Did You Know?
Believe in God
(One God, an All-Powerful god (not two, three or many);
Not a man or woman in the sky;
Not a spirit of the woods or lakes;
Not a manufactured idol;
But an Awesome, Loving, Majestic, Merciful Power
– Real – for all people, Ever-present and forever);
Believe in revelation
(Or sacred dispensations sent to humankind over the ages to guide us to God
– Whose pristine message might have, from time to time, become lost by the people themselves
– Whose pristine message is now stored within a ‘sacred book’,
Or in some capacity across ‘sacred books’);
Believe in the possibility of angels;
Believe in the Prophets
(Who are respectful, humble, good men (but not divine)
– Who have been chosen by God to relay His message to every generation, to every nation to every tribe;
Who are the transmitters of the said revelation
Who come to remind and renew this message
After the previous one becomes corrupted or lost, over time);
Believe in some kind of divine destiny
– Fate? Freedom?
But that overall: ‘God knows Best’;
Believe in the concept of a Judgement Day
So those who’d tried to outwit, cheat, murder, rape, exploit, torture
And thought they’d got away with it
That you’re convinced in your heart-of-hearts that Justice WILL prevail
– In the end…
That the good, earnest, patient, faithful and the struggling-for-good ones might find their difficult but worthwhile way to heaven
– Thank God!
And the evil-doers, the mischief-makers, the smug-psychopathic types, haters all – are finally recompensed in hell…
Then did you KNOW…:
You’re probably in fact
– A muslim.
It is as simple as that.
(‘Muslim’ literally means
– The one who is in peace, who submits/ surrenders to God for the sake of God (The Peaceful One (one of the Ninety-Nine Beautiful Name of God)) to demonstrate peace on Earth, peace for each other, and peace for oneself.
The list, above, is by and large what a Muslim believes.
No funny business.
No hocus pocus.
Only You, dear reader, and God knows what is in your heart…
(Forget all the rest and their opinions
And their prejudices and their pressures for you to go this way or that.)
In fact, there’s only your conscience,
Your actions made throughout your life
And the deadline of your death.
And in that time
– There is the ticking away of your breath
– A space of opportunity to gracefully acknowledge the truth of You, of what IS and what’s WHAT.
To bear witness
– To affirm, in words and in deed
– What you already know:
That there is no God But God and so who must be the messengers of God?
Who is the Last Messenger?
What was his Last message?
Don’t be a sheep and follow what others tell you he said,
Trying to discourage you from seeking it out for yourself.
What did he actually, truly say?
Find out yourself.
Please consider the Last message – the Last revelation – the Last Testament to mankind:
Whose other names include ‘The Healing’,
And ‘The Criterion’ – to judge all the other traditions and competing versions of truth by.
“There is no compulsion in Religion” (Qur’an, 2:256)
“Verily, Allah sends astray whom He wills, and guides whom He wills.” (Qur’an, 35:8) – but this is at the ultimate level – once we’re dead can we then see what Allah ‘decided’ for us. In the meantime – while we’re alive, we are none-the-wiser about our ‘destiny’. We have only an open road ahead of us and our gift of free will. How will we use this? For God – the one who created us to see how we use this? Or use it to spite God. The choice is yours…:
“So whosoever receives guidance, he does so for the good of his own self, and whosoever goes astray, he does so to his own loss.” (Qur’an, 10:108)
That is to say, we choose to go astray. So why not choose not to (without blaming God, as you’ve not yet died to presume to know your ultimate destiny)?
What you MUST do is to ASK God for guidance first. Seek his guidance with this one line prayer:
O Allah: “Guide us along the straight path [to You]
not the path of those who you’re angered (with) nor of those who are astray.” (Qur’an, 1:6-7)
The Prophet (pbuh) is recorded to have said: “Allah says, ‘I am as my servant expects Me to be, and I am with him when he remembers me. If he thinks of Me, I think of him. If he mentions Me in company, I mention him in an even better company. When he comes closer to Me by a hand-span, I come closer to him an arm’s length. If he draws closer to Me by an arm’s length, I draw closer by a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him. If my servant comes to Me walking, I go to him running.” (Al-Bukhari)
“To him we all belong and to Him we will all return” (Qur’an, 2:156)
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