Thursday, May 10, 2007

Message for Friday - The Qur'an is without doubt in the Islamic faith

{ ذَلِكَ ٱلْكِتَابُ لاَ رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ }

G'd says in the Qur'an (2:2) - This is the book [The Qur'an] without doubt in it, guidance for those who are conscious.

وقال علي رضي الله عنه من كفر بحرف منه فقد كفر به كله

And Imam Ali (RA) said, "Whoever disbelives in one letter [of The Qur'an] has disbelieved in all of it."

In the Islamic faith, Muslims believe that The Qur'an is the Word of G'd, which contains no doubt. The Qur'an is considered more than just inspiration or a dream; it is the verbatim Word that G'd revealed upon the heart of Prophet Muhammad (SAAS).

A person, who believes that there are flaws in The Qur'an or that verses should be subtracted is outside of the fold of mainstream Islam, even if they call themselves Muslims. They could, however, be believers in a Higher Power, which they call ALLAH (G'd in the Arabic language).

For instance, there are heterodox individuals, who claim that Islam does not mandate praying at set times, fasting the Month of Ramadan or abstaining from alcohol consumption. They conjure up their own laws and rituals that are inconsistent with the clear instructions of The Qur'an. These people have invented their own religion and should call it other than Islam.

Baha'ism, which was derived from Islam, is one such example. Baha'is, although they share many beliefs of Muslims, are not Muslims for this very reason.

And surely G'd knows best.

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