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I am a Roman Catholic Christian by birth.  I am 38 years old, and working and residing in Saudi Arabia for the last 8 years.  In all this time , I have begun to read and learn a lot about Islam, as I have kept a very open mind about religion. I am very interested to follow Islam and become a faithful believer in the same.  But my instincts hold me back and my conscience asks me whether I am taking the right step forward by denying Christianity and embracing Islam.  I need to know if Islam is the right path to follow, then why are so many people in this modern era still following Christianity !  Am I wrong or right in the way I think.  Please advise me and help me with which I will be able to decide on the right path to God.

 

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Why people follow Christianity

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Your Question: ..But my instincts hold me back and my conscience asks me whether I am taking the right step forward by denying Christianity and embracing Islam.  I need to know if Islam is the right path to follow, then why are so many people in this modern era still following Christianity !

Respected brother, if your doubt regarding the authenticity and acceptability of Islam is only because a multitude of people still follow Christianity..then one could easily turn the statement around and question that if Christianity is indeed the Right Path, then why do billions of people choose to follow Islam, or Hinduism, or Buddhism, etc.!

 

It is never the numbers which would dictate whether ones religion is right or wrong..but rather ones sincere contemplation of life and the innumerable Signs which the Creator has kept in His creation which would lead one to the Truth.

 

The honest truth is brother, most people simply do not give religion the seriousness that it truly deserves and simply follow the religion they are born into! Although some may hold faith in their self-invented god/s like the sun, the moon, or even animals, or trees, or human beings or Allah forbid, a son of Godthe truth is brother that when man truly contemplates and questions the authenticity of these self-invented gods, his intelligence will force him to draw absolute blanks.for no man of even average intelligence will have the courage to declare that the sun, or the moon, or the animals, or the trees, or anything else in creation is the Creator of everything in existence!

 

Everything in creation is but a creation..it is the One Who Created Who Alone Truly Deserves our worship and our unconditional submission and obedience.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 41 Surah Fusselat verse 37:

Do not prostrate (or worship) the sun and the moon, but do prostrate (and worship) that Allah, Who Created them, if you really are indeed His worshippers.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 16 Surah Nahl verse 20-21:

All the other beings whom the people invoke with Allah, create nothing! Nay, they are themselves created. They are DEAD not living, and they do not at all know themselves when they shall again be raised to life!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verse 66:

Note it well that all the dwellers of the heavens and the earth belong to Allah. And those who invoke partners besides Allah follow nothing but surmises and merely indulge in guess-works!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 30 Surah Rum verse 40:

Allah it is Who created you; then provided for you; then He causes your death; then He will bring you back to life. Is there among the associates you have set up (with Allah) anyone, who can do any of these things? Glorified is He and Far Exalted above the shirk (associating partners with Allah) these people commit.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 46 Surah Ahqaf verses 4-6:

O Prophet, say to them, "Have you ever seen them with open eyes those whom you invoke instead of Allah? Show me what they have created in the earth? Or have they any share in the creation and control of the heavens? Bring me a Book revealed before this, or produce some remnant of knowledge in support of your beliefs if you are truthful." And who could be further astray than the one who invokes, instead of Allah, those who cannot answer him till the Day of Resurrection. Nay, they are even UNAWARE THAT THEY ARE BEING INVOKED. And when all mankind shall be gathered together (on the Day of Judgment), they (the so called deities) will become enemies of those who invoked them and they will DISOWN THEIR WORSHIP!!!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraf verse 190-196:

They associate with Allah partners who do not create anything, but are themselves created! Who cannot help them nor have the power to help themselves! If you invite them to follow the Right Way, they will not follow you! It will be all the same for you whether you call them or keep silent. Those whom you invoke with Allah are MERE SERVANTS OF ALLAH LIKE YOU! Just invoke them, and if what you say of them be true, they will answer your prayers! Have they feet that they should walk with them? Or have they hands that they should hold with them? Or have they eyes that they should see with them? Or have they ears that they should hear with them? Tell them, O Mohammed, Call up the deities you have set up, and then all of you sit down together and plot against me, and give me no respite. My Protector and Helper is Allah, Who has sent down this Book (Al Quran), and, it is He who protects the righteous people.


 

Your Question: Please advise me and help me with which I will be able to decide on the right path to God.

Respected brother, although there are many ways an individual may determine the Truth to be the religion of Al-Islam.you could perhaps do this simple exercise for yourself and see if it helps you in your search for the Truth.

 

A very simple and basic exercise and test needs only to be done to determine which amongst the religions and beliefs in the world are True and which are otherwise!

 

Lets assemble (for arguments sake) the best and most recognized scholar of each of the major religions or beliefs prevalent in the world today.be it Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism, Sikhism, Jewism, Christianity, Islam, etc.

 

And then ask these respected scholars each a few simple questions:

 

Q-1: Do each of you have a Holy Book or Scripture which you follow?

The Hindu scholar will present his Veda, or Purana, or Bhagwad Geeta; the Buddhist scholar will present his Book of Buddhas teachings; the Sikh scholar will present his religious book Guru Granth Saheb; etc. and the Jewish scholar will present his book the Torah; the Christian scholar his Bible and the Muslim scholar the Quran.

 

Q-2: Are these books which you follow Divine, or the Words of the Lord God Who Created?

The Hindu scholar will declare himself that his book is not divine or the word of the Creator, but are the words of a wise men like Valmiki, etc.; the Buddhist scholar will testify himself that their book is the words of their wise man Buddha; the Sikh scholar will declare himself that their book is the words of their leader Guru Nanak, etc. etc.

 

Each of these scholars will themselves declare and testify that the book they follow is neither Divine nor the Words of the Lord Creatorbut are the words of their respective religious leaders.

 

The Jewish scholar will declare and claim that the book they follow, the Torah, is indeed Divine and a Revelation from the One and Only Lord God Who created unto their Prophet Moses (may peace be upon him). Similarly, the Christian scholar will present His Bible and claim it is Divine and the Word of God revealed unto their Prophet Christ Jesus (may peace be upon him). Likewise the Muslim scholar will present the Quran and claim that it is Divine and the Word of God revealed unto their Prophet Mohamed (may peace be upon him).

 

All the other religious scholars will themselves testify that their holy book is neither Divine nor the Word of the Lord Creator, but was written by a wise human being.and because they themselves do not claim their holy book to be divine, they are eliminated from any further questioning!

 

Thus, the only three of the several religions of the world, Jewism, Christianity and Islam are the only ones who even claim to possess the Word of the Creator in a book form which they follow.

 

Q-3: Ask the remaining three scholars whether the book that is available with them in their hands is the exact verbatim same Revelation of the Lord which was revealed on their respective Prophets?

The Jewish scholar will himself testify and explain that the original text of the Torah or the Old Testament which was revealed on their Prophet Moses does not exist today in its original form! He will further explain that in time the original text which was revealed on the Prophet Moses was destroyed, distorted, altered, changed, etc. and what they have amongst them today is only what is left and preserved from the Original Torah in addition to the works and words of their religious scholars and rabbis. But the Jewish scholar will himself testify to the fact and the truth that the Original Revelation of the Torah which was revealed by the Lord Creator upon Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) is not available with them today!

 

Similarly, the Christian scholar will testify that the original text of the Gospel which was revealed in Truth by the Lord God on Prophet Jesus does not exist today in its original text. Depending on which version of the Bible (King James, or the Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant, etc.) or which edition (1 through 16) the scholar holds, he himself will confirm that the Bible that is available today is a collection of what is preserved from the Old Testament and the Gospels which were written by the apostles of Christ or men named Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John!

Thus the Christian scholar will himself testify to the fact and truth that the Original Revelation of the Gospel which was revealed in Truth by the Lord God upon the Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) is not available in its original form today!

 

But ask any muslim scholar of any sect or schooland he will claim that the Quran available today is the exact verbatim original Revelation which the Lord God revealed on His Last and Final Prophet Mohamed (saws). Not even an alphabet (leave alone a word, or phrase, or sentence, or paragraph) of the Original Revelation of the Quran has been altered or changed or doctored or moved or added or subtracted from the Original Revelation which was revealed upon Prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him)! The Muslim scholar will claim that the Quran which is amongst them today is the exact verbatim Word by Word the Very Words of the Lord Who Created.

 

Thus my beloved brother, even a simple litmus test eliminates all the available and prevalent religions of the world except Islam, from themselves laying claim that the Books and/or the Scriptures they follow are the original, verbatim, exact, very Words of the Lord Who Created.

 

All the other religions do not even themselves claim that their scriptures are Divine or the Very Words of God! It is Islam and the muslims alone who claim to have with them the Very Words of the Lord God, absolutely intact in its original text.thus all one has to do is to read and study this Divine Book themselves and determine for themselves whether the claim made by the muslims is indeed true or false!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 16 Surah Nahl verse 89:

We have sent down to you this Book, which makes everything plain, and is a guidance, blessing and good news to those who have surrendered themselves entirely.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 41 Surah Ha Mim As Sajdaah verse 2-4:

This is a Revelation from the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful Allah. A Book whose verses are well-expounded, an Arabic Quran for the people who want to understand, and a giver of good news and a warner.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 18 Surah Kahf verse 1-3:

All praise is for Allah Alone, Who has sent down this Book to His Servant (Mohamed (saws), and assigned nothing crooked to it. This Book says everything directly, so that he may warn the people of the severe chastisement of Allah and give good news to the believers, who do righteous deeds, that they will have an excellent reward.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Isra verse 88:

Declare this! Even if human beings and the jinns should co-operate with one another to bring forth a book like the Quran, they would never be able to bring anything like it, even though they all helped one another!

 

If the logical and wise guidance of the Glorious Quran are not sufficient enough for one to be convinced that the Quran is indeed from the Lord God Who Created, then for such ardent disbelievers, the Lord God has Himself put forth this challenge:

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 11 Surah Hud verses 13-14:

Do they say, He (Mohamed (saws)) has invented the Book himself? Say to them, Very well, if it is so, then bring ten fabricates Surahs like this! And you may call to your asistance whosoever you can except Allah, if you speak the truth! Now if they (your false gods) do not come to your help, you should know that this Book has been revealed with the knowledge of Allah, and that there is no true deity other than Allah. Do you then surrender to this?

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 23-24:

And if you be in doubt whether the Book We have sent down to Our servant (Mohamed (saws)) is from Us (Allah) or not, then produce, at least, one surah like this. You may call all your associates to assist you and avail yourselves of the help of any, other than Allah. If you are genuine in your doubt, do this! But if you do not do this, and you can never do this, then fear the Fire which has been prepared for the disbelievers, and which shall have men and stones for fuel.

 

If even after such arguments of the Lord, one were to still persist in denying the Last and Final Revelation of the Lord God, then they should await the torment the Lord Most High, Most Supreme has prepared for those who deny Him, His Last and Final Messenger (saws), and His Last and Final Revelation:

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 7:

(O Prophet) even if We had sent down to you a Book written on paper, and even if they had touched it with their own hands, the disbelievers would have said, This is nothing but manifest sorcery!.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 33:

We know that what they say grieves you. But it is not you whom they charge with falsehood! These wicked people are in fact, denying the Revelations of Allah!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 157-158:

Now that a clear proof, a Guidance and Blessing (The Quran) has come to you from your Lord, who can be more unjust than the one who treats Our Revelations as false and turns away from them? We will inflict the severest torment on those who turn away from Our Revelations because of their aversion. Do the people now await that the angels should come down before them? Or that your Lord may Himself come down? Or that the manifest Signs of your Lord should appear?

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verses 40-41:

Some of these people will believe in (The Quran), and others will not. Your Lord knows these mischief-makers very well indeed. If these people deny you, say to them: I am responsible for my deeds and you are for yours. You are not accountable for what I do, nor am I for what you do.

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

 


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