ISLAMIC Experience EXHIBITION
Frequently Asked Questions with ANSWERS
1) Kalimah Tayyibah
La ilaha illallah Muhammadur rasoolullah.
The first part ‘La ilaha illallah’ is loosely translated as, “there is no god but God”. This can be confusing. ‘La ilaha’, there is no god (god with a small ‘g’ refers to false gods such as people used to worship the idols, sun, moon, trees, rivers and seas etc) except God (God with a capital ‘G’) refers to The True God Almighty.
In Arabic when we refer to false gods or any god that is ‘ilah’ but when we refer to God Almighty, we add to it the definite particles ‘alif laam’, this makes it. ‘Al- ilah’. So now that becomes The God Almighty. The True Creator, ALLAH.
An appropriate translation for Kalimah Tayyibah would be; “There is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad (pbuh) is the messenger of Allah”.
2) Why do you call God Allah?
The Creator has different names in different languages, for example Moses (pbuh) spoke Hebrew, he called the Creator Eloha in Hebrew. Jesus (pbuh) spoke Aramaic, he called The Creator Alaha in Aramaic. Muhammad (pbuh) spoke Arabic, he called The Creator Allah in Arabic. In English, we call The Creator God, in French He is called Dieu, in Persian He is called Khuda. So the Creator is known by different names in different languages.
3) Why do you refer to God as ‘HE’?
In Arabic there are two, third person singular pronouns ‘heya and huwa’ she and he. In English there are three’ it, she and he’. ‘It’ is generally used for lifeless objects, so we can not use that for the Creator. ‘She’ is expected to give birth but God Almighty does not give birth, therefore we are only left with ‘He’. The fact is that God Almighty is the Spiritual Being, He is neither a he nor a she, however due to the limitations of the human tongue we refer to him in third person singular pronoun as ‘He’.
4) Why the Quran mentions ‘We’ as first person plural for God?
The Holy Quran tells us ‘Qul hu-wallahu-Ahad’ He is Allah The One. Then why is Allah saying ‘We’ for Himself? For instance we read in surah Al-Hijr 15:9 “ We sent down the Quran and We will preserve it, safeguard it and protect it”.
‘We’ is the language of Royalty. When Royal decrees and ordinances are pronounced ‘We’ is used. Therefore Quran uses ‘We’ as first person plural for God Almighty in this context.
In the Holy Quran, in a personal relationship with God Almighty ‘I’ is used. When it’s a remote relationship, ‘He’ is used and when Allah SWT speaks for Himself, then ‘We’ is used.
5) How do you know God exists?
Please refer to booklet “The Existence of the Creator” by Shamshad M. Khan available free from IPCI, 434, Coventry Road, Birmingham B10 0UG. It can also be downloaded on the internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
6) Who created God?
Everything that is created has a creator. When we refer to God Almighty, we are referring to the uncreated Creator. Therefore He is uncreated God Almighty.
God Almighty is the Originator of the primal origin. The Cause of all the causes.
(Please refer to booklet, “Existence of the Creator” available free from IPCI)
7) Why are Muslims not allowed to draw pictures of God?
We read in John 4:24 that God Almighty is The Spiritual Being.
According to Islamic teachings also He is The Spiritual Being, The Infinite Being, and cannot be seen by finite human eyes. As we read in the Quran, when Prophet Moses expressed his wish to see God Almighty, he was told “you cannot see Me”. (Quran 7:143)
If you cannot see God Almighty then surely you cannot draw a picture of His Being.
8) Why should God be worshipped?
God Almighty has created us, He is our maker and He has also given us guidelines to follow in order to be successful in this life and in the hereafter.
A manufacturer of a computer gives you a manual, so that if you follow that manual and operate the computer according to the guidelines given, to get optimum performance from it. For example, connect it to a stabilised voltage supply, turn the power button on and press the buttons in pre-determined configuration as guided and described in the manufacturers manual, then you’ll find that the computer will give you good service, it will be reliable, durable and you’ll be pleased and satisfied with it. So similarly our Maker has also given us guidelines to follow.
The final guidelines came in the form of the Quran which is the manual for human guidance and if you follow these guidelines you will then have a successful life in this world and in the hereafter.
God Almighty, is our Creator and He wishes that we remember Him and submit before Him, at least five times a day and acknowledge the blessings that we receive from Him, for example the air that we breathe, the water we drink, the food that we eat, the system that He has designed and organised for us. He has made everything conducive to support life, we must therefore acknowledge that fact and thank Him for it continuously.
We read in The Holy Quran, when we pray to God Almighty it keeps us away from evil deeds and also because this life is a test that God Almighty has designed for us. When He created paradise, He decided that only the deserving will enter it. We are therefore, all going through the test and if we pass the test, God willing, we shall enter paradise.
9) Do we need middlemen to reach God?
According to the teachings of Islam, everyone has direct contact with God Almighty. Indeed when we pray to Him, we pray to Him directly without any mediator or mediation. When we pray to Him we follow the examples of the Holy Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). When he experienced the Ascension and presented himself before the presence of God Almighty, he prayed to Him directly, so following his example we also pray to Him in the same way.
Due to this reason, Prayer or Salah is called the ‘Ascension of a believer’.
10) What will happen to all the people who haven’t heard of God?
Today it’s highly unlikely that people wherever they may be haven’t heard of God, We are told in the Holy Quran that when God Almighty created Adam (pbuh) He also created all the human beings spiritually at the same time. They were at the time, asked; “who is your Lord?” They all answered; “you are our Lord, we testify”. The acknowledgement of The Creator is therefore present in our unconscious mind. However, there may be a remote island where the message has not reached; we’re also told in the Holy Quran 91:7-8, where God Almighty says; “By the soul that We perfected and in it We planted the Criterion”. Therefore the criterion of good and bad is built in. When you do something bad, something within you, called conscience, tells you that it is bad and that you shouldn’t have done that. For instance, if somebody tells a lie, something within them tells them that it is wrong and that they shouldn’t have done that; or if somebody steals, something within them tells them that it’s wrong and that they shouldn’t have done that. Those people that haven’t heard of God, they will be judged according to God given conscience within, which tells them, as to what is right and what is wrong.
11) If Allah loves us then why are we not rewarded or punished in this life?
If a person saves the life of six people after greatly risking his own, how would you reward him? Would a bravery medal be just reward?
If Hitler who killed
six million people was to be punished, how can you apply just punishment? Would
one death penalty be just punishment?
Therefore Allah (SWT)
will apply just reward and just punishment in the hereafter, designed to last