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The Revelation

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The Revelation

Words represent concepts. Is there a difference between the intended concepts when we use the word God or the word Allah? What is the difference asks Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, PhD

Who is God? Who is Allah? If God has created us individually, what Nature of Being could He be? How should we address Him? Who/what are humans? What kind of relationship should there be between God and His created humans? Would God reveal or send guidance regarding His purpose of creating humans and elaborate on the negative consequences – if purpose is not fulfilled? Can we work out an analogy to understand and find answers to these questions? A lot of questions indeed! To start off, let’s look at the two words, God with a capital “g” and Allah. There is a lot of debate and articles {1, 2} mainly trying to prove that there are differences between the two. It must be realized however that words represent concepts. The question is, are concepts dependent or independent of opinion? For example, take the concept of “love”. Whether one thinks a concept is bad or good, does it change the basic nature or concept of love? Similarly, God and Allah represent a concept. Would the concept change given personal/religious opinions or considerations of personal benefit, e.g., who/how sin would be absorbed? Where can we find clues to the concept of God/Allah? For this purpose, let us analyse the following Verses from the Holy Qur’an. “To Him is due the primal origin of the heavens and the earth; when He decrees a matter He says to it: “Be”; and it is.” [2.117] “To Allah belong the East and the West; wherever you turn there is the presence of Allah. For Allah is All-Pervading All-Knowing.” [2.115] What does primal origin mean? The Big Bang Theory {3} suggests that the universe had a beginning. As something cannot be created by nothing, “a beginning” implies that there is a Super Natural Power that caused it to begin. Verse 2.117 gives information regarding the nature of this Power. So credit for the primal origin belongs to the Power who conceived, designed and created all the particles of the universe. To create something, this Power only has to will it into existence and it becomes. Having created everything, He is the Owner – wherever one turns, His Presence is everywhere as pointed out by Verse 2.115. All Pervading means He has an effect on everything {4}. Additionally, He has complete knowledge of whatever is going on everywhere. So, how can the concept of the Devine Being who originated everything be summarized? Lets take a moment to think of His Nature. Here are some more questions, can such a Supernatural Being have an equal? Coming back to the concept represented by God and Allah – is there any difference? As long as we conceptually and intentionally (in our hearts) refer to the One and Only Supreme Being it is the same. “Say: “Call upon Allah or call upon Rahman: by whatever name you call upon Him (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names…” [17.110] Having created human intelligence and the system of reading and writing, i.e., a system for transmitting knowledge, how would He communicate His Purpose to His intelligent beings? The Al-Qur’an points out about itself, “This Qur’an is not such as can be produced by other than Allah; on the contrary it is a confirmation of (revelations) that went before it and a fuller explanation of the Book wherein there is no doubt from the Lord of the Worlds.” [10.37] The Al-Qur’an is itself confirming that it is indeed a communication from the Lord of the Worlds, i.e., the Lord of everything in current world and Lord of the Hereafter [34.1], as were previous revelations, originally revealed as the Torah, Psalms (Zabur) and Injil (New Testament). The Al-Qur’an now is a complete and a more detailed explanation and guidance with analogies. The reference and authentication of all revelations are that they are all from the Book with Allah – called Mother of the Book. “Ha Mim. By the Book that makes things clear We have made it a Qur’an in Arabic that you may be able to understand (and learn wisdom). And verily it is in the Mother of the Book in Our Presence high (in dignity) full of wisdom.” [43.1 – 43.4] The Mother of the Book with Allah makes things clear – a clear specification given with the purpose and function of creation. From there content to be revealed has been translated into the language of the then current prophet. To show that revelation is indeed from the Mother of the Book, references like “Ha Mim” are added. Chapter 20 of the Al-Qur’an also opens with reference letters, 20.1 “Ta Ha.” 20.2 “We have not sent down the Qur’an to you to be (an occasion) for your distress.” Prophet Muhammad delivered revealed messages sincerely, and was distressed when messages were ridiculed. So, Allah guides him, “You would only perchance worry yourself to death following after them in grief if they believe not in this Message. That which is on earth We have made but as a glittering show for the earth in order that We may test them as to which of them are best in conduct.” [18.6 – 18.7] Allah points out that revealed messages are a reminder, warning and a test. It will guide only those who seek guidance. 20.3 “But only as an admonition to those who fear (Allah).” It will not guide those who seek only to please themselves and are distracted busy with worldly pleasures. 20.4 “A revelation from Him Who created the earth and the heavens on high.” 20.5 “(Allah) Most Gracious is firmly established on the throne (of authority).” He is fully aware of whatever each of His creation is thinking or doing. He is the absolute Owner of everything that exists as He has created everything. 20.6 “To Him belongs what is in the heavens and on earth and all between them and all beneath the soil.” 20.7 “If you pronounce the word aloud (it is no matter): for verily He knows what is secret and what is yet more hidden.” He knows the innermost secrets of every heart, hidden intentions and attitudes towards Him. Lip service cannot fool Him. He has created every asset, facet, concept and thought that we enjoy. 20.8 “Allah! There is no god but He! To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names.” {Notes}: {1}http://catholicexchange.com/comparing-god-and-allah-%E2%80%93-fundamental-considerations {2} https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Training/Post/Preview/186227 {3}https://www.space.com/25126-big-bang-theory.html {4} https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/all-pervading

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