An Eposition on the Power of the Islamic Religion

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  2. Islam, Blasphemy, and the East-West Divide
  3. Faith, Power, and Violence: The Long Debate Over Religious Fundamentalism
  4. The Quran in Muslim Life and Practice | The Institute of Ismaili Studies
  5. 1. Is the Bible God's Word? Or has it been changed, or corrupted over time?

And not absent from your Lord is any [part] of an atom's weight within the earth or within the heaven or [anything] smaller than that or greater but that it is in a clear register. And indeed We have created man, and We know what his ownself whispers to him. And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein. Muslims believe that God is the only true reality and the creation including its creatures are just a derivative reality created out of love and mercy by God's command, [44] " Humans must live in accordance with these laws to live to find peace and reproduce God's benevolence in their own society to live in accordance with the nature of all things, known as surrender to God in the Islamic sense.

The Quran in particular is believed by Muslims to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to Muhammad. Hadith are the records of Muhammad's sayings and example, and Hadith Qudsi is a sub-category of hadith, which Muslims regard as the words of God repeated by Muhammad. According to Ali ibn Mohammed al-Jurjani , the Hadith Qudsi differ from the Quran in that the former are "expressed in Muhammad's words", whereas the latter are the "direct words of God". Thus God is also a personal God who responds whenever a person in need or distress calls Him. According to Isma'ilism , God is absolutely transcendent and unknowable; [56] beyond matter, energy, space, time, change, imaginings, intellect, positive as well as negative qualities.

All attributes of God named in rituals, scriptures or prayers refers not to qualities God possesses, but to qualities emanated from God, thus these are the attributes God gave as the source of all qualities, but God does not consist on one of these qualities.

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Accordingly, attributes would make God comparable. The descriptions of God in the Quran are considered to be allegories. Other characteristics like knowledge are not attributed to God; rather they describe his essence. Otherwise eternal attributes of God would give rise to multiplicity entities existing eternal besides God.

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Ash'ari and Maturidi are in agreement about God's attributes are eternal but neither hold to be metaphorically unlike Mu'tazilla nor literally. For example, when humans in paradise see God, they do not see God in the way humans are able to see on Earth. Since God in Islam is transcendental and sovereign but also immanent and omnipresent, the Sufi view holds that in reality, only God exists. Thus everything in creation is reflecting an attribute of God's names.

Yet these forms are not God themselves. This statement was mistakenly equalized to Pantheism by critics, however, Ibn Arabi always made a clear distinction between the creation and the creator. They just exist because of Gods command Kun , but everything that would be, was already known by God. Salafism and Wahhabism refuse interpretations on Quran to avoid altering of its message, thus taking the descriptions of God literally and oppose widespread theological concepts including the Ash'ari view.

Islam, Blasphemy, and the East-West Divide

Islamic theology identifies God as described in the Quran as the same God of Israel who covenanted with Abraham. Islam and Judaism alike reject the Trinity of Christianity. But the Islamic concept of God is less personal than in the Judeo-Christian tradition, [47] and is known only from natural signs and can only be spoken about in parables. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Muslim views of divinity. Profession of faith Prayer Fasting Alms-giving Pilgrimage. Texts and sciences.

Faith, Power, and Violence: The Long Debate Over Religious Fundamentalism

Culture and society. Related topics. Main article: Allah. Main article: Names of God in Islam. Main article: Tawhid. Further information: Salat , Taqwa , and Predestination. Further information: Islamic holy books , Quran , and Quranic createdness. See also: Hu Sufism. Further information: Comparative theology and Abrahamic religions.

But how can this development over the course of four centuries possibly compare to the monumental triumph of Islam in less than one hundred years after the Hegira?

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With the exception of the greater part of Europe, Islam overran and subdued the same broad terrain of Asia and Africa, not only with its spiritual influence but with the scepter as well. It is all the more remarkable, especially in psychological terms, that whereas Christianity conquered a series of lower-standing religions, Islam was able to settle itself in country after country where the higher religion of the Cross had flourished in such surprising abundance.

Islam burst forth with a force that nothing could withstand. It drove out everything that stood before it. It cast aside the prevailing spirit and put the spirit of Islam in its place. So deep and fast was the stamp it impressed on the people it conquered that fourteen centuries later they still live in the spirit of Islam. They perpetuate its traditions and reject all other cultures out of hand, even those that are more advanced.

Even today, where the railway line cuts through fields and the telegraph network spans broad acres and stretches along ancient roads, the Bedouin nomads and the settled population alike still show in form and essence the ancient unchanging stamp that the extraordinary son of Abdullah and Amina impressed, by the power of his personality, upon a small group of followers in Mecca in the seventh century.

By what magic did Muhammad radiate such an unparalleled charisma as to bring about this unprecedented turn in world history? That it was a deliberate act of deception is unthinkable. Charlatans live a lie; they cannot bring about more than a sham state of affairs for a brief time among a small circle of supporters. There must have dwelt in the mind of Muhammad a spiritual power of the first order.

And however it may have drawn support from factors of a lower order, this spiritual power was the driving force that gave rise to his creation and that still sustains it today. This power was undoubtedly his zealous and resilient call for monotheism. True, he once had a moment of weakness in Mecca. These are the exalted Garanit, on whose help you may rely.

The Quran in Muslim Life and Practice | The Institute of Ismaili Studies

But after that, Muhammad always preached, with uncompromising rigor, that Alla-ta-Allah, the god of the ancient Hanifs, is the only true God. And this Allah, the All-Merciful and All-Compassionate, he held up before his followers as the only object of worship. Religion is mightier than any other single factor in the course of our personal life and in the history of the nations because it stirs the deepest part of our being. Monotheism accomplishes this most powerfully because it roots all things in a single cause, propels all of life along a fixed line, and brings together the purpose of all things into a singular, exalted focus.

The bravery of such a heroic spirit awakens enthusiasm, and this lofty zeal carries the crowd—indeed, drags it along and enables it to accomplish things far beyond any ordinary measure of strength. Rather, he worked out his professed principle not so much by shrewd calculation; he did it as an expression of his personality in connection with his environment and the situation of the people at the time. This opened the way for his spiritual action. It is the beginning, though not the end. But if we try to erect a building on another foundation, it will fall.

The most beautiful thing about a plant is its fruit or flower, not its root. But the plant will not grow from any other beginning, it will not grow backwards. Without justice, no real charity.

1. Is the Bible God's Word? Or has it been changed, or corrupted over time?

Without the fear of God, no real love of God. It will soon be a Muslim continent—necessarily so, because it is uprooted while Islam is rooted, and only rooted plants grow. We can re-learn it from our separated Abrahamic brothers: from Orthodox Jews and from pious Muslims. Peter Kreeft.

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Author's Commentary on Islam Book from Dr. Take movies. Take art. Take philosophy. Take religion. Take technology itself. Agriculture, the domestication of animals, and the control of fire are far more important to civilization than nuclear bombs, space travel, or computers.