Paganism & Islam at a Glance;

By Ijaz Chaudry

 

Introduction;

I have left this article very short for a reason.  The reason is this, Islam and Paganism has fundamental differences which have been highlighted within this short article.  If one can grasp these fundamental differences between the two religions than one need not venture further because rest becomes irrelevant.

 

Difference between Paganism and Islam, Islamic point of view;

 

Paganism;

The recognition of the divine in nature is at the heart of Pagan belief. Pagans are deeply aware of the natural world and see the power of the divine in the ongoing cycle of life and death. Most Pagans are eco-friendly, seeking to live in a way that minimises harm to the natural environment.

  

Islam;

Muslims believe in living in harmony with nature;

[25:63]  The worshipers of the Most Gracious are those who tread the earth gently, and when the ignorant speak to them, they only utter peace.

However, Muslims do not believe that the nature is the source of divinity itself.  Muslims believe that God created the Heavens and the Earth, God also initiated the creation and perpetuated the life cycles.  Thus we can enjoy the beauty  and benefits of the nature but should Praise God for its creation and no one else;

[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 (Appendix 6). Please look up 41:10-11.

[40:79]  GOD is the One who created the livestock for you; some you ride, and some you eat.

 

Paganism;

Pagans worship the divine in many different forms, through feminine as well as masculine imagery and also as without gender. The most important and widely recognised of these are the God and Goddess (or pantheons of God and Goddesses) whose annual cycle of procreation, giving birth and dying defines the Pagan year. Paganism strongly emphasises equality of the sexes. Women play a prominent role in the modern Pagan movement, and Goddess worship features in most Pagan ceremonies

 

Islam;

Setting up of any other god beside the Creator is the utmost sin in Islam.  The reason for this is that God created the Heavens and the Earth, God created us and all the creation to sustain us, God provides for us and for all the creation (even though some of the creation can't even carry its provisions like insects) and to God ultimately we will go who will judge us.  Now if we thank someone else for all this than it is not fair at all.  Therefore idolising besides God is the most, worst sin in Islam.  God can forgive lesser sins for whomever He wants but will not forgive idol worship if maintained till death.  One can repent and believe in God anytime, before death approaches!

[2:22]  The One who made the earth habitable for you, and the sky a structure. He sends down from the sky water, to produce all kinds of fruits for your sustenance. You shall not set up idols to rival GOD, now that you know.

The Unforgivable Sin

[4:116]  GOD does not forgive idol worship (if maintained until death),* and He forgives lesser offenses for whomever He wills. Anyone who idolizes any idol beside GOD has strayed far astray.

                *4:116 A simple definition of idolatry: Believing that anything beside God can help you.

 

 

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