THE TRUE WAY OF WORSHIP; WHO DOES IT BETTER? By Hameedah OJ
There is only one religion named by God, Islam. Allah says; “… This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.” -Q5:3 (and many more verses as proof)
Others are man-made religions called with the names of their leaders or founders. Most of which are of leaders who know nothing about the created religion, such as Christianity.
Christianity was founded not by Jesus but by Paul at Antioch, years after Jesus had left. Bible confirms this in the Acts of Apostle 11:25-26
“Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
If Jesus is not the founder of Christianity, what then was he upon or did he call to when he was on earth? How did he command worship, how did he himself worship?
In the book of Mathew 26:39, Jesus bowed and worshipped God. Also, in the book of John 13:3-10, he washed the feet of his disciples and he commanded them to do so even if he had gone. That, was what he commanded and did. He watched the feet (a form of ablution during his era) and bowed in worship.
He did not command or engage in singing, dancing, drumming, clapping, etcetera.
The book of Habakkuk 2:20 reveals that God wants silence in His presence rather than noisiness. Also found in Ezekiel 25:6-7 was God’s curse placed on those who clapped, danced and stamped feet. If God had stated His like and dislike, why go against His wishes and incur His wrath on oneself?
“And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.” Matthew 6:7
Have the Christians not contradicted this very verse by the practice of repeating and shouting words like “Holy Ghost”, “Fire”, “Hallelujah”, etc that they may be heard but are actually sinning against the Commander?
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door” Matthew 6:6
Today, Christians leave their houses for their churches, with loud speakers and they pray with very loud shouts that people know and are disturbed. This is yet another contradiction of the biblical teaching.
However, as Allah established five pillars of Islam in the Quran, there are also evidences in the Bible for each of the pillars of Islam.
Believe in oneness of God : to give a few, 1st Corinthians 14:25, Isaiah 45:21-22, 46: 3-5, 2nd Samuel 22:32, Nehemiah 9:6, John 17:3, etc
The book of Revelation 19:10 and 22:9 clearly shows that Jesus also commanded to “worship God”… That was “the testimony of Jesus”. All these verses and more say worship God, God is One but not Three in One.
Establishing prayer (worship): in Exodus 34:8, 1st Samuel 1: 19, Joshua 5: 14-15, Moses, Joshua bowed their heads (their faces on the ground) and worshipped. Jesus also bowed and worshipped in Matthew 26:39. Even Satan, knew that worship is done by bowing but not by singing, clapping and dancing when he demanded that Jesus bows for him in Matthew 4:8-10. A description of what happened in Nehemiah 8:4-6 relates to the Jumah service of Muslims every Friday. Establishing solat (worship) was not started by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It has been established by Prophets and Messengers that had come, years before him. Peace be upon them all.
Fasting (in the ninth month): Muslims fast in the ninth month. It didn’t just start.
“And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.
Giving alms: Mark 12:41, Proverb 3:9, Deuteronomy 14:22 all talk about giving alms, from the wealth into the treasury, year by year…
Pilgrimage to Mecca: Genesis 17:20, 12:8, 13:3, 35:7, 16:14, 22: 19-20. In John 4 : 19-23, Jesus ruled that a time would come when (general) worship would no longer be done at Jerusalem, this in reference to the stories of Abraham and his sons in the book of Genesis cited above and clearly, in Galatians 4:22-25.
These have no other purpose than affirming that Islam has been established by the earliest Prophets and Messengers of God, peace be upon them.
Truly, as claimed by Christians, Jesus was reported to have said he was the way and no one enters the kingdom of God except through him. Little do they know that his statement was restricted to his time on earth and to a certain people as he said in Matthew 15:24 that “I was sent ONLY TO THE LOST SHEEP OF ISRAEL” and commanded same in Matthew 10:5-6. However, Allah says in Q21:107
“And WE HAVE not SENT YOU, [O MUHAMMAD], except as a mercy TO THE WORLDS (jinn, mankind and all that exist).”
This falls back to what God said in Zephaniah 3:9 “For then I will give the people a clean language, so that they may all make prayer to the Lord and be His servants with one mind.” (BBE)
“For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent.” (KJV)
Of all the modes of worship, prayers, serving God, in the world, have you asked and answered yourself which language is that language that “all people make prayer to the Lord to serve Him with one consent”?
It is no other than the Muslims who worship with just one language (Arabic) such that people of different races, cultures, colors, nations, worship together and follow one leader and they may all not know one another but they serve God with a common purpose. Amazingly, this is true for every geographical location throughout the world and most excellently is the wonderfulness of Hajj, where billions of people from different countries converge and pray behind one Imam.
The Bible says “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” – 1 Thessalonians:5:21
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32
It’s time to KNOW ISLAM, TO KNOW PARADISE!
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