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What is Religion ?

What is Religion ?

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What is Religion ?
This word that most people are willing to die for, that wars have been fought over, that people have been persecuted and isolated for«Is something most people don¶t really knowmuch about! As amazing as that sounds, it is absolutely true.Different people have different understanding of the word µreligion¶. Some think it is a µclub¶which only the µchosen ones belong¶;
Some think it is µmandatory¶ on all people (even children).
Some think it is µfor the poor¶ to give them hope.
Some think it is µjust rituals¶ and has no real significance in real life.Yet, none of the above views gave us a definition as to µwhat¶ religion really is!Is religion a bunch of laws and rituals which must be followed?Or is it much more than that?Let us turn to the Quran for a definition:³The only religion approved by GOD is "Submission." Ironically, those who have receivedthe scripture are the ones who dispute this fact, despite the knowledge they have received,due to jealousy. For such rejecters of GOD's revelations, GOD is most strict in reckoning.´(Quran 3:19) This sound pretty severe!Does this mean that GOD is ordering us to follow some µreligion¶ which goes by the name of ¶Submission¶?Are we to simply hunt down this µsubmission¶ and take its laws and rituals and that is it!When we find this µsubmission¶, do we then force everyone else to follow and accept it?:³Are they seeking other than GOD's religion, when everything in the heavens and the earthhas submitted to Him, willingly and unwillingly, and to Him they will be returned?´ (Quran3:83) If everything in the heavens has submitted to His µreligion¶, then who are we to argue?.³He is the One who sent His messenger with the guidance and the religion of truth, to make itEXPOSE all other religions, in spite of the idol worshipers.´ (Quran 9:33) 
ow can a µreligion¶ expose other µreligions¶?
Dose this mean that in this µsubmission¶ when we pray with our hands to our sides, it willexpose those other µreligions¶ who pray with their hands folded?
Or, does it mean when we give our charity, it will expose the other µreligions¶ who also givecharity?Obviously none of this is making any sense!³The count of months, as far as GOD is concerned, is twelve. This has been GOD's law, sincethe day He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred. This is the PERFECTreligion...´ (Quran 9:36) 
ow are 12 months considered a µperfect religion¶?
What about using 19 months or 10 or 13?. That is still a µreligion¶!But by saying you have 12 months is a more µperfect¶ religion?
What is µReligion´?
I think we are now close to the heart of the matter.Obviously, religion is not merely a collection of laws and rituals which people are simplywalking around with saying µreligion, religion¶!Let us look at the story of Joseph which gives away the true meaning of µreligion¶.When we read the story of Joseph (Sura # 12), we follow that Joseph went to Egypt and after a few incidents became one of Pharaoh¶s high counselors responsible for the distribution of food and commerce.Joseph is approached by his brothers (who tried to kill him in the beginning). He want¶s togain his younger brother by setting a scheme whereby the King¶s golden measuring rod is placed in his younger brother¶s belongings.The scheme of Joseph is to let his brothers reveal the law of theft according to their ownµreligion¶. This law is the one used by Abraham and Jacob and is the one revealed by GOD:³They (Egyptians) said, "What is the punishment for the thief, if you are liars?" They(Joseph¶s brothers) said, "The punishment, if it is found in his bag, is that the thief belongs toyou. We thus punish the guilty." (Quran 12:74-75) After snaring them in his trap, and letting them expose their own law which they follow(rather than using Pharaoh¶s), Joseph was thus able to keep his younger brother with him:³He then started by inspecting their containers, before getting to his brother's container, andhe extracted it out of his brother's container. We thus perfected the scheme for Joseph; hecould not have kept his brother if he applied the king's RELIGION. But that was the will of GOD. We exalt whomever we choose to higher ranks. Above every knowledgeable one, thereis one who is even more knowledgeable.´ (Quran 12:76) 
The King of Egypt did not have a µreligious sect¶ that he was implementing on the crime of theft, but he did have a SYSTEM.It was thus Joseph bypassed this µsystem¶ and replaced it with the one used by his brothers!
Religion = System
 Thus GOD clarifies the revelations, that we may understand«It is not a µreligion¶ that GOD has given us which is made up of strange components andrituals«But rather it is the PERFECT SYSTEM which He has been decreeing through all his prophets:³He decreed for you the same SYSTEM decreed for Noah, and what we inspired to you, andwhat we decreed for Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: "You shall uphold this one SYSTEM, anddo not divide it." (Quran 42:13) You see: GOD is our Maker. He did not construct our minds, bodies, life, souls, the universe,gave us access to the spirit, etc. Just so we could stumble and be lost in this world.We are on Earth with µfree-choice¶. We are free to choose whatever paths we desire«We are free to come-up with as many systems as we like«However, He is giving us a great mercy by telling us that His system is the PERFECTsystem:³The count of months, as far as GOD is concerned, is twelve. This has been GOD's law, sincethe day He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred. This is the PERFECTreligion...´ (Quran 9:36) You see, there is nothing to stop us from using 11, 10 or even 13 months (that is what someof us do). However, although these systems may work, GOD is telling us that His isPERFECT«We will not stumble when we properly use a 12 month count which will keep usin-line with the seasons and the movement of our planet.
What have our systems done for us?:
The Roman system of the senate and the emperor made Rome turn on itself«
The Monarchy system of France caused all power and wealth to be concentratedwhile the populace went hungry (French revolution was the result);
The military system of the Mongols left them with no identity after all their conquest;
The Dynasty system of China also crumbles when many parties wanted the power thatwas in the hands of the emperor.
What about our existing systems:
Communism (crumbled in late 1980¶s due to its inability to recognize individualuniqueness and talent);

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