Unitarian & Islam at a Glance;

By Ijaz Chaudry

 

Common traits between Unitarian and Islam;

 

Unitarian;

Early Unitarians felt that the language of the Bible spoke clearly of "one God". Because of this they felt that the traditional Christian idea of God being a Trinity was wrong.

 

Islam;

Muslims also believe in one God.  Quran the holy book of Islam is the Final Testament there will not be any other book after Quran sent by God.  Quran recognises the Old and New Testaments.  Quran confirms and supersede the previous Testaments.   Quran recognises the previous Testaments which were revealed to those Prophets.  As you know the previous scriptures are not exactly what the prophets brought, there are omissions, discrepancies, loses in translation and they are written by other than the prophets.  However, Quran was revealed to Muhammad who wrote it down and then it was passed from generation to generation in its pristine condition.  The fact that Quran is as original as at the time of its revelation has been confirmed recently in the 20th century by a scientist and a messenger from U.S.A who researched the mathematical code of the Quran which proved beyond doubt this Quran is exactly the same as it was revealed to Muhammad over 1400 years ago (Search for Mathematical Miracle of the Quran on this web site for further detail).  Thus very briefly the discrepancy in the New Testament is what is stating the Trinity and Jesus never believed in Trinity or asked his disciples to  practice Trinity.  His message was clear and precise only worship God your Lord and my Lord;

[3:50]  "I confirm previous scripture - the Torah - and I revoke certain prohibitions imposed upon you. I come to you with sufficient proof from your Lord. Therefore, you shall observe GOD, and obey me.

[3:51]  "GOD is my Lord and your Lord; you shall worship Him alone. This is the right path."

[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 submitters (Or Muslims in Arabic)."

 

 

Unitarian;

Unitarians are so called because they insist on the oneness of God and because they affirm the essential unity of humankind and of creation

 

Islam;

Muslims believe that before the creation of the humans we all lived in the Heavenly Society all as the same beings.  The creation as you see it today were part of this society and they were equal to humans.   A dispute in this "High Society" was the start of a test which incurred creation of Heavens and the Earth and categorization of Humans and other creatures;

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

 In this sense there is unity of humankind and of creation.  However, for a temporary measure God has ranked within humans for example boss and servant relationship is present today.  Also God has made humans rule the creation for example cattle, crops, various fruits are all subservient to human and are means of provision for the humans.  According to the Quran, this world is a test for the believers and who ever do righteous work in this world and not set up any idols as their god will pass this test and make it to the paradise which is permanent;

[11:7]  He is the One who created the heavens and the earth in six days -  and His (earthly) domain was completely covered with water -  in order to test you, to distinguish those among you who work righteousness. Yet, when you say, "You will be resurrected after death," those who disbelieve would say, "This is clearly witchcraft."

 

Difference between Unitarian and Islam, Islamic point of view;

 

Unitarian;

Unitarianism has no standard set of beliefs

 

Islam;

Islam has standard set of beliefs.  The main belief in Islam is that there is no god besides God.  And then there are beliefs which are less important like we believe in what was brought down to all the prophets, also Muslims should live righteous lives.  Most of the Quran is about encouraging the belief in God, and the ways of the wicket who deviate from this belief.  In short belief is a very important part of Islam.  Today this belief comes with mathematical proves which are beyond doubt.  Thus the belief of the past is fact of today (please search for relevance of mathematical miracle of the Quran number 19 in this web site).

 

Unitarian;

Unitarians believe that religious truth is not necessarily or primarily laid down either in scriptures, by a holy person or by a religious institution

no individual or group in Unitarianism makes an exclusive claim to the truth

within certain core values each Unitarian can believe what they feel is right

 

Islam;

Islam proclaims that Quran is the word of God.  This is a fact based on many years research on the Quran using common prime number denominator 19 of the code in the Quran.  The codes in the Quran leave no doubt that this book can only be from God.  Hence Quran is not the word of Muhammad, Quran was the revelations from God mediated by angel Gabriel to Muhammad who wrote these down when they were revealed;

     Gabriel Mediates the Revelation

[2:97]  Say, "Anyone who opposes Gabriel should know that he has brought down this (Quran) into your heart, in accordance with GOD's will, confirming previous scriptures, and providing guidance and good news for the believers."

In Islam as far as the religion is concerned we believe what the Quran says.  Quran is a dynamic book which through the usage of miracle of 19 confirms issues regarding the world and there relationship with Islam.  Things like "surrogacy", "abortion", "Punishment for thief" etc things which were beyond reach before have now been verified.

 

Unitarian;

Unitarians are skeptical about any one person or tradition possessing the whole truth. They are also increasingly aware of the inherent value of diversity for the wellbeing of the natural world.  With these points in mind, Unitarians suggest that human differences of opinion and lifestyle should be seen as potentially creative and enriching, rather than necessarily destructive.

 

Islam;

Islam unifies all religion into one.  Islam is a Arabic word for Submission, thus any person of any religion submits to God is a Muslim.  The following verse clarifies what Islam really stand for;

     Minimum Requirements For Salvation

[5:69]  Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the converts, and the Christians; any of them who (1) believe in GOD and (2) believe in the Last Day, and (3) lead a righteous life, have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

Thus the diversity of religions is encompassed within one, that is many religions but one message, Submission to One God.

 

Unitarian;

Jesus was a man, not God

Jesus was not physically resurrected

Jesus was a Jewish prophet with a mission of reconciliation

Jesus was filled with divine inspiration

Jesus is a supreme example of living with integrity and compassion

Jesus' life is reflective of the divine potential in all of us

 

Islam;

Quran addresses Jesus as son of Mary and not son of God.  This describes Jesus precisely as a human;

[5:17]  Pagans indeed are those who say that GOD is the Messiah, the son of Mary. Say, "Who could oppose GOD if He willed to annihilate the Messiah, son of Mary, and his mother, and everyone on earth?" To GOD belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them. He creates whatever He wills. GOD is Omnipotent.

Jesus was not resurrected physically or spiritually in any way or form.  Jesus is dead as far as this world is concerned.  However, all believer souls go straight to Paradise when they die, Jesus was a believer and he is in Paradise now.  As far as this world is concerned he has no communication with it in the slightest;

[36:22]  "Why should I not worship the One who initiated me, and to Him is your ultimate return?

[36:23]  "Shall I set up beside Him gods? If the Most Gracious willed any harm for me, their intercession cannot help me one bit, nor can they rescue me.

[36:24]  "In that case, I would be totally astray.

[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.

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

Souls are kept well away from earth after death;

[23:100]  "I will then work righteousness in everything I left." Not true. This is a false claim that he makes. A barrier will separate his soul from this world until resurrection.

Thus Jesus is not alive as Christians believe.  All prophets led by example including Jesus thus compassion and integrity might have been his strong points, as any person with character may have those qualities.  Jesus was not divine nor  any human being is divine, only God is divine.  Jesus was righteous and Submitter to God and every human being should try to achieve what Jesus achieved in his life time, and set an example for all of us;

     Today's Christianity Not Jesus' Religion

[5:72]  Pagans indeed are those who say that GOD is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah himself said, "O Children of Israel, you shall worship GOD; my Lord and your Lord." Anyone who sets up any idol beside GOD, GOD has forbidden Paradise for him, and his destiny is Hell. The wicked have no helpers.

 

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