Education in “Muslim” Countries
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Newton was a great scientist. But Einstein questioned Newton's ideas. All the prophets and messengers questioned the religious authority. The Quran is full of these examples. An example is given in verses 6:76-79 for Prophet Abraham who was not satisfied with the practiced religion, and looked for the truth.
This example of Prophet Abraham is very important as it sheds light on several things:
1. He was open minded in his questioning.
2. He ONLY sought God's guidance.
3. Since what his people believed was not the Truth, it could not stand his questioning, and thus he was able to, with the guidance of God, arrive at the Truth.
What do Muslims believe in? Is it the truth? If it is the truth, then it should be able to stand any test and any question. If they have any fear from any questions, then that means that they are not standing by the truth and it is time for them to re-examine their belief. Since the Quran is the Truth, God openly invites all human beings to ponder/think/question its content. In addition to that God strongly discourages blind following of religious authority, even our parents (5:104; 12:40; 17:36).
In these and many other verses in the Quran, God encourages us to use our brains and common sense.
Why do they not study the Quran carefully? If it were from other than GOD, they would have found in it numerous contradictions (4:82).
Here again invitation is made to ponder and question the Quran. God is inviting people to look at this Book and ask your questions. You will not find ANY discrepancy in this Book as it is the Truth and it is also NOT afraid of being questioned.
We made the Quran easy to learn. Does any of you wish to learn? (54:17, 22, 32, 40).
Again notice that the Quran is not asking people to follow blindly, but the invitation is being made to use our understanding.
They will also say, "Our Lord, we have obeyed our masters and leaders, but they led us astray. (33:67)
This is the state of people who without questioning followed other humans.
Unfortunately this aspect of questioning and testing the truth is almost extinct in the “Muslim” world. Even when Muslims debate about religion, they quote "authority" more often than the Quran. You will hear, "Shaykh A said this," and "Hadeeth X says that." You will seldom hear "The Quran says this and let us think about it and humble ourselves to that."
May God guide us all.
[5:104] When they are told, "Come to what GOD has revealed, and to the messenger," they say, "What we found our parents doing is sufficient for us." What if their parents knew nothing, and were not guided?
[17:36] You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them.
Idolatry and the Trinity
The Trinity is a false doctrine or belief, it leads to the road of idolatry and eventually Hell if believed until death. The Trinity causes idol worship, as God is One not a combination of three.
The Quran, the proven Testament, states the following in verses 4:171-173:
[4:171] O people of the scripture, do not transgress the limits of your religion, and do not say about GOD except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was a messenger of GOD, and His word that He had sent to Mary, and a revelation from Him. Therefore, you shall believe in GOD and His messengers. You shall not say, “Trinity.” You shall refrain from this for your own good. GOD is only one god. Be He glorified; He is much too glorious to have a son. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. GOD suffices as Lord and Master.
[4:172] The Messiah would never disdain from being a servant of GOD, nor would the closest angels. Those who disdain from worshiping Him, and are too arrogant to submit, He will summon them all before Him.
[4:173] As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, He will fully recompense them, and shower them with His grace. As for those who disdain and turn arrogant, He will commit them to painful retribution. They will find no lord beside GOD, nor a savior.
Who are the pagans? According to the Quran, they are the following:
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