The Unity of God, the Prophets and the Qur’an: The Foundation of Islam
We humans love to complicate simple concepts and designs and turn them into something different. While this can be beneficial in many cases, as it leads to discoveries and innovations, when it comes to religion, it would be counterproductive. The basic need of a religion is to guide ordinary humans by principles and morals in their daily lives. Since humans are very different in terms of intelligence, religious beliefs should be simple enough for everyone to easily understand.
People who research Islam are surprised by the simplicity of the belief system; the Unity of God, following the prophets who had an exemplary character, and the belief in the Qur’an that remained unchanged throughout the centuries.
confusion about god
God is one or many? Is God a man or someone beyond the way we compartmentalize concepts?
Let’s say that God is a man; so does he have the same needs and weaknesses that we humans like to eat to survive? If a human being is deprived of food, that person dies. So what happens to God if he doesn’t eat? Each of us realizes the importance of sleep in our lives. If we don’t sleep at all, death can be faster than hunger. Even in the short term sleep deprivation It’s enough to cause us harm. So now the question is if God is deprived of sleep, what happens to him?
I suppose where I am taking the reader is that it is not logical that God is like us, that is, humans who have so many needs and limitations. And let’s say that God doesn’t need to eat or sleep, then the argument that God is like a man falls apart.
Strength in numbers?
There is strength in numbers. So, for example, 10 protesters against 200 protesters against injustice would exert more pressure. However, would we apply that same principle to God as well, which would mean that one God alone is not enough to run the universe and its affairs? Perhaps that is the reason why some religions have mythologies about different Gods for different domains; if one God controls knowledge, the other controls wealth, etc.
Imagine going to 10 different gods for 10 different things. What if they get jealous and punish the man for going to the other god and not coming to him alone, even though that same god or goddess has control over a very small domain?
The importance of God’s perfection
When it comes to God, believing in His perfection is of the utmost importance. Why else would we need a God if He is just another version of a human being with limited foresight and deficient power to run the entire world? This in itself is problematic to say that One God was capable enough to create an entire universe out of nothing, but he is deficient in fully managing it himself.
It is simple and logical to believe in an All Perfect God who is not overwhelmed or needs help from any other source or entity since He is the source of all powers. He is the Almighty, the All-Knowing, the All-Supporting; The one whose control extends to all domains and the entire universe.
I analyze this concept not from theological evidence but from a logical perspective. If God is three, how can God be One; He can be three or one. If they share the same power, i.e. 100%, then he is bound to create conflict at some point as a law of nature. If the concept is that the three gods never have conflict, do they lack free will? It is natural to disagree and each powerful man or entity will have a different approach to the same problem. So how is it possible that the three Gods agree on everything all the time?
If there had been three gods, there would be immense chaos on earth because the gods could not agree on different matters between them and the resulting power struggles between them. So even a trivial matter can have a conflicting approach from the gods; For example, if they want rain to fall from the sky or a sunny day, that would be enough of a discussion. A quick look at Greek, Roman, and Hindu mythology gives us a glimpse of a world where the gods were divided and a struggle for power was the norm. Don’t we humans have enough disagreements with each other that we need the gods to start fighting?
Son of God?
With Christmas approaching, how many of our Christian brothers and sisters will sit down and question their belief in Jesus as The son of God? There is a valid reason for that too and it is often held against Islam. It is argued that Islam does not provide a solid guarantee for salvation, while in Christianity the belief that “Jesus died for our sins” is all it takes to have a free lifestyle where the definition of sin is so lax that leads to morality. social decline.
If Jesus (peace be upon him) was a son of God, then how can he die as a man? Does that mean that God himself died? If Jesus (peace be upon him) did not die because he is God, then where is the sacrifice? So, logically, the question arises as to whether Jesus (peace be upon him) lived as God or died as a man. If both conditions are true, then there was no sacrifice because God knew that if he sacrificed his son as a man on earth, he would still live as God in heaven.
The divinity of Jesus and Adam
I wish this was the only problem with Trinity, but there is another, bigger problem. The coming of Jesus (peace be upon him) to earth was a relatively new event in terms of the beginning of humanity on earth. Man has existed for millions of years and the birth of Jesus (peace be upon him) was almost 2000 years ago. The question here is if the humans who were born and died before Jesus (peace be upon him) never knew of him or believed in him as a source of salvation, then what will happen to them? Instead of Adam (peace be upon him) as the first man on earth, it should have been Jesus (peace be upon him) since salvation depended on him, not Adam (peace be upon him). Did God overlook these few minor details?
It is much simpler to know that Jesus (peace be upon him) was a man and a mighty Prophet of One God. If his fatherless birth makes him divine, then Adam (peace be upon him) without father or mother should also have a part of divinity.
simplicity of God
The perfection of Islam lies in the fact that God is One Alone worthy of worship. It can’t get simpler than that. God Unity addresses our spiritual need to worship an entity that is Almighty and also removes all the drama of the Gods fighting within themselves to exert more control.
God creates what he wants and gives power to whom he wants. Jesus (peace be upon him) received miracles just like other prophets. Jonas (peace be upon him) didn’t survive in the belly of a whale? Ibrahim (peace be upon him) was not saved from burning in the raging fire?
We have to stop and challenge our beliefs to see if we are on the right track. One God is so relieving from the anguish of worshiping many gods that only then can we truly appreciate His Perfection, love Him the way He deserves, and abide by His laws.