1. The Oneness of Allah (Tawheed)
While many people use the word God, myself included sometimes. Allah is more appropriate even if slightly strange in the beginning. However the Arabic word for God is Allah meaning ‘the One exclusively worthy of deification and worship.’
This point is simple however, it is vast and it is all that is important in our lives.
Allah has no partners; “He neither begets nor is He begotten.” Surah 112 Ayah 3; Holy Qur’an.
He has no parents, He has no daughter, and He has no son. We worship Him alone. He is the One Creator, the One Sustainer, and in His hands are all things. He introduces Himself to us in the Qur’an and we learn about Him through His names and attributes.
The word “Qur’an means the Book which is recited over and over…It is unfabricated, unchanged, word for word from 1400 years ago ’till the present day.
If you gather 100 Christians in a room and ask them to bring their Bible; ask them to open page so and so verse so and so… no two persons in the room will recite the same verse.
Whereas, if you do the same thing with 100 Muslims, bring their Qur’an and ask them to open page so and so verse so and so… every single person in the room will recite the exact verse word for word, without a doubt.
This is the result of the Bible being changed and ’till now there are hundreds of versions available, the most popular being the King James version. Whereas the Qur’an is the same version, the same Book syllable for syllable.
Furthermore, The Qur’an is memorised word for word by millions of Muslims worldwide throughout the generations meaning that even if the Holy Books were all destroyed, the Qur’an would remain in the heart & minds of millions. Subhan’Allah. The other reason is the Promise by Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla Himself. “Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (Qur’an) and surely We will gaurd it.” Surah 15 Ayah 9′ Holy Qur’an.
Infact, there was no paper in the 7th century. It came in the later generation – through the Chinese – therefore it was memorised through recitation and memorisation. The learned few would write on papyrus (date palm leaves), the shoulder blades of camels or on leather. The preservation of the Qur’an in its original form is proof, by itself, that Islam is the final religion, meant for all of humanity, until the end of time.
2. Islam is the Religion Meant for All People until the End of Time
“If God is all Powerful, why couldn’t He send one religion down at one time for all of humanity? Why 3 different religions ending with Islam?”
As Muslims we believe in The Divine Books. They include the Scrolls given to Abraham Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam, the Torah given to Moses Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam, the Psalms given to David Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam, the Gospel/Bible given to Jesus Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam and finally the Qur’an given to Muhammad Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam.
Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla sent every nation a prophet. That prophet had a message to deliver to those specific people for that specific time. It was never meant for all of humanity. The message of every prophet is the same ‘worship one God’ That’s why when people tried to force those religions for everyone, there was absolutely no method for preservation. Religions changed; messages changed; scriptures changed.
3. Muhammad is the Final Messenger
A familiar misconception, made by many Muslims, is that Muhammad (saw) was the first Muslim. Infact, the first Muslims were Adam & Eve. As the first human beings on earth, they assosiated nothing with Allah, they were believers. Furthermore, Islam introduces itself not as a new religion, but as a continuation of the same message of pure monotheism revealed by Allah to all of His prophets, beginning with Adam Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam. and ending with Muhammad Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam.. He came with the same message as those who came before him.
4. Jesus was a Prophet of Allah
Not just any prophet, but from among the five elite prophets. If you are Christian – like Muslims – you follow the religion of Abraham, so if Jesus was born after all these Prophets, how could they have worshipped him? He was born 2,000 years ago yet Humanity has been around for 200,000 years; how can just those who were born in that 1% of time achieve salvation through him, and those who don’t accept him as God be destined to the Hellfire? What about everyone else born before Jesus?
Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla explains the miraculous birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary. He can create Adam from nothing, and Eve from his rib. Not only that, but every single one of our births is a miracle. Just because we think we can explain something scientifically doesn’t make it less than a miracle.
“Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allah is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, “Be,” and he was.” Surah 3 Ayah 59; Holy Qur’an.
Regardless of who you are now, the person you were before and the person you will become are three different people. We don’t know where we will end up – there is no guarantee. We have to keep striving. There is a Day of Judgment and we will all stand before Allah with our book of deeds and be held accountable for our own actions. There is a paradise and a hellfire. They are eternal and everlasting. And while there is accountability and ultimate Justice on that Day, it’s important to note that Allah is the Most Merciful and Forgiving. We will not earn Paradise by our deeds alone, but Allah has reserved most of His Mercy for humanity for the Day of Judgment, which transcends any notion of mercy that we could possibly imagine.
“There is no compulsion in (the acceptance of) religion. Truth stands clear of falsehood.” Surah 2 Ayah 256; Holy Qur’an.