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PostSubject: Islamic Concept of God   Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:49 am

Islamic Concept of God


Tahoma]What makes Islam's concept of God unique? What
sets it apart from other religions?
Chapter 112 of the Quran entitled Surat al-Ikhlas
(SINCERITY), serves as a good starting point to discuss the unique way
in which God is viewed in Islam.
The first verse of this chapter declares the
oneness of "Allah", the Arabic word for God. The word "Allah" itself is
worthy of reflection with regards to this discussion.

"Allah" in Arabic is derived from "Ilah" which
means god. Whereas "Ilah" can be changed to a plural form "Aliha"
(gods), or a feminine form "Ilaha" (goddess), the word "Allah" has neither
a sex nor does it have a plural form. In fact there are no other
forms of the word "Allah". The word itself is unique
Furthermore, "Allah" is the amalgamation of two
words: "al-Ilah" or The God, indicating an unambiguous and clear reference
to the one and only God.
Other than the implications of the word "Allah",
the first verse goes on to re-emphasize the uniqueness of God by declaring
Him to be one.

In Islam this oneness of God or monotheism is
absolutely unequivocal as it is fundamental.
The verses that follow go on to outline the exclusive
and absolutely unique nature of God by declaring that only He is independent
of all things (verse 2), He does not beget nor is He begotten (verse 3)
and that there is none like Him (verse 4).
Although Islam may share the concept of monotheism
with other religions, it is its unmoving and uncompromising attitude towards
this fundamental belief that sets it apart from the other faiths.
For instance, although Christians testify to
the oneness of God, the concept is muddled by the trinity and the belief
that Jesus is the Son of God whereas Islam rejects the worship of God in
the form of any of his creations, be they men or women, animals, images
or inanimate objects even if they are perceived to be intermediaries.[/font]
[b][font=Tahoma]Human characteristics such as the need to rest
or regretting decisions when attributed to God are also dismissed in Islam
since they liken Him to His creation, thus contradicting the 4th verse
translated above.
Conversely, attributing characteristics that
are inherently exclusive to God such as all-Knowing and all-Seeing or infallibility
to humans is also veering off away from the true understanding of God in
Islam
In conclusion, Islam's unique view of God lies
in its pure and absolute monotheism or the oneness of God.

Question from the audience: What is the view
of Islam about Jesus?

[b][font=Tahoma]Speaker: Jesus as seen as another prophet who
brought the same message as those prophets and messengers before him and
those after him: to submit to the will of God.


Question from the audience: What is the difference
between meditation and prayer in Islam?

Speaker: Prayer in Islam is a form of meditation
but with limits. Prayer or meditation should not be so consuming as to
isolate a person from the world in which they live.


Question from the audience: Can those who do
not speak Arabic, do their daily prayers in their own language?

Speaker: It is required by all Muslims to know
their prayers in Arabic since the original revelation was in Arabic and
a Muslim is expected to know at least the portions that pertain to their
prayer. Furthermore by having all Muslims, irrespective of where they are
from and what language they can speak, call to prayer in Arabic and perform
their prayer in Arabic, it makes it convenient for traveling Muslims to
pray together and understand the calls to prayer in foreign lands


Question from the audience: Is it permissible
to celebrate the birth of

Prophet Mohammad?

Speaker: In a hadith reported from the Prophet,
it is said that any addition to religion after him are innovations and
unacceptable. Hence, it is not permissible to celebrate the birth
of Prophet Mohammad as a part of the Islam religion.


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