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Posted 04-02-2009 at 11:28 PM by triplea

Given that we are living in a very delicate age, I wish to dedicate my blog to seekers after truth. I am new at this blog stuff, so please bear with me. My intention is to help guide those with a sincere heart.

I would like to begin by giving a short introduction to the religion of Islam. I differ from mainstream Muslims in that I belong to an international community which believes that the Promised Messiah, the second advent of Jesus, has already come. This gives rise to significant differences between us and other Muslims, so many of the unfortunate beliefs they hold are not supported by us.

So, here is an excerpt from the writings of the Promised Messiah (pbuh):

"Two conditions are necessary for a religion which claims to be from God. In the first place, a religion should be so comprehensive and perfect and complete and free from every defect in its doctrine, teachings and commandments, that reason should not be capable of proposing anything better; and there should be nothing lacking in it. It should be ahead of all other religions in this respect.

"The Holy Quran puts forward this claim by proclaiming: This day have I perfected your religion for your benefit, and have completed My favour unto you, and have chosen for you Islam as your faith (5:4). That is to say, God requires us to conform to the reality inherent in the word Islam (which means submission to the Will of God). Here there is a clear claim that the Holy Quran comprehends the perfect teaching and that the time of the revelation of the Holy Quran was the time when such perfect teaching could be revealed.

"The Quran alone is entitled to make this claim. No other heavenly book has put forward such a claim. Both the Torah and the Gospel refrain from making this claim. On the contrary, the Torah sets out God's commandment that He would raise a Prophet from among the brethren of Israel and would put His word into his mouth and that whosoever does not lend ear to that word of God would be accountable for his default. It is obvious, therefore, that if the Torah had been adequate for meeting the needs of subsequent ages, there would have been no necessity for the coming of another Prophet, listening to whom was made obligatory.

"In the same way the Gospel has nowhere claimed that its teaching is perfect and comprehensive. But there is a clear confession that there were many things which had still to be said but that the disciples had not yet the strength to bear them but that when the Paraclete would come he would lead them to the whole truth. Thus Moses confessed the incompleteness of the Torah and drew attention to the teaching of the Prophet who was to come. In the same way Jesus admitted the incompleteness of his teaching and said that the time had not yet come for the perfect teaching to be disclosed but that when the Paraclete arrives he would set forth the perfect teaching.

"In contrast the Holy Quran does not, like the Torah and the Gospel, leave the matter for another book to complete but announces the perfection of its teaching in the words: This day have I perfected your religion for your benefit, and have completed My favour unto you, and have chosen for you Islam as your faith (5:4). . . . Here is thus a great argument in support of Islam that by virtue of its teaching it prevails over every religion and no religion can compete with it in respect of the perfection of its teaching."

To explain, all religions are from God and were revealed to all of mankind, all over the world, over the course of history. The point to be made is that they were for specific peoples for an appointed term. It is our claim, through the Quran, that Islam is the only religion that satisfies the requirements of all of mankind for the rest of time and therefore is the universal religion.

To elucidate the point that we as Muslims believe in the truthfulness and righteousness of all the prophets of God, the Qur'an says:

"Say, 'We believe in Allah and in that which has been revealed to us, and that which was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Tribes, and that which was given to Moses and Jesus and other Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we submit'" (3:85)

Peace,
triplea
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