Shinto & Islam at a Glance;

By Ijaz Chaudry

 

Difference between Shinto and Islam, Islamic point of view;

 

Shinto;

Shinto is not a way of explaining the world. What matters are rituals that enable human beings to communicate with kami.

Kami are not God or gods. They are spirits that are concerned with human beings - they appreciate our interest in them and want us to be happy - and if they are treated properly they will intervene in our lives to bring benefits like health, business success, and good exam results.

 

Islam;

Islam recognizes the fact that there are spirits which are called Jinn's in Arabic in the language the Quran was revealed. Quran is the Final Testament from God. Jinn's are part of the human being and are born when the human being dies. The following verses are talking about Jinn's who is herder in a sense that eggs you on the devils path and also a witness (like conscious and sub-conscious and the sub-conscious would be Jinn);

[50:21] Every soul comes with a herder and a witness.

[50:22] You used to be oblivious to this. We now remove your veil; today, your vision is (as strong as) steel.

[50:23] The companion said, "Here is my formidable testimony."

So how do we know the herder and a witness is the devil. The following verse is talking about devil being companion of the disbelievers;

[43:36] Anyone who disregards the message of the Most Gracious, we appoint a devil to be his constant companion.

When we add verses from (50:21) where the herder is described and (43:36) where the devil is the companion we get 21 + 36 = 57 which is 19 x 3 a complete multiple of 19 the miracle of the Quran. Position 3 describes Principal or Rule clarified, thus here a rule is clarified in (50:21) with the help of (43:36) and the code (57).

God tells us in the Quran that God pairs the humans with Jinn's according to what their intentions might be. God knows our future and the past thus He can judge us and pair us accordingly;

[7:27] O children of Adam, do not let the devil dupe you as he did when he caused the eviction of your parents from Paradise, and the removal of their garments to expose their bodies. He and his tribe see you, while you do not see them. We appoint the devils as companions of those who do not believe.

Since Jinn's preborn life is long (about 70 to 90 years an average human life expectancy) Jinn's live hundreds of years but they die like humans. Jinn's are invisible to humans but they can see us and they are more powerful than humans an example of their power is where Solomon asked a Jinn to bring Sheba's castle in a blink of an eye;

Faster Than the Speed of Light

[27:38] He said, "O you elders, which of you can bring me her mansion, before they arrive here as submitters?"

[27:39] One a frit from the jinn’s said, "I can bring it to you before you stand up. I am powerful enough to do this."

[27:40] The one who possessed knowledge from the book said, "I can bring it to you in the blink of your eye." When he saw it settled in front of him, he said, "This is a blessing from my Lord, whereby He tests me, to show whether I am appreciative or unappreciative. Whoever is appreciative is appreciative for his own good, and if one turns unappreciative, then my Lord is in no need for him, Most Honorable."

Muslims are told to stay well away from Jinn's because majority of Jinn's are not believers and they are used by men to breakup marriages. Jinn's and Human's both will be judged on the Day of Judgment. Worshiping Jinn's is common in the world but it is a great sin as well;

[6:128] The day will come when He summons all of them (and says): "O you jinn's, you have claimed multitudes of humans." Their human companions will say, "Our Lord, we enjoyed each others' company until we wasted the life span You had set for us." He will say, "Hell is your destiny." They abide therein forever, in accordance with GOD's will. Your Lord is Wise, Omniscient.

[15:27] As for the jinn's, we created them, before that, from blazing fire.

[6:100] Yet, they set up beside GOD idols from among the jinn's, though He is the One who created them. They even attribute to Him sons and daughters, without any knowledge. Be He glorified. He is the Most High, far above their claims.

As for thinking that Jinn is God, it is totally absurd. God is more powerful and the Creator of the Heavens and Earth and Jinn's themselves, so there is no comparison between Jinn's and God;

[6:102] Such is GOD your Lord, there is no god except He, the Creator of all things. You shall worship Him alone. He is in control of all things.

[36:81] Is not the One who created the heavens and the earth able to recreate the same? Yes indeed; He is the Creator, the Omniscient.

It has been foretold in the Quran that people will worship the devil;

[34:41]  They will answer, "Be You glorified. You are our Lord and Master, not them. Instead, they were worshiping the Jinn's; most of them were believers therein."

However, only God is worthy of worship;

[51:56]  I did not create the Jinn's and the humans except to worship Me alone.

One of the attribute of God is that He is All Powerful and only God can help us, it might seem others are helping us, but the ultimate helper is God because He has control over all things;

[3:109]  To GOD belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth, and all matters are controlled by GOD.

 

Shinto;

Shinto teaches important ethical principles but has no commandments

 

Islam;

Quran (The Final Testament) teaches us ethical principles and has commandments.  Quran teaches us how to live righteous lives and the most fundamental command in the Quran is not to set up idols as gods and to only Worship God the creator of the Heavens and the Earth.  The following verses stipulate this clearly;

     Righteousness Defined

[2:177]  Righteousness is not turning your faces towards the east or the west. Righteous are those who believe in GOD, the Last Day, the angels, the scripture, and the prophets; and they give the money, cheerfully, to the relatives, the orphans, the needy, the traveling alien, the beggars, and to free the slaves; and they observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat); and they keep their word whenever they make a promise; and they steadfastly persevere in the face of persecution, hardship, and war. These are the truthful; these are the righteous.

     Discouraging Capital Punishment*

[2:178]  O you who believe, equivalence is the law decreed for you when dealing with murder - the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the female for the female. If one is pardoned by the victim's kin, an appreciative response is in order, and an equitable compensation shall be paid. This is an alleviation from your Lord and mercy. Anyone who transgresses beyond this incurs a painful retribution.

**2:178 The Quran clearly discourages capital punishment. Every kind of excuse is provided to spare lives, including the life of the murderer. The victim's kin may find it better, under certain circumstances, to spare the life of the murderer in exchange for an equitable compensation. Also capital punishment is not applicable if, for example, a woman kills a man, or vice versa.

[2:179]  Equivalence is a life saving law for you, O you who possess intelligence, that you may be righteous.

The above were ethical commandments of how to live righteous life, the following verse stipulates that we should follow these commandments;

[2:189]  They ask you about the phases of the moon! Say, "They provide a timing device for the people, and determine the time of Hajj." It is not righteous to beat around the bush;* righteousness is attained by upholding the commandments and by being straightforward. You shall observe GOD, that you may succeed.

 

Shinto;

Shinto has no God

 

Islam;

Quran is over whelmed with proofs regarding the existence and greatness of God.  A very simple example of manifestation of God is this Universe.  This Universe and the Earth we live on did not exist always, God created it;

                    The Big Bang Theory Confirmed*

[21:30]  Do the unbelievers not realize that the heaven and the earth used to be one solid mass that we exploded into existence? And from water we made all living things. Would they believe?

*21:30 The Big Bang Theory is now supported by the Creator's infallible mathematical code  Thus, it is no longer a theory; it is a law, a proven fact.

[41:11]  Then He turned to the sky, when it was still gas, and said to it, and to the earth, "Come into existence, willingly or unwillingly." They said, "We come willingly."

God is the One who expands the Universes;

     "Expansion of the Universe Theory" Confirmed

[51:47]  We constructed the sky with our hands, and we will continue to expand it.

God produced for us crops to eat from and a source of sustenance;

[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.

There are so many examples of manifestation of God that we cannot encompass it;

[6:103]  No visions can encompass Him, but He encompasses all visions. He is the Compassionate, the Cognizant.

[14:34]  And He gives you all kinds of things that you implore Him for. If you count GOD's blessings, you can never encompass them. Indeed, the human being is transgressing, unappreciative.

[16:18]  If you count GOD's blessings, you cannot possibly encompass them. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

 

Shinto;

Shinto does not accept that human beings are born bad or impure; in fact Shinto states that humans are born pure, and sharing in the divine soul.

 

Islam;

Quran explains that there was a feud in Heavens well before this Universe and Earth was created.  Before this feud all creatures lived happily together in the High Heaven near God.  The culprit who started this feud was a creature called Satan.  He wanted to see if he could rule the world, all those sided with him were sent to earth, and he and his companions were given respite until the Day of Judgment.  Within this feud there were many who were unsure but wanted to try this world experience, some of them were righteous who could redeem themselves to Heaven, while existing in this world.  Hence, when we are born, it is already established if we are bound to Heaven or Hell, either we a pure or not pure.  However, we do not know our destiny and prove our way as we live here.  God knows who should be admitted to Heaven (based on what we decided in feud in the Heavens), thus God distributes these souls to the situations where they can grow and make it to Heaven.  The following verses confirm the feud and who was responsible for it and the rest is history;

[38:69]  "I had no knowledge previously, about the feud in the High Society.*

*38:69 The feud in the High Society was triggered by Satan's challenge to God's absolute authority. This is definitely the most important event in the history of the human race. We failed to make a firm stand regarding God's absolute authority. This life represents the third and final chance to redeem ourselves (See the Introduction and Appendix 7).

[38:70]  "I am inspired that my sole mission is to deliver the warnings to you."

[38:71]  Your Lord said to the angels, "I am creating a human being from clay.

[38:72]  "Once I design him, and blow into him from My spirit, you shall fall prostrate before him."

[38:73]  The angels fell prostrate, all of them,

[38:74]  except Satan; he refused, and was too arrogant, unappreciative.

Obviously God knew before hand that Satan will reject, and in what our hearts intended.  Thus this test came later where God designed human being and asked angels to assist them symbolically by prostrating to it, but Satan refused.

 

 

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