Alan Dean Artist
The Holy Quran The   Holy   Quran   is   the   last   book   known   to   have   been   revealed   to   the   world   by   God   to   Prophet   Mohammed   around   1,400   years   ago;   most   people in   the   world   today   know   of   the   Holy   Quran   even   though   they   may   not   have   read   the   book   or   believe   in   it. Also,   most   people   in   the   world   believe that   the   Holy   Quran   belongs   to   the   Islamic   religion   and   that   Islam   is   the   religion   of   the   Holy   Quran.   In   the   Holy   Quran   God   tells   the   people   who believe   in   Him   that   the   number   one   duty   of   a   believer   is   to   make   His   message   clear   to   the   people. The   first   thing   I   believe   must   be   done   to   make God’s   message   clear   to   the   people   of   the   world   is   to   explain   to   them   that   the   word   Islam   means   the   community   of   people   that   submits   their   will to   God   in   obedience   and   the   word   Muslim   means   the   individual   that   submit   his   or   her   will   to   God   in   obedience.      In   school   as   children   we   were told   that   the   purpose   of   a   word   is   to   represent   a   meaning. A   meaning   can   live   without   the   word   but   should   a   word   live   without   its   meaning?   If   a meaning   is   not   made   clear   for   a   word,   then   the   people   are   free   to   make   up   any   meaning   they   want   to   make   up   for   that   word.   I   believe   the meaning   is   more   important   than   the   word,   but   in   this   case   the   words   Islam   and   Muslim   have   been   given   more   importance   over   their   meanings by   the   people   who   had   the   book   before   us   and   I   believe   this   has   led   the   world   astray   from   the   original   clear   message   that   God   wanted   delivered to the world with the Holy Quran. The   original   message   that   God   wanted   delivered   to   the   world   from   the   Holy   Quran   is   that   no   matter   what   you   call   your   religion   or   by   whatever name   you   choose   to   call   God   by   He   will   bless   you   in   this   life   and   bless   you   with   the   happiness   of   a   paradise   that   will   last   forever   in   the   next   life if   you   will   believe   in   Him   alone,   believe   in   the   last   day   and   work   righteousness.   Here   are   two   paragraphs   from   the   Holy   Quran   that   should   make what I am saying clear to you. Q2:62 Those   who   believe   in   the   Quran   and   those   who   follow   the   Jewish   scriptures,   and   the   Christians   and   the   Sabians,   any   who   believe in God and the last day and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. Q42:13   The   same   religion   has   He   established   for   you   as   that   which   He   enjoined   on   Noah   –   the   which   We   have   sent   by   inspiration   to thee   –   and   that   which   We   enjoined   on   Abraham,   Moses,   and   Jesus:   Namely,   that   ye   should   remain   steadfast   in   religion.   And   make   no divisions   therein:   to   those   who   worship   other   things   than   God,   hard   is   the   way   to   which   thou   call   them.   God   chooses   to   Himself   those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who turn to Him. Most   Muslims   believe   and   teach   that   Prophet   Mohammed   was   the   last   Prophet   of   God   and   since   Prophet   Mohammed   is   no   longer   here   on   earth everyone   who   believe   in   the   Holy   Quran   must   follow   the   books   of   the   Hadiths   which   represents   the   example   of   Prophet   Mohammed.   I   also believe   that   prophet   Mohammed   was   the   last   prophet   that   will   be   sent   by   God   the   Creator   but   not   because   of   the   hadiths,   but   because   we   now have   the   Holy   Quran   that   can   give   anyone   who   believes   and   obey   God   the   same   understanding   as   the   prophets.   In   the   Holy   Quran   God   explains that   the   prophets   did   not   come   out   of   one   mold   and   everyone   else   out   of   another   mold.   God   tells   us   that   the   only   difference   between   the prophets   and   everyone   else   is   that   the   prophets   believed   and   obeyed   Him   and   was   blessed   to   rise   to   their   understanding   and   service.   I   believe that   anyone   who   begins   to   read   the   Holy   Quran   with   the   intentions   of   serving   God   is   just   like   Adam   and   that   the   Holy   Quran   was   created   by God to teach any righteous believers the nature of all things. I   don’t   believe   that   God   designed   the   Holy   Quran   to   be   a   book   that   is   owned   by   one   people   or   even   one   religion   where   everyone   else   in   the world   must   follow   just   their   interpretation   of   it.   I   believe   that   God   created   the   Holy   Quran   to   bring   about   religious   freedom   where   each   different people   can   read   it   and   decide   for   themselves   what   is   the   truth   from   God   for   them   instead   of   just   accepting   what   someone   else   is   passing   down   to them.   For   example,   the   three   major   sects   of   Islam,   Sunni,   Shia   and   Sufis   did   not   exist   during   the   lifetime   of   Prophet   Mohammed   and   were   not created   until   after   his   death.   If   this   is   true,   then   all   three   of   these   sects   of   Islam   are   someone   else’s   interpretation   of   the   Holy   Quran   not   Prophet Mohammed’s. Additionally,   we   must   also   take   into   consideration   that   the   majority   of   the   people   in   these   three   sects   of   Islam   believe   as   they   do, because they were born into the sect that they’re in. All   Muslims   today   believe   that   to   be   a   Muslim   one   must   consider   Prophet   Mohammed   to   be   the   best   and   the   highest   of   God’s   prophets,   because he   was   the   last   prophet   but   I   have   not   found   any   support   for   this   belief   and   practice   in   the   Holy   Quran.   In   the   Holy   Quran   God   clearly   tells   the believers   several   times   that   it   is   very   important   for   them   not   to   make   any   distinctions   between   any   of   His   prophets.   I   believe   we   shouldn’t consider Adam   greater   because   he   was   the   first   prophet, Abraham   greater   because   God   made   him   the   father   of   religion,   Moses   greater   because God   spoke   to   him   directly,   Jesus   greater   because   of   his   virgin   birth,   nor   Mohammed   greater   because   he   was   the   last   prophet.   In   the   Holy   Quran God   tells   us   that   we   must   learn   from   all   of   His   prophet’s   examples   and   that   we   must   consider   all   of   them   to   be   of   one   equal   brotherhood.   The question   for   you   and   I   is   should   we   believe   and   follow   what   someone   else   is   passing   down   to   us   as   the   truth,   or   should   we   trust   in   what   we   have read   in   the   Holy   Quran   for   ourselves?   I   have   chosen   to   trust   in   God   and   believe   in   what   I   understand   to   be   the   truth   from   God   that   I   have   read for myself. Here are a few paragraphs from the Holy Quran as a witness to what I am saying. Q4:152   To   those   who   believe   in   God   and   His   messengers   and   make   no   distinction   between   any   of   the   messengers,   we   shall   soon   give their due rewards; for God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Q2:285   The   messenger   believed   in   what   hath   been   revealed   to   him   from   His   Lord,   as   do   the   men   of   faith.   Each   one   of   them   believes   in God,   His   angels,   His   books,   and   His   messengers.   “We   make   no   distinction   they   say   between   one   and   another   of   His   messengers.”   And they say: “We hear and we obey: We seek thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to thee is the end of all journeys.” Q3:144   Muhammad   is   no   more   than   a   messenger:   many   were   the   messengers   that   passed   away   before   him.   If   he   died   or   were   slain,   will ye   then   turn   back   on   your   heels?   If   any   did   turn   back   on   his   heels,   not   the   least   harm   will   he   do   to   God;   but   God   (on   the   other   hand) will swiftly reward those who serve Him with gratitude. Islamic Terrorist Today   in   our   world   everybody   knows   that   we   have   a   very   serious   problem   with   Islamic   terrorists   and   the   question   I   know   that   a   lot   of   people have   for   Muslims   today   is,   how   do   we   distinguish   the   good   Muslims   from   those   who   would   do   us   harm?   I   believe   the   answer   to   this   question   is that   a   true   Muslim   believe   in   righteousness   and   the   terrorist   does   not.   In   the   Holy   Quran   God   gave   three   requirements   for   someone   to   be   blessed by   Him   in   this   life   and   in   the   next   life   and   that   is   a   person   must   believe   in   God   alone,   the   last   day   and   work   righteousness.   God   did   not   say   that we   must   believe   in   Him   alone,   the   last   day   and   work   righteousness   or   evil.   In   the   Holy   Quran   God   warns   the   believers   that   there   are   those   who claim   to   believe   in   God   but   they   do   not   really   believe   in   God   and   in   vain   will   they   try   to   deceive   God   and   those   who   really   believe   but   they   will succeed   in   only   deceiving   themselves.   God   tells   the   believers   in   the   Holy   Quran   to   beware   of   those   who   claim   to   believe   in   Him   but   are   doing evil   deeds   instead   of   righteous   deeds.   God   tells   us   they   are   the   ones   that   create   mischief   in   the   earth   but   they   believe   that   they   are   doing   good. When   they   are   asked   to   believe   as   the   others   believe   their   reply   was   should   we   believe   as   the   fools   believe.   God   said   but   they   are   the   ones   who are the fools but they realize it not. Satan   believes   in   God   but   he   doesn’t   believe   in   righteousness   and   he   hates   man   because   he   wanted   to   be   the   one   who   is   closest   to   God.   Cain believed   in   God   but   he   murdered   his   brother   Abel   because   God   wouldn’t   accept   his   gift   but   He   excepted   his   brother’s   gift.   In   the   Quran   God told   Cain   that   he   will   only   accept   gifts   from   the   righteous.   The   terrorist   is   like   Cain   because   God   didn’t   tell   them   to   murder   innocent   people   for Him   and   they   will   find   themselves   in   hell   in   the   next   life   because   their   evil   gifts   will   not   be   accepted   by   God.   A   righteous   Muslim   who   really understand   his   or   her   religion   and   want   to   be   of   those   who   will   enjoy   everlasting   happiness   in   the   next   life   in   Heaven   would   never   aid   an unrighteous Muslim against anyone even if it was their own father, brother or son. God’s Messenger In   the   Holy   Quran   God   promised   to   raise   from   each   people   a   witness   to   testify   to   the   truth   and   to   give   anyone   that   believed   in   Him,   the   last   day and   work   righteous   deeds   their   own   light   of   understanding   to   walk   in   their   own   path.   God   tells   the   believer   in   the   Holy   Quran   that   it   is   not   their duty   to   call   anyone   to   account   for   their   false   worship   or   evil   deeds,   but   that   it   is   their   duty   to   deliver   His   clear   message   to   the   people   as   a witness   to   the   truth.   In   the   Holy   Quran   when   God   is   speaking   about   the   messenger   in   most   cases   He   is   talking   about   Prophet   Mohammed,   but   in many cases I believe He is also talking to and about whomever is delivering His clear message. Q57:   28-29   O   ye   that   believe!   Fear   God,   and   believe   in   His   Messenger,   and   He   will   bestow   on   you   a   double   portion   of   His   Mercy:   He will   provide   for   you   a   light   by   which   ye   shall   walk   straight   in   your   path,   and   He   will   forgive   you   your   past:   for   God   is   Oft-Forgiving, Most   Merciful.   That   the   People   of   the   Book   ( the   people   who   had   the   book   before   you )   may   know   that   they   have   no   power   whatever   over the   Grace   of   God,   that   His   Grace   is   entirely   in   His   Hand,   to   bestow   it   on   whomsoever   He   wills.   For   God   is   the   Lord   of   Grace abounding.

The Holy Quran

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