Which Religion Should I Choose?
By Alamgir Hussain
A bachelor approaching mid-thirty and desperately keen to
find a life-partner, I was introduced to a Muslim girl by a good friend of mine
sometime in March, 2003. This girl is of Pakistani-Indian parentage, was born
and brought up in a Western country. She had a Bachelors Degree (B.Sc.) from
I was born and brought up in a rural and conservative
Islamic society of a Muslim country in
Remaining confused about my faith in Islam at the moment, I could not give a satisfactory answer. Because, I wanted to be honest with the person I was to share my whole life with. However, I had emphasized to her that I would have loved to be considered just as a human being - not a Muslim, Hindu, Christian or whatsoever. But that was nowhere close to her satisfaction. Finally, the question came down to: Which religion I would choose, in case I must choose one? Again, because of my insufficient knowledge in any religion and the Scriptures, including Islam, I could not provide a satisfactory or a clear-cut answer.
Following this episode, I had forwarded the question “Which Religion Should I Choose?” to various internet discussion groups for help, since it was impossible for me to read at least a few Scriptures well enough to return an honest reply to my prospective life-partner. I had received a few abstract comments from a few sympathetic friends but with no clear-cut answer as to why and which religion to choose. Although I had talked to that girl a couple of times more, she finally concluded our tango saying, “Religion (Islam) is the main thing in my life and I am looking for someone with similar ideals.” As I was looking for an answer myself, I somehow had culled a few points from incidental happenings around my life and I could probably make my mind of some sort, in case, I had to choose a religion. Also a couple of years have passed by since then and I have by now studied a good deal of the Scriptures of Abrahamic religions and a little bit of Hinduism and I can now make a definite decision about which religion to choose, if I must choose one.
Why religion and which religion?
Why one needs a religion? It does not require explaining that one needs a religion for having his eternal afterlife secure by clearing the way to heaven. For a religious person, the very transitory life on earth is of little importance. And about which religion to choose, it is important to realize that there is only one God and possibly one or a few true religions. One must be prudent enough to determine which one is the truest religion and go for that one. If you make a wrong choice you are doomed and destined for burning in the fire of hell for eternity. I have personally given a deep and thorough thought about which particular religion to choose and I think I have recognized the true and the purest religion which I will discuss in the following sections.
In this discussion, however, I have given consideration to four major religions of present time, namely: Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. I have not given consideration to those hundreds or thousands of religions and Gods, such as powerful Greek gods Zeus, Apollo et al. of the Hellenic-age which have suffered tragic death. Because, I considered that God, the all-powerful and the absolute controller of our universe cannot suffer such miserable death - especially after showing Himself to mankind in a mighty way. I also did not consider the smaller religions and Gods of the present time, because I believe that if God is really interested in revealing Himself to mankind He must have had done that already because millions of years have passed since he had created this Universe. It doesn’t make any sense to me that God will still keep Himself behind the veil anymore, if he was to present Himself to mankind one day. Our Universe and the mankind have matured enough. This means that God must have presented himself in one of the living religions of present time. And why I did not consider the smaller religions? It is because, an almighty God, who is the sole creator and controller of everything in our Universe and is really keen to reveal Himself to mankind, He cannot hide meekly in the middle of weak or timid religion at this moment of excellence of human civilization. I believe that majority of human beings today have become mature and intelligent enough to be able to recognize the truer religions. Hence, one of those religions, that claim a significant number of followers today, must be the true or the truest religion.
I also did not consider the other major so-called religion, the Buddhism, because there is no almighty God and afterlife (hellfire or heaven) in this religion. At best it appears as a splinter of Hinduism, which has been considered in my discussion. Indeed, Buddha never really preached a religion. He was just a great sage with a group of followers and he used to teach them what should be the way of living one’s life. Aristotle and Lucretius et al. of the same pre-Christ age used to have similar followers whom these great sages used to teach their idea and understanding about life and the world. If Buddhism is to be considered a religion, then Aristotlism, Lucretiusism etc. must also be considered as religions as well.
Islam, Christianity and Judaism in the same pedigree?
Muslims claim that the same Almighty Muslim God, called Allah, had sent Noah, Moses, Jesus and finally Mohammad (the last and the best) as prophets to promulgate His principles and teachings to mankind. However, the Jews and Christians never believe that Muhammad was sent by their respective Gods. In the same vein, the Christians believe that Moses was sent by the same God but Jews never believe in Jesus. In the midst of these believing and not-believing, I have been left wondering for long, as to how the same God sent prophets to preach His principles and teachings which are so different in methods and forms, at least in the way people of these faiths practice them today. I have culled a good deal of knowledge from the various scriptures and from incidences I came across over the last couple of years, which have helped me understand that there appears a commonness in the original/true teachings of these three religions. The apparent differences, that we witness, may have arisen possibly from continued changes or aberrations introduced by human beings in the practice of these religions over the centuries. Certain examples, that I will put here, may lack proper references since I have culled them from mutual discussions. But I believe that they will reflect the truth.
Stoning to Death for Adultery: Common to Islam, Judaism and Christianity?
Most moderate Muslims, indoctrinated with modern secular education, would argue that stoning-to-death for adultery is alien to Islam. They claim, “There nothing is said about stoning in Qur´an”. Although not mentioned explicitly about stoning-to-death in relation to adultery, Koran, however, cites stoning, cutting hands and legs, Crucifixion etc. as various forms of punishment (5:33,38, 4:157, 20:71 etc.).
Yet, stoning-to-death for adultery is quite common in many
Muslim countries, especially in
Naturally, the question arises: How is it possible that stoning-to-death for committing adultery is alien to Islam when such widespread incidences are occurring in many parts of the Islamic world? Wait a minute, stoning-to-death is not an unknown entity to Islam but instead, it is deeply rooted in Islamic traditions right from the beginning of Islam. Indeed, there are multiple Ahadiths (deeds and sayings of Prophet Muhammad, who, in Islam, is considered the most ideal human being of all time) which cite vivid accounts of how Prophet Muhammad himself had ordered stoning-to-death for committing adultery on multiple occasions. Let us read these Ahadith:
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 56, Number 829
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar:
The Jews came to Allah’s Apostle and told him that a man and a woman from amongst them had committed illegal sexual intercourse. Allah’s Apostle said to them, “What do you find in the Torah (old Testament) about the legal punishment of Ar-Rajm (stoning)?” They replied, “(But) we announce their crime and lash them.” Abdullah bin Salam said, “You are telling a lie; Torah contains the order of Rajm.” They brought and opened the Torah and one of them solaced his hand on the Verse of Rajm and read the verses preceding and following it. Abdullah bin Salam said to him, “Lift your hand.” When he lifted his hand, the Verse of Rajm was written there. They said, “Muhammad has told the truth; the Torah has the Verse of Rajm. The Prophet then gave the order that both of them should be stoned to death. (’Abdullah bin ‘Umar said, “I saw the man leaning over the woman to shelter her from the stones.”)
Sahih Muslim, Book 017, Number 4207:
Imran b. Husain reported that a woman from Juhaina came to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) and she had become pregnant because of adultery. She said: Allah’s Apostle, I have done something for which (prescribed punishment) must be imposed upon me, so impose that. Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) called her master and said: Treat her well, and when she delivers bring her to me. He did accordingly. Then Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) pronounced judgment about her and her clothes were tied around her and then he commanded and she was stoned to death.
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 63, Number 196
Narrated Abu Huraira:
A man from Bani Aslam came to Allah’s Apostle while he was
in the mosque and called (the Prophet) saying, “O Allah’s Apostle! I have
committed illegal sexual intercourse.” On that the Prophet turned his face from
him to the other side, whereupon the man moved to the side towards which the
Prophet had turned his face, and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! I have committed
illegal sexual intercourse.” The Prophet turned his face (from him) to the
other side whereupon the man moved to the side towards which the Prophet had
turned his face, and repeated his statement. The Prophet turned his face (from
him) to the other side again. The man moved again (and repeated his statement)
for the fourth time. So when the man had given witness four times against
himself, the Prophet called him and said, “Are you insane?” He replied, “No.”
The Prophet then said (to his companions), “Go and stone him to death.” The man
was a married one. Jabir bin ‘Abdullah Al-Ansari said: I was one of those who
stoned him. We stoned him at the Musalla (’Id praying place) in
Sahih Muslim, Book 017, Number 4209
Abu Huraira and Zaid b Khalid al-Juhani reported:
Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Say. He said: My son was a servant in the house of this person and he committed adultery with his wife. I was informed that my son deserved stoning to death (as punishment for this offence). I gave one hundred goats and a slave girl as ransom for this. I asked the scholars (if this could serve as expiation for this offence). They informed me that my son deserved one hundred lashes and exile for one year and this woman deserved stoning (as she was married). Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace he upon him) said: By Him in Whose Hand is my life. I will decide between you according to the Book of Allah. The slave-girl and the goats should be given back, and your son is to be punished with one hundred lashes and exile for one year. And, O Unais (b. Zuhaq al-Aslami), go to this woman in the morning, and if she makes a confession, then stone her. He (the narrator) said: He went to her in the morning and she made a confession. And Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) made pronouncement about her and she was stoned to death.
Sahih muslim, Book 017, Number 4201
Ibn Abbas reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said to Ma’iz b. Malik: Is it true what has reached me about you? He said: What has reached you about me? He said: It has reached me that you have committed (adultery) with the slave-girl of so and so? He said: Yes. He (the narrator) said: He testified four times. He (the Holy Prophet) then made pronouncement about him and he was stoned (to death).
There are more Ahadiths which vividly describe other incidences, where the Prophet of Islam had ordered stoning-to-death for people who committed adultery. If we consider the first Ahadith about stoning of the adulterous Jewish couple it becomes evident that the Jews, at that time, had started abandoning this cruel, barbaric and inhuman justice (in humanistic sense, not necessarily in religious sense) but the Prophet of Allah reintroduced it in order to re-establish Allah’s true justice. Thus stoning-to-death is evidently a part and parcel of Islamic tradition (Sha´ria) initiated by the first and the greatest Muslim, Prophet Muhammad himself.
However, this is what the Jewish Holy book Torah or the Old Testament says about stoning-to-death as a punishment for adultery:
“If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her” (Deuteronomy 22:22)
“Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbor’s wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.” (Deuteronomy 22:24)
Thus, the Jewish religion clearly prescribes stoning-to-death as a punishment for committing adultery in the Holy Torah. Now let’s see what Christian religion says about punishment for adultery. It should be understood that Christians agree that the Jewish religion was prescribed by the same GOD they follow. This means stoning-to-death, which had been prescribed as punishment for adultery in the Jewish Scripture automatically becomes applicable to the Christian religion. However, while chatting with a deeply religious Western Catholic friend and colleague, she told me a similar story about adultery in Christianity. The Jewish people caught a woman in the act of adultery and brought her to Jesus for justice (interestingly, the man was not brought for justice). The accusers claimed that Moses had ordered stoning-to-death and when insisted, Jesus also obliged to stoning-to-death verdict as the punishment, but he allowed only sinless persons to throw the stones. Apparently there was no sinless person present amongst the crowd and adulterous woman survived.
Indeed, this story has been described in John 8:3-11. The present-day Christians take credit by saying, “Jesus tactically saved the life of that woman.” In other words, Christianity does not allow stoning-to-death for committing adultery. However, a couple of points should be considered here. Firstly, Jesus, whom a majority of Christians considers the almighty God Himself, standing tall out there, in effect, obliged and approved that “stoning-to-death is a valid punishment for adultery”. It’s unfortunate that there was no sinless people there to hand the justice and the lucky woman escaped a barbaric way of dying. This does not mean that in another case, there won’t be the enough sinless people around to cause a brutal and barbaric death to people for committing the same crime. Where is the fairness of justice then? Here one couple got away with it, while another may end up dying the most painful, inhuman and barbaric death for exactly the same crime. The second point is: “only a sinless holy people could do the stoning”, said Jesus. Only when you are a sinless virtuous person, you can attempt to kill a person by stoning - a truly virtuous act.
Interestingly, the story of stoning in the Bible doesn’t
just end here. In the story of adultery as discussed above, once all the people
had left the place with the guilty woman left there alone, Jesus told the woman
that she was innocent and advised her not to sin anymore (John 8:11: …… And
Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.) Yet, in
another place, God has promised adulterers, fornicators, revelers, heretics and
idolaters to dump into hell [Gal 5:19-21]. What a contradiction! When this
woman is already sinless (Neither do I condemn thee), why should she be
excluded from the
The point I seek to drive home is that in the consideration of stoning-to-death for committing adultery, these three religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) fall on the same line.
Religion: a trade of killing and destruction
I was watching a TV program on the ´Discovery Travel
Adventure (DTA)´ channel, which was narrating the history of Christian
proliferation since its early days. It is well-known that Jesus himself had
never exercised any major violence in order to preach Christianity. However,
that did not stop his followers from resorting to violence against the-then
infidels (non-Christians), mainly the Jews. According to the TV documentary,
the Christians started violence and cruelty to oppress, kill and destroy the
existing Jews’ lives and establishments as soon as they formed a strong force,
especially since the 4th century onwards after Roman emperor Constantine the
Great embraced Christianity. In this regard, Michael Hart in his book ‘The
100′ writes: “…
“Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: ‘by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” [Adolph Hitler]. For more, see No Beliefs].
God gave the savior to German people. We have faith, deep
and unshakeable faith, that he (Hitler) was sent to us by GOD to save
In the Holocaust, the unfortunate Jews were facing total extermination from the face of the earth, with 6 out of 12 million world Jew population murdered. The annihilation of millions of human lives from the South American Content in the campaign of establishing Christianity late in the last millennium is another brutal example. And it is also reflected in Pope John Paul II’s recent tours around the world, where he has been busy offering apology for Christian atrocities around the World. It is a shame that Pope John Paul II, the holder and defender of such a heinous, inhuman and murderous legacy, still hold so much of respect and reverence even in this 21st century modern world of excellence in justice and human rights in many parts of the globe.
So Christianity is not at all different from Islam as far as
the inhuman and barbaric destructive nature and perpetration of such acts are
concerned. The Old Testament (The truer Christian Holy Book which Jesus
accepted in Principle and preached. The New Testament is mostly a work of
On the other hand, unlike Jesus, Prophet Mohammad did not backtrack from engaging in violent activities for establishing the alleged teachings of the Muslim God (Allah). Indeed, Prophet Muhammad in his lifetime engaged in at least 78 wars and only two of them were known to be waged by his opponents. In these Holy wars thousands of Jews (mostly), Christians and pagans were killed. To give an example of the nature of Islamic atrocity, let us consider Prophet Muhammad’s war with the Banu Qurai’za, a Jewish clan. The reason of this war has been described in the following Ahadith:
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 443
When the Prophet returned from Al-Khandaq (i.e. Trench) and laid down his arms and took a bath, Gabriel came and said (to the Prophet), You have laid down your arms? By Allah, we angels have not laid them down yet. So set out for them.” The Prophet said, “Where to go?” Gabriel said, “Towards this side,” pointing towards Banu Quraiza. So the Prophet went out towards them.
From this Ahadith, it becomes clear that Banu Qurai’za tribe
did not have any major fault of their own if at all. Yet, Prophet Muhammad
waged this war by accusing the Banu Qurai’za clan for not helping the Muslims
in their war against the Qur’aish pagan of
However, when it comes to atrocities with regard to Jesus, it must be considered that he was crucified early when his disciples formed a very feeble force. Some account gives a figure of 17 disciples when Jesus was crucified by the Romans. Yet, he had shown enough intent to go violent. For example, Jesus and his small gang of disciples had attacked financiers engaged in lawful currency transactions and disrupted business activities terming them illegal. He also had stirred class warfare amongst the poor and was thought to have waged campaign against paying taxes to the Roman Government. In fact, he himself had spelled many violent passages, a few of which are listed here:
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace but a sword. [Matthew 10:34 (KJV)]
Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip; and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. [Luke 22:36 (KJV)]
And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. [Matthew. 24:6-7. (KJV)]
“Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven him neither in this world nor in the world to come.” [Mat 12:32]
Such violent edicts, spelled by Jesus himself, have been the cause of unspeakable cruelty of all sorts to mankind. Because of the troubles caused by Jesus and his disciples to the people in his lifetime he was handed over to the Roman rulers and the Romans killed him by Crucifixion. Here one must consider the point that by the time Jesus was killed, he and his followers caused a lot of nuisance to the people around despite being a minor force. Hence, had he gained enough strength in his life-time like Prophet Muhammad (or Moses, evidence given below) - he too might have had engaged in violent activities like the Prophet Muhammad. It is also important to realize that Mohammad, in the early phase of his preaching, was relatively reconciliatory and peaceful but unfolded his violent color only after the neo-Muslims under his leadership formed a strong force. If like Muhammad, Jesus had become the ruler of a state, as per Mat 24:6-7, hadn’t his nation risen in warfare against other nations?
There is a lack of detailed historical accounts of the
violence perpetrated by the Jews. However, violence was a major trait in
Judaism which is stated in the Bertrand Russell’s following statement”…from the
1. “And he (David) brought out the people that were in it, and cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes…” (I Chronicles 20:3)
Comment: According to this verse [Chapters 17-19 (17-18-19)] the great Jew King David (prophet Dawood in Islam) killed 22,000 Syrians and that Abishai killed 18,000 Edomites, which has been glorified in the Old Testament.
Comment: In this verse, the Jewish God asked the Jewish Prophet Moses to chop off the head of those who worshipped other gods and to display those heads publicly.
3. “Behold, these caused the children of
Comment: In this verse, Jewish God commands to murder of approximately 100,000 young males and, roughly, 68,000 helpless women.
4. “And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain.” (Deuteronomy 2:34)
5. “And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Hesbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city. But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities we took for a prey to ourselves.” (Deuteronomy 3:6-7)
Comment: In this verse, the Jewish God commands for utter slaughter of every living object in the city - even a day-old suckling baby was not to be spared.
6. “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Whoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death. He that sacrificeth unto any god, save to the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.” (Exodus 22:18-20)
Comment: This verse commands for killing so-called witches
(women), on the basis of which an estimated 9 million women were judged to be
witches by the Christian clergy and burned them alive in
There are many more such unspeakably cruel verses in the Jewish Torah. Moses himself was involved in or ordered merciless slaughter of tens of thousands of people. Thus, it becomes evident that cruelty and violent activities are part and parcel of all these three Abrahamic religions - namely Islam, Christianity and Judaism - which have been the “foundation-stone” for the present-day form of these religions. And this commonness also puts these three religions in the same pedigree.
Religions and dress-code
The next point I like consider here is the religiously
approved dress-codes. I have long wondered if the Muslim claim of Moses, Jesus
and Mohammad are the prophets of the same God, how come the prescribed
dress-codes are so different. A young nubile Christian girl will go to Church
for prayers with her luscious belly-button conspicuously exposed whilst those
poor Muslim women and girls in hot
[I Corinthians 11:4-7] Every man praying or prophesying, having [his] head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with [her] head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover [his] head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
About other injunctions like prohibition of alcohol, I have
no knowledge of if the Christian Priests and nuns are allowed to drink alcohol.
Indeed, the alcohol addicts (drunkards) have been promised to be burned in hell
for eternity [Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such
like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past,
that they which do such things shall not inherit the
I think the present-day practices in Islam have been fairer by prescribing the same codes for dressing and eating/drinking etc. to everybody irrespective of high priests (Mullahs/Maolanas) or the common man, thereby placing all human beings on the same level.
Which religion I choose?
I have mentioned in the beginning that the purpose of choosing a religion is to have one’s eternal afterlife secure and there must be only one true God, who has created and runs the Universe. Hence it is imperative to choose the religion of the true God so as to secure a place in heaven. The analysis above only indicates that these three religions - Islam, Christianity and Judaism - belong to the same class and hence possibly came from the same God as claimed by the Muslims. The other major religion is Hinduism which also comes in the same league of the other three in terms of cruelty and destructive activities such as killing the non-Hindus (killing of Muslims in recent years in India), Sati-daho (burning the widows alive in dead husband’s pyre), sacrificing human being to appease the God, terrible discrimination of women and the institution of the caste system etc. In a true sense, Hindu religion also approves death for adultery, since Sita, the wife of Hindu God Ram had to jump into pyre to prove her non-involvement in adultery during her captivity after being abducted by Ravan. Had Sita been involved in sex willingly or unwillingly during her captivity in Ravan’s enclave, she would have had burned to death. However, the dress-code for the Hindu priest tends to be flimsier and differs from that of the Abrahamic religions, although dress-code for Hindu women is also very conservative. To my knowledge, Hindu priests are also not allowed to touch alcohol. Thus whether it is Hinduism or the other three major religions, the respective God’s teachings do not seem to be much different.
Hence, it should be agreeable to us that all the four major religions discussed here, namely Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, might have actually come from the same God. It is time now to consider which one should we choose and the answer is the true and purest one. Since I have already agreed that all four are possibly true, it is time to determine which one is the purest one.
The true and purest religion
One question quickly comes to my mind that since all four religions under discussion are likely to be from the same GOD and are so similar in originality, why then they appear so different in practice. I found the answer of this question in a comment of a Hindu friend. This friend, while critiquing Islam, boasted about how Hinduism became reformed and so did Christianity but to his dismay, Islam didn’t. He was utterly proud of the reformation of his religion. To my understanding, only the nonsensical pseudo-religious people, but not the true ones, can take pride in the reformation of their religion. It is important to consider the following questions in this regard.
* Who were these individuals to carry out the reformation?
* Were they authorized by the almighty God of those religions?
* Isn’t it true that they were simply mortal and earthly human beings?
As for Hinduism, let us consider the reformation or abolition of Sati-daha - a custom of killing the widows by burning them alive in dead husbands’ pyre. There are multiple passages in Hindu Scriptures which advocate Sati-daha:
“Let these women, whose husbands are worthy and are living, enter the house with ghee (applied) as corrylium ( to their eyes). Let these wives first step into the pyre, tearless without any affliction and well adorned.” — [Rig Veda X.18.7] [Kane 199-200]
“A sati who dies on the funeral pyre of her husband enjoys an eternal bliss in heaven” [Daksa Smrti IV.18-19] [Sm.Samu p.30 ] [ 1200, p.65]
“A woman must, on the death of her husband, allow herself to be burnt alive on the same funeral pyre” [Vasishta's Padma-Purana, DuB.345 ].
“If a woman’s husband dies, let her lead a life of chastity, or else mount his pyre” [Vis.Sm. xxv.14] [Clay.13]
“It is the highest duty of the woman to immolate herself after her husband”, [Br.P. 80.75] [Sheth, p.103]
The abolition of Sati-daha was literally imposed on Hinduism by Lord Bentink, a non-Hindu British ruler, who banned it in 1829. A campaign to abolish this barbaric custom was originally launched by a King, named Raja Ram Mohan Roy (1772-1833), who rebelled against Hinduism and founded the monotheistic Bramha religion. Following disbandment of Sati-daha, another major Hindu reformation - the movement for allowing widows to remarry - was initiated by Ishwar Chandra Bidyasagar (1820-1891), who was also a rebel to Hinduism and a devout atheist. Thus, those who played major roles in reforming Hindu religion were neither instructed by the Hindu God to do so nor were they religious Hindu. Instead, they were not Hindu at all. About the father of Christian (Protestant) Reformation Martin Luther (1483-1546) - there is no shred of evidence that Christian God ever authorized him to change God’s own original teachings.
The truth of the matter is that God can never be wrong, his justice and edicts are timeless and what he taught in the original Scriptures are His truest and finest teachings. Any attempt to reform God’s own teachings by his own mortal and mistake-prone creation is thoroughly an act of grave apostasy - a slap on the face of God. Whosoever seeks to reform God’s original teachings should be killed on the spot according to many verses in the Torah, Bible and Koran. Yet, today’s modern and secular education-groomed so-called Hindus and Christians find great pride in this unpardonable apostasy and feel okay with the adulterated version of their religions. The truth of the matter is: when we humans become happy with reformation of God’s original teachings by the unauthorized mortal human beings we tell our God the following in clear terms: “God, you talk nonsense and what we think is better - you may well go to hell. In other words, when a Hindu man doesn’t want a widow get burned alive in the dead husband’s pyre, you are simply telling your God, “you are bloody cruel, you may well go to hell, I don’t care. I can’t see this poor woman get such a barbaric and inhuman punishment for no fault of her own.”
So in the light of this analysis, we see Islam is the only religion which has not reformed and remains to be the truest teaching of God. We have seen how Prophet Mohammad reintroduced the true justice of God in the form of ´Stoning-to-Death as punishment for Adultery´ at a time when the same God´s early followers (the Jews) started disrespecting Him by not exercising the same. Unfortunately, Islam itself over the years deviated from God’s true teachings in many parts of the world and as a result many adulterated versions of Islam, such as Sufi Islam, Mu’tazila Islam, Modern/Moderate Islam etc., have originated.
However, the recent renaissance of Islam, which seems to be
beginning to see the light of its shining glorious days of the 7th century
original Islam, is a hope for true believers of Allah. Islam is going to
flourish again with reestablishment of the true teachings of Allah. Luckily,
Your passport to Heaven
Now everyone, truly seeking to have his/her afterlife secure for sure, you have a clear path. It is very evident to me. I see the shining light. I say: come to the true and purest (never reformed) religion of Islam and you are definitely on your way to heaven. And with the vigor Allah is instituting his glorious authority in every corner of the world, Islam is just not a passport to heaven, it is going to be the only way of life in this world too. This Islamic domination on earth is indeed promised by the glorious Allah in the Koran:
Qur´an-(9:29): “Fight those who believe not the Allah nor the last day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and his apostle, nor acknowledge the religion of truth even if they are the people of the book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
So, wanna have the best of the both worlds? The choice could not be any clearer.
~ by Islam Dummies on September 16, 2008.
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