my Religion. If a Christian is giving a talk on other Religions, the Non-Christians may feelthat, he is going to speak against my religion. Similarly, I being a Muslim, when I am givinga talk on other Religions, the Non-Muslims may feel, that I am going to speak against theirReligion. That is the reason, I am praying to Allah Subhana Wa Taala, Almighty God, toloosen my tongue as well as remove the impediment, the barrier - mental or otherwise, if there is any, between me and you. The topic of this morning’s talk is… ‘Concept of God inMajor Religions’. ‘Religion’… according to the Oxford Dictionary means…‘A belief in a SuperHuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods, that deserve obedience andworship’. The Qari, Brother Ashraf Muhamedy, he recited few verses of the Holy Qur’anfrom Surah Al Imran, Ch. No.3, V. No. 64, which says…(Arabic)… ‘
Say to the people of the book’
that come to common terms as between us and you’
Which isthe first term? (Arabic)…
‘that we worship none but Allah’.
‘that we associate no partners with Him’.
‘that we erect not among ourselves,Lords and Patrons, other than Allah’.
‘if then they turn back’.
‘say we bear witness’.
that we are Muslims bowing our will to Allah Subhana Wa Taala’.
This is a verse of the Holy Qur’an which shows you a way how to speak withpeople of different communities. It says : (Arabic
…‘That came to common terms as between us and you’.
Which is the first term? (Arabic)
‘That we worship none but Allah’
‘that we associate no partners with Him’.
One thing common in all theMajor Religions of the world is, that the God they worship, they believe He is the same Godfor them, as well as for the others. For eg… the God which the Hindus worship, they believeHe is the same God for the Hindus as well as for the Non-Hindus. The God which theChristians worship, they believe He is the same God, for the Christians as well as for theNon-Christians. Similarly the God…Allah Subhana Wa Taala which we Muslims worship, webelieve He is the same Allah Subhana Wa Taala for the Muslims, as well as for the Non-Muslims. The Major Religions of the world can be broadly classified as : Semetic Religionsand Non Semetic Religions. The Non Semetic Religions are further divided into Aryan andthe Non Aryan Religions. The Semetic Religions are those Religions that are followed by theSemites. Who are the Semites? The Semites are the descendents of ‘
’, who was theson of Prophet Noah (Peace be upon him) which is mentioned in the Bible, in the bookGenesis, Ch. No. 5 and Ch.No. 11. So Semetic Religions are those Religions, that arefollowed by the Jews, by the Arabs, by the Asyrians by the Ponysians - who speak Hebrew,Aramaic, Arabic, Acadians, Ponysians, etc. The major amongst the Semetic Religions are,Judaism, Christianity and Islam - all of which are Prophetic Religions. The Non SematicReligions are further divided into Aryan and Non-Aryan Religions. The Aryan Religions, arethe Religions followed by the Aryans - a group of Indo-European speaking community,which spread in Iran and Northern India, in the 1st half of the 2nd millenium B.C, that is2000 to 1500 B.C. The Aryan Religion is further divided into Vedic and Non - Vedic Religion.The Vedic religion is
which has been given the misnomer of Hindusium. TheNon-Vedic Religions, are
Sikhism, Buddism, Jainism
, etc. Amongst the Non-Aryan Religions,we have those of the Chinese origin like ‘
’, etc - those of the Japaneseorigin, like
etc. But most of these Religions, they do not have a concept of God.Therefore they are preferably called as ethical systems, instead of Religions. As far as mytalk today will be concerned, I will be speaking about the Concept of God in Major Religions,of ‘
’ and ‘Aryan’ origin. To understand the concept of God, the best and the mostaccurate way is to analyze their Religious Scriptures, and understand what it has to speakabout God. Trying to analyze the concept of God, by looking at the followers is not alwayscorrect, because most of the followers they themselves do not know what their Scripturespeaks about God. So let us, analyze today, the concept of God in Major Religions byanalyzing their Religious Scriptures. First we will discuss the Aryan Religion. Hinduism is themost popular of all the Aryan religions. And if you ask a common Hindu, that… How manygods does he believe in? Some may say 3, some may say 33, some may say a 1000, whilethe others may say, 33 crores, 330 million. But if you ask, a Hindu learned man, who knowshis Religious Scriptures, he will tell you that a Hindu should actually believe, only in God.The major difference between the common Hindu and the Muslim is that, the commonHindu believes in a Philosophy known as ‘Pantheism’ - that is, everything is god. The tree is