Undoubtedly a Creator

Of the myriad of testimonies to the existence of a Creator, the ones I believe to be the most compelling are:

1-    Infinite variety:

Ordaining that no two creatures are entirely identical.

Laws of science imply that similar inputs produce similar output. When two elements interact, they produce the same result.  When molecular hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2) react together, under similar conditions, they form either water or hydrogen peroxide, not an array of different compounds.  Yet what we witness in life is a boundless variety of creations in: kind, species, look, details, fingerprint, retinal print, DNA, even attitude, personality, aspirations, weaknesses, and creativity.  We’re not even looking at a limited variety; we’re talking inconceivable diversity.  Identical twins are not really identical, though coming from the same mother, father, womb, diet and surrounding conditions, even egg and sperm (i.e. DNA).  They remain distinguished in countless aspects, not just one or two.  

 

Some relevant compelling questions then: 

 

  • How were these variations caused? 
  • Why weren’t humans created sexless? 
  • Why weren’t they created as replicas? Producing abundant quantities of the same just to populate Earth and perform whatever their intended functions are.  
  • What is the aim/purpose behind diversity? Why bother create more than one distinct identity (in the case of identical twins), and an unlimited number of creatures (in the case of the universe in general)? Again, the variation is not limited to one, two or even a few attributes.  It’s amazingly countless.

 

The easy alternative scenario could’ve been identical productions of a finite number of species, each with own functions in the life cycle.  

 

 

There has to be an instigator/force that caused the output to diversify despite coming from the same inputs. The varieties, known and unknown, ancient, currently existing and yet to exist, in creatures of all kinds are just unfathomable.  No one can claim to know them all, let alone fully understand even the most primitive of them. 

     

Logically, Whatever/Whoever is causing the variations (the instigator) has the “Will” and “Intent”, the “Intelligence” and “Knowledge”, and immense “Creativity” to do so, such that these variations are not anomalies or defective copies.  Creatures in each biological kind are relatively equivalent in overall capacities and features, yet unique in boundless facets.  It’s as if their “Creator” intends it as yet another evidence of His power of creation.  Not only did He create the whole universe, He continues to amaze us with new distinct creations Every Single Day!!

 

2-    Beauty: 

Wonderment and Delight in Observing

The Creator of all beings has both an astounding degree of creativity, as well as an inclination for captivating beauty.  Beauty perceived in almost everything, in the design, motion dynamics, details, colors, complementary functionality between beings, flavors, smells and texture.  Beauty that artists were only able to devise, and only learned, by observing and emulating other creations.  The colors of flowers, birds and leaves.  The geometry in a Spider’s web, and the bird’s nest.   Awe inspiring beauty that amazes, dazes, inspires, and deeply moves us to the core as we observe the creatures in the sky, on land and under water.  No justification and nothing in all the laws of science dictates beauty or requires it in any product, nor does lack of it impair functionality.  Creatures could simply be ordinary looking machines/robots that don’t necessarily look good yet perform their intended functions.

 

Beauty is instead a “Choice”, a “Decision” by the Beautiful Creator of things and beings.  

 

3-    Instinct: 

The innate, basic knowledge every living creature is born with.  

What/Who is the source of knowledge observed in the behaviors of newborns from the first instance of their life? Nature is not a living thing.  It doesn’t possess knowledge and isn’t capable of creating nor passing it on. Offspring of several types of species are not “taught” anything by the parent, because the mother dies immediately after giving birth.  So how did they learn to survive, fly, swim, feed, create structures, build a web, without a teacher passing it on to them? Where did their initial knowledge come from?  Where did the unbelievable amount of data found in our DNA come from when nature itself is a non-intelligent creation?

These three things alone necessitate a Creator possessing essential elements: 

1-    A Will to create such infinite diversity

2-    Knowledge to do so and to instill bits of this knowledge within every newborn living creature

3-    Unimaginable Creativity (A designer)

4-    Inclination for Beauty that gives us a testimony to the existence of an “All Knowing”, Beautiful Creator with every single creation that comes to be every second of every day

5-    The Power to make this all happen 

 

Every creature is intended as a miracle, proof of a Creator, and an inspiration. 

 

To conceive of any other explanation than the existence of a Creator takes a ridiculous amount of absurdity.  And what I find completely inexplicable is how vehemently atheists refuse the possibility of a Creator.  They’re willing to take any illogically founded explanation, as full of weaknesses as it may be, except the notion of a God and a Hereafter.  Even the dilemma they put forward for injustice in the world and if there was a God how can He allow bad things to happen to children is based on a fallacy of denying a God, a Hereafter and the ultimate justice day!!  It’s a self-contradictory statement. 

Ironically enough, as Dr. Hamza Yusuf puts it, it is the atheists that have God on their mind more than believers, they tend to bring up the issue of His existence a lot more. 

As mentioned, there are boundless evidences to His existence in every single one of His creations and in most facets of life.  It’s unimaginable how a logical human would not accept that a glass of water can just exist on his table without someone crafting the glass, pouring water into it, and putting it there, yet they are willing to concede the existence of this unfathomable universe, as baffling, precise, and managed as it is, without a Creator.

Atheists subject God to the rules and laws known of this life, even though He created them.  Nonetheless, if we still go along and apply them, let’s ponder upon on a few issues.

 

  • Order: Monitoring, Management, and Rectification 

This extremely precise, orderly and systematic way each individual creature, and the universe as a whole, runs must be controlled and managed by a magnificent All-Knowing All-Encompassing power. It can’t be an unplanned sequence of events.  Every system established by man (e.g. machines, governments, production lines, health systems, schools, etc. ) has a manager or a parallel mechanism that performs the checks and balances, controls and monitors it to ensure it operates/runs properly and correct any mistakes should it deviate from normal/intended path.  We’re living by this law of life daily.  We also cannot assume each entity or part is managed separately, else systems would clash.  Consequently, every creation is managed separately, concurrently, and collectively with all other systems/creations in perfect harmony and integration.  A symphony orchestrated so majestically and beautifully we can only observe it play before us in complete awe, unless we’re blind-hearted. Can you imagine what that would require in workforce, intelligence, plus organizational, decision-making management capacity?!!!

 

  • Accountability & Justice: 

The Destination, Ultimate Judgement and Retribution.

Every human system that exists applies the rules of accountability in almost every facet in life, ever since we were children, at home, in school, college, at work.. etc.  So, in the holistic life-system, does it make sense that we don’t get held accountable for how good or bad we are? If not, where’s the justice in that? What could possibly motivate us to excel and do more in charity and kindness? What compels us to go above and beyond the basic law-enforced duties and do the right thing? On the flip side, what’s to stop us from stealing, killing, being mean, spiteful, jealous, tyrant if we can evade getting caught?

How can you possibly ask someone who’s been badly mistreated to not seek revenge without waiting for an incompetent or manipulatable human-created justice system?  How can a person forgive someone for killing or hurting his child or loved-one had he no faith that ultimately justice shall be done?  How would you accept that a tyrant (in any form) that succeeded in escaping punishment throughout his life, even died a normal death, will never be accountable for his wrong doings?  Wouldn’t this be the ultimate injustice!! 

 

  • Purpose: The “Why” question.

Every object and living thing that exists in our life serves a purpose in the wholistic life system, so what is the purpose of ours?  How can we assume that everything has been created for a purpose except us? Why do we even bother to get up in the morning and work, if we’re eventually going to die and it totally ends our journey?  Having absolutely no purpose or believing there is nothing else comes after this temporary life, would cause all kinds of moral catastrophes, eventually leading to the quick demise and extinction of humans.  For example, what would stop society from “ridding itself” of the non-productive elderly, totally handicapped or the terminally ill, and ease their, and society’s suffering? Why can’t the answer to any struggle in life be to end it altogether painlessly, if we were to assume this whole life is for nothing, no purpose, no creator, no accountability whatsoever, and no afterlife?  What motivates us to continue living, working hard, getting up in the morning, if all was in vain?

 

  • Morality: Ethics & kindness

What is our source of morality? Atheists sometimes argue that we can be non-believers yet conduct ourselves in the highest ethical standards.  True, but…

Who’s to say or decide what’s right or wrong? Where is the reference if not religion?  From the days of Cane and Abel, why was it deemed unacceptable/sinful to kill another? Where did we get that incest and adultery are forbidden? Why would people get married when they can just fulfill their desires like animals, out in the open, with whoever, or whatever for that matter.  Where did the laws of conduct come from?  And let’s say you happen to be a civilized, well-balanced, ethical human, don’t you think there are very bad atheists, with absolutely no moral inclination?  Wouldn’t you then fear for your children, daughter, sister, mother, the elderly? How would the society look like when people have no predisposition and absolute reference as to what’s right and wrong?

 

  • Sleep: The spiritual recharge.

What’s the explanation for man’s vital need for deep sleep just like his need for air, water and food, from which a prolonged deprivation would lead to delirium and madness, eventually death?… There is yet no substantiated quantifiable physical or physiological justification/process that the scientists or doctors could accurately pinpoint as in the case of the body’s need for food, drink or air…  Why can’t the body perform during relaxation-only what it can perform during deep sleep? 

God explained this very simply by calling sleep the “Minor Death”… (In Islam)

A human is made up of three components, not two like previously assumed, the body, mind and spirit.  The body and mind have their needs and so does the spirit.  As in death, the spirit proceeds during sleep time to depart the mortal body, with its physical needs and biological limitations, to approach the Divine Being and draw from Him its needs of energy, tranquility, love and light… Then, unless the sleeper’s ordained lifespan is over, the spirit will return to that mortal body to continue living.  The spirit needs this recalibration and recharge just like the body needs nutrients.

That’s why when a Muslim wakes up, he is encouraged to be thankful to God for “bringing him back to life, after having taken it away during sleep”. 

 

  • Physical Evidence & Answers

Atheists argue that religion does not give us tangible proof or answers to all questions.  Well, neither does science.  In fact, relying on science only to explain life poses more unanswered questions, and replies that don’t add up.  Yet atheists are willing to bet their lives and their infinite Ever-after on science, a creation in itself, with all its laws, dynamics and theories, rather than bet on The One who created such laws and sciences.  A bet that, should it prove to be wrong, would bring on them unimaginable grave consequences and eternal loss; much more than what a believer stands to lose in case he got it wrong.  This is not to say that atheists should “pretend to believe”, as they can’t fool themselves or God.  But it is to say that any small amount of ego, worldly influences, trends, challenges, desires or attractions, should be put aside, and a strong, sincere quest for information to answer this question should be undertaken.  Eternity is not to be risked, taken lightly, or ignored for the benefit of momentary, worldly, concerns.

They ask, “so who created God?”.  A question that totally contradicts calling Him “The Creator of all things”.

They also say that the only truth in life is that there is no truth.  Again, a sentence that is self-contradictory.

Contrary to what some atheists think, religion does NOT want you to negate your intellectual faculties, in fact it’s the absolute opposite.  Never has the obligation to learn, ponder, think, analyze and above all READ, been more stressed than it is in Islam.  I say obligation because it is presented as such in Islam.  The very first word of the Revelation was “READ”.  The call to learn, seek knowledge, ponder, observe, reflect, the exclamations “Will they not Understand?” “Will they not think?”, the statements similar in meaning to “So that they learn” “So that they know”, these all occur in abundance in the Quran in every chapter.  This, along with numerous traditions from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) calling to seek knowledge and science, putting the scientists and teachers in an exalted status above other people.  

 

Quran Ch:1

God says in the Quran that of all the believers, it is scientists that have the most fear of God (having known His Power and Abilities through the study of His Creations).  Of course, here we’re talking about scientists who are humble enough to admit, not those who perceive that science made them all powerful and too big to bow to a Creator, how little they become when they’re that inflated! 

This is a Creator that gave us the blessing of mind and intellect and wants us to use it, making it a major sin to intoxicate it, or to any degree intently use anything to reduce mindfulness and optimum presence of senses.  This is a Creator that wants you to be smart, diligent, and seek truth, because sought objectively and sincerely, it would definitely lead you to find Him.

The Ink of a Scholar is More Sacred Than The Blood of a Martyr 

One cannot till this day claim absolute and wholesome knowledge of every detail concerning the tiniest/simplest of creatures.  Yet, so arrogantly, many rise very confidently to discuss and question the power, wisdom, knowledge and even existence of the Creator.

Ego is rightfully placed amongst the biggest sins because it causes us to perceive ourselves as being much bigger and more knowledgeable than we actually are.    

Yet, as insignificant as we are compared to the universe, our ego becomes so inflated with the minute amount of science we’ve come to learn that the first thing we decide to do is to challenge our Creator and deny His existence.  Asking Him to prove Himself to us over and over, disregarding all the existing stark testimonies.  Man is just created so argumentative.  

Spiritually..

Faith is an innate need and urge.. He is in no need for us, it is We who need Him.  We need to believe in the Great Creator that has brought us to being, and to hold on to faith in order to rest our, otherwise, troubled and lost souls trying to answer questions like who are we, and what is the purpose of all of this? And… What next?!!

This is particularly evident in times of severe and sudden psychological trauma, fear, or despair, when one gets freed from all reservations, and acts in absolute spontaneity.  This is when even atheists find themselves begging for God’s Help and Mercy.
It is also the reason behind the noticeable tranquility, calmness in demeanor, peace and contented smile observed in people of strong faith.  It is not attributed to wealth as it’s found with the poorest!  Those who have strong, unshaken conviction based on knowledge and research feel certain they have found the last piece in the hugely complex puzzle of their spirituality that “Clicked” in place, causing them to experience satisfaction in wholesomeness and clarity, and are therefore relieved, reassured, and calm at last.  They amazingly find privilege in calamity, knowing that hardships are God’s way of purifying a person of sins, evolving us into much stronger,
 more insightful and ethical humans, reminding the soul of its Creator, keeping it grounded not overtaken by ego, bringing it closer to Him and the warmth of His Mercy and Care.

Those that live without holding on to believing in God, on the other hand, mostly live in anxiety and restlessness, as reported by many ex-atheists who felt lost, confused, and in immense need for guidance.  Looking at the numerous incidents of the rich and famous who apparently had it all, yet took their own lives away.  What was missing? 

You know what makes sense?

It is that we are here for a purpose, there is a Creator, this life is but a short phase that passes so quickly no matter how long we live, and we shall have to face all our deeds, good or bad, someday!!

God regards the pious amongst us in a status higher than angels for having willingly chosen to worship Him and seek first and foremost His pleasure, as unlike angels who have no will, no ability to choose and no desires other than obeying God, we had to struggle against all our desires and inclinations to indulge.

The stakes are just too high to ignore this matter.  Read, research, learn, ask (pray) with all sincerity for guidance and truth, approach the topic with a totally open and unbiased mind, and above all, with humility.  Humble yourself enough to conceive a possibility of a Creator that you should ask for help.  And finally, put your ego, worldly considerations and other peoples’ influences aside.

God neither wins nor loses anything with or without you on His side. You stand to lose Everything, and Eternally This is life’s most important project.

We only get one chance, one Worldly lifetime, it shouldn’t be wasted!!

 

اِقْـــــتَــرِبْ

هو ليس اقتراب الجسد والطقوس والحركات

هو اقتراب الروح والعقل والهوى

اقترابٌ من قبس السعادة والطاقة الإيجابية والقوة الكونية التي تُسيِّر كل ما نرى وما لا نرى

اقترابٌ من سر الطمأنينة وهدأة النفس وراحة البال

عشقٌ لمن صنع كل شيء وبيده كل شيء

قربٌ فيه لذَّةٌ لا تشبه أي لذَّة

لا ترتبط بديانةٍ أو مذهب، بل يشعرها المؤمنون الموحِّدون، مسلمون كانوا أم مسيحيُّون أو يهود… بجميع مذاهبهم

 

هي لذَّةٌ تدوم بدوام القرب… ولا تشبهها في شيء اللذَّة الوقتيَّة التي تتأتى من أي متعٍ دنيويَّة، يماثل مفعولها المسكِّنات التي تُغطِّي ألم الجسد والنفس للحظاتٍ، وإن طالت… لتخلِّف في إثرها سمومًا تطالهما فيما بعد، وتتركهما في حالةٍ أشدَّ سوءًا مما كانا فيه

فلماذا يُصرُّ الخالق على القرب والاقتراب؟

كالصانع يعلم أسرار صنعته كما لا يعلمها أحد… يعرف أن هذه النفس المتعَبة المتخبطة دائمًا والتائهة مرارًا والجوعى دون أن تدرك سر جوعها، لن تهدأ حتى تقترب

يلحُّ الله في الكثير من مواضع الكتاب المقدَّس على القرب…

“كَلَّا لَا تُطِعْهُ وَاسْجُدْ وَاقْتَرِب”

“فإني قريب”

“وَنَحْنُ أَقْرَبُ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ حَبْلِ الْوَرِيد”

“لَا تَحْزَنْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَنَا”

وكالأم الحانية التي تلحظ ولدها مُقدِمٌ على ما يؤذيه… تحاول أن تثنيه عن ذلك بالترغيب والإغراء بأصناف المغانم تارةً، وبالتهديد والتوعُّد بالعقوبات والحرمان تارَّةً أخرى، علَّه يعود عن ذلك… هي تعلم ما فيه خيرٌ له، وهو يظنَّها قاسية ومتشددة

هنا نستدعي أيضًا سر حاجة الإنسان الملحَّة للنوم العميق تمامًا كحاجته للهواء والماء والطعام، والذي يؤدي حرمانه منه لفترةٍ مطوَّلة إلى الهذيان والجنون ثم الموت الفعلي… دون أن يكون هناك سببٌ فيزيائي يمكن قياسه لذلك أو حاجةٌ فيسيولوجية استطاع العلماء أو الأطباء وضع يدهم عليها أو تفسيرها بدقَّة مثل حاجة الجسم للطعام أو الشراب أو الهواء… وهو ما فسَّره الحقُّ بمنتهى البساطة حين بيَّن أن النوم هو موتةٌ صغرى… تنطلق خلالها الروح (كما في الموت) وتغادر الجسد الدنيوي الفاني، باحتياجاته المادية وقصوره البيولوجي، لتقترب من الذات الإلهيَّة فتأخذ منها حاجتها من الطاقة والطمأنينة والحب والنور… ثم تعود بعد ذلك، إن لم ينتهي العمر المقدَّر، لتسكن ذلك الجسد.  ومن يقرأ في أسرار الروح والموت والنوم يجد في هذا التفسير الكثير من المنطق

إذا نظرنا سنجد نمطين من البشر…

  1. المؤمنون حقًّا… وهم ليسوا من يؤدُّون الشعائر والطقوس والإيماءات والواجبات دون أن تلمس قلوبهم… بل هم من يقيموها حقَّ إقامتها في حياتهم وتعاملاتهم، ويشعرون بالامتنان لقدرتهم على أدائها… بل ويشتاقون إليها

هؤلاء نلحظ لديهم اطمئنانًا وهدوء نفس غير عادي، يمكن تمييزه في كلامهم ونبرات صوتهم وفي فكرهم وحتى لغة جسدهم، وهو أوضح ما يكون في البسمة التي تكاد تكون دومًا مرتسمة على وجوههم فتشعر معها بأنهم، رغم جميع الآلام والمصائب والصعوبات التي قد يكونوا يمرُّون بها، وجدوا كنزًا خالدًا لا يفنى ويقينًا بأنهم مالكو هذه الأرض والحياة والآخرة الأبدية… لدرجةٍ قد يحسدهم عليها البعض ويظنون أن لديهم سرًّا ما (والأمر هو بالفعل كذلك)

  1. المبتعدون… الذين ألهاهم التكاثر… وشغَلهم لهاثٌ دائم وراء أهداف ومغانم مرحليَّة دنيويَّة اعتقادًا منهم أن الإنسان ما هو إلا الجسد… واعتقادًا منهم أن هذه الأهداف والمغانم ستحقق لهم السعادة المنشودة في حين أن كل ما تعطيهم هو مسكِّنٌ مؤقت وجرعة أدرينالين… تتلاشى لتترك توقًا لما هو أكثر مما حققوه…

ينتهي الأمر هنا بواحدةٍ من ثلاث…

أناسٌ حقَّقوا كل ذلك، بل وأكثر مما يحلمون… حتى آل بهم المطاف إلى………. الانتحار

وهو ما لم يستطع أحد تبريره وفق المقاييس المعتادة… فقد حازوا المال والشهرة ومحبة الملايين… لكن روحهم لم تجد حاجتها… ولم يعودوا يستطيعوا وفق المعايير الدنيوية أن يجدوا ما هو “أكثر” ليطلبوه… فطلبوا الموت! علّ روحهم تجد فيه الخلاص

وأناسٌ أكثر حظًّا… اهتدوا بعد الابتعاد إلى المصدر الحقيقي للسعادة… فتجدهم، أيضًا بعد طول ابتعادهم واختبار جميع الشهوات والملذات والأهداف الدنيوية، يستسلمون لبكاءٍ بلا سيطرة، حتى منهم الرجال الأشداء، لما عرفوا من لذّة القرب التي لطالما بحثوا عنها ونشدوها في أماكن خاطئة… لدرجة أن بعضهم يتخلى عن كل شيءٍ من أجل “كل الشيء”…

وأناسٌ تمضي بهم الحياة وهم مبتعدون وماضون في الابتعاد، فقدت منظومتهم الجانب الروحاني فلا يشعرون إلا بما هو مادي ومحسوس… واقتصرت مستقبلات حواسِّهم على مؤشراتٍ محددة للنجاح لا تتضمن أي رسالةٍ في الحياة… يتمسكون بها بكل قوَّة فتُخرجهم عن دائرة الرعاية الإلهية و”الرد الجميل”… معظمهم يستشعر في اللحظات الأخيرة قبل مغادرة روحه الجسد كم كان مخطئًا في حساباته ومؤشراته…

       

        آية “كَلَّا لَا تُطِعْهُ وَاسْجُدْ وَاقْتَرِب” تلخص مراحل الاقتراب.. وإذا تأملناها سنلحظ أن ذلك…

يبدأ برفض الأفعال التي تبعدنا عن دائرة رحمته ورعايته ومحبته وعلى الأخص ما فيه ظلمٌ للبشر… علمًا بأن الله يمهلنا الشيء الكثير ويغفر لنا الكثير طالما أن في قلبنا لو حتى القدر القليل من الإيمان به…

هذه الأفعال تبعدنا شيئًا فشيئًا، وتأخذنا إلى غفلةٍ تطوِّقنا حتى يصعب خروجنا منها كلما طالت واستمرت واستحكمت

وتأتي المرحلة التالية متمثِّلةً في السجود… أن نضع جبهتنا على الأرض التي منها خرجنا… مقصِد ذلك الأساسي هو إخراج أي قدرٍ من الكبر والتعالي والغرور من النفس بحيث لا تعود تستنكف عن التقرُّب إلى خالقها والإقرار بفضله… فلا يمكننا أن نطلب صِدق القرب من أحدٍ ونحن نتكبر عليه

أتعجب هنا جدًّا من أي شخصٍ يدَّعي أي قدرٍ من الذكاء ويحاكم فرض السجود على أنه حاجةٌ من الخالق لإثبات الذات أو لإشباع الغرور أو لإذلال البشر… إذ كيف يمكن لعقل ذلك الشخص، الذي لا يستطيع هو نفسه فعليًّا الإحاطة التامَّة بأيِّ وأصغر واحدٍ من مخلوقات الله (ولا حتى ادِّعاء ذلك)، أن يدَّعي أي فهمٍ أو إحاطة بخالق تلك المخلوقات وغاياته؟ أو أن ينسب إليه إحدى صفات القصور البشري، في حاجتهم إلى إثبات الذات أو إشباع الغرور أو إذلال الغير؟… أيُّ قدرٍ من الغطرسة والجهل وقلة الذكاء والفهم والأدب مع الخالق يجب أن يكون عليه هذا الشخص ليُقدِّم تفسيرًا كهذا؟! هل من سويٍّ يدَّعي أن الأمَّ تطلب من طفلها إطاعة أوامرها لأنها تقصِد إذلاله؟؟! فكيف بخالق الأم

والآن وقد اجتنب الإنسان ما يحجبه عن مصدر طاقته الروحانيَّة، ويغرقه في دوامة العالم المادي البحت، ثم نزع من نفسه كل كِبرٍ وغرور (وهو أصل كل الشرور)، أصبح بإمكانه أن “يقترب”… بنيَّةٍ صافية ورغبة صادقة في البحث عن السعادة الداخلية…

سنجد شيئًا غريبًا يتَّفق عليه الكثير، وقد اختبرته بنفسي حتى أصبح يقينًا يماثل يقيني بكل ما أستطيع رؤيته ولمسه فعليًّا حولي… وهو أن أجمل إحساسٍ وأقوى إحساسٍ بالحنو واللطف والرعاية الإلهية يأتي في أقسى الأوقات وأصعب المحن وأشد الآلام… عندما يتقبَّل المرء ما يحدث له على أنه كلُّه خير بلا شك… عندها تحدث المعجزات… وتنجلي الرؤية عما تحجبه عادةً شواغلنا اليومية…

وإذا سألت الكثيرين ممن اختبروا هذا الشعور سيقولون …

أجملُ القُرب يكون خلال أقسى الابتلاءات             

العنصر الكوني الأقوى

خاطرة جميلة سمعتها مؤخرًا وأعجبتني، مفادها …

 

أننا نظرنا إلى الجبال فأدهشتنا ضخامتها وشموخها وظننا أن ليس هناك ما يستطيع تحطيمها

ثم أرسل الله الحديد فشقّ به الجبال

عندها اعتقدنا أن الحديد هو الأقوى بين جميع عناصر الكون… فأرسل الله النار التي أذابت الحديد

ورغم قدرتها على إذابة كل شيء… جاء الماء ليطفئ النار المستعرة ويثبت ضعفها

بدا وكأن الماء هو أقوى العناصر، إلى أن تبخّر وتحوّل غيومًا تسيّرها الريح كيف تشاء

المخلوق الوحيد الذي استطاع تسخير الرياح هو الإنسان

وهكذا تصورنا الإنسان أقوى المخلوقات على الإطلاق

إلا أنه هُزم وانكسر.. وغلبه سلطان النوم ليس إلا ….  أمرٌ لا يصدق

لكن النوم تلاشى أمام هواجس الخوف والهم والقلق

الآن يبدو وكأن لا يوجد ما يمكنه التغلب على ذلك كله

يبرز هنا دور الإيمان.. الذي يأتي ليهزم كل شيء ويتداعى أمامه كل شيء

نحن عندما نؤمن بأن

كل ما هو في الحياة مقدّرٌ علينا… ولا نملك من أمرنا إلا الشيء البسيط ولا أن نتحكم بمقدرات حياتنا كما أنه ليس بمقدورنا منع حدوث أمور لا بد لنا أن نمر بها..

وكل ما هو مقدّر هو حتمًا خيرٌ لنا ويصبّ في مصلحتنا… وليس المقصود به إيلامنا أو جعلنا نعاني… قد لا نرى الحكمة وراء حدوثه، حيث يحجب الألم بصيرتنا… لكن بعد ذلك بأيام أو ربما أشهر أو سنوات تتكشف أمامنا حقائق جديدة بحيث لا نختار إلا ما حدث لنا بالفعل… وقد يمر العمر ولا نكتشف الحكمة وراء بعض المحن إلا عندما نصل الدار الآخرة

أي مصاعب ومشاق ومصائب وتحدّيات نمر بها لا تعدو كونها فصولٌ في قصتنا، أو مشهد في مسرحيةٍ طويلة لم تكتمل فصولها، وعليه فليس بمقدورنا أن نخرج باستنتاجات قطعية بعد..

رغم عدم قدرتنا على التحكم فيما يحدث لنا إلا أننا ما نزال نملك السيطرة على كيفية استجابتنا لما هو مقدّرٌ علينا، وهذا يؤثر بدوره ويمكن أن يغيّر مسيرتنا المستقبلية (التي يعلمها الله ونجهلها نحن).. وعليه يتوجب علينا أن نواجه أقدارنا بإيجابيّة ومثابرة متواصلة، مع حمدالله وشكره في جميع الأوقات..

عندها لا يمكن للخوف أو الهم أو القلق أن يجدوا طريقهم إلى عقلنا أو قلبنا

يجب أن نبذل أقصى الجهد وكل ما نستطيع، لكن دون أن نفكّر للحظة واحدة بعدها بالعواقب أو بما سيأتي. فاللطيف الخبير وأرحم الراحمين هو من سيتكفّل بذلك

الإيمان هو بالمطلق أعظم وأقوى العناصر الكونية والذي ينهزم أمامه أي عنصرٍ آخر… خالق الكون وصانعنا أعلم بذلك وهذه علة تكرار وجوب الإيمان بالله واليوم الآخر

تمسّك بإيمانك.. تغيّر مسار حياتك

وكيف يُعقل أن لا نرضى بل وأن لا نفرح..؟

كيف يُعقل أن لا أُسعد بكل ما مررت به من تجارب حلوةٍ أو مرةٍ في حياتي؟…

كيف يمكن أن أستاء أو أغضب أو أشعر بالحزن أو الضيق لملمّاتٍ أصابتني في مراحل ما؟…

كيف يكون أن لا أشكر لكل الصعوبات والتحديات والدموع والجروح ومواقف الخذلان التي مررت بها؟…

وكيف أجرؤ أن لا أعشق وأشكر وأحمد في كل لحظةٍ ومع كل نفسٍ أستنشقه من قدّر لي وعليّ كل تلك الأقدار… من أجملها وأحلاها وأسعدها إلى أصعبها وأكثرها قسوةً إلى حد الشعور بالاختناق، وإلى حد حرماني من الذين أحبهم؟

وهي (الأقدار) مجتمعةً ما جعلت مني الشخص الذي أنا عليه اليوم وأنا فخورةٌ جدًا به…

وهي التي تدفعني مع كل يوم لأطوّر وأحسّن ذاتي دون اكتفاءٍ بما ارتقيت إليه، ولا أقصد هنا المناصب وإنما الارتقاء العلمي والمعرفي والروحي وسمو الأخلاق…

وهي التي ترافقت مع فتراتٍ أحسست فيها بأعلى درجات الحب الإلهي والرعاية الإلهية…

وهي التي أظهرت لي بكل جلاءٍ مدى عظمة وحنو ولطف وجبر خالقي… إلى درجةٍ يقينية تعادل تلك التي تكون لدي تجاه كل شيءٍ ملموسٍ ومحسوسٍ أمامي…

وهي التي يردّني فيها ربي إلى رشدي وديني ورضاه ومغفرته وواسع رحمته ردًّا جميلاً…

وهي التي تضمن لي درجاتٍ أعلى في الجنة والرضوان والنعيم في حياةٍ آخرة مستمرة لا تنتهي، في مقابل آلام وأوجاع وتحديات وإن استمرت سنين طويلة فهي ليست في المنظور الكوني الواسع سوى لحظات….

وهي التي منحتني درجةً من الطمأنينة والسكينة والرضا والسعادة لم تكن لدي سابقًا، ورآها في عينيّ وشخصي وتصرفاتي كل من حولي…

وهي التي مسحت وجهي بإشراقة المحب الراضي القنوع المتوكّل تمامًا على خير من يتولى تدبير أموره… بدل أن يكون مسكونًا دائمًا بالقلق والخوف من المستقبل والتردد والتوتر على ما ينتظره من مهام والحزن على ما لم يحوزه من المال أو المنصب أو الولد أو السعادة الوهمية…

وهي التي تُشعرني بأني لا أتمنى شيئًا أكثر مما لدي… وكل ما يأتيني بعد ذلك من خير فهو أبعد من أمنياتي

وهي التي زوّدتني بدرجةٍ أعلى من الحكمة والبصيرة تكشّفت لي معها أمور كثيرة لم أكن أراها من قبل ولم تكن واضحةً أمامي…

وهي التي كلما زادت في قسوتها وصعوبتها والألم الذي يرافقها، كلما زاد اللطف والإعانة على تحملها ثم حملت بعدها أجمل المفاجآت والمكافآت جزاء الصبر والشكر والإيمان…

وهي التي أيقنت معها بأن ما يصيبنا من أقدارٍ هو حتمًا دائمًا خيرٌ لنا وإن حجب الألمُ عنا في وقتها إدراكَ ذلك الخير…

وهي التي تجعلني أرحب بالمزيد من المصاعب والآلام كي أجد المزيد مما سبق

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القانون المعروف لدى مدربي الرياضة هو أنه: لا كسب دون الألم..

فمع جهد وعناء وألم التمارين الرياضية يكون التطور العضلي

ومع السعي المتواصل وجهد وتعب وعناء العمل يأتي التطور والترقّي المهني

ومع جهد القراءة والبحث والاطلاع نصل إلى التطور العلمي والمعرفي والذكاء الذهني

وبالمثل، لا يحدث السمو الروحي والارتقاء في الحكمة والبصيرة والمستوى الأخلاقي إلا مع المعاناة واحتمال المصاعب والآلام إلى أن نغدو كيانًا يستحق العودة إلى جنةٍ غادرناها لنخوض رحلة السمو والارتقاء هذه، إذ لا ينبغي أن يستوطنها إلا من وصل حدًّا أدنى من الأخلاقيات بما يضمن السعادة لكل من فيها

أحبك إلهي

إلهي ما أعظمك .. وما أجملك .. وما أرحمك .. وما ألطفك .. يا أرحم الراحمين .. يا من تدبيره فاق كل أمنياتي .. لا تترك لي أمر كتابة قدري فما تقدّره لي أجمل وأفضل .. وكيف أُحسن التدبير وأنا المخلوق الضعيف الذي لا تتجاوز رؤيته وتقديراته بضع سنواتٍ في أحسن الأحوال؟

ليس هناك من شيءٍ أو شخص يستحق حبًا يعادل حبك.. فأنت تملك كل الأشياء والبشر والأفئدة وتحركها كيف تشاء.. إن أحببتك حقًا وأحببتني أتتني كل الأشياء والبشر والأفئدة صاغرةً مع زهدي بها واستغنائي عنها

لمأشعريومًابقربٍمناللهكماشعرتبهفيالسنتينالأخيرتينولمتتجلىليبوضوححقيقةوجودهكمابرزتمؤخرًافيأصعبتجربةٍمررتبهافيعمري

في كل يومٍ يمر بي أرى دليلاً تلو الآخر على ذلك.. وكلما تركت أمرًا لعدم ارتياحي التام لرضا الله عنه ساق لي ربي ما هو أفضل بكثير.. لدرجةٍ لا أستطيع معها إنكار وجود الله أو فضله ورعايته ورحمته أو الاستهانة بذلك إلا إن عَمِيَ قلبي.. فأشكرك ربي على البصيرة

وكيف أستطيع أن أنقل لغيري ما أشعر به يقينًا من رعاية الله لي وتدبيره لأموري تيقني بوجود كل ما أراه حولي من أشياء ماديةٍ محسوسة؟

مثلي إنسانةٌ على درجةٍ كبيرة من الواقعية واحترام ملكات العقل الذي يطالب بالاقتناع شرطًا أساسيًا لتنفيذ أي فعل، لكن من قال أن ذلك يجب أن يدفعنا لأن نلغي درجةً عاليةً من الإحساس بما هو غير مرئيٍ لنا حاليًا.. وفق قدرات إدراكنا الحالية؟

خلال السنتين الأخيرتين كانت رعاية الرحمن معي في كل يوم… برزت لي جليّةً في أمورٍ لا أستطيع حتى تعدادها لكثرتها

رأيتها لي في كل خطوةٍ اتخذتها وأثناء كل فترة ضيقٍ وألمٍ وحزنٍ ومصيبةٍ ألمّت بي

 أيقنت إيقانًا راسخًا بأن كل مشيئة الله وجميع ما يقدره الله لنا وعلينا هو بالفعل خيرٌ كثير رغم كونه مؤلمًا جدًا في بعض الأحيان بدرجةٍ تحجب عنا حينها الحكمة وراءه إلا أنه يخفي بعده أجمل المفاجآت

لذلك كله لا يمكن إلا أقول أحمدك ربي مع كل نفسٍ يخرج مني، بعدد ما خلقت وبعدد ما كان وسيكون وباتساع الكون… و

أحبكأحبكياإلهي

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A Perspective on Praying

Today, my son apologized for “being too pushy”, nagging me to read a story he had written.  He said it’s only because my feedback is important to him.  I was not annoyed of course.  On the contrary, it made me very happy because, if anything, his nagging meant he acknowledges my expertise and skills in the field and values my feedback.  My opinion matters considerably to him, and that’s a very gratifying feeling that any parent can identify with.

His words gave me an insight into one of the reasons praying to God is of paramount importance, and why God loves that we pray and send requests to the point of nagging/insisting.

Some misrepresent God’s urging us to pray to be a self-satisfying need to feel greatness or power.  Well firstly, no being of such magnitude and powers would “need” the acknowledgement of us, the most insignificant creations.  He would be more concerned with the much grander creations (planets, galaxies, the whole universe) praying to Him (and we know they do!!).  It is we that need that.

Praying and asking God for forgiveness, for Him to be happy with you, or even for some worldly rewards, is actually a combination of the following:

  • Acknowledgement of His existence, powers and control over everything. And that nothing can happen or exist except by His wish and command.  It’s a declaration of Belief.
  • Demonstration of a need for Him.
  • Expression of concern and valuation of what He thinks.

It is a proof by deeds, not empty words, that you truly believe in Him, just in the same way that love cannot be substantiated merely with words.

A man tells a woman “he loves her”, yet she never hears from him.  She calls him 5 times a day, he dismisses the calls justifying that by replying that he’s too busy or has important meetings, he’s going out with friends, etc..  Can she still believe him? Wouldn’t she naturally question his love? Even breakup with him?! All she asked for was for him to at least call her for 5 minutes, five times a day, to tell her he remembers her, needs her, she means the world to him, and is everything in his life.  That’s the minimum a lover is expected to do.

Your employer continuously pays your salary, bonus, and other wonderful rewards.  You totally ignore his orders, are not on-time for meetings, you don’t report to him, nor even acknowledge his existence, let alone authority and judgement.  You go as far as disobeying his orders.  Isn’t it normal for him to dispense your services?!  You’re basically telling him you don’t need the money nor the position.

There is, above all that, a spiritual need for us to pray.  There’s a constantly nagging feeling when we don’t pray that we’re neglecting something important, duties, that we’re going to be accountable for!!  Our souls remain restless.

I heard once a very compelling deduction on “sleeping” (another one of science’s shortcomings of explaining why we need to sleep).  The human consists of two things: the physical body, and the soul/spirit.  The physical body’s needs are essentially the food, water and exercise.

The soul, on the other hand, has different types of needs that are equally crucial.  One of them is “sleep”! 

Sleep-deprivation leads to all kinds of issues, from weight gain to a weakened immune system, and even eventually death. And after decades of research and discoveries, the answer to the “Why we need to sleep?” is essentially not answered yet.  While it’s easy, for example, to explain the need for eating being the means to obtain the necessary nutrients, it’s not the same with sleep.  It’s not clear why the outcome of sleeping can’t happens while in the wake state.  Or what in essence is the difference between the wake and sleep states.

Islam explains “sleep” as being a form of death, calls it a “minor death”, during which the soul leaves the body and this realm, and floats to another.  The soul needs to make this separation every night, to evade this material existence, in order to rest, reset and recharge spiritually, coming closer to its Creator.  Afterwards, it either returns back to the body (if the person has more time to live) or doesn’t, and he’s declared medically dead.

This is one of the needs of the soul.  Another, is the need for the connection/communication with its Creator through prayer and supplication.  It greatly comforts the weary and anxious soul.

He needs our prayer?!  A being that created such an unfathomable universe with all its creatures, the ones we know and the much more we have yet to know, needs us tiny little beings to acknowledge that he’s powerful?! Really?!!

It is we that need to reach out to Him and draw ourselves closer to Him.  And He Knows that, because He created us and is merely telling us how to live our lives in the manner that brings us happiness and serenity.

Dear Atheist.. Let’s talk logic !!

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Ego is rightfully placed amongst the biggest sins because it causes us to perceive ourselves as being much bigger and more knowledgeable than we actually are, when viewing life and the world..
We’re smaller than a speck of dust compared to the universe, and our knowledge, yet smaller.  There is no justification, nor historical reference for that matter, for thinking that we’ve reached a stage where we KNOW IT ALL.  Nonetheless, we’re driven by our ego that causes us to demand of the Creator, controller, and motion-organizer of this vast universe to give us a proof of His existence and power .. as if all the miracles that exist in our own selves and everything around us are not enough!

Spiritual-wise:  (if you’re spiritually-oriented then..)

Faith is a need and urge that exists in our innate nature.. He is in no need for us, it is WE who need Him, we need to believe in the Great Creator that has brought us to being, and to hold on to faith in order to rest our, otherwise, troubled souls.. this need keeps nagging upon us.  We feel otherwise lost trying to answer questions like who are we, and what is the purpose of all of this? And… What next?!!

This is particularly evident in times of severe and sudden psychological trauma, fear, or despair, when one gets freed from all reservations, and acts in absolute spontaneity.  This is when even atheists find themselves begging for God’s Help and Mercy.
It is also the reason behind the noticeable tranquility, calmness in demeanor, peace and contented smile observed in people of strong faith and religion.  It is not attributed to wealth as it’s found even with the poorest of people, definitely not because they enjoy a good retirement system!  This calmness is especially unmistakable is Muslims, because they know they got it right.  Those who have strong, unshaken conviction based on knowledge and research feel certain they have found the last piece in the hugely complex puzzle of their spirituality that “Clicked” in place, causing them to experience satisfaction in wholesomeness and clarity, and are therefore relieved, reassured, and calm at last.  They amazingly find privilege in calamity, knowing that hardships are God’s way of purifying a person of sins, reminding the soul of its Creator, keeping it grounded, not overtaken by ego yet again, bringing it closer to Him and the warmth of His Mercy and Care.

Those that live without holding on to believing in God, on the other hand, mostly live in anxiety and restlessness, as reported by many ex-atheists who felt lost, confused, and in immense need for guidance.

Proof-wise:  (if you’re science-oriented)

The proofs to the existence of God are countless and in abundance, in every single one of His creations.  It’s unexplainable how a logical human would not accept that a glass of water can exist without someone making it, yet they are willing to concede the existence of this unfathomable universe without a Creator.

Atheists argue that religion does not give us tangible proof or answers to every single thing.  Well, science fails to, and is not able to, answer all questions.  It remains incapable of providing explanations for numerous things.  Yet atheists are willing to bet their lives and the Ever-after on it, rather than bet on religion which presents far more evidence on the existence of a Creator.

They ask, so who created God? Which totally contradicts with calling Him a Creator.

This is exactly why God says in the Quran that of all the believers, it is scientists that have the most fear of God (having known His Power and Abilities through the study of His Creations).  Of course here we’re talking about the scientists who are humble enough to admit it, not those who perceive that science made them all powerful and too big to bow to a Creator, how little they become when they’re that inflated!  And that is why we witness many atheist scientists converting to Islam (being the most logical religion).

Business-wise:   (if you’re business and profitability-oriented)

Consider the following:

  • Around 7% of the World’s population only are Atheists (around half of which are in China, the second biggest majority in Russia, both countries influenced by their regimes into adopting atheism.  Both seeing a conversion movement.).  So wouldn’t probability suggest that 93% are more likely to be right?  And why is it that most of the elite scientists are not atheists?
  • Science is still unable to answer many critical questions (After life, soul, purpose of life, origin of universe, and many many more. Religion also does not answer some questions, which are considered kept by the All-Knowing for purposes unknown to us, but also gives us some answers to questions science can’t.  Yet, you’d rather risk your whole life on science, a created being in itself with all its laws, mechanics and theories, rather than place your bet on the one that created science?
  • Considering above arguments, associated risk in both scenarios, and probability that greatly favors the likelihood that God exists, ask yourself:

What if you were wrong?!!

What you stand to lose here far exceeds what a person of faith would lose if he discovered he was wrong.

Logic-wise:

  • Accountability: Atheism is mostly favored by certain people to escape accountability and the fact that this gives them endless freedom to do what they desire without fear of consequences (repercussion).  But think about this… Every human system that exists applies the rules of accountability, ever since we were children, at home, in school, college, at work.. etc.  So, in the holistic life-system, are we not accountable for how good or bad we are? And if not, what could possibly motivate us to excel and do more in charity and kindness? What compels us to go above and beyond our basic law-enforced duties and do the right thing? On the flip side, what stops us from being obnoxious?
  • Purpose: Every object that exists in our life has a purpose, so what is the purpose of ours? Why do we even bother to get up in the morning and work?
  • Morality: What is our source of morality? Atheists sometimes argue that we can be non-believers yet conduct ourselves in the highest ethical standards.  True, But…

Who’s to say or decide what’s right or wrong? Where is the reference if not religion?  Why wouldn’t people have a sexual relationship with a sibling for example? Why would they get married, they can just have sex in the street, with whoever, or whatever for that matter.  Where did the laws of conduct come from?  And let’s say you happen to be a civilized, well-balanced, ethical human, don’t you think there are very bad atheists, with absolutely no moral inclination?  Wouldn’t you then fear for your children, daughter, sister, mother, the elderly? How would the society look like when people have no predisposition to try to do only the right thing?

  • Motivation: If we assume this whole life is for nothing, no purpose, no creator, no accountability whatsoever, and no afterlife, why not we all end it and solve our every problem?  It would be easier than having to go through all struggles and challenges.  What motivates us to continues living, working hard, getting up in the morning, if all this was for nothing at all?
  • Order: This extreme order and organization that’s apparent in every single aspect of this life HAS to be controlled and managed by some all-knowing all-magnificent power. It can’t be just a chaotic/unorderly sequence of events.  Every single man-made system that exists (e.g. machines, governments, production lines, health systems, education, etc. ) has a manager or a parallel mechanism that controls and monitors it, in order to ensure it operates/runs properly and corrects any mistakes should it deviate from normal/intended path.  There has to be a manager with checks and balances done.  This is a law of life we’re living by daily.  So who’s the Creator and Manager of the greatest and biggest of all systems?  Nature is a creation in itself, it doesn’t have the intelligence or knowledge to make things happen.  Whereas whoever created and is controlling this unfathomable universe has to have an amount of intelligence that is beyond our imagination and comprehension.  Yet, as insignificant as we are compared to the universe, our ego become so inflated with the minute amount of science we’ve come to know and the first thing we decided to do is to challenge our Creator and deny His existence.  Ask Him to prove Himself to us.  How dare we??!!
  • Innate knowledge: How were all the creatures, humans, animals and plants, born with innate knowledge that guided them on what they should do from the moment they were born? How did the spider learn to create a web so perfect that it takes a skilled artist or architect years to learn to do?  How did the new leaves on a plant know where to stem from when it was discovered that the new stem location process follows a Fibonacci numbering system?  Where did the unbelievable amount of knowledge found in our DNA come from when nature itself is a non-intelligent creation?

It just doesn’t make sense at all!!!

You know what makes sense?

It is that we are here for a purpose, there is a Creator, this life is only but a short phase no matter how long we live and it passes so quickly, and we shall have to come face to face with all our actions, good or bad, someday!!

Yet God puts us in higher standing and regards us more than we really deserve, favoring us to angels for having willingly chosen to worship Him, unlike angels who have no will or ability to choose.

The stakes are just too high for you to keep on ignoring this matter.  My sincere advice: read, research, learn, ask (pray) with all sincerity for guidance and truth, approach the topic with a totally open and unbiased mind, and above all, with humility.  Humble yourself enough to conceit a possibility of a Creator that you should ask for help.  And finally, put your ego, other peoples’ influences, and worldly matters aside.

He loses nothing with or without you on His side. YOU stand to lose EVERYTHING, and ETERNALLYThis IS the most important project you need to work on in your life.

You only get one chance, one lifetime, so please get it right!!

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So, what IS Islam?

It’s all about being virtuous and good to others.  Treating with utmost kindness, mercy, and generosity your parents, children, neighbors, the orphans, the helpless, the poor, and even the captive.

Refrain from and denounce all that is bad: Drinking Alcohol, stealing, committing adultery, fornication, gambling, lying, cheating, hypocrisy, treating anyone with injustice, racism or inequality, gluttony, greed, selfishness, arrogance, harming others from any faith or background in anyway or form.

Perform and promote all that is good:  Love, peace, equality among all God’s creatures, justice even on oneself or those closest, treating parents with utmost respect, being kind to and NOT causing harm to any of God’s creatures, human, animals, even as tiny as ants, or plants; honesty, charity, generosity, fidelity, mercy, forgiveness, visiting the sick, and not taking anything that was not rightfully hard-earned.

Main Differences from Christianity?

Why would your Creator give you something then ask you NOT to use it?  

  1. Islam doesn’t ask you to take/accept things and believe them merely on faith, on the contrary, it calls on people to use the most precious gifts they were given: Their minds, intellect, and senses.  In the Quran, verse after verse calls on mankind to observe, seek knowledge, reflect, and ask questions and ultimately connect the dots by using the faculties of human reason, confident in that sincere seeking of the truth only leads to God.  Terms used in the Quran in various contexts can best be translated as “to reason”, “reflect”, “ponder”, etc.

God urges mankind to practice “critical thinking”, not ordinary or shallow thinking. 

2.  There is no God but The One and Only God. He has no child nor was He born.  All prophets, including Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, are human and messengers chosen to convey His message to the peoples.

Similarities with Christianity?  

  • Muslims are sincere and accurate followers of everything prophet Jesus preached. Their way of praying, fasting and their view of The Creator aligns with that which prophet Jesus taught.  Jesus never, in the original scriptures, claimed at any point that he was God or preached to be regarded as God, or introduced Trinity, or said he was the son of God.  Evidence to that can be found in the Bible.
  • One CANNOT be considered a Muslim UNLESS he truly believes in Jesus.  Loves, respects and regards him as highly as he regards prophet Muhammad and every other prophet.

The single and most important advice

Do not take anyone’s word for it, even mine.  Conduct your own research with a pure, unbiased heart that genuinely seeks to know what is good and right.  Do not be a follower of mainstream media or how it portrays and stereo-types Muslims.  Do not even look to Muslims to judge the Religion, a huge percentage of them are not practicing Muslims just like most Christians aren’t.  Some may even have insufficient knowledge, or an incorrect understanding and hence provide the wrong information.

Quran’s standing challenges:

  • No person could ever create a chapter or even verse that is as strong and profound in structure, wording, meaning and effect as the Quran.
  • There can be no contradiction or anything that does not make perfect sense in the Quran.
  • There can be no contradiction in the Quran with any proven scientific fact neither now or ever.
  • Not a single word or letter was ever altered by humans. It consists ONLY of words of the Creator conveyed to his prophet Muhammad.
  • Any alteration of even a single letter impacts the miraculous structure of the Quran.

Do yourself a favor… READ the Quran and other books on Islam.  No one loses anything from reading a book !!  It will at least give you a better understanding of the religion unjustly under attack nowadays.

(Video below is the recitation of the very first, opening, chapter of the Quran, with translation). 

 

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