Channel: Mohammad Elshinawy
The final prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had accomplished the rare feat of providing the world impeccable clarity on the identity of God and His Oneness and his absolute perfection.
It was a clarity that aligns so well, both with human nature, and our faculty of reason that it became the hallmark of Islam. It became its most appealing teaching, without exception, when the Pew Research Center, which often knows how Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, and in the western world as well, it tried to probe further to better understand what was it about Islam that caused it to rise so swiftly among the populations wherever it went. And when it surveyed these factors, the number one, and the number two reason were just this, that Islam restores for people that perfect, unblemished, indivisible unity of the one true God. They answered that it was the
belief system number one, and that I read the texts firsthand the theology I found when I read those texts, myself, that compelled me to Islam above all else. So Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had restored for humanity, and unearth for them, their long lost sanctuary, without which they were most vulnerable. And that was direct, unbridled access to the Almighty, the Most Merciful, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the one and only the one true God. Such a clear belief system, such a powerful belief system, such an empowering and intuitive belief system. Compare it, for example, with the intellectual history of Christianity, how many vicious disputes there were, in the
very earliest centuries on the nature of God and His person, and his identity disputes that were so ferocious that they were only settled by the power of the state, when the state finally picked one of many doctrines of the time, namely Trinitarian theology and impose it on the people and codified it in the fourth centuries famous Council of Nicaea or nicea. But when the Father, Son and Holy Spirit was in reality, not three aspects of the one true God, it was the son who was clearly a human being a mortal from this world, and the Holy Spirit which was the Archangel Gabriel, another created being, and then the Father God, only God is God. That conflation of God and Angel and human profit
could not sit well with people. And thus with the passage of time, and more and more access to the texts of Christianity, we tend to find greater and greater disenfranchisement, this illusion mints lack of conviction regarding that theology. As for the Muslims, the followers of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. As Edward Gibbon puts it, the Mohammedans he means the Muslims have uniformly meaning throughout history, with stood that human tendency, that temptation to reduce their God and their object of worship, to anything that could be conjured up by the imagination. He says they never allowed their God to be reduced or relegated or regarded to the
visibility of even the imagination in the senses, which would in turn, necessitate idolatry. He says, instead, they kept the God as God, and even the honor of their profit, never transgress the bounds of human virtue, in that lies the secret of the extraordinary explanatory power of Islam, and the pure monotheism found uniquely in Islam theology, it had both the spiritual, intuitive, and intellectual rational appeal that drew people to it from every corner of the world until our day and age here and now. And of course, restoring the unity of God in people's lives meant restoring meaning and purpose as well. The Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam liberated the world
through such a theology through such a pure belief system, from seeing life as some destination list journey, or from seeing themselves as the powerless victims of competing forces and supreme beings are at odds with each other at their expense in this universe. And when the famous French historian Alfonso Dilla, Martine was marveling at the power of such an accomplishment of
Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, Just think about it. This man took on the world. He wrestled humanity away from 1000s upon 1000s of superstitions and dogmas, indefensible beliefs, false gods, he says, and he was uniquely able to restore God to men and men to God, meaning he was able to liberate the true conceptualization of the real God, to humanity. And he was able to return through that man to sincere devotion to that God because only that God would be worthy of our worship, and our love and our adoration and our subservience. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad, who restored for us the unity of God until the end of time.