Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What did all you non-Muslims think?

mood: proud
craving: coffee with Om A

 Yes, it's true. Us Muslims LOVE Jesus.

All you non-Muslim bloggers out there must be shocked to know, we as Muslims do love Isa (Jesus Peace and blessings up on him).  You have the media feeding y'all lies and telling y'all that Muslims are this and that. Well, I have news for y'all: we are good people and try our best to follow the word of God. Like any one else, we have our bad apples, but that doesn't mean that every Muslim is bad. I pray that this entry will open your heart and take a little time to get to know what Muslims believe in. It won't hurt. I might be that special friend  you've been looking for. I am a human with a heart and I breathe just like you, have feelings, just like you, I have a loving family, just like you. The only difference is, our belief isn't exactly the same. Let me take a minute to tell you why we love Jesus.

 I'll try to keep it short - 

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are monotheistic religions, namely they believe that there is only one God.

What Do Muslims Believe about Jesus?

Muslims respect and revere Jesus (peace be upon him).  They consider him one of the greatest of God’s messengers to mankind.  The Quran confirms his virgin birth, and a chapter of the Quran is entitled ‘Maryam’ (Mary).  The Quran describes the birth of Jesus as follows:

(Remember) when the angels said, “O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him (God), whose name is the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, revered in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (to God).  He will speak to the people from his cradle and as a man, and he is of the righteous.” She said, “My Lord, how can I have a child when no mortal has touched me?” He said, “So (it will be).  God creates what He wills.  If He decrees a thing, He says to it only, ‘Be!’ and it is.” (Quran, 3:45-47)

Jesus was born miraculously by the command of God, the same command that had brought Adam into being with neither a father nor a mother.  God has said:

  The case of Jesus with God is like the case of Adam.  He created him from dust, and then He said to him, “Be!” and he came into being. (Quran, 3:59)

During his prophetic mission, Jesus performed many miracles.  God tells us that Jesus said:

  “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord.  I make for you the shape of a bird out of clay, I breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by God’s permission.  I heal the blind from birth and the leper.  And I bring the dead to life by God’s permission.  And I tell you what you eat and what you store in your houses....” (Quran, 3:49)

Note: ^ ONLY by God's permission. 

Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified.  It was the plan of Jesus’ enemies to crucify him, but God saved him and raised him up to Him.  And the likeness of Jesus was put over another man.  Jesus’ enemies took this man and crucified him, thinking that he was Jesus.  God has said:

...They said, “We killed the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of God.” They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but the likeness of him was put on another man (and they killed that man)...  (Quran, 4:157)

Neither Muhammad (May Peace and blessings be up on him) nor Jesus came to change the basic doctrine of the belief in one God, brought by earlier prophets, but rather to confirm and renew it.

Muslims believe in one, unique, incomparable God, Who has no son nor partner, and that none has the right to be worshiped but Him alone.  He is the true God, and every other deity is false.  He has the most magnificent names and sublime perfect attributes.  No one shares His divinity, nor His attributes.  In the Quran, God describes Himself:

Say, “He is God, the One.  God, to Whom the creatures turn for their needs.  He begets not, nor was He begotten, and there is none like Him.” (Quran, 112:1-4)

God is not Jesus, and Jesus is not God. Even Jesus himself rejected this.  God has said in the Quran:

Indeed, they have disbelieved who have said, “God is the Messiah (Jesus), son of Mary.”  The Messiah said, “Children of Israel, worship God, my Lord and your Lord.  Whoever associates partners in worship with God, then God has forbidden Paradise for him, and his home is the Fire (Hell).  For the wrongdoers, there will be no helpers.” (Quran, 5:72)

 So, there y'all have it. We love Jesus (peace and blessings be up on him) 

 Jesus was a great prophet, sent down by God. He was a man and only did things with the will of God. I always give this analogy. Adam was divine and he had no mother nor father, why don't people worship him? All of God's prophets were divine and only by God's will. From Ibrahim - Jacob - Mosses and many many more. I can't name them all, simply cause there are over one thousand. We believe in all God's prophets and Jesus was just that, a prophet of God, sent down to mankind, to show them, to only worship one God. He is not God, nor the son of God. A prophet of God.

Bottom line: we pray to God, and worship God, we do not ask Jesus for anything. We do everything in this life for God only. God can only give us what we ask for. Not Jesus. 

But, we love Jesus. If we didn't love Jesus, you can not be a Muslim.

A Muslim by definition means one who surrenders and submits to the laws of God. As almighty God is the creator of the heavens and the earth and the creation in it, nothing in the creation works at its own free will...that is it follows a law and nothing can break or change that law unless the almighty wills.

So, I pray that God opens up  your hearts and minds, so y'all stop thinking badly about us Muslims. Open up our holy Quran and start to read. I'm not asking you to revert to Islam. I'm merely asking you to not assume about a religion that is unknown to you. Don't be ignorant. Don't be prejudice. Have a open mind.

 I was once Catholic. I thank God everyday for showing me the religion of peace, Islam. Been Muslim for over nine years.

My only purpose in this life is to worship God. 

 So, to all you non-Muslim blogging sisters in humanity, come say hello. We are sisters in humanity after all.

"To you be your religion, and to me my religion (Islamic Monotheism)." (Quran Surah Al-Kafirun, verse 6)

final whisper: "There is no compulsion in Islam" (Qur'an, 2:256).


OmAbdullah said...

Great post !! I think I will have to link this one from mine!! Yesss ma'am !

Anonymous said...

Lovelllly post!! :D

Anonymous said...

oh and ur blog layout just keeps on getting better and cuter! LOL love it! :)

Twizzle said...

as-salaam aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Mashallah this is a wonderful post!! I came to Islam from Buddhism so I did not ever think of Jesus as God's son or that God is in 3 forms (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)

I have never had to struggle with making sense of how God could be 3 or that whether or not Jesus is God's son.

I recall once turning channels and happened upon a Christian channel showing a religious cartoon for children. I do not know exactly which Bible story it was about but Jesus was walking/travelling with a large group of followers and they were hungry.

They came upon a young boy who had fish and bread only enough for himself. Jesus asked the boy if he could share his food to which the boy said that he would gladly share what little he had.

Then Jesus took the plates of fish and bread, walked to the edge of a mountain and PRAYED TO GOD asking him to make it enough for everyone.

The food multiplied and then the followers all started singing--I do not remember all the lyrics but I clearly remember where they sand "And brother Jesus has fed everyone"--and this part of the lyrics was sung many times.

It was sooooo very clear to me that Jesus prayed to God--and then God multiplied the food for them so it was God who fed everyone, and not Jesus.

Yes all praise was for Jesus in that song.

It just made no sense to me...

Durriyyah said...

MashaAllah, great post! I love that you back up your statements with God's word, Qur'an. If Allah (God) didn't tell us something, then we have no right to make statements on it.

Zaiynab said...

mashaAllah, Jazak Allah khair for this post! =D

Sara said...

MashaAllah, what a wonderful post! Thanks for posting. I'm loving your blog :)

Amina said...

Oo, MashaAllah, Aunty! Another great post and it has come at such a good time (I can't even stomach to repeat what was recently said by a so called celebrity about our beloved beloved Prophet Isa. But I am glad you made this post. They must know that he is our prophet, as well!).

Anyways, I've been meaning to share this with you, so if you don't mind, I"ma steal this space here and paste it, hehe!...

What Hatib, the companion that Prophet Mohammed sent to the Coptic King of Egypt, said to the King:

Hatib said: "... And I swear upon my life that the prophecy of Moses about the arrival of Jesus is no different than the prophecy of Jesus about the arrival of Muhammad. And our call to you to accept the Qur’an is no different than your call to the Jews to accept the Bible. And any nation that witness a sent prophet must follow him and adhere to him. Now you are among those who witnessed Muhammad’s arrival and we are not asking you to forsake the religion of Jesus, we rather are ordering you to follow it.”


Susanne said...

Very nice...thanks!

Because life is beautiful.


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