dialogue is between Akbar Haqq and Marcus about various concepts of
Islamic faith and the Christians. Kindly go through this and it will
show the good news, which can bring real peace in your personal life.
Dear friend Marcus, I am happy to meet you after a very long gap. Shall
we sit and talk about religious matters. That will surely enlighten us
and broaden our understanding.
- yes, I am also, had a thought to listen to your faith in God. As
a student of religion’ I like to leaven from you the different concepts
of your faith. Would you please explain about the Article of faith?
- Yes, with great pleasure.
article of faith’ are the main doctrines of Islam. All muslins
are expected to believe this.
of all about God. Muslims believe in a Monotheistic theology lie Judaism
believe there is only one God and his name is Allah. He is all knowing,
all-powerful and the sovereign Judge. Yet Allah is not a personal God
he is above man in every way.
Let me give
some quotations from the Holy Quran. Which reveals the Absolute Monotheisms?
not, nor is begotten: and there is none like unto Him"(Surah 112:1-4).
"And they falsely’ having no knowledge, Attribute to him sons and
daughters. Praise and glory be the him about what they distribute to him
(Surah 6:100)"if 1 there were in the heavens and the earth, other
gods besides Allah, there would have been confusion in both but glory
to Allah, The Lord of the Throne above what they attribute to him (Surah
21:22). "Allah forgives not joining other Gods with him (The greatest
sin is shirk adding more Gods.) But he forgiven whom he please other sins
than this :One who joining other gods with Allah, that strayed for, for
away. (Surah 4:116).
So, the god
of Islam is on Judgment, not grace, on power not mercy. He is born good
and evil and his will is supreme. What about your Christian god? Please
tell me before I tell other remaining thighs.
- O.K. we also believe in the one true god. As Deut.6: 4: Isa 43:10,11
Mak28: 19, LK.3: 22 says. He is the great "I m’, the creator of
heaven and earth and the redeemer of all mankind. He has further revealed
himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association.
Father, son and Holy Ghost. Our god is one Lord, as a trinity or as
one being of three.Person,
and still be absolutely scriptural (Mark .28:19, Jn.16: 17, 2cor, 13:14).
- Our God is omnipotent (all
– powerful) Is. 40:15 says he is the king of kings
- Our God is omnipresent,
(every where) Ps. 139:7-10.
- Our God is omniscient.
(Having complete knowledge and insight. (Rom. 8:27-28; kor.3: 20)
The most important
thing now to me is, after hearing your Quran, the Bible is filled with
descriptions of (4) god’s goodness, and all good things are coming from
god? (James 1:17) there is no evil in god. (5) God is love (I.Jn. 4:8)
His (^) loving kindness & faith fullness (ps.89: 49), (7) He is full
of grace (Acts 20:24), (8) He is full of Mercy (Eph 2:4) the greatest
act of God love is displayed in the climax of His plan of redemption at
the cross. (Jn 3:16, Rom 5:8) (9) God is more holly without imperfection
& sin (Isa 6:1-5) (10) God is righteous (Dt. 32:4: Dan 4:37; Rev.15:
3) (11). He is always true to his nature (Isa. 51:4-6). (12) He is a just
god doing justice. (Chron 19:7). My understanding of god is, he is a personal
God, he has given me the privilege to call him abba,
8:15. He says call unto me at the time of your trouble (Ps.91: 15) He
helps the poor and me widows. He has compassion the sick and the afflicted
one. When he was on this earth he went around doing good. Acts 10:38;
he said all of you who labor and heavy-laden come to me I will give you
rest. (Mat 11:289).
In Phil. 4:6
He told I would never reject any body that comes to me. His blood will
cleanse us from all sin 1 Jn 1:7; if we confess our sins to him he will
just and faithful to forgive all our sins. (1Jn. 1:9)
Oh! I like to hear more about your God. Why are you waiting?
surely I will give
more good news about our God. Even the full Bible I will get you to read
, we have a fatherly god in the Bible.
the other article of faith?
I am sorry, I was much immersed in your god. What a kind and loving personal
god you have!.
article of faith is Angel. Because this is very much fundamental to
Islamic teaching. We Muslims believe in four Archangels.
- Gabriel. – the angel of
revelation. Some of them say he is the holly spirit, who dictated the
- Michael – the Angel of
- Israful – the summoner
- Izarail – the angel of
explain the angels in the Bible?
to Billy Graham" Angels are created spirit beings who can become
visible when necessary. They can appear and disappear. They think, feel,
will and display emotions. They are the oracles of god, who gives divine
or authoritative discussions and bring messages from god to men. (Heb
1:4) they are ministering spirits. (Rom 1:24-25) they should not be worshiped.
(Col 2:18) we should not pray to them. (Dani 6:22)God shut the lion’s
mouth by his angels.
- Archangel (Chief angel)
Jude 9 ""Michael as an archangel. Daniel 12:1 He is the
God’s messenger of law and Judgment. In Rev. 12:7-12. Battling with
Satan. (1 thes 4:16) he will shout the return of Christ.
- The Angle Gabriel:
prominent one in Bible. In Hebrew ‘Gabriel’ means ""God’s
hers" or "the mighty one
messenger. ? (Daniel 8:16;9:21;LK 1:19; 26).
- Seraphim. (1 pet 3:22)
the word "seraphim means love. In Isaiah 6:1-6 they had six wings
constantly glorifying God. They are next to angels.
- Cherubim: - they are
real and powerful, they often symbolic of heavenly things. We see
them beside the throne of God. Ps. 80:1; 99:1,
24 they guard the Eden.
25:18 inside the tabernacle, a part of the mercy seats.
tell more about other things.
3, The third is
the scripture. There are four inspired books in the Islamic faith. They
are Torah of Moses, the psalms of David (Zabin), the gospel of Jesus
Christ. (injil) and the Quran. We Muslims believe the former three books
have been corrupted by Jews and Christians. Since, Quran is the recent
and final word to man, it supercedes all the other work.
me about your scriptures.
both the old and the new testaments, are verbally inspired of god and
are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule
or faith and conduct, (I theds2:13;2 Tim 3:15-17; 2npet 1:21. More than
40 people wrote over. a * Billy Graham, "Angels’ Gods secret Agents.
Wordbooks period of 1,600 year’s and still the message is one. It includes
the writings of Moses, Historical books, songs, Major Prophets and Minor
Prophets in the old testaments total 39 books. In the New Testament.
Gospels, historical book, letters of Paul, General epistles, and prophetical
to all the three tenses and has lot of world history right from the creation
to until now. It foretells many prophecies for the future. Which are fulfilling.*
life of Jesus so many prophecies fulfilled. These prophecies and predictions
were mode hundreds of year in advance. I can give you a list of predictions
which got fulfilled and the ones which are going to be fulfilled.
will be very much delighted to have that list. The fourth one in that
is prophets. In Islam we have six great prophets. They are Adam, Noah,
Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Muhammad in the last and the greatest
of all Allah’s managers
in the Bible there are many prophets in the Old Testament Isaiah, Jeremiah,
Ezekiel and Daniel are called Major Prophets and Hsoea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah,
Christian Apolpgetics.",O.M. books, Secunderabad. Page 340-341. Micah,
Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi are called Minor
In the New
Testament the gift a prophecy is for all the people who receives the Holy
Spirit. 1cor 14:31 says, "For you an all prophesy one by one, so
that all may learn and all may be exhorted." There will be lot of
false prophets coming before the second coming of Jesus.
the fifth one is the Last day. The last day will be the
time of resurrection Judgment. All those who follow and obey Allah and
Muhammad will go to Islamic heaven, called paradise, a place of pleasure
where they will recline on soft couches quaffing cups of wine handed them
by the Hurls, or maidens of paradise, of whom each man may marry as many
as he pleases. (Sura xIIV, 54,IV.56,58,70-74 lvi 34-36). All others will
be consigned to the torments of Hell./
tells about Judgment of the believer 2 cor 5:1d0 says, "For we must
all appear before the judgment throne of Christ, that every one may receive
the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it
be good or bad"
- All Christians will judged-
(Rom.14:12; I cor. 3:12-14, 2cor 5:10).
- The image is Christ, (Joh
5:22; 2 Tim 4:8).
- This judgment will occur
when Christ returns for his church. (Jn 14:3, 1Tho 4:14-17).
(Editor)’the shepherd’s staff" world Map, U.S.A. Page .F.19. F.19.Akbar
:- 6, The belief in gods decrees or kismet the doctrine of face. This
is a very rigid view of predestination that states all good or evil proceeds
from divine will. This strong fatalism has played a central role in Muslim
culture. From this concept comes "It is Allah will "
we believe god has given self will to all to choose good or evil. When
Christ comes as per owe action or deeds we will be judged. It is God’s
will that no body perish but all must be saved from the wrath of God.
Five Pillars of Faith.
observances in Islam, which are found practices or duties every Muslim
- The Creed (kalmia). Here
is no God but Allah, Muhammad is the prophet of Allah, and Muslim belief
One must state this aloud publicly in order to become a Muslim. It is
repeated constantly by the faithful. (SHADAH)
- To pray. (SALAT)
required to say seventies prayers each day. They may pray individually
or collecting. On Friday at noon, Muslims are required to gather at
the mosque to pray. Muslims are praying five times in a day.
- To Fast (SAWM). During
the ninth lunar moon the of Ramadan they fast in the day hours with
our eating & drinking. And at the height they can eat & drink.
- To give alms. (ZAKAAT).
Muslims are obligated to contribute one-fortieth 1/40 (2.s percent)
of their income to the poor and needy.
- To make pilgrimage (HAJJ)
All Muslims are to make a trip to Mecca. Once in his lifetime, after
that visit one will be entitled to be called a Hajji.
I deeply appreciate
your regular disciplined prayers, reciting of the vied, fasting, alms
giving and pilgrimage. We are not having any thing to recite now pray
fie times a day. E pray like Jesus in the morning as in Mark 1:35; night
LK 6:12; For every problem Phil. 4:6, Rev. 5:6; Eph 6:18;
fasting we do not have a season in which we do like you. But we have regular
fasting every weak and we pray. The Bible says certain demonic problems
& sickness, unless we fast and pray Ire won’t go. Mat 6:16; Jesus
fasted 40 days, Moses fasted 40 days, David fasted for the Child. Actrs
13:3 ; Mat. 17:21;
helping the poor. James 1:26,2 we cannot forget orphans & widows.
Mat. 6:4 Acts 10:2; Acts 24:17. the Bible says give and it shall be given.
It any body asks we should give. When we can do good if we are not doing
that is sin.
pilgrimage we need not to go to Jerusalem the birthplace of Jesus. Our
life on this earth itself like a pilgrimage. We did not bring any thing
in to this world we cannot take anything back wit us when we die. So we
have to live pleasing the lord of the heaven that he may accept us to
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