Hi forum members. This is a post to address the following statement that was said of me:
I think what made you embrace Islam was the requirement for being so devout, you were a devout Christian but that wasn't enough.
I was not a devout Christian, I was very weak in my faith and made a lot of mistakes. I easily admit that Newton was a far devout Christian that any Christian I have known. In my view, Newton is a great example of an uncompromising believer in the Oneness of God, the Almighty.
If we consider his story, we see that he could have signed the allegiance to the trinity and earn the honours of this world. He had not declared publicly his rejection of trinity but only privately to his close circle of acquaintances for example John Lock among others. Of course, at that time rejecting the trinity not only meant lost of a job position but he could have lost his life in agonizing pain as well! Newton was born in the same year Galileo died. So, the story of Galileo was not far from him in time and Galileo had not even denied the fundamental creed on which trinitarian Christianity relies upon! Newton would in all likelihood have been tortured if he had publicly rejected trinity. And like Galileo before him, he could have been sentenced to death by the Church while he was right. Just research how traitors to the Crown were treated in medieval England and you will not want to mess with them! This has just been completely abolished in this century!
Anyway, nearly nobody knew about it, so it is thinkable that Newton could just have pretended allegiance to the trinity and earn the honours at Cambridge. But, once the truth became clear to him, he did not comprise his belief in God the Almighty by paying allegiance to what for him was rightly "the greatest sin" in the concept of the trinity. Instead, he waited for many years to receive an exemption! He would have abandoned the position had he not received the exemption. This is the kind of commitment that few have and that deserves great respect in my judgement.
Anyway, I was far from being a devout Christian but I loved the Lord, God the Almighty for sure and I loved those whom He loved. In my early teenage years, as I said, I read the Book of Job much. I loved that prophet of God, the Almighty. I still remember reading a verse which has greatly impacted me and still today. It is a conversation between God, the Almighty and satan, the cursed. It reads as follows:
- Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." (Book of Job 1:8)
In my teenage mind, I remember that this struck me as a marvellous verse. I remember wishing that the Lord would be pleased with me like He was with Prophet Job(pbuh). It's in us, we can't help but want our Creator, the Almighty to be pleased with us His creation. We are programmed like that since our birth. The latter topic was previously addressed in this thread itself.
And in the Holy Quran, Allah, the Almighty is still praising Prophet Job(pbuh) :
- And remember Our servant Job, when he called to his Lord, "Indeed, Satan has touched me with hardship and torment."
[So he was told], "Strike [the ground] with your foot; this is a [spring for] a cool bath and drink."
And We granted him his family and a like [number] with them as mercy from Us and a reminder for those of understanding.
[We said], "And take in your hand a bunch [of grass] and strike with it and do not break your oath." Indeed, We found him patient, an excellent servant. Indeed, he was one repeatedly turning back [to Allah ]. (Quran 38:41-44, interpretation of meaning)
For me this is the greatest achievement, to succeed in pleasing the Lord, God the Almighty by doing good deeds and warding off evil. I just think to myself: the Lord is Self-Subsisting, He has no need, He is the Almighty, He is Perfect, He is the King of Kings and yet He has given man the ability to please Him by doing good deeds. And Prophet Job(pbuh) succeeded with distinction to please the Lord, God the Almighty and defeating all the plots of satan, the cursed. Prophet Abraham(pbuh) did the same and prophet Jesus (pbuh) as well. And no doubt Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as well, who established the religion of God the Almighty on earth for billions seeking to please the Lord as well.
A great many of us want to please the Lord our Creator, but many of us have been misled by trinitarian Christianity. Newton was a rare exceptional genius, and by the beautiful mind that he was given by his Creator, he was able to work out by himself that trinity was the greatest sin. Comparatively, I am much more modest in abilities, and if the Muslims had not directed my research on these religious matters then I would still be doing the greatest of sins.
I do not know about the intellectual abilities of all of you here. Some might be really gifted. But most of us are like me of average abilities. So I think to myself, short of being as gifted as Newton and company, if we were to put all our collective average intelligences together supporting and helping each other in the path of God, the Almighty, can't we hope of achieving what prophet Job(pbuh) and all the prophets(pbut) achieved, namely the pleasure of our Creator the Almighty? I believe we can do that, if Allah wills. Many smalls can make a big, if Allah the Almighty wills.
Satan, the cursed is an avowed enemy to all the sons of Adam. If we now continue fighting each other, then the enemy has won. Only the allies of satan, the cursed will want that. We, the worshippers of the true God, do not want that to happen.
That is why I am proposing to anyone who wants to, to join me in rejecting all false deities and accepting to worship God, the Almighty alone. In this way, it is my hope that God, the Almighty, if He wills, might coordinate our collective little efforts to fight our common enemy satan, the cursed.
Have a nice Sunday and take care of yourselves forum members.