Do you have a problem if I say God is neither He nor She nor It? Remember only created things have to fit into these scales not its CREATOR.
My God created the masculinity and femininity. My God created the man and the woman and He is not a man or a woman.
Both man and woman have their own disadvantages..and my God has no such minus points. HE IS PERFECT!
You may ask now, then why do you call Allah as ‘He’? This is an excellent question actually 🙂
” Say: He is Allah, the One and Only” [AlQur’aan Chapter ‘Sincerity’ 112:1]
You may think, “Aaah! This is very familier to me, Muslims quote it everywhere” It may be familier, but most mankind dont practice it, THAT’S THE PROBLEM.
Ok let’s get back to our topic, The word ‘He’ in arabic is ‘huwa’, as you can see in the box ‘هو’
You should know, every word in arabic is either masculine or faminine! Everything including this laptop, which is masculine in arabic. There is no ‘it’ in arabic.
For example, ‘هو رجل’ ‘huwa rajul’ means ‘He is a man’. ‘هو قلم’ ‘huwa qalam’ means ‘It is a pen’.
God chose Arabic and He uses the words which we have in Arabic. He chose ‘هو’ for Himself. So we say ‘هو’. God didnt say He is a man or with some actual gender. So we refrain from imagining Him as a ‘MAN’ or ‘WOMAN’, got it?
And it is very logical if you sit back and think! I just dont want a Man God or a Woman God. I just want a God who created the man and woman. And the reality is I have Him.
And at last, we write ‘He’ while using God but we dont make Him a man in His physic.
So is God He or She or It? No GOD IS GOD. *smile* *stop* *think*
Hot Hot topics are in arrival 🙂 Can God have parents, children or families?
There was only 15 minutes left before Salat-ul Isha.
He quickly made Wudhu and performed Salat-ul Maghrib.
While making Tasbih, he again remembered his grandmother and was embarrassed by how he had prayed.His grandmother prayed with such tranquillity and peace.
He began making Dua and went down to make Sajdah and stayed like that for a while.
He had been at work all day and was tired, so tired. He awoke abruptly to the sound of noise and shouting. He was sweating profusely. He looked around. It was very crowded.
Every direction he looked in was filled with people. Some stood frozen looking around, some were running left and right and some were on their knees with their heads in their hands just waiting. Pure fear and apprehension filled him as he realized where he was. His heart was about to burst.
It was the Day of Judgment!
When he was alive, he had heard many things about the questioning on the Day of Judgment, but that seemed so long ago.
Could this be something his mind made up?
No, the wait and the fear were so great that he could not have imagined this.
The interrogation was still going on. He began moving frantically from people to people to ask if his name had been called. No one could answer him.
All of a sudden his name was called and the crowd split into two and made a passageway for him. Two angels grabbed his arms and led him forward. He walked with unknowing eyes through the crowd. The angels brought him to the centre and left him there. With his head down his whole life was passing in front of his eyes like a movie.
He opened his eyes but saw only another world.
People were helping others. He saw his father running from one lecture to the other, spending his wealth in the way of Islam. His mother invited guests to their house and one table was being set while the other was being cleared.
He pleaded his case, I too was always on this path. I helped others and spread the word of Allah. I performed my Salah. I fasted in the month of Ramadhan. Whatever Allah ordered us to do, I did. Whatever he ordered us not to do, I did not.’ He began to cry and thought about how much he loved Allah. He knew whatever he had done in life would be less than what Allah deserved and his only protector was Allah.
He was sweating like never before and was shaking all over. His eyes were fixed on the scale, waiting for the final decision.
At last, the decision was made.
The two angels with sheets of paper in their hands turned to the crowd.
His legs felt like they were going to collapse.
He closed his eyes as they began to read the names of those people who were to enter Jahannam.
His name was read first.
He fell on his knees and yelled that this couldn’t be,‘How could I go to Jahannam?
I served others all my life, I spread the word of Allah to others’. His eyes had become blurry and he was shaking with sweat.
The two angels took him by the arms.
As his feet dragged, they went through the crowd and advanced toward the blazing flames of Jahannam. He was yelling and wondered if there was any person who was going to help him. He was yelling of all the good deeds he had done, how he had helped his father, his fasts, prayers, the Noble Qur’an that he read, he was asking if none of them would help him.
The Jahannam angels continued to drag him. They had gotten closer to the Hellfire. He looked back and these were his last pleas.
Had not Rasulullah [salallaahu alaihi wasallam] said, ‘How clean would a person be who bathes in a river five times a day, so too does the Salah performed five times cleanse someone of their sins’
He began yelling,‘My prayers? My prayers? My prayers.?’
The two angels did not stop, and they came to the edge of the abyss of Jahannam. The flames of the fire were burning his face. He looked back one last time, but his eyes were dry of hope and he had nothing left in him.
One of the angels pushed him in. He found himself in the air and falling towards the flames.
He had just fallen five or six feet when a hand grabbed him by the arm and pulled him back.
He lifted his head and saw an old man with a long white beard.
He wiped some dust off himself and asked him, ‘Who are you?’
The old man replied, ‘I am your prayers’.
‘Why are you so late? I was almost in the Fire! You rescued me at the last minute before I fell in’.
The old man smiled and shook his head, ‘You always performed me at the last minute, did you forget?’(And what of those who perform no prayers at all?)
At that instant, he blinked and lifted his head from Sajdah. He was in a sweat. He listened to the voices coming from outside. He heard the Adhan for Salat-ul Isha and got up quickly and went to perform Wudhu.
Muslim: Hey, how are you? Can I ask you something? What would you say to me, if I broke off a massive piece of rock from a mountain and started worshiping it?
Idolator: Hey, that would be a bit strange
Idolator: I mean why would you worship that?
Muslim: what if I carved an image into the rock, then worshiped it? Would that be better?
Idolator: Maybe…that at least would make more sense I guess
Muslim: But wouldn’t the rock still be….a rock?
Idolator: I don’t think so…now it has a meaning
Muslim: So it’s not a rock anymore?
Idolator: it’s still a rock but now that u have carved something on it u forge the rock and see what’s carved in it
Muslim: Does you think my carved rock could answer my prayers? Or perhaps it’s better to worship the One who created the rock?
Muslim: Just something to think about……
Idolator: …Now answering your question, if you are praying to your carved rock and the prayers seem to be working then continue or else just worship the one who creates the rock
Muslim: Hmm…But is the rock really answering the prayers? Or the One who created it, answering the prayers? I mean, if you were to take the rock away, the prayers would still get answered, right?
Idolator: Good question
Muslim: In fact, if this rock had any powers, why couldn’t it carve itself?
Idolator: No idea man !
Idolator: You might just worship the One who Created everything
Muslim: So my final question to you is: how come Hindus worship carved rocks? Why not worship the One who created you and the rock!
Idolator: The carved rock is god rite? The one who created the rock is also god rite?
Idolator: So we are worshiping to god
Muslim: How can the rock be God? Because remember, we carved the rock…does that mean we carved God? Isn’t God the Creator not the Created?
Muslim: just something to think about…
Idolator: I guess that means that we carved god on something that he created…ahh this is confusing
Muslim: Ask yourself this, if this craved idol fell on the floor, could it pick itself up? If not, how can it help me if it cant even help itself?
Idolator: No it wouldn’t, its not magic Smile
Muslim: Yeh Smile
Muslim: So why do you worship these images? Why not worship the One True God?
Idolator: And who is the true god?
Muslim: Muslims believe in one, unique, incomparable God, Who has no son or 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.” [The Noble Qur’an, 112:1-4]
No one has the right to be invoked, supplicated, prayed to, or shown any act of worship, but God alone.
Islam also rejects the attribution of any human form to God. All of these are considered blasphemous.
God is the Exalted. He is far removed from every imperfection. He never becomes weary. He does not become drowsy nor does he sleep.
The Arabic word Allah means God (the one and only true God who created the whole universe). This word Allah is a name for God, which is used by Arabic speakers, both Arab Muslims and Arab Christians. This word cannot be used to designate anything other than the one true God.
The Guru Granth Sahib, the central scripture and Guru of Sikhs, strongly rejects idolatry. Idolatry is also rejected by the Dasam Granth a scripture by the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, and within numerous rehatnamas (documents codifying the code of conduct of the Sikh religion), such as the Sikh Rehat Maryada and the Budha Dal Rehatnama.
Sikhism criticises the practice of using idols to represent God and pray to him.
Human figures of religious significance, such as the Sikh gurus, are common in ‘modern’ Sikhism, and the Sikh attitude to non-religious images is generally relaxed.
Mouth Shut (??!!)
The historical Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama or Shakyamuni) neither regarded himself nor wished to be regarded as a God.
In any of the ‘Sacred’ texts of Buddhism we do not find any evidence or statement approving or promoting of idol worship by Buddha.
On the contrary, Buddha has opposed making of idols, when Ananda, a close relative, the most devoted attendant and a leading monk sought permission to make an idol of Buddha.
The practice of idol worship in present day Buddhism is an innovation, defying the teachings of Buddha.
Christmas Humpreys, author of the book ‘Buddhism’, says of himself that he studied Buddhism for thirty years and of Buddhism in the world today he knows more than most and he has this to say about the Buddhist Scriptures:
“The Buddha himself wrote nothing, and none of his teaching was written down for at least four hundred years after his death.We, therefore do not know what the Buddha taught, any more than we know what Jesus taught; and today at least four schools, with sub-division in each, proclaim their own view as to what is Buddhism”.
The disappearance of original teachings and practices of Buddha are almost complete today, for the Buddhists are sunk in superstitions, idol worship and Hindu religious rituals. Original Buddhism has changed colors completely.
H.G. Wells (An Outline of History Page 392) has described this in a very terse language. “Gautama’s disciples have cared more for the preservation of his tree than of his thought, which from the first they distorted and misconceived (the Bodh tree which helped him to rest his back, while achieved ‘enlightenment’, still exists and with a sapling from the original tree planted in Sri Lanka, the Sri Maha Bodi in Anuradapura , venerated and worshipped excessively)”.
Writing on the corruption of Buddhism, Mr. Wells makes the following interesting observations:
About this Buddhist countryside he would discover a number of curious little mechanisms, little wind-wheels and water-wheels spinning, on which brief prayers were inscribed. Every time these things spin, he would learn, it counts as a prayer. ‘To whom?’, he would ask.
The most striking and undisputable statement about the authenticity of the Buddhist scriptures is by Chief Monk Akuratiye Amarawansa, Chancellor of the Vidyodaya Buddhist University (Pirivena), Maligakanda, Colombo; Scholar of the Tripitaka and Chief Monk of Southern Sri Lanka. In his preface to the Sinhala translation of Deega Nikaya, he has expressed the following:
“The Deega Nikaya that we see today cannot be assuredly said to be the same one that was presented to the first reform council (Dharma Sangayana). Many reform councils were held subsequently and these Nikayas and divisions would have been subjected to many changes. Therefore, the most acceptable view would be that the present Deega Nikaya is a collection of sutras subjected to changes, additions and deletions taken place after the first reform council.”
So if you find anything to be in favour of ‘idol worship’ in Buddhism.. simply remind yourself of ‘Cheif Monk’ Akuratiye’s Statement.
Idol worship is prohibited in Zoroastrianism’s Sacred Scriptures too!
1. I also saw the souls of a man and a woman (2) whom they ever DRAG, the man to heaven and the woman to HELL. (3) And the woman’s hand was caught in the knot and sacred thread [kusti] of the man, (4) and she said thus: ‘How is it when we had every benefit in union, among the living, (5) now they are dragging thee to heaven, and me to HELL?’
10. But you despised the good and poor and worthy and travellers; (11) you also disregarded God, and YOU WORSHIPPED IDOLS; (12) and practised evil thoughts and evil words and evil deeds; (13) and you have been steadfast in the religion of ahriman and the demons.’
– THE BOOK OF ARDA VIRAF, a holy book of Zoroastrianism..
Idol Worship is considered as a transgression of Zoroastrian commandment. For Scriptural verification,please refer to Patet Pashemani Manthra, Kardeh 10 word 21 (ozdist parasti).
I am asking you O! My dear Zoroastrians..
What do you think about ‘fire’? Is it not an idol? I mean do you think an idol is only made up of clay or a stone?
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