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The Misunderstanding of the Holy Quran

The Misunderstanding of 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 think 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 feel 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 submit their will to God in obedience. Also, that the word Muslim means the individual that surrender his or her will to God in obedience. In school as children, we were told that the purpose of a word is to represent meaning. A meaning can live without the word, but should a word live without its meaning? If a definition is not made clear for a word, then the people are free to make up any purpose they want to make up for that word. I believe the definition is more important than the word. However, in this case, those who had the book before us significantly promoted to the world the words Islam and Muslim without making sure that the people understood their correct meanings clearly. I believe that this practice allowed misunderstanding to develop concerning these words and the original message that God wants people to know with the Holy Quran confused. For example, if I would go out and ask one million people who are not in the Islamic religion whether they have heard the words Muslim or Islam before I believe they all would probably look at me as if am crazy. However, if I asked the same one million people to tell me the meaning of these two words I don’t believe that one of them would give me the correct definition. If I ask another million people and then another, I believe the results would be the same. Think about it, if people would have also heard the full meanings of these words Islam and Muslim; I believe the people of the world would have realized that the Holy Quran is talking to everyone who believes in God no matter what they called themselves. The original clear message I believe that God wanted the world to understand from the Holy Quran is that no matter what you call your religion or by whatever respectful name you choose to call God by He will bless you. However, you must believe in God alone, believe in the last day and work righteousness. Here are a few 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. Q2:111 And they say: "None shall enter paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian." Those are their (vain) desires. Say: "Produce your proof if ye are truthful.” Q2:112 Nay whoever submits his whole self to God and is a doer of good he will get his reward with his Lord; on such shall be no fear nor shall they grieve. Q14:4 And never have We sent forth any apostle otherwise than with a message in his own people's tongue, so that he might make the truth clear unto them; but God lets go astray him that wills to go astray, and guides him that wills to be guided for He alone is almighty, truly wise. Most Muslims believe and teach that Prophet Mohammed was the last Prophet of God and since Prophet Mohammed is no longer here on earth, anyone who believes in the Holy Quran must follow the books of the Hadiths which represents the example of Prophet Mohammed. I also consider 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 message, understanding, and mission 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. 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 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. For example, the three major sects of Islam, Sunni, Shia, and Sufis did not exist during the life of Prophet Mohammed. If this is true, then all three of these concepts are someone else’s interpretation of the Holy Quran, not Prophet Mohammed’s. Additionally, we must also take into consideration that most of the people in these three sects of Islam believe as they do because they were born into them. Or, the faction that they are practicing is the first one introduced to them. 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 tells the believers several times that it is critical for them not to make any distinctions between any of His prophets. I believe we shouldn’t consider Adam more significant 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 more significant because of his virgin birth, nor Mohammed more exceptional because he was the last prophet. In the Holy, Quran God tells us that we must learn from all His prophet’s examples and that we must consider all of them to be of one brotherhood. The question for you and me 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 (Mohammed) 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. Q3:84 Say: "We believe in God, and in that which has been bestowed from on high upon us, and that which has been bestowed upon Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and their descendants, and that which has been vouchsafed by their Sustainer unto Moses and Jesus and all the [other] prophets: we make no distinction between any of them. And unto Him do we surrender ourselves." Download or share

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