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Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Other Religions Stand Together on the Attributes of a Vicegerent of God

By Arman Neyazi, New Age Islam

8 July 2021

Humankind Have The Examples Of The Holy Prophet Muhammad Pbuh, Jesus Christ, Bhagwan Shri Ram, Shri Krishna, Guru Nanak And Other Religious Guides To Encourage Them To Defend The Truth Against The Lies In The Darkest Hours Of Life On Earth

Main Points:

1.    Islam, Hinduism Christianity Judaism and all other religious faith value the purity of heart in a representative of God as the criteria of the Creator’s approval.

2.    Because of the worldwide attacks on innocent lives and mass abuse against humanity the natural divine atmosphere of the world has changed into a devilish destructive environment.

3.    The vicegerents of God are not supposed to be hopeless whatever the situation be.

4.    The most rewarding person is the one that carries the purest conscience.

5.    Rebuilding a morally engrossed society is not difficult once we start believing that we are the representatives of the religions we are following.

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Islam, Hinduism Christianity Judaism and all other religious faith and scriptures value the purity of heart in a representative of God as the criteria of the Creator’s approval. Unless the heart is pure of all evils, it cannot be an abode of the Creator. Religious scriptures say that God resides in human beings heart. This, therefore, is clear that a child is born with a pure heart with God residing in it but the worldly atmosphere and the people without conscience impure the heart and God lives but does not like such souls. Consider the following:

"And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein" (Quran 50:16)

'HE' is present in the heart of all living beings, including the plants and animals as the super soul, next to the individual soul. (Bhagavad Geeta in Chapter 10 Verse 20)

“But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.” (Romans 8:10—“Christ is in you”)

Every soul is in itself absolutely omniscient and blissful. The bliss does not come from outside. (Mahavira)

 All the religions have impressed upon the necessity of character building for the morale-boosting characterisation of the society. The most rewarding person is the one that carries the purest conscience. Because we are social animals, our society plays vital roles in our lives morality or immorality.  The most important role society plays in human life is that of the development of conscience in a human being.

Creating the Essence of a True Vicegerent of the Almighty Creator

The prevailing social ethos of the society takes root in a man’s conscience and develops it accordingly. Conscience building is not a conscious decision of the person concerned. It develops naturally, taking the positive or negative impressions it finds around, as the saying, 'child is the father of the man’ goes. The immature conscience of a child unknowingly accepts the norms prevailing in his surroundings. After the conscience is developed it forms the essence of the heart and the mind. Thus, therefore, the purity, the nobility, the humility or the opposite values of a person’s character depending on the surrounding he lives in.

Humane moral ethos is embedded in a child’s personality from his birth and it lives till the person live. The noble Creator of the world sends a soul on the earth with the best ideological essence needed to live a life of high moral character so that he could spend his life here as a living morality and teach ethics to others. But somehow with many of us, it does not happen. The few who could sustain worldly distractions became Wali (God’s friend) and spiritual leaders. Rebuilding a morally engrossed society is not difficult once we start believing that we are the representatives of the religions we are following.

There are innumerable noble men in our surroundings if we could identify them. The characteristics of the divine personalities will have to be studied to identify them. A nobleman carries an aura of positivities with him. A noble and God-fearing man is a merchant of peace, love, compassion and tranquillity not those of discord, distress and negativities.

All the religions have specified the qualities of a person that is qualified for His rewards. The foremost qualities of such godly noble persons are modesty, patience, perseverance, knowledge, thinking, kindness to men and animals, love, brotherhood and humility. The verses from the religious scriptures and epics are the testimony of all the religions preaching of the same values for the humankind.

 

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Quranic Ayat on the Characteristics of a Noble Person

Obey Allah and His Messenger and do not dispute with one another, or you would be discouraged and weakened. Persevere! Surely Allah is with those who persevere. (Surah Al-Anfal: 46) — Dr Mustafa Khattab

Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest. That is purer for them. Lo! Allah is aware of what they do. (Surah Al-Nur: 24) - Pickthall

Only those who are patient shall receive their rewards in full, without Hisaab (without limit, calculation, and estimation)."(Quran, 39:10).

"Travel through the earth and see how Allah did originate creation'' (Quran 29:20)

''And such are the Parables We set for mankind but none will understand them except those who have Knowledge." (Quran 29:43).

"Worst than the beast are those who do not understand (do not apply mind)" (Quran 8:22)

"Only the learned know the secret of the universe" (Surah30: V22).

''…the more you know, you are closer to Him.'' (Sarah 58: 11).

“Fear Allah (SWT) in your treatment of animals.”

“And We have sent you O Muhammad (SAW) not, but as a mercy for all of humankind, jinn and all that exists.”

 “Allah does not like that evil should be uttered in public except by him who has been wronged.” - Surah An-Nisa (4): 148,

.... that ye may know each other (not that you may despise each other). ...” (49:13)

Prophetic Traditions on the Importance of Noble Character of a Man

Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience (Sabr)." (Sahih Al-Bukhari). Prophet also said: "As-Sabr (the patience) is illumination." (Sahih Muslim).

 Messenger of Allah (Pbuh), said: "Do not cause harm or reciprocate harm. Whoever harms others, Allah will harm him. Whoever is harsh with others, Allah will be harsh with him."

Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) said: Prayer for a Muslim: Oh Allah I beg for Good Health and Faith with Good Conduct (Al Bukhari).

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has observed: "God grants to gentleness (Rifq) what He does not grant to violence ('Unf)." (Abu Daawood)

“A prostitute was forgiven by Allah, because while passing by a panting dog near a well and seeing that the dog was about to die of thirst, she took off her shoe, and tying it with her head-cover she drew out some for it. So, Allah forgave her that.” (Narrated by Prophet (PBUH) – Bukhari 59/127).

“A woman was tortured and was put in Hell because of the cat which she locked up and tied until it died of hunger.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari: 3318)

“You do not do evil to those who do evil to you, but you deal with them with forgiveness and kindness.” (Sahih Bukhari)

Verily Allah does not look to your bodies nor your faces but He looks to your hearts. -Prophet Muhammad (Sahih Muslim 2564)

“My entire nation is safe, except Al-Mujahirin (those who boast of their sins). Among the Mujaharah is that a man commits an (evil) act, and wakes up in the morning while Allah has kept his (sin) a secret, he says: “O Fulan! Last night I did this and that.” He goes to sleep while Allah has kept his (sin) a secret but he wakes up in the morning and uncovers what Allah has kept a secret!” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari]

“The most perfect man in his faith among the believers is the one whose behaviour is the most excellent, and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives.” (Tirmidhi]

Hinduism Advocates the Purity of Heart for being a True Vicegerent of God

The Pure of Heart can find me in them. I do not come to Pretenders, Deceivers and Vicious persons. (Ramcharitmanas)

“Let there be oneness in your resolutions, hearts and minds; let the determination to live with mutual cooperation be firm in you all”. (Rigveda, Mandala-10, Sukta-191, Mantra-4)

“What, O Krishna, is the description of him who has steady wisdom (the man of perfection) is merged in the Superconscious State? How does one of steady wisdom speak? How does he sit? How does he walk?” (2–54).

“When a man completely casts off, O Arjuna, all the desires of the mind and is satisfied in the Self by the Self, then is he said to be one of steady wisdom (the man of perfection)!” (2–55).

“If you remove all your desires (both good & bad desires from your mind), & fix your mind only on Atma & nothing but Atma - you will be deemed to have achieved Sthithaprajnathwam.” (2–54)

“He whose mind is not shaken by adversity, who does not hanker after pleasures, and who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage of steady wisdom.” (2′56).

“He who is everywhere without attachment, on meeting with anything good or bad, who neither rejoices nor hates, his wisdom is fixed.” (2–57).

“The turbulent senses, O Arjuna, do violently carry away the mind of a wise man though he be striving (to control them)!” (2–60)

“The advice I have given to you is neither incorrect nor coercive. Listen to it carefully, contemplate over it, and then do what you wish.” ( (Ramayan) [v35])

Qualities of a Vicegerent of God According to Christianity

 ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience (Colossians 3:12)

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. (1 Peter 3:8)

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, (Colossians 2:9)

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:33-34)

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. (Romans 12:16)

Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers? (Malachi 2:10)

But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. ( Matthew 25:40)

The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me. (Matthew 23:8)

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honour; (Romans 12:10

 Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers, (1 Timothy 5:1)

Forgiveness Is an Important Virtue of a Godly Man in Judaism

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17)

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)

Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, (Luke 17:3)

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. (1 Peter 3:8)

Let brotherly love continue. (Hebrews 13:1)

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. (1 John 4:20)

That no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. (1 Thessalonians 4:6)

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29)

Sikhism Calls for Equality to be a Noble Man

“He who regards all men as equals is religious.” Guru Nanak

On the Necessity of Divinity in Our Soul

Because of the worldwide attacks on innocent lives and mass abuse against humanity the natural divine atmosphere of the world has changed into a devilish destructive environment. Every face is littered with sorrow, disappointment and frustratingly distressing emotions. This is a sign of doom. We should encourage each other to get back to our old religious and spiritual ethos to get back to the doorstep of humanity.

We will again cultivate the essence of all those qualities that God the Almighty has programmed in our soul, Insha’Allah. Accepted that there are more destructive and devilish forces around than it was three-four decades ago but fighting the unspiritual forces with our religious faith will also be more divine and an act laced in spirituality than before.

The vicegerents of Allah are not supposed to be hopeless whatever the situation be. They have the examples of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Pbuh, Jesus Christ, Bhagwan Shri Ram, Shri Krishna, Guru Nanak and other religious guides to encourage us to defend the truth against the lies in the darkest hours of life on earth. ‘We shall fight, we shall win’ should be the motto of every being in the fight against immorality, abuses against fellow beings and death of spiritualism.

Consider the following and try to be a true vicegerent of God on earth:

“The most merciful person is the one who forgives when he is able to take revenge.”  (Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS))

“Improve your secret and private life, and Allah will improve your public and social life. Make matters well between you and Allah, and Allah will make matters well between you and people. Work for the Hereafter, and Allah will be enough for you in your worldly concerns.” — Imam Sufyan ath-Thawri

“Every individual soul is potentially divine”. (Swami Vivekananda)

And Allah Knows the Best.

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Arman Neyazi is a columnist with NewAgeIslam.com.

URL:    https://www.newageislam.com/interfaith-dialogue/vicegerent-hinduism-christianity-/d/125064


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