Refuting atheists’ claim about religion having one source

Question: Centers for Islaamic awareness face a lot of questions posed by Muslims from many places. They require reasonable answers to give people who do not believe in the Qur’aan or Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet). These people are absolute rationalists and sophists who cannot be convinced except by rational answers that are compatible with their understanding. Their aim is to spread suspicion and cast doubt into the hearts of ignorant Muslims. Some of them maintain courteous relations with Muslims like the Malayan Chinese while others have power and work in politics such as the Buddhists living in Pattani. We need to refute the following:

1- Their saying: “Islaam is not different from idol worship. We worship idols and prostrate to our statues in Malaysia and you (Muslims) sell your property and other valuable possessions for the sake of going to Makkah to bow, prostrate and circumambulate around the stones of the Ka`bah in Al-Masjid Al-Haram. We have seen Muslim pilgrims doing so during the season of Hajj on television.””Stones, whether of Al-Ka`bah or of idols, are all stones even if your beliefs are different from what is apparent.” These false claims are spread by atheist Malay Chinese.

2- They draw an analogy between religions and rivers, claiming that religions are like various rivers of different headstreams. They all spring from one source located in highly elevated lands and all of them flow into one ocean. They mean to say that all religions have one aim; teaching their adherents good manners and beneficial deeds that will bring them success in the world and in the Hereafter and that religions will lead people to be gathered before Allaah; this is the interpretation of them all springing from one source and flowing into one ocean.

3- Meaning that whoever adheres to any religion is saved because all religions belong to Allah and will return to Him in the end, whether it is Islaam, Buddhism or Christianity. This aims at throwing doubt and suspicion among Muslims especially the young ones. May you confirm receipt of our message for we are eagerly waiting for a reply and we thank you in advance.

It is to be noted that these are the claims and ideology of Buddhist Thais. Some Thai politicians have instilled these claims into the minds of Muslim students enrolled in their governmental schools to attract them to their Buddhist and Malay Semitic beliefs. Shiites interpret the following Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) …and perform As-Salaat (Iqaamat-as-Salaat) for My Remembrance. As follows: Whoever remembers Allah in their hearts are not obligated to offer Salaah (Prayer) in the exact known way. It is known that the Shee`ah offer what is known as Baatinee Salaah (mental Salaah) in which they only close their eyes for a while and imagine that they are offering Salaah. They claim that Salaah should be offered in this way; believing that Batini Salaah is more valid and enduring than the Salaah done by the apparent body postures. They use the following Aayah as evidence: Whatever is with you, will be exhausted, and whatever is with Allâh (of good deeds) will remain.They interpret “whatever is with you” as referring to Salaah performed by apparent body postures of which nothing remains after finishing Salaah. “Whatever is with Allaah will remain” denotes the heart through which a person offers Salaah, and the image and sound which cross their minds. According to their beliefs, a person can offer Salaah once a day, either at the beginning of the day, specifically in the morning or at the end of the day at the time of Maghrib (sunset) Prayer.

However, it is better to offer all five prayers during their stated times regardless of where they are or what they are doing, whether they are in the bathroom, having a meal, or having sexual intercourse. This is the content of the speech of the Shaykh who attended the session. May Allaah guide all Muslims to do that which He loves and that which pleases Him.

Answer: There is a great difference between Muslims and atheists. Muslims worship no one but Allaah and follow what is revealed in His Book, the Qur’aan,and to His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) whom He sent to Jinn (creatures created from fire) and humans, whether they are Arabs, non-Arabs, men or women. Allaah ordered humans and Jinn to follow the Prophet (peace be upon him) and adhere to what was revealed to him… read more here.

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