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Questions & Answers About Islam

Discussion in 'Islam DIR' started by nature, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. nature

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    Q: Who is Allah, and is He the same as God?
    A: When Muslims talk about God, they automatically think of Allah. Allah is the Arabic word for “The One True God”. He is the Almighty, the Creator who created the universe, mankind and all other forms of life. Allah is the sustainer of life and the One who regulates all that happens in the universe. Throughout these questions, I will refer to god as Allah and so you know who I am talking about.

    Q: What is Islam, and what does the word "Islam" mean?
    A: Islam is Allah’s eternal message to mankind. Islam originated with our father Adam (peace be upon him) and then the torch was passed on to other elect messengers. Islam's message was, still is and will always be the belief in and submission to the One True God alone, the Creator and the Sustainer of all things, the Exalted and the Redeemer of all things. The word Islam itself means "submission and surrendering" to Allah, wilfully obeying His commands.

    Q: I heard something about the 5 pillars of Islam and the 6 pillars of faith. Could you elaborate more on these pillars?
    A: You are right! Islam has two different types of pillars: The pillars of Islam and the pillars of faith in Islam. The 5 pillars of Islam are:
    1. Al-Shahadatan" the testimony that there is no God but Allah and Mohammad is Messenger of Allah,
    2. performing prayer (Salah),
    3. giving Alms (Zakah),
    4. fasting (Sawm),
    5. and performing Pilgrimage (Hajj) for those who are able.

    The 6 pillars of Faith in Islam are:
    1. The belief in One God, Allah,
    2. the belief in His Angels,
    3. the belief in His Scriptures,
    4. the belief in His Messengers,
    5. the belief in Judgment Day.
    6. and the belief in the divine decree, the good and the bad of it.

    Q: Who is Mohammad?
    A: Mohammad (peace be upon him) was born in Mecca 570 CE. At age forty he was elected by Allah to convey His Message to mankind. The Message is to worship Allah alone, not ascribing partners with Him. Mohammad (peace be upon him) spent the last 23 years of his life conveying God's Message to all people. Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) died at age 63 and his resting place lies in the city of Medina in Saudi Arabia. He is Allah’s final Messenger to mankind.
    Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) came to re-institute Islam, the religion of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them). The following prophecy is obtained from the Bible regarding Mohammad's cometh from Arabia. In HABAKKUK 3:3 “God (Jesus) came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise." The place of Teman is the area located southeast of Palestine, and Paran is the area of Mecca in Saudi Arabia where the Holy One (Mohammad peace be upon him) came from.

    Q: What is the deal with the term(s) "Mohammadeen", "Muhammedanism" or Mohammedans in Islam?
    A: There are no such terms at all. Other religions have been named after their founders or after the community in which the religion was prospered. For example, Christianity has been named after Christ. Judaism after the tribe of Judah, and Buddhism after Buddha. Westerners falsely gave the name "Muhammedanism" or Mohammadeen" to Islam after Mohammad (peace be upon him) and also called his followers "Mohammedans". However the terms “Islam” and “Muslims” are actually found in the Qur’an, the final revelation of Allah. (see «27:31»), («3:19») & («22:78»).

    Q: Who is Satan and what is his name in Arabic?
    A: Satan is an evil being that is focussed on tempting and misguiding mankind away from the religion of Allah. His name in Arabic is Iblis and also by the name of "Shaytaan" (which means Devil). He is from the creation known as the "jinn" or as it is commonly known in English as “spirits”.
    Q: Why does Satan despise humans and desire their destruction?
    A: Satan was a mighty and distinguished creature that was a servant of Allah. However when Allah created Adam, Allah honoured him by commanding the angels and Satan, to prostrate to Adam as a sign of respect and not as a sign of worship. All of them prostrated to Adam except Satan, who was created with freewill and decided to disobey Allah. Allah asked him, “What made you not prostrate to Adam and disobey my commandment?” Satan replied, “I am better than Adam, you created him from clay and created me from fire.” Allah cursed Satan and Satan vowed to destroy Adam and his descendants forever.

    Q: I am still confused, I thought Satan was an angel like Gabriel and he has no free will but to worship God?
    A: False. If Satan was an angel, then we wouldn't have any problems with him at all. Angels are a special creation of Allah. He created angels from divine light and do not have free will in doing things but to worship God and obey his commandments. Satan, on the other hand, is a Jinn, and like mankind, Satan and the "jinnkind" have free will in their actions; free will of doing good and free will of doing bad. Ref. QURAN «(18:50)»


    Q: Is it true that Adam was the first messenger of Allah?
    A: Yes, Adam had the responsibility to convey Allah’s message and laws to his descendants. From the beginning, Adam's message to the first generation of mankind was to worship the One True God, Allah alone.

     
  2. nature

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    Q: Why did God send messengers, and why not instead communicate with us directly?
    A: Allah created us, placed us on Earth and gave us this beautiful life. He gave us intellect, reason and the gift of choice. So this life is a test from Him to see which of us believes, is thankful and obedient to Him. Now if Allah revealed Himself directly to us, there would be no test as none of us would reject Him. If this was the case there would be no need for us to live on Earth, as we may as well all be living in paradise. But rather we are here – even though Allah has knowledge of all things – to see who will believe and submit to Him and who will disbelieve and reject Him.
    In addition to this, if we look at the nature of Allah, He is able to do all things that are Holy and Godly. So it is not befitting for Him to come to Earth and communicate to us in this manner. An example of what I mean is, as humans we manufacture appliances for specific purposes. For example, a tape recorder is designed and manufactured by humans. Now it has never been suggested that in order to understand what is good for the tape recorder, or to communicate with it, that the manufacturer (human) should become a tape recorder himself. Rather the manufacturer publishes an instruction manual on the recorder. In this respect, human beings are also complex and we too have a Designer and a Manufacturer. So we wouldn’t expect our Designer to come to Earth as one of us to communicate to us in this manner. Rather He revealed the “instruction manual” for mankind and chose messengers, who were ideal examples to be followed and who would explain the “manual” from Allah.

    Q: How many prophets and messengers did God send to mankind?
    A: Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told us approximately 124,000 prophets and messengers were sent to mankind. The Qur’an lists 25 of the most popular ones. They are: Adam, Enoch (Idris), Noah, Hud, Salih, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Lot, Jacob (Yaqub), Joseph (Yusuf), Shu'aib, Job (Ayyob), Moses (Musa), Aaron (Haroon), Ezekiel (Dhul-Kifl), David (Dawood), Solomon (Sulaiman), Elias, Elisha (El-Yasa), Jonah (Yunus), Zechariah, John (Yahya), Jesus, and Mohammad, peace be upon them all.

    Q: Are you telling me both Moses and Jesus were Muslims? If so, prove it and I would like to see something from the Bible in this regard?
    A: Both Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them) were Muslims, since both had conveyed the very same Message - "Submission and surrendering" to the One True God.
    Here is the proof from the Bible:
    Moses said: ‘"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is ONE Lord."’ (DEUTERONOMY 6:4). Approximately 1500 years later Jesus said: ‘"...The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is ONE Lord." ’(MARK 12:29).
    Of course Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) came along approximately 600 years later, bringing identical message again: «"And your God is ONE God: There is no God but He" »
    (The QURAN 2:163)

    Q: I am still confused, if Mohammad was to be God's final and most glorified Prophet, how come we don't see his name in the Bible?
    A: Mohammad's name is indeed mentioned in the original Bible manuscripts. The word "Mahmad" is found in the original Hebrew manuscript and it means the "desired one", or the "glorified one". In the 15th century, exactly in 1539, "Great Bible" was the first and official English translated bible to be authorized for public use, and when the Bible was translated to the English language, many words and expressions were translated differently and sometimes omitted altogether, including the word "Mahmad" which is the name of Prophet Mohammad, (peace be upon him). Here is the verse in the Bible: ‘"And I (God) will shake all nations, and the "desire one" of all nations shall come." ’HAGGI 2:7
    Also in the Bible, God is saying to Moses: ‘“I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.” ’(Deuteronomy 18:18-19)
    Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) was similar to Moses (peace be upon him) and he was the only prophet from whose mouth the words of God were spoken (Qur’an). Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) spoke in God's name all the time. Also in Isaiah 51:4, it is said that there will be a new law for all the people. Also, in Isaiah 66:20, it was made clear that the prophet would come from the BRETHREN, not children of the Israel. (i.e. the Arabs)

    Q: Are you telling me, all other religions are bogus and Islam is the only true religion?
    A: Well, isn't that the case with all religions!? Every religion claims to be the right one and others are wrong. Islam is the belief in One God - Allah, the Creator of all things. Islam doesn't believe in the "middleman" fallacy as the case with many religions including Christianity. In Christianity, to be saved you have to believe in Jesus (peace be upon him) as the Son of God, and without such confession and belief in Jesus, you're most definitely going to Hellfire. Islam, on the other hand, declares that believing in One God, and that Mohammad is His messenger, and obeying God's laws and His prophet's doctrine is the only passport to Heaven.

    Q: Is it really sensible that God will reward Heaven only to Muslims and punish others that can easily add up to millions or even billions of people of various religions?
    A: Yes it is very sensible. If you read both the Bible and the Qur’an you will uncover that God severely punished the unbelievers and the wicked people throughout the history of mankind. That includes the people of Prophet Noah (peace be upon him), the people of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), Lot, Moses (peace be upon them), etc... Numbers don't mean a thing in the eyes of God and that shouldn't be considered as an exception at all. Only faith counts and not numbers.

    Q: But what about people in our time! We don't know anything about Islam and Mohammad! Would that be considered against us on Judgment Day?
    A: Yes it will be considered against you. Before the coming of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), God vowed not to punish people or hold them responsible without sending messengers. Unlike Moses & Jesus (peace be upon him), Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) was very distinct since he was sent to all mankind with God's final message before Judgment Day. Everybody, the least, has heard of Mohammad's name. We live in the information age, and within our fingertips, using computers or TVs, we can learn just about anything including religions. The Prophet (peace be upon him) also told us that everyone of us is born with a natural inclination to worship God alone, the Almighty Allah, but many factors have tendency to force a person to deviate from the right path such as: Satan's influence, Parents, Society, etc.

    Q: Why can't Muslims accept the term "Son of God", even though it is in the Bible and referring to Jesus?
    A: The term "Son of God" was used metaphorically speaking to those who were godly and pious men. It was never meant to be used literally as the case with Christianity toward Jesus (peace be upon him). In fact, the term "Son of God" is used all over the Bible referring to people other than Jesus, check out the following verses:
    ‘"…the son of Enoch, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.”’ LUKE 3:38
    ‘"…that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose."’ GENESIS 6:2
    ‘"Then you shall say to Pharaoh, Thus says the LORD, Israel is My son, My firstborn."’ EXODUS 4:22
    ‘"…For I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn."’ JEREMIAH 31:9
    ‘"For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God."’ ROMANS 8:14
    So how come Christians don't regard those people as Gods, the way they regard Jesus (peace be upon him)?

     
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    Why does Islam on the one hand say the Bible is corrupted and changed, then on the other hand picks and chooses bits and pieces in an attempt to validate Mohammed and discredit Jesus' divinity?

    Why do Muslims say they 'accept Jesus,' yet reject His purpose and the core of His Message?

    Where in the Quran and Hadiths do some Muslims find justification for killing innocent people in the name of Allah?
     
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    why does Islam accept that Prophet Muhammed is the last prophet from God? is it written in scripture?

    edit: oh, and welcome to the forum! i see you are fairly new, it's a pleasure to meet you :)
     
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    Why, in some countries where Islam is the primary religion, are Muslims who convert to other religions killed, beaten or jailed?
     
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    ANSWERS:-

    1) We do abide by the fact that the Bible has been corrupted, and changed, even when we use it to prove some of our beliefs. Also, muslims do this becuase it would be ignorant to prove our beliefs from our religious scriptures. There would'nt be any point really. For example: Christians say that Jesus is God. We say, it says in the Bible, for instance, that Jesus (PBUH) said: "I can of my ownself do NOTHING, as I hear i judge and my judgement is just, for i seek not my will, but the will of my father". And we use the Bible to try and prove Christians wrong (because like i said, it would be useless to try and prove something with what they dont believe in-our scriptures-)

    2) We do accept Jesus. As a matter of fact, Islam is the only non-Christian faith, that makes it an article of faith to believe in Jesus. No muslim is a muslim, if he does'nt believe in Jesus Christ (The Messiah). We do not reject the purpose or core of his message. We believe the Christians changed his message, when they changed the Bible.
    The Qur'an says in Surat al Ma'ida (The Table Spread-with food-) Ch.5 V.116-117: {And (remember) When ALLAH will say (on the Day of Ressurection): "O Isa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)! Did you say unto men: "worship me and my mother as two Gods besides Allah?" He (Jesus) will say: "Glorified are You! It was not for me say what i had no right (to say). Had i said such a thing, You would surely have known it. You know what is in my inner self, though i do not know what is in Yours; truly You, only You, are the All-Knower of all that is hidden (and unseen). "Never did I say to them aught except what You (Allah) did command me to say: "Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. And I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them them, but when you took me up, You were the Watcher over them; and You were a Witness to all things.}

    3) There is NO justification in the Qur'an or correct Hadiths to killing any innocent person.
     
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    Where, when, how and what was changed in the Bible, according to Islam? What is the point of reference? And, if there are no specifics for these changes, how do you know they exist?

    And, if Jesus was a Jew, then why would he say that he commanded people to worship Allah?
     
  8. AbuQuteiba

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    Are these two different questions? As in why do we believe? and Is it written in the scriptures? Or are they one? As in you believe this because its written in the scriptures?

    -Yes it is in the scriptures that the Prophet Muhammed is the final Prophet.
     
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    If Muslims really have, as you say, have 'accepted' Jesus as their Savior, then there would be no need for yet another prophet. Why do Muslims on the one hand say that Jesus is the Messiah, then on the other hand show their unbelief by rejecting what He said?
     
  10. nature

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    Greetings all,
    I am so happy to a member in this forum. I am trying to write most of the questions that are asked about Islam and their answers. By going through the teachings of Islam, it is clear that such a religion has only come to benefit mankind - not to destroy it. So why is there so much hatred for this noble religion in the West? The answer is simple, the media. It is the media of the West which has portrayed Islam to be something that it is not.So, these are some of the answers for the questions asked by non Muslims.
    If you have more questions, I am ready to answer any of these questions.


    Q: Christians believe that Jesus is the way and their Only Savior; could you give me a solid proof to indicate otherwise?


    A: Yes I could, and again, it will be from the Bible. The Bible says:
    ‘“Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and show us former things? Let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, it is truth. . Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. . I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no Savior." ’ISAIAH 43:9-11
    God said, to let all nations and people gather together to bear witness to this truth (Islam), and know that I (God) have chosen my servant (Mohammad). And that He is God with none other before or after. The Chapter talks about all nations being unified under one flag (Islam). Also, in verse 11, God very clearly and categorically stated that He is the Only Savior and none else. ​

    Q: Why Muslims don't eat Swine (Pork) meat?
    A: For the same reason both Moses & Jesus (peace be upon them) refused to eat it. God commanded Muslims not to eat Swine meet. God also commanded Moses not to eat or even touch the Swine meat as in the following verses in the Bible:
    ‘"…and the pig, for though it divides the hoof, thus making a split hoof, it does not chew cud, it is unclean to you. You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you."’ LEVITICUS 11:7-8

    Q: But hey, we are not Jews! We are Christians governed by Grace and not Law?
    A: Who said anything about the Jews? The above verses are found in the Christian Bible. Plus, we all know that God gave Moses (peace be upon him) numerous commandments and laws including the Ten Commandments, for people to obey, comply and to adhere to. Jesus (peace be upon him) came along 1500 years later to re-institute Moses' laws & commandments and that by itself is a sign that Prophets came from the same institution with the same message & guidance.
    Jesus (peace be upon him) said: ‘“Think not that I am come to make void the law or the prophets; I am not come to make void, but to fulfill."’ MATTHEW 5:17. Jesus (peace be upon him) said: ‘“If you love me, keep my commandments." ’JOHN 14:15. One of these commandments is not to eat Swine meet. I don't see Grace at all, all I see Laws and Commandments that ought to be followed. ​

    Q: According to Muslims, God vowed to preserve the Qur’an. How come the earlier scriptures weren't persevered, and after all, they are God's words?
    A: God does not promise such protection or preservation to the former scriptures as the case with the Qur’an. Every prophet was armed with special miracles to prove the authenticity of his message. Moses came to people who rely heavily on magic, so God gave him immense power through his cane. Jesus came to people who were known of strong medical abilities, so God gave him the ability to cure people and even to raise the dead. Both Prophets Moses & Jesus (pbut) were sent to specific people (sons of Israel) with the mentioned miracles and the scriptures. On the other hand, Mohammad (peace be upon him) was sent to people who were fluent in Arabic Language and its grammar. God gave him the Qur’an as his main and lasting miracle. The Qur’an is very unique in its originality and delivery, and the Arabic Language is the best to preserve such revelation. Since Mohammad (peace be upon him) is the final messenger to mankind and the Qur’an was his main miracle, God has promised to protect the Qur’an forever.
    Remember, if the miracle dies, then its authenticity will most definitely die and perish. Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them) had their miracles but not in their books, but rather in their actions (the power of the cane & healing), and once they're gone, it was easy for people to edit and interpolate their scriptures (Torah & Bible) to fit their own selfish desires. So far, and after 1400 years later, the Qur’an remains untouched and persevered from corruption. Muslims still believe in Mohammad's original revelation and divine message. The preservation isn't only limited to the text, but to the divine message, and to the delivery and originality. ​

    Q: Is it true the Qur’an has scientific and medical facts?
    A: Yes it is. But remember though, the Qur’an is not a scientific book. The Qur’an carries a divine message and guidance from the Almighty to all mankind. This message touches upon all aspects of human's life including science and medical aspects. When people embraced Islam, it wasn't because of the scientific facts the Qur’an brought forward, but rather because of the divine message in the belief of the One, the Almighty. People embraced Islam because Islam is a simple religion that is sensible and harmonize with the human instinct. Islam is a complete way of life that is based on fairness, equality, and purity amongst all mankind. ​

    Q: I noticed various Islamic Sects! Could you list them for me?
    A: About 84 % of Muslims are Sunni. The word Sunni is based on the word Sunnah which is an Arabic word means the Prophet's tradition. Sunnis believe in Allah as the One Creator and Mohammad is His last and final Messenger. Also, Sunnis believe in the Qur’an and Sunnah as the two main sources of Islam. There are, however, Muslim bunches who deviated from the right path of Islam such as: Shia, Baha'i, Sufi, Ahmadiya, etc. So be cautious in knowing whom you are dealing with. ​

    Q: What is the total number of Muslims around the world?
    A: 1997 Statistics shows a population of 1.78 Billion Muslim. ​

    Q: Why do Muslims pray so much, you know, 5 times a day! Isn't belief in Allah enough?
    A: Besides the fact it's a Commandment from the Almighty, the prayer (Salah) is considered to be a continuous and daily discipline for Muslims. It's true we have the belief in One God and His messenger Mohammad (peace be upon him) embedded in our hearts, but like earlier Muslims, God has prescribed Laws and Commandments for us to observe and adhere to. When we pray, we recite the Qur’an that has God's genuine words and directions. We also offer supplications and blessings to God. The line of communication between Muslims and God never slows down ever. The prayer (Salah) itself is considered a supplication to the Almighty. It is how we make our connection to God and remember him everyday. It is how we ground ourselves while at the same time elevating ourselves spiritually. ​

    Q: I am spiritually confused! What should I do?
    A: You owe it to yourself to search for the truth, and I am sure if you have an honest intention searching for the truth, God will aid you in your endeavor. Read more about Islam and weigh your options. Read more about the early revelations & messengers of God and comprehend their law & guidance that they had conveyed to their people at that time, then compare all present religions and see which one coincide with the early revelations. ​

    Q: But I am satisfied with my own belief, so why should I pursue other religion in the first place?
    A: Remember, mankind has a free will to do whatever he desires, and we are all held accountable for what we do. If you are content with your religion, then you are solely responsible for your actions & belief and no one else. ​

    Q: How do I become a Muslim?

    A: Unlike other religions, Islam doesn't have certain rituals or baptism by religious groups or individuals. All you need to do is to declare the Testimony (Shahadatan). The Testimony is: ‘"I testify that there is no God but Allah, and Mohammad is the Messenger of Allah". ’Once you establish this pure belief in your heart, then you can proceed unto the rest of the pillars of Islam. Many Islamic foundations and mosques will be able to help you getting started learning about Islam...​

     
  11. AbuQuteiba

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    Qur'an: Surat Maryam (Mary) CH.19 V.30-35
    He (Jesus) said: "I am indeed a servant of Allah: He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet; And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live; (He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable; So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)"! Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute. It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! when He determines a matter, He only says to it, "Be", and it is.

    I never said we accept him as our savior. I said that Islam is the only non-Christian faith that makes it an article of faith to believe in Jesus Christ (as a Prophet of God). I never said anything about him being our savior. We do not reject the teachings of Jesus in the Injeel (bible). But we believe Jesus (PBUH) and the injeel, were meant for a certain nation (The Jews of Beny Israel, which the Bible says also.) And we believe that the Bible has been messed around with. Unlike the Qur'an, and the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) who were meant for the whole world.
     
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    You said you accept Him as the Messiah.... what do you think that means??
    American Heritage Dictionary
    Mes·si·ah n.
    1. also Mes·si·as The anticipated savior of the Jews.
    2. also Messias Christianity. Jesus.
    3. messiah One who is anticipated as, regarded as, or professes to be a savior or liberator.
    His teachings were meant for everyone, not just the Jews of Beny Israel... A large part of Jesus' ministry was to the Gentiles (non-Jews) of the time.

    You reject this teaching...
    John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.

    His teachings were meant for everyone, not just the Jews of Beny Israel... A large part of Jesus' ministry was to the Gentiles (non-Jews) of the time.

    Since this is the question forum and not debate, I'll ask the next question...

    Why do Muslims say they accept Jesus as their Messiah (aka Christ, Savior), yet reject the core of His teaching, which is that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. And that no one comes to the Father (God) but by Him?
     
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    Greetings Snowbear,
    You wrote:
    Why does Islam on the one hand say the Bible is corrupted and changed, then on the other hand picks and chooses bits and pieces in an attempt to validate Mohammed and discredit Jesus' divinity?

    Comment:
    The Noble Quran came to confirm Truth that exists in the Manuscripts in the different canons and to filter out Truth from falsehood in them. Allah Almighty never claimed that the bible is fully and 100% Divine. Islam is a witness on the Bible. It filters out the truth from falsehood and corruption in the Bible. The Noble Quran only recognizes the Bible as a HISTORY BOOK with errors and man's alteration in it. Anything that agrees 100% with Islam is valid, and anything else that has even the slightest disagreement with Islam is discarded:
    "Those who follow the apostle, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (scriptures),- in the law and the Gospel;- for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him,- it is they who will prosper. (The Noble Quran, 7:157)"
    "It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgment be tween right and wrong). (The Noble Quran, 3:3)"
    "To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what God hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that hath come to thee. To each among you have we prescribed a law and an open way. If God had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but (His plan is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to God; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute; (The Noble Quran, 5:48)"
    "That which We have revealed to thee of the Book is the Truth,- confirming what was (revealed) before it: for God is assuredly- with respect to His Servants - well acquainted and Fully Observant. (The Noble Quran, 35:31)"
    That is why we Muslims believe in only the parts of the Bible that agree with the Noble Quran. The parts that contradict the Noble Quran are not the Truth:
    "That they rejected Faith; That they uttered against Mary A grave false charge; That they said (in boast): 'We killed Christ Jesus The son of Mary, The Messenger of Allah.' But they killed him not, Nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjunction to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. Nay, Allah raised him up Unto Himself; and Allah Is Exalted in Power, Wise. And there is none of the people of the book (Jews and Christians) But must believe in him (Jesus) Before his death; And on the Day of Judgment He (Jesus) will be a witness Against them. (The Noble Quran, 4:156-159)"
    "Know they not Allah Knoweth what they conceal and what they reveal? And there are among them illiterates, who know not the Book (i.e., the Bible), but (see therein their own) desires, and they do nothing but conjecture. Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then say: 'This is from Allah,' To traffic with it for a miserable price! Woe to them for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby. (The Noble Quran, 2:77-78)"
    "O Apostle! let not those grieve thee, who race each other into unbelief: (whether it be) among those who say "We believe" with their lips but whose hearts have no faith; or it be among the Jews,- men who will listen to any lie,- will listen even to others who have never so much as come to thee. They change the words from their (right) times and places: they say, 'If ye are given this, take it, but if not, beware!' If any one's trial is intended by God, thou hast no authority in the least for him against God. For such - it is not God's will to purify their hearts. For them there is disgrace in this world, and in the Hereafter a heavy punishment. (The Noble Quran, 5:41)"
    "Say: 'O People of the Book (i.e., Jews and Christians)! Come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah.' If then they turn back, say ye: 'Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah's Will).' (The Noble Quran, 3:64)"

    Narrated Ubaidullah: "Ibn 'Abbas said, "Why do you ask the people of the scripture about anything while your Book (Quran) which has been revealed to Allah's Apostle is newer and the latest? You read it pure, undistorted and unchanged, and Allah has told you that the people of the scripture (Jews and Christians) changed their scripture and distorted it, and wrote the scripture with their own hands and said, 'It is from Allah,' to sell it for a little gain. Does not the knowledge which has come to you prevent you from asking them about anything? No, by Allah, we have never seen any man from them asking you regarding what has been revealed to you!" (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Holding Fast to the Qur'an and Sunnah, Volume 9, Book 92, Number 461)"
     
  14. nature

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    Greetings Snowbear,

    You also wrote:
    Why do Muslims say they 'accept Jesus,' yet reject His purpose and the core of His Message?

    Comment:
    The Christians are those people who reject the core of Jesus' message. The foundation of Jesus’ message was submission to the will of God, because that is the foundation of the religion which God prescribed for man since the beginning of time. God says in Chapter Aal ‘Imraan, the third chapter of the Qur‘aan, verse 19:
    “Truly, the religion in the sight of Allaah is Islaam [submission].”
    In Arabic, submission to God’s will is expressed by the word ‘Islaam’. In the Gospel according to Matthew 7:22, Jesus is quoted as saying:“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven.” In this statement, Jesus places emphasis on “the will of the Father”, submission of the human will to the will of God. In John 5:30, it is narrated that Jesus also said: “I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”
    The “will of God” is contained in the divinely revealed laws which the prophets taught their followers. Consequently, obedience to divine law is the foundation of worship. The Qur’aan affirms the need for obedience to the divinely revealed laws in chapter al-Maa’idah, verse 44.
    “Indeed, I did reveal the Torah in which was guidance and light, by which the prophets, who submitted to God’s will, judged (the Jews) ... and whoever does not judge by what Allaah has revealed is a disbeliever,”



    Jesus was also reported in the Gospel according to Matthew 19:16-17, to have made obedience to the divine laws the key to paradise: “16 Now behold, one came and said to him,“Good teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” 17So he said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” [50] Also in Matthew 5:19, Jesus Christ was reported to have insisted on strict obedience to the commandments saying, “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven




    Divine law represents guidance for humankind in all walks of life. It defines right and wrong for them and offers human beings a complete system governing all of their affairs. The Creator alone knows best what is beneficial for His creation and what is not. Thus, the divine laws command and prohibit various acts and substances to protect the human spirit, the human body, and human society from harm. In order for human beings to fulfil their potential by living righteous lives, they need to worship God through obedience to His commandments. [51]




    This was the religion conveyed in the message of Jesus; submission to the will of the one true God by obedience to His commandments. Jesus stressed to his followers that his mission did not cancel the laws received by Prophet Moses. As the prophets who came after Moses maintained the law, so did Jesus. Chapter al-Maa’idah, verse 46 of the Qur’aan indicates that Jesus confirmed the Laws of the Torah in his message.



    “And in their footsteps, I sent Jesus, son of Mary, confirming the Torah that had come before him, and I gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirmation of the Torah that had come before it,”

    In Matthew 5:17-18, Jesus stated: “17 Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the [way of] the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them. 18For, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.” However, Paul, who claimed to be a disciple of Jesus, systematically cancelled the laws. In his letter to the Romans, chapter 7:6, he stated, “But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.”



    Jesus came as a prophet calling people to worship God alone, as the prophets before him did. God says in chapter an-Nahl (16):36, of the Qur‘aan:


    “Surely, I [52] have sent to every nation a messenger (saying): ‘Worship Allaah and avoid false gods.”
    This was the message of Jesus Christ and all the prophets before him. It was also the message of the last prophet, Muhammad—may peace and blessings be upon all of them.

    You wrote:
    Where in the Quran and Hadiths do some Muslims find justification for killing innocent people in the name of Allah?
    Comment:
    The Qur'an is a Book revealed to people as a guide to the true path and in this Book, God commands man to adopt good morals. This morality is based upon concepts such as love, compassion, tolerance and mercy. God calls all people to Islamic morals through which compassion, mercy, peace and tolerance can be experienced all over the world:




    You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace (Islam). Do not follow in the footsteps of Satan. He is an outright enemy to you. (Surat al-Baqara :208)


    The values of the Qur'an hold a Muslim responsible for treating all people, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, kindly and justly, protecting the needy and the innocent and preventing the "dissemination of mischief". Mischief comprises all forms of anarchy and terror that remove security, comfort and peace. As God says in a verse, "God does not love mischief makers". (Surat al-Qasas: 77)

    Murdering a person for no reason is one of the most obvious examples of mischief. God repeats in the Qur'an a command He formerly revealed to Jews in the Old Testament thus: ​

    So We decreed for the tribe of Israel that if someone kills another person - unless it is in retaliation for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth - it is as if he had murdered all mankind. And if anyone gives life to another person, it is as if he had given life to all mankind. Our Messengers came to them with Clear Signs but even after that many of them committed outrages in the earth. (Surat al-Ma'ida: 32) ​

    As the verse suggests, a person who kills even a single man, "unless it is in retaliation for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth", commits a crime as if he had murdered all mankind on earth. ​

    This being the case, it is obvious what great sins are the murders, massacres and, attacks, popularly known as "suicide attacks", committed by terrorists are. God informs us how this cruel face of terrorism will be punished in the hereafter in the following verse: ​

    There are only grounds against those who wrong people and act as tyrants in the earth without any right to do so. Such people will have a painful punishment. (Surat ash-Shura: 42) ​

    All these reveal that organizing acts of terror against innocent people is utterly against Islam and it is unlikely that any Muslim could ever commit such crime.





     
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    nature, are you writing these answers out yourself, or are you cutting and pasting? and if so, from where? just curious.
     
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    Greetings Mike182,
    You wrote:
    why does Islam accept that Prophet Muhammed is the last prophet from God? is it written in scripture?

    Comment:
    The Qur'an has called Muhammad "Khaatam al-Nabiyee'n" which means 'seal of the prophethood'. Muslim scholars, from the beginning to date have interpreted that this phrase implies that Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the last prophet and no other prophet shall come after him.
    Moreover, the Qur'an has categorically stated that the revelation of God's deen has been perfected and thereby His favor to mankind has been completed (Al-Maaidah 5: 3)
    Besides these express verses, the Qur'an does not require from us to wait for or to believe in any prophet after Muhammad (peace be upon him), which was the case in the Torah or the Gospels. Thus, if the Qur'an is a complete guidance and the Qur'an does not require from us to wait for or believe in any prophet after Muhammad (peace be upon him), then why should we do so?
     
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    Thank you for sharing your perspective.... it actually made my point quite nicely :D
     
  18. TashaN

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    Most of these issues happen in specific countries and it might be 2 or 3. Their understanding for Islam sometimes is so litreal and they may not study the fundamental and the details of the apostacy issue, unlike most of muslims countries which have deep knowledge in this issue.

    Remember that, once a muslim country for instance do somthing so that doesn't mean they are right just because they are muslims.

    For example, christianity, many sect would say they are christian and they are following Jesus but that does that mean in your belief system, that all of them are real christians?

    Therefore, we acknowledge those people as muslims because God didn't give us the right to say who is muslim and who isn't but we have the right to condemn them and enlighten them about the real teaching of Islam.
     
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    Ok, i'll give you a simple example. When someone wants to read the bible, which version he/she gonna pick?

    I assure you that some churches would prefer that version or that version and even in the church itself some members might preffer different versions. Why is that?

    Because all of it are translations but not the real word of God. Also, there is differnces between a version and another. We can't accept that as somthing from God who supposed to be perfect, isn't it?

    In Islam we believe in the real word of God in it's original form (Torah, Injil, etc) which was revealed to prophet Moses and prophet Jesus (peace be upon them all) but we don't believe in the later sayings of Paul for instance, even some christians reject paul.

    Nevertheless, in Islam, all Muslims around the world hav only one Quran and they read in their prayer everyday the same words from the very same book.

    I can answer this in details but first of all, you better have a look in this thread and you will be surprised that all the pervious prophets including Jesus prayed to God the same way Muslims do so now. Of course, they were Muslims. If you still think that Jesus wasn't just like prophet Mohammed and all other prophets, a muslim so don't hesitate to ask me more about it. :)

    http://www.religiousforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22286
     
  20. kai

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    TT i understand fully what you say about the bible and its versions but can you explain this


    The Qu'ranic revelations were originally memorised by Muslims as Muhammad spoke them, with some being written down on whatever was to hand, from stones to pieces of bark. Compilations of the Qu'ran began under the Caliph Omar, but it was Uthman who decided upon a definitive copy and destoryed all other versions. The Qu'ran has never changed in substance since. It provides Muslims with a complete way of living their lives. It has been called the most beautiful book in Arabic.





    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qur'an
     
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