By Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam
08 April 2020
However much the Muslim Majority may protest to the accusation that what they profess as their Faith and name it Islam, is for all intents and purposes a Dualism of a godhead Deity and a human being as an associate, the two iconic objects of Religion.
If, it is accepted that Islam's only source is the scripture Quran, then it is essential to refer to that source to establish the validity or otherwise of the accusation made above.
The man-made Muslim declaration of Faith Laa Ilaaha-Illallah Muhammadur-Rasulullah in Arabic, as depicted for example on Saudi Arabian flag, is known world over, thanks to the carnage raging in Muslim countries. This declaration is used as the beacon of faith and a standard for Believers to congregate under to propagate the religion.
The “Only-ness”, of the Supreme Being is no doubt correctly expressed in the first part of the sentence – Laa Ilaaha-Illallah because that is how it is repeatedly (eg Chp.112) expressed in the Book, commanding Believers to desist from ascribing ASSOCIATE to Allah- the ahad. This Allah brooks no partner and that is the bedrock message of Tawheed of the Faith for humanity.
Importantly, this message was given to all the previous Messengers/Rusul , named and not named, to propagate in their own mother tongues. The acceptance of this community of Messengers therefore, is a significant principle of the Faith for the unity of mankind, as stated at the beginning of the Book.
But, the second part Muhammad-ur-Rasullullah of the conjoined sentences, attaching Muhammad, a Human Being/Bashar with the Supreme Being/God is a contradiction of the ordinance of the Book. The following is quoted in full from the Book:
6-162: Say, as for me my Lord has guided me to the right path – a Code/Deen, the faith of Abraham the upright one, and he was NOT of the polytheists.
6-163: Say, my worship, my sacrifice and my life and my death are exclusively for God the Lord of the Universe.
6-164: No ASSOCIATE has He. And this I am commanded (Umirtu), and I am the first among those who submit.
The first of the above verses is a command (Say) and it takes us right back to Abraham the patriarch Apostle; in keeping with the assertion that all Messengers from there on, were given the same message and they ALL as a community of Messengers form part of the Belief system in accordance with the verse 2-4 of the Book quoted further down. This essentially endorses the unity of humanity expressed in the Book.
The second verse similarly is a command (Say) and emphasis the declaration of the Faith by the Apostle Muhammad personally as a messenger of God.
And the last verse, emphatically orders (Amar) the last messenger NOT to associate any with the Supreme Being.
And yet Muslims at large do exactly that and associate Muhammad a Human Being with God.
And thus queuing up in the religious practices to split humanity in 'them and us'.
Hence, the declarations as given above negates God's one-ness ... Laa Ilaaha-Illallah by attaching Muhammad-ur-Rasulullah, placing Muhammad a human being on the same pedestal as the Supreme Being. This is the declared dualism of Muslims!
When alerted to this dilemma, Muslims furiously argue that the second part is only an affirmation according to Quran, of Muhammad being God's messenger.
Yes, indeed it is!
But according to Quran's verse 2-4, 5 where the definition of Faith (iman) is spelled out, this affirmation is INCOMPLETE and therefore a negation, nay a rejection of the ordinance of the Book. Accepting some part and rejecting others is kufr, denial of the message, the Book says so.
The verses 2-4 and 5 make it clear what is completeness of the Belief:
2-4: And who (momin/Believer) believe in that which has been revealed to you (Muhammad) and that which was revealed before you and of the Hereafter they are sure.
2-5 These are on the right path and guided by the Lord and these it is who will benefit.
As far as confirming that Muhammad is the messenger of God, yes indeed the Book does so in four places. It must be noted however that in those places not once is the only-ness of God – La Ilaaha Illallah attached to the phrase Muhammadur Rasoolullah.
If it did so it would, firstly be illogical and secondly foolish. To associate some one after emphasising that there is NO associate of God and then attach the same person who brought that message of Laasharikalahu – He has NO associate, is absurd to say the least.
The laa cleared the deck of all clatter, the illa made exception for Allah/God and no one else –No, not even a Messenger of God. One does not have to be Athenian philosopher or a brain surgeon to work that out from the Book.
It must be questioned as to how and why did this contradiction happen and who benefits from it?
How and Why:
It seems that the pagan human nature still cannot, in all honesty, accept an unseen and untouchable Supreme Being without having some tangible object attached to it. This weakness is fully exploited by the clever few, the Shaman and the Entrepreneurs.
An over-view of Muslim religious practices; and contrary to the Book there are many religions among Muslims too, demonstrate that what is called Islam is only by name, and are no different to other religions in the world. Muslims too have organised churches, houses of worships, revered personages, hierarchy of clergy, differing dogma and canonised apocrypha that evolved long after the original scripture given to them.
Personality cults of some sort exist in all religions. Muslims too cannot conceptualise God without the Person Muhammad from Arabia attached to Allah. The importance of volumes of dubious apocrypha in his name is further evidence.
The fact that Muhammad the Messenger of God -Rasoolullah – was an Arab, born in peninsular Arabia, makes his place of birth equally important and iconic. This fixation with a geographical place as holy centres of religions is also common with many other religions. Why does this situation exist? Ignorance, innocence of the masses and cleverness of the few must be the answer.
Who Benefits From This Contradiction To The Book's Teaching?
The benefits accrued, and have been over centuries, are so obviously for the country, the birthplace of the Messenger Muhammad. The Messenger an Arab, the Quran in Arabic, hence the language also is a holy icon and the Book is too. What more can one ask to 'market' the brand of the Arabic religion?
But one cannot go past the entrepreneurs of Arabia. Although the Messenger was born there, today his house and even the site is unknown for history. Most of such historic relics have been destroyed, in contradiction of the Book, for development and ostensibly to prevent the ignorant Muslims from revering them. Hypocrisy reigns supreme; Rasullulah's tomb is lavishly preserved as the second Haram in Madinah to encourage devotees to flock there by the millions.
Plus a windowless cube-house for the Deity Allah, stands proud and holy in Makkah: A tangible icon, an idol for the ignorant and innocent to run round it meaninglessly and hug and kiss the stones.
The above is the mother of all marketing brands of the first order, for gaining “meagre gains” says the Book. Although the Lord of the Universe is also its Creator Rabbill-Aalameen as given in Quran, He is kept captive in this earthly dark house, the Baytullah where another iconic black stone is embedded in its wall, and many other false icons clattering the yard, making the place a temple of icons and the city Makkah holy of the holiest Vatican for Muslims.
Muslims have been searching for the only Creator of the universe at the wrong place.
Yeh Doar Apnay Braheem Kee Talash May Hai – This era is in search of its Abraham (the iconoclast),
Sanum Kadha Hai Jahaan, Laailaaha-Illallah - where there is a temple for icons...there is no god but God.
The benefits are in Billions and have been for centuries, for the one country and its royalty, the custodians of two Harams; at the expense of the nation of Muslims; which is largely poor and in fact dirt poor and mostly innocently illiterate for they are mislead of the teachings of the Quran for parochial benefits.
Harsh words may be, but unfortunately there is some truth in them.
So take heed:
6-161: ... Their affair is only with God and He will inform them of their actions.
Perhaps He has been informing them of their actions for a long time now, just look at the tattered state of the so-called Muslim Nation.
A regular contributor to NewAgeIslam.com, Rashid Samnakay is a (Retd.) Engineer