PART TWO ANSWERING HUMANITY’S CRITICAL QUESTIONS
ANSWERING HUMANITY’S CRITICAL QUESTIONS
Islam answers humanity’s most critical and significant questions like:
• What is the Truth?
• Who created us?
• Who is our true God?
• Who is God’s final prophet?
• Whom should we worship?
• Who are we?
• Why are we here?
• What comes after death?
• What is the next life like?
• What is our last destination, Paradise or Hell Fire?
• How can we attain true peace of mind, success, and real happiness?
• How can we gain eternal life?
With a mind and heart set on discovering the truth, please honestly read and judge for yourself.
WHAT IS THE TRUTH?
In Islam, the one true God (Allah) has created the entire creation. It is only this great God (Allah) who made all humans and animals, the earth and its mountains, oceans and rivers, plants and forests, the sun and the moon, galaxies and orbits, days and nights. All other objects, which we may or may not know, or have not yet been discovered, are all aspects of His infinite creation.
Allah made all life on earth and the whole universe, including time, space, energy, and matter. Allah also sustains the universe and everything in it, and controls what happens in the universe and everything in it.
However, some people might refer their existence “by chance” merely to “nature”! Scientifically speaking, let's define what they are talking about: NATURE! What is “nature”?
Don't you agree with me that nature includes: plants and planets, orbits and galaxies, valleys and mountains, oceans and rivers, earth, sun, moon, stars, and other objects. Have these things created themselves or created human beings?!
The Glorious and Universal Qur’an beautifully tells us:
“O mankind! Worship your Lord, who created you and those who came before you that you may become righteous.” (2: 21)
“He (God) created the Heavens and the Earth for Truth.” (39: 5)
“It is He who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon.” (21: 23)
Moreover, those who believe in nature argue that they do not believe in God because they simply can’t see, touch, or conduct an experiment on Him!
A couple of years ago, my neighbor in Oregon, USA visited me at my home. We talked about several things among which we discussed the concept of God. My neighbor, a very old man, denying the existence of God, emotionally knocked the tea table, saying: "I believe in this table since I can touch it … I can feel it!"
Reasoning with him, I pointed to the lamp in the room and asked him:
"Do you believe in the power of electricity?" He replied: "Sure."
I asked: "Can you see the power or energy generating the light?" "No." was his answer.
I further asked him these questions:
• Have you ever seen – with your bare eyes - the air we breathe?
• Do you have feelings? What are their colors, shapes, and sizes?
• What is sleep? What is its color or weight?
• So, how many things do we believe in without seeing them?
On another occasion, I met a young man called Chris and his wife at a hotel in Oslo, Norway. During a friendly discussion with them, I asked Chris: "So, what is the purpose of life?" Getting surprised, he answered: "This is the first time I heard such a question!" He added: "I think there is no purpose of my life." He concluded: "I do not believe in any god." I asked Chris: "Why?" He answered: "I have not seen it yet."
Commenting on his reply, I asked him (with a smile):
• Do you love your wife?
• Can you physically see this love?
• What is the color of your love?
• How much does this love weigh?
What was the reaction of Chris and his wife? Try to imagine it! Thus, not being able to tangibly see or measure this abstract love does not lead to denying the truth and existence of this love.
By the same analogy, if we can’t see God in this life because of our limited faculties and senses which can't comprehend His greatness; this must not make us deny His existence.
God's existence is clearly evident and easily traceable in unlimited signs and proofs manifested in the creation of numberless atoms, cells, tissues, muscles, and everyone and everything created.
Thousands of God’s prophets and billions of their followers throughout the history of humanity have confirmed the existence of God. Is it rational and logical to disregard the testimony of all these countless people and signs for “science”, when in fact scientific theories only describe the universe and do not ask: What – or Who – has created the universe and made it the way it is? In fact, the scientific evidence indicates the odds against our universe having arisen by “chance” are truly mind-bogglingly small; yet “chance” is the only “explanation” atheists can provide for the universe’s existence and its nature – according to them, it “just happens to be this way”. Given this, please consider which idea is more truly logical…a belief in blind chance governing all, or a belief that the universe is the way it is because it is created and controlled by God?
Some questions to consider:
Is the universe the creation of an intelligent creator, or did it arise because of blind chance?
Do “science” or “the theory of evolution” disprove the existence of God?
This is the truth in Islam. There is only one God, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe (blessed and exalted is He). We must not consider anyone or anything above or equal to Him. The one true God (Allah) has created us to know and worship Him alone. Those who correctly worship Him and completely follow His commandments will be admitted to Paradise, eternal life.
On the other hand, those who disobey God and follow their sinful lusts and desires will be taken to… Where do you expect?
One can attain real happiness and peace of mind only through belief in and submission to the one true God (Allah).