The Holy QuranThe 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 TerroristToday 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 MessengerIn 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.