Whom must we worship?

Whom must we worship?
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The submission of man to His Creator is the essence of Islam. The name "Islam" is chosen by God (Allah) and not by man. It is the same unifying Message revealed to all the Prophets and Messengers by Allah, and which they spread amongst their respective nations. It was revealed in its final form to Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi  wa sallam, (may Allah exalt his mention) as a complete Message to humanity.

The Lord, Allah, is the True and Only Creator that deserves to be worshipped. No worship is worthy of being given to a stone, statue, a cross, a triangle, Krishna, Guru, Buddha, Mahatma, sun, moon (not even to the namesake from Korea!), light, fire, rivers, cows, Rama, temples, saints, priests, monks…all these are created beings or things.

Allah, is the Name of The One True God. His Name is not chosen by man and does not have a number or gender. It is known that Allah is the Name of God in Aramaic, the language of our beloved Prophet 'Eesaa (Jesus), may Allah exalt his mention, and a sister language of Arabic. The Name "Allah" has been used by all previous Prophets starting with Aadam (Adam), may Allah exalt his mention and by the last and final Prophet Muhammad,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ).

The innate nature in man recognizes what is good and bad, what is true and false. It recognizes that the attributes of Allah must be True, Unique, and All Perfect. It does not feel comfortable with any kind of degradation of His Attributes. Many who became "discontent with God" did so because of the practices of the Church in medieval Europe, and because of the claims of "god dwelling in a son" and the concept of "original sin".

However, they "escaped" into worshipping a new theory called "Mother Nature" and the material world. With the advancement of materialistic technology, others from different religions adopted the concept of "forgetting about God" and "let us live this life and enjoy it!", not realizing that they have chosen to worship the original god of Rome: Desire! As a result, the ‘enjoyment’ is turning to ‘suffering’ from AIDS.

It is now clear that this materialistic and secular progress produced a spiritual vacuum that led to complex social, economical, political and psychological problems. Many of those who "fled" their "religions" are in search again. Some try to "escape" the complexity of their daily lives by various means.

Those who have had the chance to examine the Quran and Islam, proceed with a complete way of life that leads man to establish a purpose for his presence on earth. This is well recognized in the Attributes of Allah, and what He requires from man. Allah Almighty does not want man to be enslaved to any false deity: nature, drugs, lust, money, other men, desire, or sex. He provides man with the proofs that He is the One Who can redeem, so that man can free himself from the slavery to any form of creation and to turn to his Creator Alone.

This Creator Has Perfect Attributes. He is the First, nothing is before Him, the Ever Living. To Him is the Final Return where everyone will be dealt with in the Most Perfect and Just way. He does not begot nor is He begotten.

Those who attribute Divinity to ‘Eesaa (Jesus), may Allah exalt his mention, forget or ignore the fact that he was born from a mother's womb, he needed nutrition and grew up to be a man. He was trusted with the Injeel as a Message to the Children of Israel: "For there is One God, and one mediator (i.e. a messenger) between God and men (the Children of Israel), the man Christ Jesus” [I Timothy 2:5].

Jesus, may Allah exalt his mention, was a man-messenger calling his nation not to worship him: "But in vain they do worship me!" [Mathew 15:9]. A man who needs to eat, walk, sleep, rest, etc. cannot have Divine Attributes because he is in need and God (Allah) is Self-Sufficient.

In all the other religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Marxism and Capitalism, there is the devotion of worshipping created beings or things in one form or another. Jews had attributed a nationalistic sense of belonging to God. They labeled Him ‘the tribal god’ for the Children of Israel. Men and women following these religions were born with the natural inclination of submission to their Creator, Allah. It is their parents who drove them into their respective traditions.

However, once people are exposed to the Signs of Allah around them, or in the Quran, or to someone who triggers their Fitrah (natural inclination to worship Allah Alone), the reverting process begins and that is why we see Islam spreading universally.

In the West, despite many distortions of Islam in the media, many admit that Islam is the fastest growing faith. No sense of fairness can be achieved without a genuine attempt to know the Word of Allah in the Quran, and not just on the 30-minute Evening News. This is the real challenge for those who seek the Truth.

Man is created for a purpose: to live a life in accordance with Allah's way. And why not? Do we possess the air we breathe? Did we create others or ourselves? Or were we ourselves the Creators? We are limited and weak. So, do we have the right to ignore our Creator when we all need Him?

Islam is the submission in worship to Allah Alone and it is the essence of all the Messages sent to all nations before us. Allah is All-Just and All-Wise. He does not intend confusion for His Creation. The religion acceptable to Him is the one chosen by Him. Its essence must be One, because He is One. It is free from geographical, racist, and status oriented concepts. It is Perfect and it is the complete way of life.

All these qualities are chosen by Allah in His Only Religion: Islam. Its details are in the Quran, read it and come with an open heart because none can expose better than the Word of Allah. The Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ). He did not author it; he was unlettered. Its translation is available in many languages in bookstores or in an Islamic center close to you. Take the time to read it and come to, or call the Islamic center, or speak to someone who reverted and submitted to Allah Alone.

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