The Oneness of God

The Oneness of God
The foundation of the Islamic faith is belief in the Oneness of
Almighty God - the God of Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus. Islam
teaches that a pure belief in One God is intuitive in human beings and
thus fulfills the natural inclination of the soul. As such, Islam's
concept of God is straightforward, unambiguous and easy to understand.
Islam teaches that the hearts, minds
and souls of human beings are fitting receptacles for clear divine
revelation, and that God's revelations to man are not clouded by self-
contradictory mysteries or irrational ideas. As such, Islam teaches
that even though God cannot be fully comprehended and grasped by our
finite human minds, He also does not expect us to accept absurd or
demonstrably false beliefs about Him. According to the teachings of
Islam, Almighty God is absolutely One and His Oneness should never be
compromised by associating partners with Him - neither in worship nor
in belief. Due to this, Muslims are required to maintain a direct
relationship with God, and therefore all intermediaries are absolutely
forbidden. From the Islamic standpoint, believing in the Oneness of
God means to realize that all prayer and worship should be exclusively
for God, and that He alone deserves such titles as "Lord" and
"Savior". Some religions, even though they believe on "One God", do
not make all of their worship and prayers for Him alone. Also, they
also give the title of "Lord" to beings that are not All-Knowing, All-
Powerful and Un-Changing - even according to their own scriptures.
Suffice it to say that according to Islam, it is not enough that
people believe that "God is One", but they must actualize this belief
by proper conduct. In short, in the Islamic concept of God, which is
completely based on Divine Revelation, there is no ambiguity in
divinity - God is God and man is man. Since God is the only Creator
and continual Sustainer of the Universe, He is transcendent above His
creation - the Creator and the creature never mix. Islam teaches that
God has a unique nature and that He is free from gender, human
weaknesses and beyond anything which human beings can imagine. The
Qur'an teaches that the signs and proofs of God's wisdom, power and
existence are evident in the world around us. As such, God calls on
man to ponder over the creation in order to build a better
understanding of his Creator. Muslims believe that God is Loving,
Compassionate and Merciful, and that He is concerned with the daily
affairs of human beings. In this, Islam strikes a unique balance
between false religious and philosophical extremes. Some religions and
philosophies portray God as just an impersonal "Higher Power" who is
uninterested, or unaware, of the life of each individual human. Other
religions tend to give God human qualities and teach that He is
present in His creation, by being incarnate in someone, something - or
even everything. In Islam, however, Almighty God has clarified the
truth by letting mankind know that He is "Compassionate", "Merciful",
"Loving" and the "Answerer of Prayers". But He as also emphasized
strongly that "there is nothing like unto Him", and that He is high
above time, space and His creation. Finally, it should be mentioned
that the God that Muslims worship is the same God that Jews and
Christians worship - because there is only one God. It is unfortunate
that some people mistakenly believe that Muslims worship a different
God than Jews and Christians, and that "Allah" is just the "god of the
Arabs". This myth, which has been propagated by the enemies of Islam,
is completely false since the word "Allah" is simply the Arabic name
for Almighty God. It is the same word for God which is used by Arabic-
speaking Jews and Christians. However, it should be clarified that
even though Muslims worship the same God as Jews and Christian, their
concept of Him differs somewhat from the beliefs of other religions -
mainly because it is based completely on Divine Revelation from God.
For example, Muslims reject the Christian belief that God is a
Trinity, not only becaue the Qur'an rejects it, but also because if
this was God's true nature, He would have clearly revealed it to
Abraham, Noah, Jesus and all of the other prophets.
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light.light wrote, On 9/20/2008 6:44 AM:
Does this include humans who blow up hotels?
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