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But why not?
You have had questions.
And you have been looking.
Should we say for quite some time?
And you never quite got the answers that would go to your heart, answers that will give you real satisfaction.
I mean answers that will bring real joy and comfort to you.
And all this time, you have been looking and looking and looking.
You have done your research and your reading. And you have even done your talking to people.
All of that is as it should be. That is what we are supposed to do as human beings: look and search and ask questions.
That is what Islam teaches us to do. In fact, that is what Islam is all about: Asking questions and looking for answers.
The Qur’an, God’s final revelation in our hands, repeatedly asks us to do precisely that: look and search and ask questions.
The Qur’an tells us that God gave us our senses so that we will observe and study his creation.
And he gave us our brain so that we will analyze and understand the information and images we get from the world around us.
And we will use that knowledge and that understanding to recognize God and come close to him.
And recognize the common humanity of Man and learn to love all human beings.
And find the common thread of Unity that runs through all of God’s creation and learn to respect and celebrate it.
So, if you have been asking questions, and looking for answers, then you have been doing exactly what God Almighty intended you to do when he created you with his own hands and breathed his spirit in you.
Welcome to Islam, Ladies and Gentlemen!
Welcome to Islam.
For, that is what Islam is and that is what Islam does. It provides answers to your questions.
And it encourages you to ask even more questions.
And it gives you strong evidence and arguments to support those answers.
For example, look at this simple equation that you probably never thought existed. Or that something like this was even possible.
And it is there all the time, right in front of all of us. But we never quite zeroed in on it.
You know Abraham, God Bless Him, from the Old Testament, right? And you know Moses, God Bless Him, the Great Law Giver, also from the Old Testament, right?
And of course you most probably know Jesus, God Bless Him, from the New Testament, correct? And quite possibly you also know him from your family and your church.
Or maybe you grew up with some other religious tradition, from a non-Christian and non-Biblical background maybe.
But regardless, the fact remains that you have been wondering. And you have been asking questions and you have been looking for answers.
Or maybe today is your first day to do so.
Maybe today, you are all of a sudden wondering about things and asking questions you never did before.
But here is what is really important: No matter what your religious background or inclination, and no matter what your level of curiosity and personal search, here is what confronts all of us right now – you, me and everyone else: All these three great men of history – Abraham, Moses and Jesus (may God bless them!) – taught one single truth: No God but God!
They all taught that God was one. They all taught that there was no God but God. And they all taught that God had no associates or partners of any kind.
That is what they all taught, no question or doubt about that.
Everyone everywhere knows and agrees with the fact that they all taught this timeless message: No God but God!
Everyone knows that to preach that message was the mission of Abraham’s life. And that message was also the core of Moses’ Ten Commandments.
That message of “No God but God!” was and remains to this day embodied in the First Commandment.
And Jesus, (May God Bless Him!) when asked what the most important commandment was, replied that it was the First Commandment that says: There Is No God but God!
Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, do you think all this was a mere coincidence? Do you think it was a totally random occurrence, without any plan or purpose of any kind behind it?
Or do you think God intended it to be that way?
If you come to the conclusion that somehow that was God’s purpose on earth for all of us, to convey that core message to humanity over the ages, time after time, then wait.
The story of the First Commandment is far from over.
Wait till you learn about Muhammad, God Bless Him!
Muhammad came nearly 600 years after Jesus, just as Jesus came nearly 600 years after Moses, who himself came nearly 600 years after Abraham.
May God bless them all!
What a blessed chain of divine messengers to all of us human beings!
Muhammad, God Bless Him, picked up exactly where Abraham and Moses and Jesus left off. He preached the same eternal message that they all did: No God but God!
His words were: Laa Ilaaha Illallah!
In fact, these are God’s own words that God set down in the Qur’an, his final and most comprehensive revelation to all of humanity and for all time to come.
And that means you – and I and everyone else.
That is right! The Qur’an came to you. And it came for you.
And it came to and for all of us.
Many people don’t realize this but the fact is that God’s book Qur’an came to and for each and every one of us human beings directly and individually.
While at the same time, it also came to and for all of humanity collectively.
And the Qur’an has been waiting for you ever since to come to it and find and claim the answers that it has been holding for you. In the expectation that you will come.
Qur’an is not a Muslim book, as so many Muslims and others mistakenly claim, that may be just for and by the Muslims.
The Qur’an is a purely divine book that directly addresses every human being on earth, regardless of their race, religion or birthplace.
And that includes you.
And the Qur’an has the best answers anyone will find on any question on any subject at any time or place.
Muhammad, may God bless him, not only preached the Qur’an, he also set up a whole civilization based on the noble teachings of the Qur’an.
And on the eternal and universal truth of No God but God that Abraham, Moses and Jesus, may God bless them all, preached and practiced.
It is that truth that is called Islam.
Islam is a name God himself chose for that message. It is not a name that Muslims picked for it.
It is not a name picked by a committee of learned people, ancient or modern.
Islam is the divinely chosen name for the message of “No God but God!” that was taught by Abraham, Moses and Jesus, may God bless them All!
And that was then taught finally and for all time to come by Muhammad, may God bless him.
Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!
Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, try and connect these four dots of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (God bless them all!) and then connect these four most blessed names to their core message of “No God but God!”
You do that and you are on your way to finding the answers you were looking for all your life.
So, Islam then is exactly what you have been searching. It is the home you have been missing and looking for, maybe, all your life.
Welcome home, stranger!
Welcome to Islam!
Welcome to Islam that God himself designed for you. And that he designed for everyone of us.
Open the door and enter! Enter in peace and joy. And enter with tranquility in your mind and your soul.
And taste the coolness and comfort of being in sync with what God meant you to be: a Muslim, a true and sincere believer in him.
For that is what Islam is: peace in you and peace around you.
It is the quiet joy of knowing you are on the path that God chose for you.
Peace that comes from believing in God and loving him.
It is peace that comes from loving God and all of humanity – and all of his creation – with all your heart, mind and soul.
Open the door of Islam then, Ladies and Gentlemen, and enter.
And never stop asking questions!
Your God doesn’t want you to stop asking questions. And he doesn’t want you to stop looking for answers.
For, that is Islam.
Again, welcome home, Ladies and Gentlemen!
Welcome to Islam!
And welcome to the new freedom and excitement of forever asking questions and looking for answers, just as God Almighty wants us all to do.
And welcome to the prospects of finding the most intriguing if not the most satisfactory answers to your questions!
Answers you may never have thought you will find!
© 2011 Syed Husain Pasha
Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional
talent, training and experience. He can be reached at DrSyedPasha [at]
AOL [dot] com or www.IslamicSolutions.com.