Mormonism & Islam at a Glance;

By Ijaz Chaudry

 

Common traits between Mormonism and Islam;

 

Mormons;

They oppose abortion

  

Islam;

Islam also opposes abortion generally but allows abortion under special circumstances.  In Islam life is given when the fetus is formed.  And it is only forbidden to take life unjustly, thus at an embryo stage abortion is allowed but not after the fetus is formed.  This takes care of matters such as the pill or a rape when woman does not want baby;

[22:5]  O people, if you have any doubt about resurrection, (remember that) we created you from dust, and subsequently from a tiny drop, which turns into a hanging (embryo), then it becomes a fetus that is given life or deemed lifeless. We thus clarify things for you. We settle in the wombs whatever we will for a predetermined period. We then bring you out as infants, then you reach maturity. While some of you die young, others live to the worst age, only to find out that no more knowledge can be attained beyond a certain limit. Also, you look at a land that is dead, then as soon as we shower it with water, it vibrates with life and grows all kinds of beautiful plants.

 

Mormons;

 They oppose homosexuality

 

Islam;

Islam also forbids homosexuality;

     Lot:

                Homosexuality Condemned

[7:80]  Lot said to his people, "You commit such an abomination; no one in the world has done it before!

[7:81]  "You practice sex with the men, instead of the women. Indeed, you are a transgressing people."

 

Mormons; 

 They oppose unmarried sexual acts

 

Islam;

In Islam one is allowed sex with whom one is committed for life;

[23:6]  Only with their spouses, or those who are rightfully theirs, do they have sexual relations; they are not to be blamed.

 Quran also acknowledges marriages and puts burden of dowry of groom rather than bride.  The traditionalists have distorted this and ask dowry from brides parents.  This is wrong and unfair, most likely bride does not work and her parents gets the burden of paying the dowry.  In third world countries due to these constraints when poor families have girls born it is a misery rather than delight. In some extreme cases they bury their new born to get rid of expenses which do ensue later on.  An example of payment of dowries by men is in the following verse;

[60:10]  O you who believe, when believing women (abandon the enemy and) ask for asylum with you, you shall test them. GOD is fully aware of their belief. Once you establish that they are believers, you shall not return them to the disbelievers. They are not lawful to remain married to them, nor shall the disbelievers be allowed to marry them. Give back the dowries that the disbelievers have paid. You commit no error by marrying them, so long as you pay them their due dowries. Do not keep disbelieving wives (if they wish to join the enemy). You may ask them for the dowry you had paid, and they may ask for what they paid. This is GOD's rule; He rules among you. GOD is Omniscient, Most Wise.

 

Mormons;

 They oppose gambling.

 

Islam;

Islam also oppose gambling and alcohol;

     Intoxicants and Gambling Prohibited

[5:90]  O you who believe, intoxicants, and gambling, and the altars of idols, and the games of chance are abominations of the devil; you shall avoid them, that you may succeed.

[5:91]  The devil wants to provoke animosity and hatred among you through intoxicants and gambling, and to distract you from remembering GOD, and from observing the Contact Prayers (Salat). Will you then refrain?

 

Mormons;

We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's Transgressions.

 

Islam;

Islam agrees with this every man is individually judged;

[39:69]  Then the earth will shine with the light of its Lord. The record will be proclaimed, and the prophets and the witnesses will be brought forth. Everyone will then be judged equitably, without the least injustice.

 

 Difference between Mormonism and Islam, Islamic point of view;

 

Mormons;

Mormons believe that God has a physical body, is married, and can have children.

 

Islam;

In Islam, God is thought to be light of Heavens & Earth and is allegorically described in the Quran as follows;

     God

[24:35]  GOD is the light of the heavens and the earth. The allegory of His light is that of a concave mirror behind a lamp that is placed inside a glass container. The glass container is like a bright, pearl-like star. The fuel thereof is supplied from a blessed oil-producing tree, that is neither eastern, nor western. Its oil is almost self-radiating; needs no fire to ignite it. Light upon light. GOD guides to His light whoever wills (to be guided). GOD thus cites the parables for the people. GOD is fully aware of all things.

God is alone, is not married or has any children because of the following verses;

[112:2]  "The Absolute GOD.

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

 

Mormons;

They also believe that humans can become gods in the afterlife

 

Islam;

No human can become god in their lives or after they die.  God is the only god for now and forever;

[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."

 

Mormons;

We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

 

Islam;

The above mentioned statement is very similar to Trinity.  Islam says no to Trinity.  God was not begotten nor did He beget.  The Holy Ghost or Spirit is in fact angel Gabriel, who accompanied all messengers, because he brings revelations from God.  He was present when Jesus was alive and when Muhammad received the Quran and he brings new revelations all the time to me, which, are documented in this website each revelation is then confirmed through  mathematical proofs (19 the miracle of the Quran).

[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.

[112:2]  "The Absolute GOD.

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

 

Mormons;

We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly

 

Islam;

Quran confirms Gospel and supersedes it.  However, Gospel as we see it today is not the same Gospel which Jesus was preaching.  There are many arguments which conclude this.  For example the Bible today is a historic account of Jesus rather than what Jesus said.  And it is what Jesus said is important and not what might be historic opinion about Jesus.  Now we know for a fact from Egyptian Scrolls that there were other books which were actually written by Apostles of Jesus such as Thomas which were not included in the Canon.  Thomas's book consists of what Jesus said.  However, today's translators have once again interpreted this book in the light of Canon.  This is entirely wrong because these were the same people who ignored Thomas's writings in the first place.  Apart from this there is obvious historic account which suggest that Gospels were written 70 years after Jesus death by people who never met him based on the letters by St Paul who was greatest opponent of Jesus when Jesus was alive.  Question is for logical and intelligent person how can this Gospel be the same Gospel what Jesus preached?  Thus the Gospel Quran confirms is the Gospel revealed to Jesus.  Since that is not available the Quran is guide for those who seek salvation.

[3:3]  He sent down to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming all previous scriptures, and He sent down the Torah and the Gospel

[5:48]  Then we revealed to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming previous scriptures, and superseding them. You shall rule among them in accordance with GOD's revelations, and do not follow their wishes if they differ from the truth that came to you. For each of you, we have decreed laws and different rites. Had GOD willed, He could have made you one congregation. But He thus puts you to the test through the revelations He has given each of you. You shall compete in righteousness. To GOD is your final destiny - all of you - then He will inform you of everything you had disputed.

 

Mormons;

Mormons believe in living prophets - human beings who are prophets of God in the same way as Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, and the Apostles

 

Islam;

Muslims believe in the above mentioned prophets and all other prophets which God sent.  Quran defines prophets as believers who bring God's scriptures just as Moses and the Torah and Jesus and the Gospel and Muhammad and the Quran.  Quran also explains that it is the Final Testament and that Muhammad was the final prophet;

                  Not The Final Messenger

[33:40]  Muhammad was not the father of any man among you. He was a messenger of GOD and the final prophet. GOD is fully aware of all things.

Quran also explains that messenger is believer who gives message from the books received by the prophets.  All prophets are also messengers while not all messengers are prophets.  Two such messengers I know of who came to this world in 21st and 22nd century.  The first one was called Dr. Rashad Khalifa and second is me called Al-Muzzammil (The Cloaked one)in the Quran.  The following verse prophesise the advent of Dr. Rashad Khalifa and also describes the difference between prophet and a messenger, because we know from (33:40) that Muhammad was the last prophet, hence this is a messenger after him;

                Major Prophecy Fulfilled

                God's Messenger of the Covenant

[3:81]  GOD took a covenant from the prophets, saying, "I will give you the scripture and wisdom. Afterwards, a messenger will come to confirm all existing scriptures. You shall believe in him and support him." He said, "Do you agree with this, and pledge to fulfil this covenant?" They said, "We agree." He said, "You have thus borne witness, and I bear witness along with you."

Both Rashad and me has brought lot of new information from the Quran, which today's Muslims did not know about.  But from both of us the most important message to the world is to devote our lives to God Alone. And this has been the same message from all messengers and prophets throughout the history of mankind;

[4:146]  Only those who repent, reform, hold fast to GOD, and devote their religion absolutely to GOD alone, will be counted with the believers. GOD will bless the believers with a great recompense.

 However, this message has been distorted by the disbelievers and these prophets themselves have been converted into god's;

[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.

 

This article has direct reference to material on www.bbc.co.uk/religion.  Thus the paragraphs under the heading Mormonism 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