in the holy Quran, part of chapter 5 verse 3 stated:
“..This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion..”
when you are a Muslim and you recite the shahadah, it is a way of bearing witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah, and the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) is the messenger of Allah.
your shahadah is how you bear witness of this truth. it is one of the testament of your faith in this religion, and that you cannot accept one while leaving the other.
you cannot only accept Allah as the one true god while rejecting the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) as Allah’s messenger.
because through the Quran, we have come to know that Allah has “perfected your religion for you”,
“Verily, We have sent you (O Muhammad s.a.w) as a witness, as a bearer of glad tidings, and as a warner. In order that you (O mankind) may believe in Allah and His Messenger (s.a.w), and that you assist and honour him (s.a.w), and (that you) glorify (Allah’s) praises morning and afternoon.”
(from chapter 48 verse 8-9 of the holy Quran).
(note that the capitalized word “We” represents the greatness of god’s power and capacity, not the quantity. hence there is only ONE god and that is Allah. also, note that the capitalized word “His” or “Him” sometimes used in the Quran is a grammatical feature of the arabic language and does not represent the male gender. unlike Allah’s creation, there is NO GENDER for Allah, “And there is none coequal or comparable to Him” Al-Ikhlas:4).
the Abrahamic faith was during the time before the Quran was brought to mankind. it is a relevant and true faith, that there is only one god worthy of worship, which is Allah. but after the revelation of the holy Quran, Allah has named Islam as the completed and perfected religion. at this particular point in time, the true religion not only encompass the worship of Allah as the one and only god, but also the acceptance that Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) is the final messenger sent to humankind.
this does not mean that the books and revelations and prophets before Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) is false or untrue, it only means that the most complete and perfected book/revelation is the Holy Quran, and the most complete and perfected religion is Islam, and the final messenger for mankind is Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w).
we know that the previous prophets and their message is true because in the Quran there are revelations and stories of the times of the previous prophets, from Prophet Adam (a.s), to the prophets leading up to Abraham (a.s) and the ones that were chosen after him including Solomon (a.s) up to the last prophet: Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w). In fact, all of them came bearing the same message, which is: there is no god worthy of worship except Allah.
if you are a muslim, accepting the ONE-ness of god (Allah) and the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) as the final messenger is part of the fundamentals of this faith and religion. it is in our syahadah, which is the first of the 5 pillars of Islam.
as muslims, this is a pivotal pillar. it makes up part of our akidah.
i have to say that in Islam and as a muslim, the belief in the ONE-ness of god is NOT SEPARATE from religion.
in Islam and as a muslim, believing in god has to include believing in religion because god (Allah) has bestowed upon us the rightful and “perfected religion” for us to follow. which is Islam.
Allah created us and therefore Allah knows what is the best for us.
when someone speaks of “simplifying” religion by accepting that there is one god but not wanting to believe in religion because it is claimed to be “messy”, then i’m NOT sorry to say that this is not the way of Islam.
this so-called “simple” way of “reducing everything to just the belief in god” without believing in religion is similar to the reductionist way of thinking, and the reductionist way of thinking is NOT divine law, it is human induced.
and everything that is human induced can only go as far as the limitations of the human mind, such as this case of how this particular person even implied that religion and the way of life has to be (further) “simplified”.
when someone (whom i believe is a muslim) describes that it is “messy” when people are not “allowed” to “believe in god without also believing in one of the so many religions”, it is a contradiction to the Islamic teachings itself.
because believing in one god (which is Allah) does not come with believing in the “so many religions”. believing in one god (Allah) comes with believing in ONLY ONE true religion, which is Islam.
Islam should not be pluralized and generalized into the “so many religions” label. because Islam is not the same with other religions.
i believe that we (muslims) know this because the Quran has spoken.
and we believe in the Quran because it is one of the 6 pillars of Faith (in addition to the 5 pillars of Islam).
as a religion (and way of life), Islam is unlike other religions because it is a religion that is created by god.
this is why it is important to not pluralize and generalize Islam with other religions.
because when you ask about religion as “an invention of humankind” and asking “how can there be so many religions if they were from God”, it implies as if all religions were from god, WHICH IS NOT TRUE.
the religion that is from god (Allah) is Islam.
Allah has never ordered humans to worship animals, nature, or even humans themselves.
we do not worship the prophet, we worship Allah. but we acknowledge that there are prophets that guide humankind and Muhammad (s.a.w) is the last prophet.
so it is important to understand that there is ONLY One God (which is Allah), and God has created and shown for us the ONE True Religion (which is Islam).
so of course, Islam as a religion is not what you can pluralize and generalize with other religions as “an invention of humankind”.
aku rase terpanggil utk tulis semua ni sbb aku harap sgt org boleh faham betapa besarnya implikasi sesuatu yg seperti ini.
sbb aku rase tak redha dgn apa yg tertulis dalam laman web sebegitu.
menulis ayat2 sebegitu (dlm bahasa antarabangsa) tentang konsep ketuhanan dan agama Islam dlm satu laman web yg terbuka kpd awam tapi pd masa yg sama mengehadkan bahagian komentar kpd ahli2 yg berupaya utk mendaftar dan mampu bayar keahlian, sedangkan sang penulis itu bernamakan dgn nama seorg muslim, dan berbagai jenis manusia yg membaca dan memberi komen yg kurang manis,
aku rasa seperti tak rela melihatnya tanpa lakukan apa2.
wlaupun sekadar tulis di blog sebegini,
aku harap at least kiter semue pn boleh same2 reflect balik.
klau terjumpe pemikiran2 sebegini (lagi?) in the future, mudah2an kita sama2 dpt mncari tempat yg elok dan benar utk berpaut;
wlwpun barangkali berpendidikan tinggi tu penting, tapi berpendidikan agama tetap penting (walau formal atau tidak formal).
supaye bila kita didedahkan dgn pemikiran2 dan teori2 barat kiter masih dpt berfikir, insyaAllah,
mudah2an tuhan masih beri petunjuk bahawa teori manusia tidak semestinya betul dan tidak mungkin dpt mengatasi ayat2-Nya dan ketetapan-Nya.
akidah kita penting.
dan rasa “Izzah” itu pun penting.
iaitu rasa bangga dengan Islam.
Al-Maududi mnjelaskan mlalui tulisannya “Asas-asas Islam”, bahawa akhirnya tugas seorg Islam itu adalah utk mempertahankan agama Islam.
you can travel the world, study/work and know how to write in a foreign language, and perhaps write openly on the web, but you cannot shape the religion that Allah has perfected for you into something of your own tastes and preferences and whims and fancies.
because you are not god.
you don’t create yourself. nor have you ever created the ones who were created before you. nor will you ever create another living soul out there in the near future.
like Harun Yahya described in his book “Allah Is Known Through Reason”, no person in this world can create or has created any thing from nothing. everything that humankind creates is from something (that is already existing). even plastic is made from the products of petroleum. and petroleum is already existing within the earth.
and everything else you have is not from you,
like the gems on your jewellery.
or the food on your table.
and the water that you drink.
there was no earth before Allah created it.
there were no humans before Allah created them. (us).
we are living proofs of Allah’s mercy.
“Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinn and men) deny?”
(from chapter 55 verse 16 of the holy Quran).
no matter where you go on this earth, the words of the Quran remains the same. In this world, there is no two Quran with different contents and different messages.
no human could write the Quran the way Allah has determined it to be.
and we muslims know that the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) is illiterate until the end of his life. he delivers the message from the Quran, which he had memorized by heart.
those words were reavealed to him.
and he is our final messenger.
whatever you choose to believe there are always repercussions when it is relatively politicized, predominantly and recklessly self-opinionated, while simultaneously strewn all over so widely without grounding truthful, rightful propriety.
i don’t mean to patronize or vindicate you but i really hope you will find the rightful path in comparison with the things that you speak of.
bila seseorg itu berjuang,
niat perjuangannya penting, bgitu jugak pentingnya cara perjuangannya.
dua2 sama penting.
i don’t know what your intentions are (i’m not in a place to judge), tapi aku tak relakan cara perjuangannya if it is like this.
thank you for reading my open letter.