Jehovah's Witnesses & Islam at a Glance;

By Ijaz Chaudry

 

Common traits between Jehovah's Witnesses and Islam;

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses;

Jehovah's Witnesses base their beliefs only on the text of the Bible and ignore "mere human speculations or religious creeds." They believe that the Bible is the Word of God and consider its 66 books to be divinely inspired and historically accurate

 

Islam;

Muslims also base their beliefs only on the text of the Quran and ignore "mere human speculations or religious creeds."  They also believe that Quran is the Word of God and this word is divine.  Further in 20th century a mathematical miracle was revealed regarding the Quran by Dr. Rashad Khalifa the Messenger of the Covenant which proves beyond doubt that Quran is infallible word of God and it does that in a scientific way using Prime number 19 and its multiples.

                Proof of Divine Authorship

[4:82]  Why do they not study the Quran carefully? If it were from other than GOD, they would have found in it numerous contradictions.*

*4:82 Although the Quran was revealed during the dark ages, you cannot find any nonsense in it; another proof of divine authorship (see the Introduction and Appendix One).

                 Quran, the Whole Quran, and Nothing But the Quran

[6:19]  Say, "Whose testimony is the greatest?" Say, "GOD's. He is the witness between me and you that this Quran* has been inspired to me, to preach it to you and whomever it reaches. Indeed, you bear witness that there are other gods* beside GOD." Say, "I do not testify as you do; there is only one god, and I disown your idolatry."

*6:19 This verse proclaims the Quran as the only source of religious guidance. Those who uphold additional sources, such as Hadith & Sunna (lies attributed to the Prophet), are defined as idolaters.

[6:51]  And preach with this (Quran) to those who reverence the summoning before their Lord - they have none beside Him as a Lord and Master, nor an intercessor - that they may attain salvation.

[7:204]  When the Quran is recited, you shall listen to it and take heed, that you may attain mercy.

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses;

Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas or Easter because they believe that these festivals are based on (or massively contaminated by) pagan customs and religions.

 

Islam;

Muslims as well do not celebrate Christmas or Easter because they believe that these festivals are based on pagan customs and religions.  A true Muslim will not celebrate any human endeavor in the cause of religion he/she would only devote their religion to God Alone.  A true Muslim for example will not celebrate Eid or any celebration devoted to prophet Muhammad because it is idol worship and not stated in the Quran.

[2:139]  Say, "Do you argue with us about GOD, when He is our Lord and your Lord? We are responsible for our deeds, and you are responsible for your deeds. To Him alone we are devoted."

[3:79]  Never would a human being whom GOD blessed with the scripture and prophet hood say to the people, "Idolize me beside GOD." Instead, (he would say), "Devote yourselves absolutely to your Lord alone," according to the scripture you preach and the teachings you learn.

 

 Jehovah’s Witnesses;

The church is strongly millennial and believes that humanity is now in the 'last days' and that the final battle between good and evil will happen soon.

 

Islam;

Muslim's also believe that the Day of Judgement is near.  And it says in the Quran that the corruptors of earth which are forced behind a dam on earth at the moment will be let loose nearer the time when the End of the World is eminent, thus there will be war between good and evil and then finally End of the World will ensue.

                Gog and Magog*

[18:94]  They said, "O Zul-Qarnain, Gog and Magog are corruptors of the earth. Can we pay you to create a barrier between us and them?"

*18:94-98 One of my duties as God's Messenger of the Covenant is to state that Gog and Magog, the final sign before the end of the world, will reappear in 2270 *CE  (1700 AH), just 10 years before the end. Note that Gog and Magog occur in Suras 18 and 21, precisely 17 verses before the end of each sura, representing 17 lunar centuries (see 72:27 and Appendix 25).

[18:95]  He said, "My Lord has given me great bounties. If you cooperate with me, I will build a dam between you and them.

[18:96]  "Bring to me masses of iron." Once he filled the gap between the two palisades, he said, "Blow." Once it was red hot, he said, "Help me pour tar on top of it."

[18:97]  Thus, they could not climb it, nor could they bore holes in it.

[18:98]  He said, "This is mercy from my Lord. When the prophecy of my Lord comes to pass, He will cause the dam to crumble. The prophecy of my Lord is truth."

[18:99]  At that time, we will let them invade with one another, then the horn will be blown, and we will summon them all together.

[18:100]  We will present Hell, on that day, to the disbelievers.

[18:101]  They are the ones whose eyes were too veiled to see My message. Nor could they hear.

 

 Jehovah’s Witnesses;

The traditional Christian idea that God is a 'Trinity' of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is false and based on pagan ideas. The doctrine of the Trinity is inconsistent with the Bible

The doctrine of the Trinity contradicts what the prophets, Jesus, the apostles, and the early Christians believed and taught

 

Islam;

Muslims also believe that Trinity is false which is inconsistent with the Quran (the Final Testament);

                 Trinity: A False Doctrine

[4:171]  O people of the scripture, do not transgress the limits of your religion, and do not say about GOD except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was a messenger of GOD, and His word that He had sent to Mary, and a revelation from Him. Therefore, you shall believe in GOD and His messengers. You shall not say, "Trinity." You shall refrain from this for your own good. GOD is only one god. Be He glorified; He is much too glorious to have a son. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. GOD suffices as Lord and Master.

Muslims also believe that the previous scriptures have been altered by past generation for cheap material gains;

[2:79]  Therefore, woe to those who distort the scripture with their own hands, then say, "This is what GOD has revealed," seeking a cheap material gain. Woe to them for such distortion, and woe to them for their illicit gains.

 

 

Difference between Jehovah's Witnesses and Islam, Islamic point of view;

 

 Jehovah’s Witnesses;

God the Father (whose name is Jehovah) is "the only true God". Jesus Christ is his firstborn son, is inferior to God, and was created by God. The Holy Spirit is not a person; it is God's active force

 

Islam;

In Islam Muslims believe in One God, one who is all Omnipotent and the creator of Heavens and Earth.  He was never begotten and He never begets.  God does not need any support or help while all other creatures do.  Jesus is one of many prophets who preached the same religion as Abraham did and Muhammad did called Islam or Submission.  It was later on when Christianity was created,  at the time the church was established in 325 CE when Nicene creed came about and trinity was established.  According to Quran the Holy Spirit is Angel Gabriel who accompanied Jesus and revealed him the Gospel, the same angel who revealed Muhammad the Quran.

[112:2]  "The Absolute GOD.

[112:3]  "Never did He beget. Nor was He begotten.

[112:4]  "None equals Him."

[3:52]  When Jesus sensed their disbelief, he said, "Who are my supporters towards GOD?" The disciples said, "We are GOD's supporters; we believe in GOD, and bear witness that we are (muslims) submitters."

 

 Jehovah’s Witnesses;

Jesus was God's first creation

 

Islam;

According to Islam God's first creation was Adam, however, Quran acknowledges the fact that there are some similarities between creation of Jesus and Adam;

[3:59]  The example of Jesus, as far as GOD is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, "Be," and he was.

**3:59 The "equality" of the creation of Jesus and Adam is confirmed mathematically; Jesus and Adam are mentioned in the Quran the same number of times, 25 times each.

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses;

Jehovah then created everything else through Jesus Christ

  

Islam;

Islam is not a religion which is based on any illusion.   All the scriptures including the Quran (The Final Testament) point towards the creation of us and the Universe was done by God.  There is no intrinsic message there in this fact it is clear and precise;

[2:21]  O people, worship only your Lord - the One who created you and those before you - that you may be saved.

[2:29]  He is the One who created for you everything on earth, then turned to the sky and perfected seven universes therein,* and He is fully aware of all things.

*2:29 Our universe with its billion galaxies, spanning distances of billions of light years, is the smallest and innermost of seven universes. Please look up 41:10-11.

[6:1]  Praise be to GOD, who created the heavens and the earth, and made the darkness and the light. Yet, those who disbelieve in their Lord continue to deviate.

God created the Heavens and the Earth when Jesus was not born even.  As explained earlier God did not need anyone's help in the creation process.  In fact no human or devil took part in any of the creation process;

[18:51]  I never permitted them to witness the creation of the heavens and the earth, nor the creation of themselves. Nor do I permit the wicked to work in My kingdom.*

*18:51 God knew that Satan and his supporters (jinns and humans) were going to make the wrong decision. Hence their exclusion from witnessing the creation process.

Thus Jesus was not aware of the creation process like no other human is!!

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses;

Jesus Christ gave his human life as a sacrifice to make human salvation possible

 

Islam;

Islam is very clear about this issue that no human can carry another human’s sins;

[35:18]  No soul can carry the sins of another soul. If a soul that is loaded with sins implores another to bear part of its load, no other soul can carry any part of it, even if they were related. The only people to heed your warnings are those who reverence their Lord, even when alone in their privacy, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat). Whoever purifies his soul, does so for his own good. To GOD is the final destiny.

Thus according to Islam Jesus could not have carry other peoples sins!!

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses;

Witnesses believe that Jesus had a spirit resurrection, not a bodily one

 

Islam;

Muslims only believe in one resurrection and that is the Day of Resurrection when all the disbelievers will be resurrected from their graves to witness the final judgement, this is the day when this earth will come to an end.  According to Quran all humans die including Jesus who is dead.  However, there is difference between the believer dying and a disbeliever dying.  When the believer dies (including Jesus) they go straight to Paradise (the same Paradise where Adam and Eve was evicted from) and when the disbeliever dies his soul is trapped somewhere in the Universe and he/she is shown nightmares all the time  until he/she is resurrected on the Day of Judgement.

                 Where Do We Go From Here?

[2:154]  Do not say of those who are killed in the cause of GOD, "They are dead." They are alive at their Lord, but you do not perceive.*

*2:154 The righteous do not really die; they simply leave their bodies here and go to the same Paradise where Adam and Eve once lived. See Appendix 17 for the proof and the details.

[36:25]  "I have believed in your Lord; please listen to me."

                The Righteous Go Straight to Paradise*

[36:26]  (At the time of his death) he was told, "Enter Paradise." He said, "Oh, I wish my people knew.

*36:26 The righteous do not really die; they simply move on to the same Paradise where Adam and Eve lived. They join the prophets, saints and martyrs in an active and utopian life (see Appendix 17).

[36:27]  "That my Lord has forgiven me, and made me honorable."

[36:28]  We did not send down upon his people, after him, soldiers from the sky; we did not need to send them down.

Day of Resurrection as regards to Jews & Christians

[2:113]  The Jews said, "The Christians have no basis," while the Christians said, "The Jews have no basis." Yet, both of them read the scripture. Such are the utterances of those who possess no knowledge. GOD will judge them on the Day of Resurrection, regarding their disputes.

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses;

Jesus Christ has been appointed by God to judge each human being and decide on their fate.

 

Islam;

Quran is clear that there is no such thing as Intercession on behalf of God.  Today’s  Muslims believe that Muhammad will judge among the people on the Day of Resurrection and Christians it will be Jesus.  According to Quran both are wrong, because no intercession is allowed;

[2:48]  Beware of the day when no soul can avail another soul, no intercession will be accepted, no ransom can be paid, nor can anyone be helped.

Muhammad was told even if he asks for forgiveness for the disbelievers for seventy times God will not forgive them (Muhammad had relatives who were disbelievers), if Muhammad cannot help who he knew, what chance has he got to help total strangers on the Day of Judgement.  This phenomenon of intercession is completely wrong.

                 Satan's Most Effective Bait:

                 The Myth of Intercession*

[9:80]  Whether you ask forgiveness for them, or do not ask forgiveness for them - even if you ask forgiveness for them seventy times - GOD will not forgive them. This is because they disbelieve in GOD and His messenger. GOD does not guide the wicked people.

*9:80 If Muhammad could not intercede on behalf of his own uncles and cousins, what makes strangers who never met him think that he will intercede on their behalf? Abraham could not intercede on behalf of his father, nor could Noah intercede on behalf of his son (11:46 & 60:4).

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses;

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that when a person dies, their existence completely stops.

 

Islam;

Muslims believe that after person dies his soul remains intact as far as believers are concerned.   And the Soul the real person goes to the Paradise.  However, when a disbeliever dies his/her soul dies with him/her.   Soul is the real me or you, this fact is witnessed by our being and is embedded within our language for example we say our body, or my hand when referring to body or hand, which implies that these extremities are not part of what we originally are a soul.  The word “our” or “my” implies possessions rather than an entity like soul.

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses;

Witnesses believe that Hell (as traditionally portrayed) does not exist. There is no place where sinners are tormented after death - since their existence is over, nothing can be done to them or for them. Witnesses also argue that it would be completely against God's nature to torture humans for eternity.

 

Islam;

Muslims believe that those who are worthy of reward because they lived a righteous life be humble to people and did not set up any idols beside our Creator will receive their reward, they will end up in Paradise immediately after they die on earth.  And those who lived their lives at the impulse of their egos destroying,  properties corrupting the world and setting up idols besides God deserve to get their punishment.  If the reward for the righteous and punishment for corruptors was not there then there is no justice and it is not worth living your life the way you do.   Reminder of reward and punishment works positively for us.  The punishment deters corruptors and reward encourages the righteous thus this method makes more sense.  Quran clarifies to us that Hell will be created on the Day of  Judgment when this earth will come to end, while Paradise is already there the Paradise which Adam and Eve were evicted from, the same Paradise where Jesus lives in now.  If you are righteous you will join Jesus and other God's prophets there.

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses;

The majority of Jehovah's Witnesses are not anointed and will not spend eternity in heaven. They will spend eternity in paradise on Earth.  In fact not only Jehovah's Witnesses but billions of others will have everlasting life on earth and thus fulfil God's original plan for humanity when he put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

 

Islam;

There are two points which do not make sense if all the people from all the generations on earth will live on earth then there will be no space left for other creatures, like plants and animals.  And the other point is if no one is punished for their sins then that means that anyone can sin on earth and do vile things on earth and still end up living good life, that does not make sense.  The space in Paradise as compared to earth is infinitely more;

 [3:133]  You should eagerly race towards forgiveness from your Lord and a Paradise whose width encompasses the heavens and the earth; it awaits the righteous.

*CE stands for “Common era” which equals AD, but AD stands for “Anno Domini” which is Latin for “The year of the Lord”, since Muslims do not believe Jesus was God, it is appropriate to use CE.

 

This article has direct reference to material on www.bbc.co.uk/religion.  Thus the paragraphs under the heading Jehovah’s Witnesses is from BBC.  Lot of effort has been taken to leave this material in its original form and minimize the amount of material in proportion to what BBC has put on their site.   This is done in compliance with Section 110 (5) of the Copyright Act 1976.