It is surprising how the concept of trinity was put to rest in the article titled ‘to our Muslim friends: why the cross? Perhaps, the writer who was not bold enough to add his name, or better still his pen name in the article, is not a fan of the three gods in one hypothesis. Nonetheless, I will like to applaud him or her for one thing; attesting to the fact that Allah is one just as it is contained in Sura-tul-Ikhlas.
In his introductory paragraph however, the writer cited an interesting verse; “Now when all the people saw it they fell on their faces; and they said, ‘The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He Is God!’” 1 Kings 18:39. This only goes to strengthen the faith of Muslims on the basis that we fall on our faces 17 times each day in our daily prayers while reciting something similar in the process. This is what we call ‘Sujud’ – the prostrating position and that was ordained by Allah. Then it beacons, why is it so similar; the cited bible verse and the prostrating position in our Solah? The answer is not farfetched: the God that revealed the bible verse is the same that made our five daily prayers obligatory.
Talking of the verse of Moses and Aron; “Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?’ ” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’Exodus 2:13-14. Perhaps the writer did not understand that Allah (SWT) was explicitly referring to the children of Israel and not the people of the world. In fact, that was centuries ago and many other prophets have been sent to one nation or another. So, why reference a message for the people who were eager to cross the sea but could not see the wilderness across to us who have been sent Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). You see, we got a better description in the Qur’an which always starts with ‘In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful’.
Then came the ambiguous paragraph explaining the essence of the cross. Its description was full of pain, anguish and death. But come to think of it, why will the symbol of a religion depict such horror. You might be quick to defend it, but wait for the shocker. An instrument that is supposedly meant for the bad guys ended up crucifying the saint. How ironic. We might as well then argue that the suicide bombings is another plot by Allah to wash away our sins. How cynical wouldn’t that sound? Or better still, a father takes his son to an altar, stifle life out of him and announce to his offenders, ’the blood of my son has washed away all sins, you are all forgiven.’
But take a journey to the world of Islam as described in the Qur’an as the only religion perfected and authenticated by Allah; the most high. He acclaims himself, ‘the source of peace’ and that is what Islam is about; everything that leads to peace between the servant and his lord.
So I use this medium to call onto our non-Muslim friends, come to Islam not because I say so, but because it is the right path to salvation. We do not promise miracles, we do not promise prosperity, we do not promise eternal life because that is not in the hands of a Muslim, it is an infinite mercy from Allah. And if you still feel any doubt about what is contained in this write up, I challenge you to pick up the Qur’an today, dedicate your time to studying it with clear intentions and you will be amazed of your discovery.
From the Muslim who loves his neighbour as himself, I leave you with the best of greetings; as-sallamalaykumwarahmatullahwabarakatuh; peace.