion was distorted, He sent a new prophet so truth can be made clear and Muhammad is the final prophet in this chain.
Who are Muslims ?
Muslims believe in one God and in what was revealed by God to Muhammad and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendant, and in what was given to Moses and Jesus and to other prophets from their Lord. We do not leave out any of these prophets, and we submit to the will of God only.
What is Quran ?
Quran is word of God for whole mankind, it was revealed to final messenger Muhammad Bin Abdullah in Arabia around 1400 years ago. Since this is the last message, no new prophet will come after this, and no new religion will be born.

God has taken responsibility for protecting the original text of the Quran. All around the world Muslims use a single version of Arabic text which is unchanged for last 1400 years. Quran was sent to revert what was altered in previous scriptures : as mentioned in bible ;

’”How can you say, “We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD,” when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?’
[Jeremiah 8:8]

Here is an example how Quran corrects what was altered :

“For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day…”
[Exodus 20:11]
And We did certainly create the heavens and earth and what is between them in six days, and there touched Us no weariness.
[Quran 50:38]
What is Hadith ?
Sayings of Prophet Muhammad is called hadith. It is not mixed with Quran. Its kept separate in books of authentic narrations.
What do Muslims believe about Jesus ?
– Muslims believe Jesus is one of the greatest Prophet of God,
– he is God’s word that He bestowed on Mary, and
– spirit from Him,
– he is the promised Messiah who will give victory to Islam in end times during his second coming.
– they believe that Jesus healed blind and the leper by God’s permission,
– he spoke from the cradle, and
– he brought back dead to life by God’s permission,
– he would breathe life in clay bird with God’s permission and
– God gave him Knowledge of Torah and God revealed to him the Gospel.
What do Muslims say about Mary ?
God says in Quran about her that she was a Siddiqa (level after prophets, second highest level man can reach) and Muslims believe only on authority of Quran that birth of Jesus was miraculous and his mother was a virgin and did not do anything immoral.
Beliefs we do not share with Christians :
Son of God?
Muslims do not believe that Jesus is the son of God. They believe that Jesus did not use the title ‘son of God’ for himself but it was inserted into the bible.

Gospels were written long time after Jesus ascended to heavens and these gospels were not written together some are older than some. Mark came to be seen as the earliest of the four gospels, and as a source used by both Matthew and Luke, now lets see how with passage of time this title of ‘son of God’ is inserted :

On one occasion, Jesus asked his disciples who they think he is. Peter’s reply is recorded in Mark (8:29), Luke (9:20) and Matthew (16:16) :

– In Mark: ‘You are the Christ’
– In Luke:  ‘You are the Christ of God’
– In Matthew: ‘You are the Christ, son of the living God.’

Notice that author of Matthew has added the phrase ‘Son of the living God’ to Peter’s declaration which is not true according to Muslim belief however declaration in Mark aligns with what Muslims believe Jesus to be. We find in the Gospels that the title Father is also added in several places where it did not belong.

– ‘Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother’ (Mark 3:35).
– ‘For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’ Matthew 12:50)

Since the true message was distorted, God sent Muhammad as the last prophet who told us true status of Jesus and gave us such unambiguous and clear last message that falsehood cannot enter it. 
Original Sin?
When talking about original sin Christian preachers always start with this line from (Ezekiel 18:20), ‘The soul that sinneth, it shall die’. And then they take you to Geneses and say that Adam sinned so all his children bear the burden of what Adam did in Eden and we all spiritually die if not saved. And the only way to be saved is through blood. 

In Ezekiel 18:20, reading the full verse will give the exact opposite meaning which Christian doctrine preaches. In fact the next verse will give original forgiveness and original salvation.

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. [Ezekiel 18:20]

But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all My statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. [Ezekiel 18:21]

Salvation ?
Think about it…  
I sinned against you, now you cannot forgive me until I kill your only begotten son?
Is this reasonable ? or a merciful God who is ready to forgive who so ever wants to change their ways and wants to return to Him, a forgiveness which is unconditional without need of an unjust sacrifice?
Sacrifice ?
Bible Acts 21 shows that when Paul came to Jerusalem to meet James who was the head of the Church there, James advised Paul to undergo a sacrificial ritual in the temple. Think about it, he should have said that the animal sacrifices have been performed for all by the sacrificial death of Jesus. Instead, he engaged in the ritual, even paying the expenses of four other men to offer such sacrifices. 

Note this ritual was stopped not because of crucifixion, but because the temple was destroyed by Romans, until then they used to sacrifice sacrificial animals in the temple every year. So this idea is also something that was worked into the bible.
Crucifixion  ?
God says in Quran : And [for] their saying,

“Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of God.” And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain. [Quran 4:157.]

Rather, God raised him to Himself. And ever is God Exalted in Might and Wise. [Quran 4:158.]

Companion of prophet Muhammad Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that Ibn `Abbas said, 

Just before God raised Jesus to the heavens, Jesus went to his twelve companions who were inside the house.  When he arrived, water was dripping from his hair and he said, `There are those among you who will disbelieve in me twelve times after he had believed in me.’  

He then asked, `Who volunteers that his image appears as mine, and be killed in my place. He will be with me (in Paradise)’ 

One of the youngest ones among them volunteered and Jesus asked him to sit down.

Jesus again asked for a volunteer, and the young man kept volunteering and Jesus asking him to sit down. 

Then the young man volunteered again and Jesus said, `You will be that man,’ and the resemblance of Jesus was cast over that man while Jesus ascended to heaven from a hole in the house.  When Jews came looking for Jesus, they found that young man and crucified him. Some of Jesus’s followers disbelieved in him twelve times after they had believed in him. 

Disciples divided into three groups. One group, Al-Ya`qubiyyah (Jacobites), said, `God remained with us as long as He willed and then ascended to heaven.’ 

Another group, An-Nasturiyyah (Nestorians), said, `The son of God was with us as long as he willed and God took him to heaven.’ 

Another group, Muslims(one who submits his will to God), said, `The servant and Messenger of God remained with us as long as God willed, and God then took him to Him.’  

The two disbelieving groups cooperated against the Muslim group and they killed them. 
Ever since that happened, Islam was then veiled until God sent Muhammad.” 

This statement has an authentic chain of narration leading to Ibn `Abbas, and An-Nasa’i narrated it
Trinity ?
God says in Quran:
They have certainly disbelieved who say, “God is the third of three.”
And there is no god except one God.
And if they do not desist from what they are saying, there will surely afflict the disbelievers among them a painful punishment.
[Quran 5:73]
Jesus being God ?
God says in Quran:
They have certainly disbelieved who say, “God is the Messiah, the son of Mary” while the Messiah has said, O Children of Israel, worship God, my Lord and your Lord.
Indeed, he who associates others with God – God has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers, any helpers.
[Quran 5 72]
Does Quran speak evil of Jewish and Christian prophets ?
No, you will never find a Muslim even making a joke about prophets which modern day Jews and Christians do. You will not find a single thing against a prophet in Quran.
Truth will set you free
Good thing about lie is that it cannot not exist on its own, a lie always spins it self around half truth. So when checked it’s easily spotted. A lie no matter how beautiful it is, it is only a false promise, a distraction from truth.

Whereas truth is like a solid tree that has roots deep within standing firm above the ground, there is no excuse in not accepting it. Only thing that can save oneself is TRUTH. One has to observe how God allows so many religions to exist on earth so man can be tested through them. Because It is just, that he who will not believe in the truth to his salvation should believe in a lie to his damnation.

So understand this my dear beloved fellow man that truth is so simple and clear this is the mercy of God. And one has a choice and free will, this is justice of God.

Finally I would like to leave this advice that when truth comes, one should grab it, because God has made man on a nature that is pure … and when truth is presented to one who’s nature is still pure, he RECOGNIZES THE TRUTH!!! … and if he rejects it first time… then next time when truth is presented to him intensity of truth is felt less than it was first time… and if he keeps rejecting , one day he will not be able to recognize it and be fully inoculated against the truth.

If all of this makes sense then do read Quran once in your life, so you do not miss out the most important message that was left for you on this earth.

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