Let’s talk openly. Non-Muslims hardly ever deal with Islam until they are exhausted for the first time from the revelations of their religions. Only when they become dissatisfied with the religions they know, that is, Judaism, Christianity and all the modern „things“ – Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism (and, as my little daughter added, „tourism“ ) – only then do you think about Islam.
Perhaps other religions don’t answer the important questions of life, such as „Who Made Us?“ and „Why are we here?“ Perhaps the other religions do not reconcile the injustices of life with a just and impartial creator. Perhaps we find hypocrisy in the clergy, unsustainable doctrines of belief in the canon, or changes in scripture. Whatever the reason, we recognize shortcomings in the religions known to us and look elsewhere. And the ultimate „elsewhere“ is Islam.
Well, Muslims don’t like to hear it when I say Islam is the „ultimate elsewhere“. But it is so. Despite the fact that a quarter to a fifth of the world’s population is Muslim, the non-Muslim press tarnishes Islam with such horrific slander that few non-Muslims see religion in a positive light. Therefore, it is normal that this is the last religion that those who seek the truth explore.
Another problem is that the non-Muslims who review Islam have become skeptical of the other religions they have come to know: if every scripture that we have ever seen “God-given” has been changed, then how can the scripture of Islam be different? If charlatans have manipulated religions to meet their desires, how can we imagine that the same thing has not happened to Islam?
The answer only takes a few lines, but it takes books to explain. The short answer is: there is a God. He is just and impartial and He wants us to get the reward of paradise. However, God has imposed this worldly life on us as a test to screen the worthy from the unworthy. And we would be lost if we were left to our own devices with our intentions. Why? Because we don’t know what He wants from and. Without His guidance we cannot sail around the waves and waves of life and therefore He has given us guidance in the form of revelation.
Certainly the previous religions have been changed and that is why we have a chain of revelations. Ask yourself: why would God send another revelation if the previous scriptures were still pure? Only when the previous scriptures have been changed does God need to send another revelation to guide humanity on the right path.
So we should assume that the previous scriptures have been changed and we should assume that the last revelation is pure and unadulterated. If it were not pure, it would have to be replaced too, because we cannot imagine a loving God who will make us go astray. What we can imagine is that God gives us scripture and people change it; God gives us another scripture, and people change it again … and again, and again. Until God sends a final revelation and promises to keep it until the end of time.
Muslims see the Holy Quran as this final revelation. You think he … might be worth a look. Let’s go back to the topic of the article: Why Islam? Why should we believe that Islam is the religion of truth, a religion that has pure and ultimate revelation?
„Oh, just trust me.“
How many times have you heard this answer? A well-known comedian used to joke that people from different cities cursed each other in different ways. In Chicago they curse someone like that, but in New York they just say, „Trust me.“
So, don’t trust me – trust our creator. Read the Quran and study good websites. But whatever you do, start taking it seriously and pray to our Creator to guide you.
Your life may not depend on it, but your soul definitely does.
Copyright © 2007 Laurence B. Brown, with his permission.
About the author:
Laurence B. Brown, MD, can be contacted at: BrownL38@yahoo.com. He is the author of “The First and Final Commandment” (Amana Publications) and “Bearing True Witness” (Dar-us-Salam). Soon a story thriller “The Eighth Scroll” will appear, and a second edition of The First and Final Commandment, revised and divided into “MisGod’ed” and the sequel “God’ed”.