الحمد لله نحمده ونستعينه ونستغفره ونؤمن به ونتوكل عليه ، ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ومن سيئات أعمالنا ، من يهده الله فلا مضل له ومن يضلله فلا هادي له ، ونشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، ونشهد أن سيدنا ونبينا ومولانا محمدا عبده ورسوله ، ونشهد أن الله سبحنه وتعالى جعله خاتم الأنبياء والمرسلين ، وأرسله إلى الناس كافة بشيرا ونذرا ، وداعيا إلى الله وسراجا منيرا ، صلى الله عليه وعلى اله وصحبه ومن تبعهم باحسان إلى يوم الدين. أما بعد:
The Distinguishing Characteristic of Islam
The distinguishing characteristic of Islam compared to all other religions of the past is the aspect of authenticity and reliability. Every detail of Islam has been accurately and precisely preserved from the very inception of wahi (revelation) up to this day.
Fourteen centuries have gone by, yet the Holy Qur’an has remained to this day in its original form without the slightest change. Let alone a verse of the Qur’an, not even a single letter has been distorted or changed. Its preservation is not limited to the scrolls and pages; instead it is preserved in the recesses of the hearts of even little children of this ummah. Similarly the Mubaarak Ahaadith of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) – which in reality is the commentary of the Qur’an Shareef – have been preserved with sound authentic chains joining up to Hazrat Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).
How can it not be so, when Allah Ta’ala himself had taken the divine onus and responsibility of protecting and preserving the Shari’ah of Islam till the end of time? Allah Ta’ala states:
إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ ﴿الحجر: ٩﴾
“Indeed, We are the Ones who have sent down the Zikr (the Qur’aan), and We will surely protect it.” (Surah Al-Hijr, Aayah 9)
Main causes for the Misguidance of Jews and Christians
Among the many reasons for the deviation of the Jews and the Christians, the main two reasons which the Quran highlights are as follows:
Firstly, they distorted and interpolated their books and divine scriptures (the Tawraah and Injeel) to such an extent that not even a single narration remains that is authentically linked to their Ambiya’ , Hazrat Musa (Alayhis Salaam) and Hazrat Isa (Alayhis Salaam).
Secondly, they adopted the path of extremism in their Deen. In the case of the Jews, they disrespected their Ambiya and pious and bore hatred against them, to such an extent that they hurled abuse and physically tormented them, and even went to the point of killing them. In the case of the Christians, they praised and extolled Nabi Isa (Alayhis Salaam) beyond limits, till finally they elevated him to the position of a deity. Hence we gauge that the misguidance of these two deviant sects revolved around distortion (of their divine religion) and extremism (the elements of extreme love and excessive hatred).
Shi’ism under the Microscope
An in-depth study of Shi’ism will bring one to the realisation that it is nothing but a combination of Judaism and Christianity in various respects.