New Testament Book of James and the Quran
By ANNA JORDAN
All prophets and messengers have been met with resistance and denial by their respective contemporaries. Abraham was rejected by his people including his own father because he invited them to worship God alone and not the stone idols. Lot invited the people of Sodom and Gomorah to reject their practice of homosexuality which was contrary to God's divine plan for human beings. God spared Lot by removing him and then destroying both communities. The people laughed at Noah as he built the ark until the rains came. Pharoah laughed at Moses and persecuted the Children of Israel until the sea swallowed him and his troops. Jesus body was crucified because he invited all to worship only God. Muhammad was forced to flee Mecca with the believers of his day and seek refuge in Medina because the idol worshipers did not accept the truth of God's word and sought to engage him in battle to destroy the believers. Dr. Khalifa was not a prophet, but God's messenger just the same. He invited the people to believe in God alone, to worship God alone, to set aside the idols they reverenced in place of God alone. His mission was to purify the scripture and free it from the distortions that had accumulated over the centuries. He was not a professional religionist. He did not ask the people to send him money or to support him in any material way. His material support came from God, and he invited anyone who would listen to see the truth of God's word. He, too, was rejected, in particular by the traditional Muslims, because he exposed the fallacies of their worship practices, and in the end, he was martyred, only because he believed in God and asked that everyone who claims belief in God to worship God alone.
Submission is not a cult. Traditional Muslims who commemorate Muhammad frequently in their prayers, who commemorate him frequently in every writing about Islam, have the mistaken notion that Dr. Khalifa has somehow blasphemed the prophet and his family because he advocates devoting the worship of God to God Alone. They take offense at the thought that the prophet and his family no longer take center stage. They cannot understand the Quranic injunction to make no distinction between God's messengers and prophets. Submitters do not commemorate anyone but GOD when they pray. All the messengers were sent with one message and one message only. To worship GOD ALONE, to devote the practices of worship to GOD ALONE, with every breath, every action, every word, to dedicate their entire being from birth to death to GOD ALONE. Submitters respect Dr. Khalifa just as surely as they respect Muhammad, Jesus, Abraham, Moses, Noah and all the other representatives sent by God, but not more and not less. Rashad Khalifa did not seek to glorify himself or make himself rich with the materials of this world. He did not seek out the rich to give him credibility and social status. He presented tangible, verifiable proof from God that he was indeed a messenger of God. In this day and age when we see so many professional religionists hawking spiritual advice, selling tapes and videos on expensive television airtime, pushing people to make donations, often in the thousands of dollars, it is only natural that any right thinking person would be skeptical. All the more reason for God to send someone to set the record straight.
Many people have trouble believing that another messenger could have been sent by God, and yet we have no trouble believing in the stories of Abraham, Moses, Noah, David and Solomon, and Jesus. But we can clearly see from the above that contemporaries of every messenger had difficulty accepting these messengers.
Q. 21:1-12 Fast approaching is the reckoning for the people, but they are oblivious, averse.When a proof comes to them from their Lord, that is new, they listen to it heedlessly.Their minds are heedless.
And the transgressors confer secretly: "Is he not just a human being like you? Would you accept the magic that is presented to you?"He said, "My Lord knows every thought in the heaven and the earth. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient."They even said, "Hallucinations," "He made it up," and, "He is a poet. Let him show us a miracle like those of the previous messengers."
We never annihilated a believing community in the past. Are these people believers?
We did not send before you except men whom we inspired. Ask those who know the scripture, if you do not know.
We did not give them bodies that did not eat, nor were they immortal.
We fulfilled our promise to them; we saved them together with whomever we willed, and annihilated the transgressors.
We have sent down to you a scripture containing your message. Do you not understand?
Many a community we terminated because of their transgression, and we substituted other people in their place.
When our requital came to pass, they started to run.
Q. 21:16-18 We did not create the heavens and the earth, and everything between them just for amusement.
If we needed amusement, we could have initiated it without any of this, if that is what we wanted to do.
Instead, it is our plan to support the truth against falsehood, in order to defeat it. Woe to you for the utterances you utter.
Q. 21:25,27,29 We did not send any messenger before you except with the inspiration: "There is no god except Me; you shall worship Me alone."
They never speak on their own, and they strictly follow His commands.
If any of them claims to be a god beside Him, we requite him with Hell; we thus requite the wicked.
God be praised!
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