NOTICE: This article is a reproduction from Submitters Perspective No 55, July 1989.
God enjoins all people, of all religions, to forget all idols-the powerless “Human Factors” such as Jesus, Mary, Muhammad, Buddha, and the saints-and devote themselves totally to their Creator ALONE.
The Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, etc., have one thing in common: they all believe in God.
The only thing that creates differences, and fights, among them is their identification with THE HUMAN FACTORS, such as Muhammad, Jesus, Mary, Imams, Saints, etc. Implied statements like, “My Muhammad is better than your Jesus” are the root of all hatred and wars among the followers of various religions.
Ironically, the human factors themselves, who are being idolized by the various groups, never wanted to be idolized. They preached one and the same message: “You shall worship God ALONE.” They specifically enjoined their followers from idolizing them.
The logical conclusion towards unifying all people is to devote ourselves to our Creator. We all recognize God as the Creator, Provider and Sustainer of the universe. This is the common ground on which we stand. Should we not then come to this vital agreement among us to unify humanity on the basis of this common ground?
When we forsake our common ground, disobey our Creator, and rebel against His messengers and saints who preached the worship of God ALONE, we deprive ourselves of a perfect life here and forever. We also alienate and oppose the very idols we adore so much. Note how Jesus Christ disowns his idolizers in Matthew 7:21-23, and how the Quran confirms this idea in 46:4-6.
What Price Universal Unity?
Is one’s prejudice to inherited traditions worth sacrificing Heaven? Are one’s personal prejudices worth giving up our happiness in this world and forever? Is one’s clinging to tribal or national bias worth all the wars, hatred, and antagonisms that dominate the world?
We can achieve universal unity, and get rid of immense pain and suffering by abstaining from the idolization of our prophets and saints against their will.
We learn from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Final Testament that there has been, and there will always be ONE RELIGION. If we compare Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Mark 12:29, and Quran 3:18, we see that the First Commandment is one and the same in all the Scriptures:
You shall worship God ALONE. You shall not set up any other god besides God.
The Meaning of “Islam”
“Islam” is the only religion approved by God. A person who practices any other religion is judged by God to be a heathen whose righteous practices are all in vain (39:65).
The English word for “Islam” is “Submission.” Thus, “Islam” is not a name. It is a description of one’s submission to God. Worshiping God and devoting the worship to Him ALONE is Islam, and anyone who meets this criterion is a “Muslim.” Thus, one may be a Muslim Jew, a Muslim Christian, a Muslim Buddhist, a Muslim Hindu, or a Muslim Muslim (2:62, 3:113, 5:69).
The Only Religion
God’s Final Testament, the Quran, informs us in no uncertain terms that
The only religion acceptable to God is Islam. [3:19]
Equally clear is the proclamation in 3:85 that:
Anyone who seeks other than Islam as a religion, it will not be accepted from him, and he will end up, in the Hereafter, with the losers.
God Supports This Proclamation
The idea of proclaiming one religion for all people is not my personal wishful thinking; it is God’s designed and perfectly timed proclamation. Thus, it is an idea that enjoys God’s support. The minds and hearts of the present and new generations will be rendered receptive to this idea. God will see to it that His sincere servants will rise up throughout the world to embrace, advocate, and carry out this divine proposal.