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Submitters Perspective

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Who are we?

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(2:62). A criterion of the true submitters is that they will find nothing objectionable in the Quran. Therefore, Submission is a universal faith.

You may already be a “Submitter”

How can we know if a person qualifies to be a Submitter? The minimum criteria to be a Submitter in the sight of God are given in the following verses.

Surely, those who believe,
those who are Jewish, the Christians,
and the converts; anyone who
(1) believes in GOD, and
(2) believes in the Last Day, and
(3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve. (Quran 2:62, 5:69)

God tells us that Submitters are exceptional. They do not follow the crowd that is following conjecture instead of the truth.

They are not all the same; among the followers of the scripture, there are those who are righteous. They recite GOD’s revelations through the night, and they fall prostrate. (3:113)

If you obey the majority of people on earth, they will divert you from the path of GOD. They follow only conjecture; they only guess. (6:116)

Most of them follow nothing but conjecture, and conjecture is no substitute for the truth. GOD is fully aware of everything they do. (10:36)

God knows who is a Submitter in heart, and guides the individual accordingly to His path.  He is the only one who guides.

Say, “We believe in GOD, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs, and in what was given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets from their Lord.

We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters.” (3:84)

You cannot guide the ones you love. GOD is the only One who guides in accordance with His will, and in accordance with His knowledge of those who deserve the guidance. (28:56).

Messengers and delivering the message
All of us have the opportunity to deliver the message of worshiping God alone, and thus be “messengers”. Because God knew that televangelists, false prophets, fake preachers, etc., would arise, the Quran gives us some clear guidelines regarding an authorized messenger commissioned by God:

While God commissions messengers and prophets and authorizes them to carry out missions (5:67, 12:108, 36:13-17, etc.), any righteous person can spread the message (12:108, 16:125, 36:20-25, etc.). God gives us examples of people delivering the message though He does not indicate they are authorized messengers. For example, we have Luqmãn and the believing Egyptian among those who invited to God’s message (31:12-19, 40:28-44).

And like God’s authorized messengers mentioned in the Quran, we are not responsible for guiding anyone (2:272, 28:56). All we can do is invite, and leave the rest to God.

[5:99] The sole duty of the messenger is to deliver the message, and GOD knows everything you declare and everything you conceal.

God is the Only One Who Guides
[2:272] You are not responsible for guiding anyone. GOD is the only one who guides whoever chooses (to be guided). Any charity you give is for your own good. Any charity you give shall be for the sake of GOD. Any charity you give will be repaid to you, without the least injustice.

Who Are We? God willing, Submitters

[41:33] Who can utter better words than one who invites to GOD, works righteousness, and says, “I am one of the submitters”?

[41:34] Not equal is the good response and the bad response. You shall resort to the nicest possible response. Thus, the one who used to be your enemy, may become your best friend.
[41:35] None can attain this except those who steadfastly persevere. None can attain this except those who are extremely fortunate.

[from the September 2011 Submitters Perspective, reprinted and revised]

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[31:22] Those who submit completely to GOD, while leading a righteous life, have gotten hold of the strongest bond. For GOD is in full control of all things.

[2:112] Indeed, those who submit themselves absolutely to GOD alone, while leading a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

[3:102] O you who believe, you shall observe GOD as He should be observed, and do not die except as Submitters.

[4:125] Who is better guided in his religion than one who submits totally to GOD, leads a righteous life, according to the creed of Abraham: monotheism? GOD has chosen Abraham as a beloved friend.