Zoroastrian & Islam at a Glance;

By Ijaz Chaudry

 

Common traits between Zoroastrian and Islam;

 

Zoroastrian;

Zoroastrians believe there is one God called Ahura Mazda (Wise Lord) and He created the world; further Ahura Mazda described;

Ahura Mazda is:

Omniscient (knows everything)

Omnipotent (all powerful)

Omnipresent (is everywhere)

Impossible for humans to conceive

Unchanging

The Creator of life

The Source of all goodness and happiness

 

Islam;

Islam recognizes the fact that there is only One God who people call with many different names in many different languages.   God is described by many beautiful names including those described above.  Quran the holy book of Muslims and the Final Testament tells us that;

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

Thus as stated in (6:103) above no one fully understand all qualities of God, but they are many of which the ones described above are only few.

 

Zoroastrian;

It is now one of the world's smallest religions. In 2006 the New York Times reported that there were probably less than 190,000 followers worldwide at that time.

 

Islam;

The Islam based on tradition with different sects may be the second largest religion of the world after Christianity but the true Islam is minority of the minority.  There are very few Muslims who worship God Alone.  The traditional Muslims worship Muhammad and are thus called Muhammadan's.  Their total devotion to Muhammad makes them Muhammadan's.  This is idol worship the greatest Sin in Islam, if continued till death will end the person in Hell.  As we know from the Quran that Muhammad never advocated the idolising of him;

[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.

Thus the true Muslims are very privileged few.  The following verses confirm the fact that there are very few Muslims;

                   The Majority of People Do Not Believe

[12:103]  Most people, no matter what you do, will not believe.

[12:104]  You are not asking them for any money; you simply deliver this reminder for all the people.

[12:105]  So many proofs in the heavens and the earth are given to them, but they pass by them, heedlessly!

                   The Majority of Believers Destined for Hell

[12:106]  The majority of those who believe in GOD do not do so without committing idol worship.

And the following verse confirms that idol worship is unforgivable by God;

                    The Unforgivable Sin

[4:48]  GOD does not forgive idolatry,* but He forgives lesser offenses for whomever He wills. Anyone who sets up idols beside GOD, has forged a horrendous offense.

*4:48 Idol worship is not forgivable, if maintained until death. One can always repent from any offense, including idolatry, before death comes (see 4:18 & 40:66).

 

 

Zoroastrian;

Zoroastrians believe that Zoroaster is the prophet of God

 

Islam;

Islam acknowledges the fact that Zoroaster was a prophet, and asks Zoroastrians why they killed him;

[3:183]  It is they who said, "GOD has made a covenant with us that we shall not believe in any messenger, unless he produces an offering that gets consumed by fire." Say, "Messengers before me have come to you with clear proofs, including what you just demanded. Why then did you kill them, if you are truthful?"

[3:184]  If they reject you, messengers before you have been rejected, even though they brought proofs, the Psalms, and the enlightening scripture.

So you might ask where does it say that Zoroaster is mentioned as a prophet above?  To answer this question I need to shed some light on the Miracle of the Quran and its relevance.  Dr. Rashad Khalifa was a eminent scientist who worked in America as a Chemist.  He was sent by God as a messenger in the late 20th century.  He found out about the Miracle of the Quran (19) based on 19 year research.  This Miracle is mentioned in the Quran in (74:30-35) as the greatest Miracle.  Rashad was killed by disbelievers in 1990. I am one of the followers of Rashad's teachings and have confirmed and refined the Mathematical Miracle to achieve lot of clarification of the Quran.  One of the refinement is that where ever in the Quran there is information which might cause a doubt, this doubt is removed by the Miracle of 19 this fact is stated in the Quran point 4 in (74:31)...(4) to remove all traces of doubt from the hearts of Christians, Jews, as well as the believers… and this is my main function as a Messenger (Al-Muzzammil 73:1).  Briefly it entails concatenating the geometric value of name of the entity in Arabic under question with the verse and if it is divisible then the code will confirm and remove the doubt.  In this instance (3:183) is saying that there was a messenger who brought proof regarding "offering that gets consumed by fire".  We know Zoroastrian's belief entails fire and belief that fire is pure and can consume organic matter, therefore the starting point to remove any doubt regarding which religion this verse is addressing would be the entity "Zoroastrian".  Before we add this gv(geometric value) to this verse, here is the calculation for Arabic letters which constitute the word Al-Mjoose which are people adherent to Zoroastrians in Arabic, this word is mentioned  in (22:17) in the Quran.  Al-Majoose has the following Arabic letters which have the respective gv's added together to form one gv for the name;  Alif = 1 + Laam = 30 + Meem = 40 + Jeem = 3 + Waoe = 6 + Seen = 60  this makes a grand total of 140, this is the gv we add with (3:183).   140 + 183 = 323 / 19 = 17  this code is complete multiple of 19 confirming the fact that indeed it is people of Zoroastrian which this verse is addressing and indeed Zoroaster was a prophet.  Indeed the multiple of this code is 17 which also is the verse number in (22:17) where Zoroastrian is mentioned in the Quran this would be another sign for the believers.  If this is not enough then what about if we count all the chapters from (3:183) onwards till (22:17) which has verse 17 in it then the total number of chapters are 19, in short 22 - 3 = 19.  Since 19 is the common denominator of the Miracle of 19, this in itself is further authentication of the code.  As we know already from history that Zoroaster was killed by the same people who follow him today, thus the question "Why then did you kill them, if you are truthful?".  The irony in this context is that these people only want to believe in Zoroaster while they were the ones who killed him in the first place.  Thus moral of the story is Practice what you preach!!   The verses (3:183-184) above has a main proposition to make and the proponent in these verses is a messenger.  The proposition is to believe in this messenger if you don’t then it is your loss.  Therefore it would be interesting to find out who this messenger is or was out of the three messenger during and after the revelation of the Quran which are Muhammad, Rashad Khalifa and Al-Muzzammil.   The Miracle of the Quran confirms that this messenger is Al-Muzzammil alias Ijaz Chaudry the author of this article.  (73:1) is addressing this messenger .i.e.  [73:1]  O you cloaked one.  When we add 183 + 184 the verses above we get 367.  Now when we concatenate 3 367 73 1 in this order we get complete multiple of 19 which is 177249 x 19.  This confirms the fact that the messenger mentioned in (3:183-184) is indeed Al-Muzzammil (The Cloaked One).  Geometric values of Muhammad or Rashad Khalifa are not multiple when added or concatenated with (3:183-184) in any sensible permutation.  (3:183-184) are left most which emphasises the fact that these verses are representing today's generation, (73:1) is right most which means that Al-Muzzammil came before this revelation was made.  The revelation that (3:183) is talking about Zoroastrian religion.  Thus (73:1 & Al-Muzzammil) is historical as compared to (3:183-184) in this sense.  Zoroaster is dead he was a prophet when he was alive he is not the prophet now, he cannot communicate with us anymore even if he wants to.  Al_Muzzamil alis Ijaz Chaudry is the living messenger today which brings guidance for the believers so listen to him for your salvation. He is not asking for much just asking you to devote your worship to God alone and denounce any idolatrous beliefs you might have.  Including believing that Zoroaster can help you in any way or form this is idolatry you will be no better than Muhammadan's who say Muhammad is alive and can help them.  All these ideas are fake you should only believe in the One Living God.

 

Zoroastrian;

It is generally accepted that in the Abrahamic religions, the concepts of Heaven and Hell, as well as the Devil, were heavily influenced by Zoroastrian belief.

 

Islam;

All messengers brought the same religion Islam (Submission) to the world.  The human beings corrupted Islam and created their own religion through idol worship later on.  For example Christians idolised Jesus Christ and formed their own religion called Christianity, before this Zoroastrians idolised Zoroaster and formed their own religion called Zoroastrian.  Today Muslims idolise Muhammad and are called Muhammadan's.  Thus the similarity mentioned above with Zoroastrians and Islam are true because both religions were they same before sects and new religions were created by humans;

     No Distinction Among God's Messengers

[2:136]  Say, "We believe in GOD, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus, and all the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters (Muslims)."

 

Difference between Zoroastrian and Islam, Islamic point of view;

 

Zoroastrian;

As with cosmic dualism, we have the polarity of happiness and sadness, truth and deception and so on but with an emphasis on choice. This choice is crucial as it determines whether we are the helper of Ahura Mazda or the helper of Angra Mainyu. When all of mankind chooses the former over the latter, evil will finally be defeated and Paradise on earth will be realized.

 

Islam;

Islam recognises the fact that humans have freedom of choice, this fact is recorded in the Quran as follows;

                   Freedom of Choice

[33:72]  We have offered the responsibility (freedom of choice) to the heavens and the earth, and the mountains, but they refused to bear it, and were afraid of it. But the human being accepted it; he was transgressing, ignorant.*

                 *33:72 The animals, trees, stars, etc. took advantage of this.

Thus having freedom of choice by humans was not a very clever thing to do, because it makes humans responsible for their behaviour.  However, one can redeem itself by worshiping God alone using Quran for guidance and stop idolising any other being no matter how subtle it might be.  Also be humble and get rid of any ego, because ego is over bearing and stops God's message to be heard.  There is a verse in the Quran which clarifies how to receive God's message;

     Follow the Word of God

[39:18]  They are the ones who examine all words, then follow the best. These are the ones whom GOD has guided; these are the ones who possess intelligence.

Also another crucial advice for the followers would be;

     Crucial  Advice

[17:36]  You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them.

It is not wise to leave it to someone else to decide your fate, only you are responsible for making it to Heaven or Hell, so verify what I am saying here using your best judgement and then make your decision either to follow what I am saying here or not.  If you have any doubt about what I am saying here then air your views, I might have made a mistake and by you highlighting it, you would be doing a favour to me and to you.  All messengers are humans and can make mistakes, which could be a test for the believers, many believers are blocked by the issue of messengers cannot make mistakes and then become disbelievers;

[14:11]  Their messengers said to them, "We are no more than humans like you, but GOD blesses whomever He chooses from among His servants. We could not possibly show you any kind of authorization, except in accordance with GOD's will. In GOD the believers shall trust.

 

Zoroastrian;

Zoroastrians believe that as soon as the breath has left it, the body becomes impure. Death is considered to be the work of Angra Mainyu, the embodiment of all that is evil, whereas the earth and all that is beautiful is considered to be the pure work of God

 

Islam;

Islam believes that God does not advocate sin;

     Examine All Inherited Information

[7:28]  They commit a gross sin, then say, "We found our parents doing this, and GOD has commanded us to do it." Say, "GOD never advocates sin. Are you saying about GOD what you do not know?"

However, death is not sinful act.  God controls life and death, and every one ultimately return to God.  Islam agrees that all the evil on earth is instituted by devil they may be Human or Jinn (descendents of Satan), however, the ultimate control of anything which happens to us is in the Hand of God;

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

Also life and death is in the hands of God and not the devil;

  Two Deaths and Two Lives for the Disbelievers*

[2:28]  How can you disbelieve in GOD when you were dead and He gave you life, then He puts you to death, then He brings you back to life, then to Him you ultimately return?

*2:28 The righteous do not really die; they go straight to Heaven. When their interim on this earth comes to an end, the angels of death simply invite them to go to the same Paradise where Adam and Eve once lived (2:154, 3:169, 8:24, 22:58, 16:32, 36:20-27, 44:56, 89:27-30). Thus, while the righteous experience only the first death following our original sin, the unrighteous go through two deaths (40:11). At the time of death, the disbelievers know their miserable fate (8:50, 47:27), then they suffer a continuous nightmare that lasts until Hell is created (40:46, 89:23).

 

Zoroastrian;

Zoroastrians traditionally pray several times a day. Some wear a kusti, which is a cord knotted three times, to remind them of the maxim, 'Good Words, Good Thoughts, Good Deeds'.

 

Islam;

Islam forbids bad thoughts and encourages good ones.  In Islam Muslims could pray 5 times a day, remembering God at every part of the day and as the season changes the times of the prayer changes thus Muslims pray within different time zones and remember God.  God stipulates who would do these prayers as follows;

[2:45]  You shall seek help through steadfastness and the Contact Prayers (Salat). This is difficult indeed, but not so for the reverent,

[2:46]  who believe that they will meet their Lord; that to Him they ultimately return.

God has not made Islam a burden, one can put as much or as little into Islam and accordingly he/she will be rewarded.  Believing in God alone, believing in Last Day and leading a righteous life is sufficient for Salvation.  However, the one who does Salat (Prayers) will be better guided.  The Salat is much emphasized in the Quran and there are great rewards for those who do Salat and lead a righteous life.  How to perform correct Salat with proof has been established by me with the help from God you will find the proof and instructions for Salat on this web site.

 

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