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Answer to Allonhhob

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Submitted by Sue (United Kingdom), Sep 30, 2005 at 05:12

Hi,

first of all i like to thank you for your answer i really liked it very much. I just wanted to say a thing about it in order to make things clearer.

1. The subject of the debate is whether Allah is God or not, and not whether Muhhamad (pbuh) delivered a wrong message or not.

2. Muhammad (pbuh) didn't destroy the image of God. Reading the Quran I believe it talks about how God is the creator of the Universe, how he is the Merciful, how he loves everybody, but how he at the same time doesn't like the ones with bad deeds. God in the Quran is a balance between Love and Capability to punish as well. You have to be good to reach the love and the mercy. For me i think it's a good image of a God and not a destroyed one. This is the reasons why muslims don't believe of the death of Jesus because they believe God can forgive them without anyone sacrificing. You just have to tell him please forgive me to get the forgiveness. You don't even have to confess to anyone in the Mosque to get the forgiveness. it's a direct connection between the God and the people.
Pls also read my answer about the miracles in the Quran that are not available in any other book, which is the reason Muslims believe it's not from Muhammad.

3. We believe that Jesus has the soul of Allah, alike other people. It means that God put the soul in the people and not that God's soul is in Jesus or anyone else. You can read the whole Quran to see this mentioned in other situations, and also read the translations of the Quran to understand that it's meant this way and not that God is in Jesus (pbuh).

4. We believe that Jesus made lots of miracles, as well as all other prophets. ALL prophets in the Quran had miracles, not only Jesus.

5. Sorry but i never heard in Islam anything about Jesus being the only unsinful person. But this doesn't make him a God for me if it's true. It just makes him a good person and making sins doesn't make other any worse if they ask for forgiveness.

6. We believe that the birth of Jesus was a miracle, exactly like the birth of Eve was a miracle. and exactly like all the prophets have miracles. I mentioned that before. We believe that God created Adam without parents. HE created Eve from Adam without any mother, and HE created Jesus from Mary without any father. So it's more a prove that God is capable of anything and not that he sent his son to earth.

7. We believe that Mary is a Holy person like a lot of other women mentioned in the Quran, for example the Queen of Chiba, and the wife of Pharaon who has taken Moses (pbuh). Because they were believers, and not because she's the mother of the God or the holiest in the history of humanity.

8. We believe that Jesus will come again NOT to judge the people. GOD judges the people in Islam. we believe that Jesus will come, because he is not dead yet. We believe that at the time of the cross story God saved him and took him to him. He's not dead and he wasn't crossed.
So he will come again to prove this to the people. Not to judge them.

9. When i talked about 3 persons i meant the Trinity. Sorry for the confusion. We don't believe in it, cause a father and a son cannot be like the joints of one finger, for my mind it can only be like 2 fingers. Me and my father cannot be one if we are two bodies.

10. I believe that the old and new testaments have been changed from the original. and that the original didn't mention anything about the trinity. (but again u can read my answer why i do believe in a book and not the other).

11. I do believe in interfaith discussion if it is not a destructive discussion. What u wrote is really very nicely written, and this is the way i would accept to discuss. However, what is usually happening is that people are just critiszing the Islam, thinking no one can critize their faith. I believe this is the reason why Muslims start showing them it could be also the other way round.
I have read in this site about all the different religions, but sadly i have only found a debate about Islam and not about any other religion. So maybe this explains that it's not an interfaith discussion, it's just all about cirtisizing Islam or trying to prove it's wrong. And this is not the way it should be.

thanks again anyway.
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