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How True Faith Affects the Society?

I would like to start with a question:

Why is faith made as the basis and primary pillar of religion?
It may come to the minds of some people, especially in this modern age when concrete and visible things are given remarkable consideration, that apparent good deeds like charity, good treatment of people and fighting for the sake of Allah should be given preference to faith. Hence, why Allah gave such a sublime position to an inner thing although we evaluate people by the activities they undertake in our sensible world not by the concepts they have in their hearts or consciences.
To briefly answer the above question, we can say that inner beliefs are given more weight over visible actions because the former is the basis for and the source of the latter. Any apparent act whether good or bad has an inner basis. This is a fact that every person knows about himself. Had he known the inner feelings of others as he knew his, his evaluation of their deeds would have been based on the inner basis not the outer appearance. Imagine that someone has given you a valuable present but you heard him say inside his heart: “You do not deserve it or even less than it. Had it not been for a better present I am expecting from you in consideration of this present, I would not have given it to you. Read More

Islam at Glance

The Arabic word Islam means peace, submission and obedience. The religion of Islam is the complete acceptance of the teachings and guidance of God as revealed to His Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
A Muslim is one who believes in God and strives for total reorganization of his life according to His revealed guidance and the sayings of the Prophet. He also works for building human society on the same basis. “Muhammadanism” is a misnomer for Islam and offends its very spirit.
The word ‘Allah’ is the proper name of God in Arabic. It is a unique term because it has no plural or feminine gender. Read More

Who Do Muslims Worship?

The submission of man to his Creator is the essence of Islam. The word “Islam literally means, “to submit or to surrender. The real question one should ask is: “submit and surrender to whom?
Muslims submit and surrender their will and desires to the will and the laws of the Creator. This is what “Islam truly means. By referring to, “The Creator, Muslims are talking about “Allah”.
Allah is the Creator of all that is in the heavens and the earth. In Islam, Allah is the True and Only Creator, and only he deserves to be worshipped. Nothing else is worthy of worship; not stones, statues, crosses, the sun, the moon, stars, temples, animals, Prophets (from any religion), messengers, saints, priests, movie stars, musicians athletes or religious scholars. All of those are created beings, and are not worthy of worship in Islam. In fact, doing that is to associate partners with Allah, and it is the only sin that would never be forgiven on the Day of Judgment. Read More

Life after Death

The question whether there is a life after death does not fall under the jurisdiction of science as science is concerned only with classification and analysis of sense data. Moreover, man has been busy with scientific Enquirer and research, in the modern sense of the term, only for the last few centuries, while he has been familiar with the concept of life after death since times immemorial.
All the prophets of God called their people to worship God and top believe in life after death. They laid so much emphasis on the belief in life after death that even a slight doubt in it meant denying God and made all prophets of God have dealt with this metaphysical question of life after death so confidently and so uniformly – the gap between their ages being thousand of years – goes to prove that the source of their knowledge of life after death as proclaimed by them all, was the same i.e. Divine revelation.
We also know that these prophets of God were greatly opposed by their people, mainly on the issue of life after death as their people thought it impossible. But in spite of opposition the prophets won so many sincere followers. The question arises what made those followers forsake the established beliefs, traditions and customs of their forefathers notwithstanding the risk of being totally alienated from their own community? Read More

Just Think: Why More Than One?

Christians, namely Trinitarians, claim that Trinity is three in one and one in three. In terms of “cardinality” it is logical enough to notice that “three” means one, two, and three, that is more than one. It simply means plurality. But how do Christians justify and compromise this plurality? This is what we will see in the following discussion.
Mathematically speaking, asserting that 1=3 and 3=1 is logically absurd. It can only be right if we subtract 2 from three or add “minus” [1] two to the three. In both cases the result is number “one”. Now this is in terms of quantity. But Christian Trinitarians argue that this is not what they mean. Rather, they proceed to say that the “three” are “one” in terms of quality while still can remain separate in terms of quantity. Well, simple logic rejects that immediately because, semantically speaking, if we say that three “semantically different nouns” [2] are the same, that is synonymous, then this is absurd as well. I will logically demonstrate where the absurdity comes from. Read More

Response to The Pope

On Sept 12, 2006, Pope Benedict XIV, delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg. The lecture was in German but was later translated into English by the Vatican under the title, The Three Stages in the Program of Dehellenization. My reply is based on that translation.

The main theme of the Papal speech was the relationship between faith and reason, and it was mainly about the development of Western thought on this issue, especially in relation to Christianity. But for some obscure reason the Pope started off with something that does not at all seem relevant to his central topic. He began by quoting something which the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus of the fourteenth century said about Islam. Read More