Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam
much the Muslim Majority may protest to the accusation that what they profess
as their Faith and name it Islam, is for all intents and purposes a Dualism of
a godhead Deity and a human being as an associate, the two iconic objects of
If, it is
accepted that Islam's only source is the scripture Quran, then it is essential
to refer to that source to establish the validity or otherwise of the
accusation made above.
man-made Muslim declaration of Faith Laa Ilaaha-Illallah Muhammadur-Rasulullah
in Arabic, as depicted for example on Saudi Arabian flag, is known world over,
thanks to the carnage raging in Muslim countries. This declaration is used as
the beacon of faith and a standard for Believers to congregate under to
propagate the religion.
“Only-ness”, of the Supreme Being is no doubt correctly expressed in the first
part of the sentence – Laa Ilaaha-Illallah because that is how it is
repeatedly (eg Chp.112) expressed in the Book, commanding Believers to desist
from ascribing ASSOCIATE to Allah- the ahad. This Allah brooks no partner and
that is the bedrock message of Tawheed of the Faith for humanity.
this message was given to all the previous Messengers/Rusul , named and not
named, to propagate in their own mother tongues. The acceptance of this
community of Messengers therefore, is a significant principle of the Faith for
the unity of mankind, as stated at the beginning of the Book.
second part Muhammad-ur-Rasullullah of the conjoined sentences, attaching
Muhammad, a Human Being/Bashar with the Supreme Being/God is a contradiction of
the ordinance of the Book. The following is quoted in full from the Book:
as for me my Lord has guided me to the right path – a Code/Deen, the faith of
Abraham the upright one, and he was NOT of the polytheists.
my worship, my sacrifice and my life and my death are exclusively for God the
Lord of the Universe.
ASSOCIATE has He. And this I am commanded (Umirtu), and I am the first among
those who submit.
of the above verses is a command (Say) and it takes us right back to Abraham
the patriarch Apostle; in keeping with the assertion that all Messengers from
there on, were given the same message and they ALL as a community of Messengers
form part of the Belief system in accordance with the verse 2-4 of the Book
quoted further down. This essentially endorses the unity of humanity expressed
in the Book.
verse similarly is a command (Say) and emphasis the declaration of the Faith by
the Apostle Muhammad personally as a messenger of God.
last verse, emphatically orders (Amar) the last messenger NOT to associate any
with the Supreme Being.
Muslims at large do exactly that and associate Muhammad a Human Being with God.
queuing up in the religious practices to split humanity in 'them and us'.
declarations as given above negates God's one-ness ... Laa Ilaaha-Illallah
by attaching Muhammad-ur-Rasulullah, placing Muhammad a human being on
the same pedestal as the Supreme Being. This is the declared dualism of
alerted to this dilemma, Muslims furiously argue that the second part is only
an affirmation according to Quran, of Muhammad being God's messenger.
indeed it is!
to Quran's verse 2-4, 5 where the definition of Faith (iman) is spelled out,
this affirmation is INCOMPLETE and therefore a negation, nay a rejection of the
ordinance of the Book. Accepting some part and rejecting others is kufr,
denial of the message, the Book says so.
2-4 and 5 make it clear what is completeness of the Belief:
who (momin/Believer) believe in that which has been revealed to you (Muhammad)
and that which was revealed before you and of the Hereafter they are sure.
are on the right path and guided by the Lord and these it is who will benefit.
As far as
confirming that Muhammad is the messenger of God, yes indeed the Book does so
in four places. It must be noted however that in those places not once is the
only-ness of God – La Ilaaha Illallah attached to the phrase Muhammadur
If it did
so it would, firstly be illogical and secondly foolish. To associate some one
after emphasising that there is NO associate of God and then attach the same
person who brought that message of Laasharikalahu – He has NO associate,
is absurd to say the least.
The laa cleared
the deck of all clatter, the illa made exception for Allah/God and no one else
–No, not even a Messenger of God. One does not have to be Athenian philosopher
or a brain surgeon to work that out from the Book.
It must be
questioned as to how and why did this contradiction happen and who benefits
that the pagan human nature still cannot, in all honesty, accept an unseen and
untouchable Supreme Being without having some tangible object attached to it.
This weakness is fully exploited by the clever few, the Shaman and the
over-view of Muslim religious practices; and contrary to the Book there are
many religions among Muslims too, demonstrate that what is called Islam is only
by name, and are no different to other religions in the world. Muslims too have
organised churches, houses of worships, revered personages, hierarchy of
clergy, differing dogma and canonised apocrypha that evolved long after the
original scripture given to them.
cults of some sort exist in all religions. Muslims too cannot conceptualise God
without the Person Muhammad from Arabia attached to Allah. The importance of
volumes of dubious apocrypha in his name is further evidence.
that Muhammad the Messenger of God -Rasoolullah – was an Arab, born in
peninsular Arabia, makes his place of birth equally important and iconic. This
fixation with a geographical place as holy centres of religions is also common
with many other religions. Why does this situation exist? Ignorance, innocence
of the masses and cleverness of the few must be the answer.
Benefits From This Contradiction To The Book's Teaching?
benefits accrued, and have been over centuries, are so obviously for the
country, the birthplace of the Messenger Muhammad. The Messenger an Arab, the
Quran in Arabic, hence the language also is a holy icon and the Book is too.
What more can one ask to 'market' the brand of the Arabic religion?
cannot go past the entrepreneurs of Arabia. Although the Messenger was born
there, today his house and even the site is unknown for history. Most of such
historic relics have been destroyed, in contradiction of the Book, for
development and ostensibly to prevent the ignorant Muslims from revering them.
Hypocrisy reigns supreme; Rasullulah's tomb is lavishly preserved as the second
Haram in Madinah to encourage devotees to flock there by the millions.
windowless cube-house for the Deity Allah, stands proud and holy in Makkah: A
tangible icon, an idol for the ignorant and innocent to run round it
meaninglessly and hug and kiss the stones.
is the mother of all marketing brands of the first order, for gaining “meagre
gains” says the Book. Although the Lord of the Universe is also its Creator Rabbill-Aalameen
as given in Quran, He is kept captive in this earthly dark house, the Baytullah
where another iconic black stone is embedded in its wall, and many other false
icons clattering the yard, making the place a temple of icons and the city
Makkah holy of the holiest Vatican for Muslims.
have been searching for the only Creator of the universe at the wrong place.
Apnay Braheem Kee Talash May Hai – This era is in search of its Abraham (the iconoclast),
Kadha Hai Jahaan, Laailaaha-Illallah - where there is a temple for icons...there is
no god but God.
benefits are in Billions and have been for centuries, for the one country and
its royalty, the custodians of two Harams; at the expense of the nation of
Muslims; which is largely poor and in fact dirt poor and mostly innocently
illiterate for they are mislead of the teachings of the Quran for parochial
may be, but unfortunately there is some truth in them.
... Their affair is only with God and He will inform them of their actions.
has been informing them of their actions for a long time now, just look at the
tattered state of the so-called Muslim Nation.
regular contributor to NewAgeIslam.com, Rashid Samnakay is a (Retd.) Engineer