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Allah’s Immortal, Unbreakable Rope in our Frail,
Mortal Hands

 

Allah’s Immortal, Unbreakable Rope in our Frail,
Mortal Hands

Dr. Pasha

Humans’ quest for the Divine is a timeless one. And often, human beings want something physical and tangible before which to bow down — and worship.

That has been, for the most part, the history of worship in this world: idols; statues; images; icons of every kind and description and variety, from real things in the physical world such as snakes and cows, for example, to purely mythical and imaginary beings.

But along came Islam and changed all that. This is going back all the way when the world began, and God Almighty placed human beings on the face of the earth he created for them.

Islam asked humans not to worship idols and statues and images of any kind, but to worship the one God whom they don’t see, but whose existence they all affirm, no matter how implicitly and tacitly, and who created all things.

In recorded history, Moses, Alaihis Salam, presented this teaching in the form of the First Commandment

Thou Shalt Have No God besides God!

And that First Commandment became the foundation of all his other laws and commandments and teachings for his people.

Jesus, Alaihis Salam, another important player on world stage, simply affirmed and commended that same Commandment to all those around him, as the most important Divine Commandment of all:

Thou Shalt Have No God besides God!

The Christian World — and of course the Jews and the rest of the world — refers to this set of Divine Teachings of Moses, Alahis Salam, as The Ten Commandments.

So, for both Moses and Jesus, Alaihimas SalamThe First Commandment was the very core and foundation of all the rest of their teachings and mission on earth.

And the Bible, of course, does not take any chances on this score. It clinches the deal against Idolatry and Polytheism and Paganism of all kinds, and in favor of crystal clear and absolutely unambiguous and uncompromising Monotheism, by issuing a Second Commandment, right after the First Commandment

And that Second Commandment in the Bible goes something like this:

Thou shalt not make for yourself a graven or carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth below, or that is in the water under the earth, and venerate and worship it in place of God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

These words are as clear and unambiguous as they are eternal and immutable. Anyone with the least intelligence and common sense can understand them without the help of any commentary or guidance from any third source.

But then a colossal tragedy descended upon the Human Race and handed the Devil a clear victory in this primordial struggle between Monotheism on the one hand and Polytheism and Paganism on the other hand. 

No sooner had Jesus Christ, Alaihis Salam, left this earth, to return to God Almighty, than a group of his followers in Conclave decided that they were no longer going to be bound by the Second Commandment

So, they decided to reject the Second Commandment.

And with the Second Commandment gone, the First Commandment virtually became ineffective and toothless. 

So, the Christian World plunged right back into the same Idol-Worship and Polytheism and Paganism that was so widely prevalent all around them from Mesopotamia to Greece to Rome to Egypt, and from which Moses and Jesus, Alahimas Salam, had rescued them.

And the Christian World has not been able to shake off that ancient yoke of Idolatry and Paganism to this day. 

Even though someone like Martin Luther came along several centuries ago and, at considerable peril to himself, tried to reform Christianity and the Teachings of the Church by tinkering at the edges.

Then along came Islam, nearly after 600 years to the rise and departure of Jesus, Alaihis Salam, and renewed that eternal and immortal Divine Mandate of Uncompromising Monotheism one more time. And this time around, for the last time.

And Forever!

And the Qur’an is the home and embodiment of that eternal message that both Moses and Jesus, and all other Prophets of God Almighty, Alaihimus Salam, brought into this world, which in the form of the First Commandment reads as:

Thou Shalt Have No God besides God!

Or simply put, it says:

No God but God!

And in the words of the Qur’an, that same eternal message reads as:

Laa Ilaaha Illaa Allah!

Thus does the Qur’an fulfill its promise and its mandate that it was sent by God to stand guard over the teachings of all the earlier prophets and to protect them from atrophy, distortion and disuse.

Now, this is the Qur’an we hold in our hands.

It is a miracle, and it is due to direct divine protection, that the world does not worship the Qur’an. But only revers it as a Divine Book and endeavors to read and practice it.

This Qur’an then is Allah’s Rope in human hands. The other end of that rope is directly in Allah’s hands.

Those who hold on to that rope firmly, and together, shall be saved from Idol-Worship and Paganism forever, and hauled away to salvation and eternal bliss.

In the Qur’an, God Almighty says this:

Wa’tasimoo Bi-Hablillahi Jamee’an.

Paraphrase:

Hold on together to the Rope of Allah firmly.

How fortunate and blessed are those who hold on to the Rope of Allah as best as they can. 

May God Almighty make us of those.

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