We kindly request you to spend a few moments of your time reading this letter because it just might be possible that this letter will open before you a new dimension of your role as a human being in this universe. We hope that you are a free thinking, broadminded, and prejudice-free human being whose goal is to find the truth. Before we continue, let us state to you the purpose of this letter- that this is an introduction and invitation to the way of life known as Islam.
1. WHAT IS ISLAM
Islam, unlike most other religions, is not named after any man. Instead Islam means the submission of one’s will to the only true god worthy of worship “Allah” and anyone who does so is termed a “Muslim”. The word also implies “peace” which is the natural consequence of total submission to the will of Allah. Islam is the religion that was given to Adam, the first man and the first prophet of Allah, and it was the religion of all the prophets sent by Allah to mankind like Jesus and Moses.
The most important message of Islam is the absolute Unity of God-that there is only One Supreme Being who has no partners and is not dependent on anyone or anything. He is the creator of everything and the whole universe is under His control. Since the total submission of one’s will to Allah represents the essence of worship, Islam is the worship of Allah alone and the avoidance of worship directed to any person, place or thing other than Allah. In essence, Islam calls man away from the worship of creation and invites him to worship only its Creator. Allah is the only one deserving man’s worship as it is only by His will that prayers are answered. Hence prayers to the non-living such as the sun, fire, and to humans whether they be Jesus, Moses or even Muhammad (pbut) are rejected, as Allah informs us in the opening chapter of the Qur’an, known as Soorah Al-Faatihah, verse 4:
“You alone do we worship and from you alone do we seek help.”
A Muslim believes that Allah and His creation are distinctly different entities. Neither is Allah His creation or a part of it, nor is His creation Him or a part of Him. Ultimately, it is the belief that the essence of Allah is everywhere in His creation or that His divine being is or was present in some aspects of His creation, which has provided justification for the worship of creation. Islam, hence, is a clear call to the worship of the Creator and the rejection of creation-worship in any form.
3. THE MIRACLE OF QUR’AN
“And if you are in doubt as to what We [Allah] have revealed…then produce a Soorah (chapter) like thereunto”(Soorah Baqarah 2:23)
This was the challenge put forth by Allah in the Qur’an 1400 years ago. As of yet, none has or will ever come close to meeting this challenge. Hence, as a result, multitudes throughout the centuries have believed and continue to believe in the Qur’an as a revelation beyond any human capacity. Modern scientists, for instance, have been amazed by the accuracy of scientific information presented in the Qur’an. Here are just a few examples:
In his book of embryology-‘The Developing Human’ [W.B. Saunders Publishing, 1982], Dr. Keith Moore added a whole chapter to discuss the scientific accuracy of the Quranic discussion of this science. Another eminent scientist, Dr. Maurice Bucaille wrote in his book-‘The Bible, the Qur’an and Science”:
“I could not find a single error in the Qur’an…if a man was the author of the Qur’an how could he have written facts in the 7th century A.D. that today are shown to be in keeping with modern scientific knowledge”
Facts about astronomy, the animal world and other natural phenomenon, that were alien to modern science not long ago, are scattered among the messages of Allah’s Unity and His Attributes throughout the miracle that is known as al-Qur’an.
I thank you for your time. May Allah guide all of us to the truth.
(This letter from thedeenshow.com was edited and posted)