October 2012: Page 1, 2, 3, 4

Submitters Perspective

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Bearing Witness

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Believing or witnessing?

The meaning of the word “believe” in the dictionary is: To credit upon the ground of authority, testimony, argument or any other circumstances than personal knowledge - to be more or less firmly persuaded of the truth of anything. The Quran consistently talks about believers as those who believe in God and His Messengers.

The hypocrites, on the other hand, expose their hypocrisy by their articulation of the false “shahaada”. The verse 7:172 states:

Recall that your Lord summoned all the descendants of Adam, and had them bear witness for themselves: “Am I not your Lord?” They all said, “Yes, we bear witness.” Thus you cannot say on the Day of Resurrection, ‘We were not aware of this.’’’

All of us bore witness that God alone is our Lord. The statement, “There is no god but God and Muhammad is a messenger of God” is also wrong for the following reasons. First, the statement violates the commandment of not making a distinction amongst God’s messengers which is repeated in the Quran numerous times. Verse 2:285 states:

“The messenger has believed in what was sent down to him from his Lord, and so did the believers. They believe in God, His angels, His scripture, and His messengers: ‘We make no distinction among any of His messengers.’ They say, ‘We hear, and we obey. Forgive us, our Lord. To You is the ultimate destiny.’’’

In addition, verse 3:144 also states:

Muhammad was no more than a messenger like the messengers before him.”  Lastly, Muhammad was

a messenger of God, just like Jesus, Moses and other messengers and prophets in the past. Muhammad at the present time is not a messenger of God. Therefore, grammatically, the “shahaada” of idol worshipers is also wrong.

The first commandment in all of God’s scriptures is the same, “There is no god but God.” A true Muslim (submitter) will not associate anyone next to God, unlike the example of false Christians and false Muslims (Muhammedans) who CANNOT believe in God without associating Jesus or Muhammad or some other idols next to God in some form or fashion.

Is God not sufficient for His servant? They frighten you with the idols they set up beside Him. Whomever God sends astray, nothing can guide him. (39:36)
When God ALONE is mentioned, the hearts of those who do not believe in the Hereafter shrink with aversion. But when others are mentioned besides Him, they become satisfied. (39:45).

Azhar K

(reprinted from  Sep 1992 SP)

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Salaam aleikum,

This is my understanding that God is the controller everything and doer of everything, something that I have come to believe is the gateway to reaching a solid belief in God alone.

However we may express it, God is truly the doer of everything, controller of everything, everything belongs to God. If we don’t believe or have the slightest doubt that God is NOT the doer of everything then we automatically believe someone or something is doing something, In effect this is Idol-worship. We learn from the Quran, that there is no power except with God, that nothing happen to us except what God has decreed for us, Not a moment of unawareness or slumber overtakes God and ruling us never burdens Him. If we look at the Quran (2:255), famously known as the Ayat al Kursi (verse of the Throne) this concept is well explained.

[2:255] GOD: there is no other god besides Him, the Living, the Eternal. Never a moment of unawareness or slumber overtakes Him. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. Who could intercede with Him, except in accordance with His will? He knows their past, and their future. No one attains any knowledge, except as He wills. His dominion encompasses the heavens and the earth, and ruling them never burdens Him. He is the Most High, the Great.

All the attributes of God flow from the understanding that God is the doer of everything.

For example, God is the sole creator of all things and everything else is the creation, by understanding the relationship from the point of view of Creator and the creation then logically, we will know that no one can really do anything except the Creator Himself.

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