Think About This

By Umar Al Mujahid Abdur-Rasheed Formerly Anthony Navarro
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No matter what we do in this life, more times than none, we know why we‟re doing it; we know what the purpose is. We go to work to earn money in order to survive. We go to the store to buy something; we go to school to gain an education in order that we can get a good job. We don‟t go to the bathroom to take a nap. You go to the bathroom to relieve yourself of bodily waste. Any and everything we do has its own purpose in this life, nothing is done without a reason….but what about this life? What is the purpose of this life in which we live? How come when you ask people this simple yet complicated question, you get a different answer every time? It‟s because people don‟t know what the purpose of life is. They‟re confused and just follow what they‟re told and/or what they see everyone else doing, without questioning a thing…. like sheep.

If you believe in a Creator and a higher Power (God) that controls everything in this world, then this will be easier for you to understand than for those who think that we evolved from monkeys and believe all of this happened by mere chance. If you study the science of the Earths make up you will clearly see that it is a perfect balance of hydrogen, oxygen, carbons and many other molecules, which if were off balance by even a fraction of a percent, would extinguish all life on this Earth as we know it. To prove the existence of God, the One who is maintaining this perfect balance, I will use Dr Zakir Naiks explanation….

When someone brings to you a machine or device that you have never seen before, who would you say is the most knowledgeable on this machine or
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device? You would say the creator, the manufacturer, the inventor, the producer etc. If you see a clock sitting on the side of the road, would you say that clock just appeared by mere chance, or did someone create that clock and place it there? Obviously someone created it and left it there, whether by mistake or on purpose. Now, if we look at the scientific facts of the Earth that we live in, we realize that most of these scientific facts have just been discovered within the last century or so.

How did our universe come into existence? The atheist will tell us that initially there was a Primary Nebula and then there was a Big Bang. There was a secondary separation which gave rise to our galaxy, the sun, the moon and the Earth. This we call the Big Bang Theory. When did we come to know about this creation of the universe? The atheist will tell you about 40 to 50 years ago, scientists discovered this. Tell him, “What are you talking about? The Big Bang was already mentioned 1400 years ago in the Qur‟an, in Surah Ambiyah (21:30)”: We say, do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before we clove them asunder (spread them out)? Who could have possibly known this back then? Also another question; is the light of the moon its own light or reflected light? The atheist will tell us that previously we thought the moon had its own light, in the last 200 to 300 years we have
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come to know that the light of the moon is not its own light, but a reflected light from our sun. The Qur‟an mentioned this 1400 years ago in Surah Furqan (25:61): Blessed is He who placed constellations in the skies, and placed therein a Lamp (a sun having its own light) and a Moon (having a reflected light). The Arabic word used for moon-light in the Qur‟an is "Munir", meaning reflected light or a borrowed light. Who could have known this then?

What is the shape of the Earth on which we live? The atheist will tell you it is spherical. When did we come to know this? He will tell us, 1597 when Francis Drake sailed around the world and proved that the Earth was spherical. The Qur‟an said this 1400 years ago in Surah Naziat (79:30). And thereafter We have spread the Earth egg shaped. The Arabic word 'Dahaha', one of its meanings is geological expansion. The other meaning is direct from the Arabic word 'Duyah' which means an egg. It doesn't refer to a normal egg, but to the egg of an Ostrich. We know that the world is not completely round like a ball but it is geo-spherical in shape and is flatter at the poles. Also if you analyze the shape of the egg of an Ostrich, that too is geo-spherical in shape.

Today we have come to know that there are two types of water, sweet and salty. There is also a barrier between them which is
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mentioned in the Qur‟an in Surah Rahman (55:19 – 20). It is Allah who has let free two bodies of flowing water. Though they meet, they do not mix. There is a barrier between them. Today's science tells us that it is the mountains which prevent the Earth from shaking uncontrollably, which was mentioned in the Qur‟an 1400 years ago in Surah Naba (78:6-7). Have We not made the Earth a resting place and mountains as its stakes. Qur‟an talks about the bees in Surah Nahl (16:68-69). And thy Lord inspired the bee, saying: Choose thou habitations in the hills and in the trees and in that which they thatch; Then eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of thy Lord, made smooth (for thee). There cometh forth from their bellies a drink divers of hues (honey), wherein is healing for mankind. Lo! Herein is indeed a sign for people who reflect. The Qur‟an speaks about Embryology in Surah Alaq (96: 2). We have created mankind from alaq (a leech-like substance).

We have only come to know these facts recently. You can go on talking about the scientific points all day. There are hundreds of verses in the Qur‟an which speak accurately about scientific facts which were just proven recently with modern technology. After every scientific fact you must ask the question, who could have mentioned these in the Qur‟an more than 1400 years ago? The only reply the atheist or anyone else can give you is the creator, the manufacturer, the inventor, the producer, etc. This Creator, this Manufacturer, this Producer and this Inventor, we Muslims know Him as Allah (The only God).
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Now that we have proven that Allah (God) exists and is maintaining the balance of the entire universe, we must figure out His purpose for us in this life. Did He create all this for amusement; for fun and play? Are we here to gain wealth and materials, to enjoy ourselves before we die or is there a deeper reason behind all of this. Allah (God) is perfect and does not make mistakes or do anything that is foolish, so we cannot say that there is no real explanation to this question of creation. Allah says in the Qur‟an: “I have created the jinn (spirits) and humankind only for My worship.” (Quran 51:56) also, “Remember when your Lord extracted from the loins of Adam‟s children their descendants and made them testify saying: „Am I not your Lord?‟ They said: „Yes, we testify to it.‟ This was in case you say on the Day of Judgment: „We were unaware of this.‟ Or you say: „It was our ancestors who worshipped others besides Allah and we are only their descendants. Will you then destroy us for what those liars did?‟” (Quran 7:172) So we know now that we were created to worship our Creator, Allah and that we made a contract with Him to spend our time here worshipping and obeying Him otherwise we will be punished with hellfire for eternity. So why are there so many different religions and beliefs throughout the entire world?

In the Qur‟an, Allah tells us the story of Shaytan (the Devil) and how he promised to mislead all of mankind only because his arrogance led him to punishment from Allah. “And (remember) when your Lord said to the
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angels: “I am going to create a man (Adam) from dried clay of altered mud. (28) So, when I have fashioned him completely and breathed into him the soul which I created for him, then fall down prostrating yourselves unto him.” (29) So, the angels prostrated themselves, all of them together. (30) Except Iblîs (Satan), - he refused to be among the prostrators. (31) (Allâh) said: “O Iblîs (Satan)! What is your reason for not being among the prostrators?" (32) Iblîs (Satan) said: "I am not the one to prostrate myself to a human being, whom You created from dried clay of altered mud." (33) (Allâh) said: "Then, get out from here, for verily, you are Rajîm (an outcast or a cursed one)." (34) "And verily, the curse shall be upon you till the Day of Recompense (the Day of Resurrection)." (35) Iblîs (Satan) said: "O my Lord! Give me then respite till the Day they will be resurrected." (36) Allâh said: "Then, verily, you are of those reprieved, (37) "Till the Day of the time appointed." (38) Iblîs (Satan) said: "O my Lord! Because you have put me in error, I will surely make disobedience attractive to them (mankind) on the Earth, and I will mislead them all. (39) "Except Your (guided) slaves among them." (40) (Allâh) said: "This is a path of return to Me that is straight." (41) "Certainly, you shall have no authority over My slaves, except those who follow you of the Ghâwun (those who go astray, criminals, polytheists, and evil-doers) (42) "And surely, Hell is the promised place for them all. (43)” (15:28-43)

So we can see the test of this life unfolding. Iblis (Satan) was not an Angel because Angels do not disobey Allah, but he was a jinn (spirit). We know this because Allah tells us in the Qur‟an: Behold! We said to the Angels
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"Bow down to Adam": they bowed down except Iblis. He was one of the Jinns, and disobeyed the Command of his Lord. Will you then take him (Iblis) and his progeny as protectors rather than Me? And they are enemies to you! Evil would be the exchange for the wrongdoers!(18:50) Iblis (Satan) with his arrogance disobeyed Allah‟s command to bow to His greatest creation Adam (mankind). In doing so, he was banished from Paradise to Earth and vowed to wage a war on mankind for us having Allah‟s favor. This is not a war the likes of which you know today with guns and tanks etc. It is a war for our minds and souls, where he attacks us using the thoughts in our heads. He makes the wrong fair seeming while making the good seem wrong. He puts doubts in our hearts about what is right and confuses our reason with ignorance. Thus, morally blinding people in an attempt to create a society of Godless human beings who forget the one purpose they were created in the first place…. the worship of our Lord and Creator. Allah had set a way of life for mankind and Iblis had promised to lead us away from this way of life. The question is…. which way of life is this?

All throughout the history of the world, mankind has had one job, and that job is to worship Allah (God). Now whenever a society strayed away from this way of life, Allah (God) would send them a Prophet who would show them the correct way. This has happened all throughout history. We know that there is only one God, so any religion or way of life that includes many gods or worshipping someone/something other than Allah (God) should be recognized as a deception of Iblis (Satan), because this is his job to get people to disobey Allah as he did and to be damned to Hellfire like him. There has
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never come a Prophet who spoke of another god other than Allah (God), so to have a god for every day of the year like the Hindus is a deviation, as is worshipping Buddha, cows, trees, stars, the sun and moon as well as not believing in Allah all together. Allah‟s way of life would not include the worship of anyone or thing other than Himself, so that leaves us with the three Monotheistic religions….Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Unfortunately, today you have to be born into Judaism and cannot convert, so I highly doubt that Allah only chose a handful of people to be born into “right guidance”. The Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) was one of the greatest Prophets recognized by all three faiths, which Allah had sent to mankind. As a young boy, he not only challenged his father, but his entire village in proving their error in idol worshipping. Allah speaks of his story in the Qur‟an: And, verily, among those who followed his (Noah) way (Monotheism) was Ibrahim (Abraham). (83) When he came to his Lord with a pure heart [attached to Allah Alone] (84) when he said to his father and to his people: "What is it that you worship? (85) "Is it a falsehood âlihah (gods) other than Allah that you desire? (86) "Then what think you about the Lord of the 'Alamîn (mankind, jinn, and all that exists)?" (87) Then he cast a glance at the stars, (88) and he said: "Verily, I am sick." (89) So they turned away from him, and departed. (90) Then he turned to their âlihah (gods) and said: "Will you not eat (of the offering before you)? (91) "What is the matter with you that you speak not?" (92) Then he turned upon them, striking (them) with (his) right hand. (93) Then they (the worshippers of idols) came towards him hastening. (94) He said: "Do you worship that which you (yourselves) carve? (95) "While Allah has created you and what you make!" (96) (37:83-96)

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Ibrahim (Abraham), one of the best examples/teachers of Allah‟s (God) chosen religion, destroyed carved idols (statues) that his people used to worship. Islam is not the only of the Monotheistic religions that forbids idol worship. Of the Ten Commandments of Christianity, the Old Testament says:

1- “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. 2- “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments. (Exodus 20:2-17 New King James Version)

Knowing this, why have Christians taken Jesus, saints, angels and even the dead for worship? How you ask? The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had a discussion with a Christian man and it went as follows: Adi B. Hatim who was then a Christian, came to visit the Prophet at Medinah. When the Prophet saw Adi wearing a cross he said “The Jews and Christians worship their Rabbis and their Priests.” Of which Adi retorted and said they did not. The Prophet then said, “Indeed they have, because whatever Allah made legal, the priest and rabbis made illegal, and otherwise, hence it amounted to the worship of them.”
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So basically, any authority you put over Allah (God) is in fact considered “worship” of that (so called) authority. Like when you ask a saint or a dead relative for help, strength, ease etc. That is saying that someone other than Allah (God) has power to affect your life and what happens in it. Saints are dead people who were righteous in this life and who have no power in the next life. Now Christians have gone as far as to create statues of these saints and ask these statues for help. This is exactly what Ibrahim (Abraham) warned his people against, not to mention, it is directly breaking the first two of the Ten Commandments. Also, saying that Allah (God) has a son fits in idol worship as well. Allah (God) never claimed to have a son, or a daughter, or a wife, or a pet dog, or anyone related to Him. He is One alone with no partners, so where did this come from? Jesus never once said that he is the literal “son” of Allah. Could this have been what the Prophet Muhammad was talking about when he said that “whatever Allah made legal, the priest and rabbis made illegal and otherwise”? Jesus said: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matt 5:9). Also, “That ye may be children of your Father which is in Heaven.” (Matt 5:45) Some Christians will say that Jesus is the “literal” son of Allah because he was born without a father through the Immaculate Conception, but I say to them…. Adam and Eve were born without a father AND a mother, so shouldn‟t they have more claim to the title of “children” of Allah (God) than Jesus? Allah speaks about this in the Qur‟an, He says: And they say: "The Most Gracious (Allah) has begotten a son (or offspring or children)" (88) Indeed you have brought forth (said) a terrible evil thing. (89) Whereby the
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heavens are almost torn, and the earth is split asunder, and the mountains fall in ruins, (90) that they ascribe a son to the Most Gracious (Allah). (91) But it is not suitable for (the Majesty of) the Most Gracious (Allah) that He should beget a son. (92) There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the Most Gracious (Allah) as a slave. (93) Verily, He knows each one of them, and has counted them a full counting. (94) And every one of them will come to Him alone on the Day of Resurrection (without any helper, or protector or defender). (95) (19:88-95) How many times in the Bible does Jesus say Allah (God) is One and only? One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: „Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.‟ (Mark 12:28-30) Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her. (John 20:16-18) It should be noted that the term “lord” in the verse above is not referring to Allah (God), but “lord” back then as is today, is a title given to people of authority. Many people in England are given the title “lord” today and it does not mean that they are divine. Now this is eternal life: that they know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou have sent. (John 17:3) This verse is very important because it distinguishes Allah (God) from Jesus in the claim of Trinity that they are one together. Clearly, Jesus himself is
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speaking of two separate entities in God and himself, who he acknowledges sent him and that he did not come on his own will and power. Anyone using their intelligence can easily see that Jesus did NOT claim to be Allah (God) or His son, but certain terms and titles given to him were taken way out of context and it is the priests and rabbi‟s who made these claims, NOT Jesus. Jesus was a worshipper of Allah (God) like all the Prophets and this is proved many times in the Bible. The way that Jesus lived, like all of the Prophets is THE chosen way of life which Allah (God) has chosen for mankind. If we do not follow this way of life and live it, then we are falling for the trick of Iblis (Satan). After all, it was his promise to stray us away from this path in the first place. So I will now use verses from the Qur‟an and Bible to find the Prophets‟ true way of life. Jesus prayed. Now if Jesus was Allah (God) or the son of Allah, then why would he need to pray? Not once in the Bible does Jesus say “worship me” or “pray to me”. Every prayer was directed to the One and only Allah (God or The Father). “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone.” (Matt 14:23) How did Jesus pray? “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matt 26:39)

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What did Moses and Aaron do before they prayed? “He placed the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing, and Moses and Aaron and his sons used it to wash their hands and feet. They washed whenever they entered the tent of meeting or approached the altar, as the Lord commanded Moses.” (Exodus 40:30-32)

Jesus and Moses both taught not to eat pork or drink alcohol. “And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.” (Leviticus 11:7-8) “The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: „If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of dedication to the Lord as a Nazirite, they must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or other fermented drink. They must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins. As long as they remain under their Nazirite vow, they must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, not even the seeds or skins.” (Numbers 6:1-4)

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Allah (God) forbids Pork and alcohol in the Qur‟an: “Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked a name other than that of Allah.” (Qur‟an 5:3)

“O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, stone alters and divination by arrows, are an abomination of Satan's handwork: avoid such (abomination), that ye may prosper.” (Qur‟an 5:90) Historical descriptions of Jesus show that he kept a long beard and wore long robes. Muslims are taught by the Prophet Muhammad that this is the proper way of dress for a male. Jesus‟ dress. Muslim dress

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A female should cover her hair as well as her physical features, just like Mary the mother of Jesus did. Mary‟s dress Muslimah dress

Anyone using logic and reason can clearly see that the way of life that all Prophets, especially Jesus taught, was Islam. It‟s no wonder that in a world over run by Iblis‟ soldiers and influences, that Islam is the main target of their lies and violence, the same way all the Prophets were attacked and ridiculed. The word “Islam” means to submit completely to your Creator so calling yourself “Muslim” means that you are the one who submits. The animals throughout the world are Muslim because they submit to Allah and do not disobey Him. They are born; they reproduce and survive in this world until death, all the while serving mankind as either food, transport or for other purposes. So are the trees and plants Muslim because they sprout from a seed, grow into a tree, plant or bush and bare flowers, vegetables and fruits according to what
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Allah created them for. Rivers and oceans, stars and planets are all Muslim because they do exactly what they were created for and nothing else. They submit completely to the will and decree of Allah (God).

Islam teaches to worship Allah (God) and only Him. To become a Muslim you merely have to say “I bare witness there‟s no god but Allah and I bare witness that Muhammad is His messenger”. That‟s it. After that you do your best to stay away from what is prohibited and enjoin in what is lawful. The women should veil themselves as they were commanded to in the Bible: “But any woman who prays or prophecies with her head unveiled, dishonors her head- it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair, but if it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, then let her wear a veil.” (Corrinthians 1:5-6)

Both men and women are to greet fellow Believers with the greeting of peace “As Salaamu Alaykum”, just like Jesus used to: “Jesus said to them again “peace be upon you”. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” (John 20:19)

Muslims are commanded to fast the month of Ramadan and break their fast with fellow Muslims, as Jesus also fasted: “He fasted forty days and forty
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nights, and afterwards he was hungry.” (Matt 4:2)

Muslims follow the tradition of polygamy as did Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham): “So after Abraham had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, Sara, Abraham‟s wife took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, to Abraham as a wife.” (Genesis 16:13)

In closing I would just say that if you are a God fearing person who wants to follow the example of the greatest men that Allah (God) has put on this Earth (Prophets), then you must follow the way of life which Allah (God) has taught them. A way of life that allows one to know and to have a relationship with his Lord. A way of life that covers the spiritual, physical, financial, family, social, political, military, and not to mention the moral and value aspects of this life. A way of life that teaches you about the life of this world as well as the life to come. A way of life that is complete and gives everyone their due rights without leaving one person out. That way of life is Islam; complete submission to Allah (God) and Allah only…. Succeed in following Islam and Allah promises you Paradise…. the greatest reward mankind could ever imagine. Your Lord is Allah, His way is Islam and the choice is yours.

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