Who Is True God?


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Who Is True God?

  1. 1. Who is (the true) God?
  2. 2. Common questions from Muslims and Non-Muslims •Who is Allah? •What is the nature of Allah?
  3. 3. How to define God? • The concept of God cannot be defined by observing the practice of its followers. • “HOLY SCRIPTURES”
  4. 4. Major World Religions •Semitic Religions •Non-Semitic Religions
  5. 5. Semitic Religions • According to the Bible, originated from the Prophet Noah Shem. • Religion originated among the Jews, Arabs, Assyrians, Phoenicians, etc. • Major one Judaism, Christianity and Islam. • Prophetic Religion, believe in Divine Guidance sent via prophets of God.
  6. 6. Non-Semitic Religions Divided into :  Aryan Religion : • Originated from Aryans. • Vedic : Hinduism or Brahmanism. • Non-Vedic : Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism • Non-Prophetic Religion. • How about Zoroastrianism??
  7. 7.  Non-Aryan Religions: • Have diverse origins. • Chinese origins : Confucianism and Taoism. • Japanese : Shintoism. • No concept of God. • Referred as ethical systems.
  8. 8. Concept of God in Hinduism • Polytheistic Religion. • Believe in the philosophy of Pantheism – Everything is the manifestation of God. • Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagwad Geeta.
  9. 9. • “Those whose intelligent has been stolen by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures.” [Bhagwad Geeta ch.7 v.20]
  10. 10. The Nature of God in Hinduism from the Holy Scriptures
  11. 11. Scripture Analysis Upanishads Holy Quran • “Ekam evaditiyam” •“ ” “He is the One only without a “Say: He is Allah, the One and second” - [Chandogya Only” – [Ch.112 V.1] Upanishad 6:2:1] • “Na casya kasuj janita na •“ ” cadhipah” “Of Him there are neither “He begetteth not, nor is He parents nor Lord” – begotten” – [Ch.112 V.3] [Svetasvatara Upanishad 6,9]
  12. 12. Upanishads Holy Quran •“ ” • “Na tasya pratima asti” “There is no likeness of Him” – “And there is none like unto Him.” - [Ch.112 V.4] [Svetasvatara Upanishad 4:19] •“ …” • “Nainam urdhvam na “…..there is nothing tiryancam na madhye na whatever like unto Him, parijagrabhat na tasya pratime and He is the One that asti yasya nama mahad yasah” hears and sees (all “There is no likeness of Him whose things).” – [Holy Quran name is great glory” – [The Ch.42 V.11] Principle Upanishad by S. Radhakrishnan page 736 & 737]
  13. 13. Upanishad Holy Quran • “Na samdrse tisthati rupam • “No vision can grasp Him, asya, na caksusa pasyati kas but His grasp is over all canaiam. Hrda hrdistham vision: He is above all manasa ya enam, evam vidur comprehension, yet is amrtas te bhavanti” acquainted with all things.” “His form is not to be seen; no – [Holy Quran 6:103] one sees Him with the eye. Those who through heart and mind know Him as abiding in the heart become immortal”- [Svetasvatara Upanishad 4:20]
  14. 14. Yajur Ved • “There is no image of Him whose glory verily is great. He sustains within Himself all luminous objects like the Sun etc. May He not harm me, this is my prayer. As He is unborn, He deserves our worship.” – [The Yajurveda by Devi Chand M. A. pg377] • “Lead us to the good path and remove the sin that makes us stray and wander.” – [Yajurveda 40:16]
  15. 15. Atharva Ved Holy Quran • “Dev maha osi” • “ ” “He is The Great, The “God is verily Most High.” – [Holy Great” – [Atharvaveda 20 Quran 13:9] 58:3]
  16. 16. Rig Ved • “Ma chidanyadvi shansata.” “O friends, do not worship anybody but Him, the Divine One.” – [Rigveda Book 8:1:1]
  17. 17. The Nature of God in Sikhism from the Holy Scriptures • “There exists but One God, who is called The True, The Creator, free from fear and hate, The Immortal not begotten, Self-Existent, Great and Compassionate.” – [Sri Guru Granth Sahib vol.1 Japuji v.1]
  18. 18. One God with different attributes • Kartar – The creator • Sahib – The Lord • Akal – The Eternal • Sattanama – The Holy name • Parvardigar – The Cherisher • Rahim – The Merciful • Karim – The Benevolent
  19. 19. Sri Guru Granth Sahib Holy Quran • “When some trouble toucheth • “Dukh mein Sumirana sabh man, he crieth unto his Lord, turning karein Sukh mein karein na to Him in repentance: but when He koya Jo sukh mein sumirana bestoweth a favour upon him as from karein To dukh kaye hoye.” Himself, (man) doth forget what he “Everyone remembers God cried and prayed for before, and he during trouble but no one doth set up rivals unto Allah, thus remembers Him during peace misleading others from Allah.s Path. and happiness. The one who Say, quot;Enjoy thy blasphemy for a little while: verily thou art (one) of the remembers God during peace Companions of the Fire!quot; - [Holy and happiness why should he Quran 39:8] have troubles” – [Sant Kabir]
  20. 20. The Nature of God in Judaism from the Holy Scriptures • “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!” – [Deut 6:4] • “I, even I, am the LORD, And besides Me there is no savior.” – [Isaiah 43:11] • “I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me.” – [Isaiah 45:5] • “Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.” – [Isaiah 46:9]
  21. 21. • “You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…” – [Exodus 20:3-5]
  22. 22. The Nature of God in cHRISTIANITY from the Holy Scriptures • “…my Father is greater than I.” – [John 14:28] • “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all…” – [John 10:29] • “…I cast out demons by the Spirit of God.” – [Matthew 12:28] • “…I cast out demons with the finger of God.” – [Luke 11:20]
  23. 23. • “…the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” – [John 14:24] • “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” – [John 17:3] • “Men of Israel, give ear to these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man who had the approval of God, as was made clear to you by the great works and signs and wonders which God did by him among you, as you yourselves have knowledge.” – [Acts 2:22]
  24. 24. The Nature of God in Islam from the Holy Scripture • “Say: He is Allah, The One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him.” – [Ch.112 V.1-4] • Acid Test!
  25. 25. Why “AllAh”? • Has no gender. • Always singular, never plural. • Means = The only One to be worshipped
  26. 26. Characteristic of Allah • “And He it is that feedeth but is not fed.” – [Holy Quran 6:14] • “There is no god but He,-The Living, The Self- subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth…” – [Holy Quran 2:255] • “Allah is never unjust in the least degree..” – [Holy Quran 4:40] • “…my Lord never errs, nor forgets.” – [Holy Quran 20:52]
  27. 27. So, who is the true God then??? • “If thou ask them, who created them, they will certainly say, Allah. How then are they deluded away (from the Truth)?” – [Holy Quran 43:87] • “Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then say:quot;This is from Allah,quot; to traffic with it for miserable price!- Woe to them for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby. “ – [Holy Quran 2:79]
  28. 28. Wallahu A’lAm “Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, were not going to depart (from their ways) until there should come to them Clear Evidence,- An apostle from Allah, rehearsing scriptures kept pure and holy: Wherein are laws (or decrees) right and straight.” The Holy Quran 98:1-3 quot;And you shall know the TRUTH, and the truth shall make you FREE.“ John 8:32 Reference : “Concept of God in Major Religions” – Dr. Zakir Naik