"Islam began as a stranger and will go back to being a stranger just as it began, so give glad tidings to the strangers."

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Curing the "Lost Self"

911! I have lost myself! Well, linguistically, that sounds bizarre. But logically, I would use it all the time. Alhamdulillah for my whole life, I have been a Muslim. But for more than a decade of my life, I had a major problem. My main problem was that I had become too Westernized. No more Arabic at home, no good friends to help me become better, no strong personality to stand up for what is right, not much Qura'n being recited, and mostly, not enough faith to guide me to the right way. I call that time 'Jahiliyyah." I mean what other time of life does a person doubt if Islam is the right path? I probably wouldn't have been able to enter Jannah if I had died at that time. It was only until recently that I actually began to think about Islam deeply. And now, I am sure I know what the true religion is.

Ok, Take a look at Bhuddism, ummmm-NUH-UH!

What do they believe in?



Buddhism does not teach belief in one God, and in some forms teaches there is no god. However, popular and in particular Mahayana Buddhism (the Buddhism of China, Tibet, Mongolia, Japan and Korea) teaches the existence of many deities, and elevates the Buddha into a divine being, the origin of all that exists.Buddhists believe in the power of karma, or actions based on desire. Such actions, either good or bad, make a person continue in the cycle of reincarnation – being reborn repeatedly until achieving enlightenment.Buddhism does not teach belief in one God, and in some forms teaches there is no god. However, popular and in particular Mahayana Buddhism (the Buddhism of China, Tibet, Mongolia, Japan and Korea) teaches the existence of many deities, and elevates the Buddha into a divine being, the origin of all that exists.Buddhists believe in the power of karma, or actions based on desire. Such actions, either good or bad, make a person continue in the cycle of reincarnation – being reborn repeatedly until achieving enlightenment.



Hindus?



Hindus have a strong belief in karma. Karma determines one's position in life as well as the cycle of life. Karma in other words, is cause and effect. There are three goals to which Hindus may give any of those. The first goal is through love and sex. The second goal is wealth and success. The third goal is seeking the common good. Hindus also believe in salvation through works, way of knowledge, and the way of devotion, all of which are achieved through fulfilling one's duties, meditation or worship. They also believe that Brahman is his creation and that all are divine, even objects have a divine nature. Brahman is an impersonal, absolute god that cannot be known by humans.



Atheists?



"A" is a root word or prefix meaning "not"or "no" and the root "thie" means "diety" (i.e.god) and "ism" means "the belief of" or "ist" one who believes. So literally Athieist means one who believes there is no god. Athieists tend to believe more in people having power than in any diety.



Jews?



God is the creator of all that exists;

He is one, incorporeal (without a body), and He alone is to be worshipped as absolute ruler of the universe.

The first five books of the Hebrew Bible were revealed to Moses by God.

They will not be changed or augmented in the future.God has communicated to the Jewish people through prophets.

God monitors the activities of humans; He rewards individuals for good deeds and punishes evil.





Jews generally consider actions and behavior to be of primary importance; beliefs come out of actions. This conflicts with conservative Christians for whom belief is of primary importance and actions are a result of that belief.Jewish belief does not accept the Christian concept of original sin (the belief that all people have inherited Adam and Eve's sin when they disobeyed God's instructions in the Garden of Eden).Judaism affirms the inherent goodness of the world and its people as creations of God.Jewish believers are able to sanctify their lives and draw closer to God by fulfilling mitzvoth (divine commandments).No savior is needed or is available as an intermediary.


Christians?

Christians believe that God is the creator of all people, the world, the universe, and everything seen and unseen. This is based on various Bible passages, including the first chapter of the Bible's book of Genesis. Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that he is one with God, and that he was sent here for our salvation. In John 10:30 (NIV translation),
John the Apostle quotes Jesus as saying, "I and the Father are one." Jesus died after being crucified. He was buried in a tomb that was owned by a follower of Jesus.


Basically, nothing seemed to click except Islam. Here's why:

Muslims base their lives on the five pillars:
1. The testimony of faith: “There is no true god but God (Allah), and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God.”
2. Prayer: five prayers must be performed every day.
3. Giving: one must give to the needy, as all comes from Allah.
4. Fasting: besides occasional fasting, all Muslims must fast during the celebration of Ramadan (the ninth month of the Islamic calendar).
5. Hajj: the pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah) should be performed at least once in a lifetime (during the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar).
These five tenets, the framework of obedience for Muslims, are taken seriously and literally. A Muslim's entrance into paradise hinges on obedience to these five pillars.


Atleast I don't make poor calfs sad because I believe in a religion that makes slaughtering cows the least painful of all! Islam is the truth!!!

3 comments:

Veiled Beauty said...

Sorry I made this too long!

MuSLiMa FlOwEr said...

Just reading about the Jewish religion made me realise, our religions are very similar yet people are very distant from each other.

Wow Mind blowing.

Veiled Beauty said...

It is amazing! I just hope non-Muslims would realize that!
You do notice how we spell 'realize' differently. I guess it's because I live in the
United States!