The Holy Quran is the last book known to have been revealed to the world by God to Prophet Mohammed around 1,400 years ago; most people in the world today know of the Holy Quran even though they may not have read the book or believe in it. Also, most people in the world believe that the Holy Quran belongs to the Islamic religion and that Islam is the religion of the Holy Quran. In the Holy Quran God tells the people who believe in Him that the number one duty of a believer is to make His message clear to the people. The first thing I believe must be done to make God’s message clear to the people of the world is to explain to them that the word Islam means the community of people that submits their will to God in obedience and the word Muslim means the individual that submit his or her will to God in obedience. In school as children we were told that the purpose of a word is to represent a meaning. A meaning can live without the word but should a word live without its meaning? If a meaning is not made clear for a word, then the people are free to make up any meaning they want to make up for that word. I believe the meaning is more important than the word, but in this case the words Islam and Muslim have been given more importance over their meanings by the people who had the book before us and I believe this has led the world astray from the original clear message that God wanted delivered to the world with the Holy Quran.
The original message that God wanted delivered to the world from the Holy Quran is that no matter what you call your religion or by whatever name you choose to call God by He will bless you in this life and bless you with the happiness of a paradise that will last forever in the next life if you will believe in Him alone, believe in the last day and work righteousness. Here are two paragraphs from the Holy Quran that should make what I am saying clear to you.
Q2:62 Those who believe in the Quran and those who follow the Jewish scriptures, and the Christians and the Sabians, any who believe in God and the last day and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
Q42:13 The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah – the which We have sent by inspiration to thee – and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: Namely, that ye should remain steadfast in religion. And make no divisions therein: to those who worship other things than God, hard is the way to which thou call them. God chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who turn to Him.
Most Muslims believe and teach that Prophet Mohammed was the last Prophet of God and since Prophet Mohammed is no longer here on earth everyone who believe in the Holy Quran must follow the books of the Hadiths which represents the example of Prophet Mohammed. I also believe that prophet Mohammed was the last prophet that will be sent by God the Creator but not because of the hadiths, but because we now have the Holy Quran that can give anyone who believes and obey God the same understanding as the prophets. In the Holy Quran God explains that the prophets did not come out of one mold and everyone else out of another mold. God tells us that the only difference between the prophets and everyone else is that the prophets believed and obeyed Him and was blessed to rise to their understanding and service. I believe that anyone who begins to read the Holy Quran with the intentions of serving God is just like Adam and that the Holy Quran was created by God to teach any righteous believers the nature of all things.
I don’t believe that God designed the Holy Quran to be a book that is owned by one people or even one religion where everyone else in the world must follow just their interpretation of it. I believe that God created the Holy Quran to bring about religious freedom where each different people can read it and decide for themselves what is the truth from God for them instead of just accepting what someone else is passing down to them. For example, the three major sects of Islam, Sunni, Shia and Sufis did not exist during the lifetime of Prophet Mohammed and were not created until after his death. If this is true, then all three of these sects of Islam are someone else’s interpretation of the Holy Quran not Prophet Mohammed’s. Additionally, we must also take into consideration that the majority of the people in these three sects of Islam believe as they do, because they were born into the sect that they’re in.
All Muslims today believe that to be a Muslim one must consider Prophet Mohammed to be the best and the highest of God’s prophets, because he was the last prophet but I have not found any support for this belief and practice in the Holy Quran. In the Holy Quran God clearly tells the believers several times that it is very important for them not to make any distinctions between any of His prophets. I believe we shouldn’t consider Adam greater because he was the first prophet, Abraham greater because God made him the father of religion, Moses greater because God spoke to him directly, Jesus greater because of his virgin birth, nor Mohammed greater because he was the last prophet. In the Holy Quran God tells us that we must learn from all of His prophet’s examples and that we must consider all of them to be of one equal brotherhood. The question for you and I is should we believe and follow what someone else is passing down to us as the truth, or should we trust in what we have read in the Holy Quran for ourselves? I have chosen to trust in God and believe in what I understand to be the truth from God that I have read for myself. Here are a few paragraphs from the Holy Quran as a witness to what I am saying.
Q4:152 To those who believe in God and His messengers and make no distinction between any of the messengers, we shall soon give their due rewards; for God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Q2:285 The messenger believed in what hath been revealed to him from His Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one of them believes in God, His angels, His books, and His messengers. “We make no distinction they say between one and another of His messengers.” And they say: “We hear and we obey: We seek thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to thee is the end of all journeys.”
Q3:144 Muhammad is no more than a messenger: many were the messengers that passed away before him. If he died or were slain, will ye then turn back on your heels? If any did turn back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to God; but God (on the other hand) will swiftly reward those who serve Him with gratitude.