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Throughout the ages man has put labels on his method of worship depending on the number and nature of gods he worshiped. It has been no different for those who worship the One they believe is The Supreme Being who has been known by names such as “God, Allah, Jehovah, Edoni, El, Theo, …etc.”.
Those who worship the only One True God are divided into three main “Monotheistic Religions” which have been labeled by “man” as: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. All three religions claim the prophet Abraham as their father and each one of them claims that it is the true religion that should be followed and adhered to in order for one to please God and gain admittance to paradise.
The strife and struggle amongst the adherents of these religions led to the worst atrocities that the human race has ever seen. More people have been tortured, maimed, and killed in the name of God than for any other reason.
I have come to almost hate the word “religion” because all it dose is put a label of separation and segregation on every one who bares it especially when it is more specifically defined by “denomination”! As I have tried to find a way to allow God to use me to communicate His love and mercy to my fellow human beings, I have been convicted of the fact that GOD HAS NO RELIGION.
There is only one God. No one has seen God so no one can tell us what God is like. All the theories that man has presented are just that “theories”. What God wants is a personal relationship with me and you individually. Yes, there is only ONE GOD, but in His seeking to have a personal relationship with each and every one of us, we end up having as many Gods as there are living believers in HIM. No one has the right to impose his/her idea about and understanding of God upon any one else. God gives us the freedom to believe in Him the way we understand Him in the depths of our hearts and we have to give one another that same freedom!
Abraham had a very unique and personal relationship with his God. He knew His voice and followed His leading without hesitation thus he became known as “the father of all believers”. We need to have that same kind of relationship with our personal and individual God. Once we have that direct, pure, and uninhibited vertical connection with the life giving, loving God, we can then reach out horizontally to our brothers and sisters in humanity with an understanding and loving hand seeking to share and learn from each others experiences rather than trying to shove some man made doctrine down each others throat.
The Meaning of Islam
The first thing that one should know and clearly understand about Islam is what the word "Islam" itself means. The religion of Islam is not named after a person nor was it named after a tribe. Islam is the religion of "Allah" and as such, its name represents the central principle of Allah's "God's" religion; the total submission to the will of Allah "God". The Arabic word "Islam" means the submission or surrender of one's will to the only true god worthy of worship "Allah" and anyone who does so is termed a "Muslim", The word also implies "peace" which is the natural consequence of total submission to the will of Allah. Hence, it was not a new religion brought by Prophet Muhammad in Arabia in the seventh century, but only the true religion of Allah re-expressed in its final form.
Islam is the religion which was given to Adam, the first man and the first prophet of Allah, and it was the religion of all the prophets sent by Allah to mankind. The name of God's religion Islam was not decided upon by later generations of man. It was chosen by Allah Himself and clearly mentioned in His final revelation to man. In the final book of divine revelation, the Qur'an, Allah states the following:
"This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion". (Soorah Al-Maa'idah 5:3)
"If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah (God) never will It be accepted of Him" (Soorah Al'imraan 3:85)
" Abraham was not a Jew, nor yet a Christian; but he was an upright man who had surrendered (to Allah), and he was not of the idolaters.” (Soorah Al'imraan 3:67)
Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. (submission to His Will): ……………. (Al’imraan 3:19)
If we study the Holy Books (Old Testament, New Testament, Qur’an) we will see that the essence of our religion is THE SUBMISSION OR SURRENDER OF ONE’S WILL TO THE ONLY TRUE GOD WORTHY OF WORSHIP.
The word Allah in the Arabic language means God, or more accurately, The One and Only Eternal God, Creator of the Universe, Lord of all lords, King of all kings, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. The word Allah to mean God is also used by Arabic speaking Jews and Christians.
May God Bless You All.
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