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Only One God: How to Follow Him? – P1

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Nov 06, 2016

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I read parts of the Quran and parts of the Bible. I think both books are great guides to becoming a person that God wanted you to become. I know the Quran lets you study other religions, then why is it that people are against other religions? There is only one God, why do I get to hear from people reading books about him I do not belief in their god. I can only belief in the one God, I have 100% faith in God just not 100% in the books that were written by humans about Him. Why would anyone be offensive about that?

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Only One God

Salam (Peace) Dear Brother,

Thank you so much for sending in your question, and for attempting to come to a clearer understanding about a crucial life matter.

The following is the first part of your answer. The remaining part is published here.

We pray that you’ll be able to reach answers that are genuinely fulfilling to your heart and mind, and truly helpful for you to lead a life full of goodness, righteousness and purity as a noble human being.

Now, there are several elements in your question to be addressed.

Let us attempt to reason this matter a little bit.

First, it almost goes without saying that one cannot make a thorough, educated and informed decision about a matter without studying and researching this matter adequately. Any other approach would lead to a hasty or insufficient judgment. Correct?

Now, you said you read ‘part’ of the Quran and the Bible. That’s great. But, it might not be sufficient to come to a clear, decisive answer or conclusion about this matter. What if in the remaining ‘parts’ that you haven’t read there were information that could help you make a better decision, or answer your questions better, or show you a clearer path to The One God you believe in so passionately?

Let us say, for example, that the President gave a speech. You heard ‘part’ of the speech and then said that you think it is good. Is hearing part of the speech sufficient to make a judgement? What if the remaining part of this speech was catastrophic, for example, or unappealing or carried major decisions/injunctions that you need to know?

Again, a better, more thorough research would lead to a better conclusion.

With regards to the Quran and the Bible, in order to help you out a bit more with research, please read our previous responses from various experts on the content of those Scriptures.

Where are the Original Torah and Gospel?

Is the Bible the Word of God?

Is the Christian Bible Corrupted? Part 2 of the answer

Has The Quran Changed?

With regards to the Quran, again, we invite you to study it really thoroughly and investigate it, because contrary to what you said, the Quran is not a book authored by humans.Only One God

We believe it is the Direct Word of The One & Only God, The Creator of the Heavens and the Earth and everything therein.

Again, we’re not asking you to take this at face value.

Please investigate. If you were told that the One God you believe in 100% spoke to you directly through this Quran, wouldn’t you want, or wouldn’t you be curious to know fully what He says and how He wants you to connect with Him?

Some people assume that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) authored the Quran. This is not true. The Quran itself says that Muhammad is not but a messenger delivering the message directly from God, in God’s own words.

Think about that: If someone asked you “what time is it now?” you would answer directly “It is One O’clock”.  If someone asked you, “Who is God?” you would give an explanation, “God is one…etc.”

But in the Quran, it is different. In the Quran, the Chapter called The Sincerity or The Purity of Faith (Al-Ikhlas), for example, if you want to know about God, here is how the message is uttered:

{In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

Say, ‘He is God the One, God the eternal. He begot no one nor was He begotten. No one is comparable to Him.’} (Quran: Chapter 112)

Notice, first, it is not in a human’s name, not in Muhammad (peace be upon him) name. It is in the name of God.

Second, it is not a mere explanation of who God is, it is a direct utterance, verbatim from God…‘Say’, God telling Muhammad what to say exactly.

We’ve published resources on this matter that could help you further.

What is the Quran?

The Quran: Whose Word Is It?

All of this is important to investigate in order to have a more comprehensive understating and a deeper knowledge of a crucial matter: the purpose of our existence and our relationship with our Creator.

A very important element in this discussion is to truly know how to connect with the Creator. You said you believe 100% in one God. This is a really commendable standpoint. The second step is to know what He says, what He wants and how to connect with Him.

We have a Creator who created this immensely intricate and sophisticated human being, He created this outstanding universe, the seven heavens and the earth…. All of this for no purpose?Only One God

{Does man think that he will be left neglected? Had he not been a sperm from semen emitted? Then he was a clinging clot, and [Allah] created [his form] and proportioned [him]. And made of him two sexes, the male and the female. Is not that [Creator] Able to give life to the dead?} (Quran 75: 36-40)

Everything in the heavens and the earth has a purpose, from the smallest of atoms to the mightiest of creation, all have a role, a purpose and a governing law that they follow.

What about the human being? What is the purpose?

Salam.




About Dina Mohamed Basiony

Dina Mohamed Basiony is a writer based in Cairo, Egypt. She is the Chief Editor of ProductiveMuslim.com. She specializes in Islam and spirituality. Dina holds an MA and BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the American University in Cairo.

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