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Christians use the Islamic concept of God in day to day life: Imitation is the best form of flattery

Given the complexity and convolutions of the concept of Trinity, in day to day life, Christians use the Islamic concept of God.

The Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, describes the Quranic teaching of unity of God, by mentioning that even the non-Muslims especially the Christians have borrowed it from Islam. This reminds us of the saying, ‘imitation is the best form of flattery.’ He writes:

“The Holy Quran is replete with wisdom and insights and does not contain any portion of babble or frivolous. It explains every necessary detail and provides for all human needs. It is a miracle from every aspect. I am ever ready to demonstrate the miracle and beauty of the Holy Quran to anyone who denies it. These days, concept of God and genuine understanding of monotheism are under fire. The Christians have written a lot about God, but, whatever genuine account they have given is about the true and the living God of Islam and not about a dead, crucified and a humble god. I can declare it with fullest confidence that whoever, will attempt to write about the attributes of God, his or her hand will be forced to come to the God of Islam. This is because each and every particle of our universe gives testimony of this God and the imprint of the God of Islam is also in every human heart and conscience. So, whenever humans endeavor to find God, they are lead to the concepts of Islam. This also is indeed an amazing miracle.” (Malfoozat volume I/V page 52 – Urdu PDF)

To learn more about Trinity go to these links [ link one and link two ].

A Response to the Pope’s Remarks about Islam
by Khalifatul Masih V, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor AhmadHadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V

He said, “During a lecture at a university in Germany, the Pope spoke with reference to another writer about certain Islamic teachings, the Holy Qur’an and the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), which do not have the remotest connection with true Islam.”

He added, “Such is the stature of the Pope that no matter with what reference he spoke, it was not appropriate for him to have made these observations.” For details go to the following link to read his Friday sermon of September 15, 2006 in different languages.

Christianity: A Journey from Facts to Fiction
by Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad

Mirza Tahir Ahmad

He examines the doctrines of Christianity in light of reason and logic. He puts his conclusion on the back cover of his page in the words of a Christian theologian, Søren Aabye Kierkegaard:

“It is not the business of any Christian writer or preacher to dilute Christianity to suit the general educated public. The doctrine of the incarnation was to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, and so will it always be, for the doctrine not only transcends reason; it the paradox par excellence; and it can be affirmed only by faith, with passionate inwardness and interest. The substitution of reason for faith means the death of Christianity.”

What Kierkegaard could not foresee is the information age with millions of websites. It will be hard to hide behind the veil of ‘faith’ and run away from reason and rationality. It is self evident that faith cannot be divorced from reason. If man needed faith alone, any cult would be as good as any religion and all human affairs will completely collapse. To read the book online click here.

To see a list of video clips, by Ahmad, covering topics of Jesus Christ, may peace be on him and Christianity, click here.

If Jesus did not die upon the cross: A study in evidence
By Ernest Brougham Docker

This is a small booklet with a very descriptive title, written by an Australian Judge, in 1920. He became a judge of the District Court and chairman of Quarter Sessions for the north-western district in 1881. He retired in 1918 after the passage of the Judges Retirement Act. The booklet has 79 pages and if the Christian readers spend a few hours reading this they will be rewarded with wisdom, God willing! Here is the link.

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Where is the Injil: the Q document or ‘Q?’
By Zia H Shah

The word Injil occurs several times in the Quran (3:4, 3:49, 3:66, 5:47, 5:67, 5:69, 5:111; 7:158; 9:111; 48:30; 57:28) and refers to the revelation to Isa (Jesus, may peace be on him). Muslims do not believe that the Injil in the Quran refers to the four Gospels or the New Testament. In Quran, the Injil is instruction for the righteous. According to the Holy Quran:

“And We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps, fulfilling that which was revealed before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel which contained guidance and light, fulfilling that which was revealed before it in the Torah, and a guidance and an admonition for the God-fearing.” (Al Surah Al-Ma'idah 5:47)

What is the present day equivalent of what the Holy Quran describes as Injil? Could it be the Q document? Q is sometimes called the Synoptic Sayings Source. What gave me this idea was a comment by one of the experts in the four hour PBS documentary From Jesus to Christ: the First Christians. Elaine Pagels says in the documentary, “Whoever collected the sayings of ‘Q’ wasn’t interested in the death of Jesus, wasn’t interested in the resurrection of Jesus, thought the importance of Jesus was what he said, what he preached.” This description parallels what the Holy Quran has to say about Injil. [ read more ]



The Gospel According to Thomas
By Zia H Shah

There are several parallels between the Gospel of Thomas and the Q document, so one should read about both together. The manuscript of the Coptic text, of the Gospel of Thomas was found in 1945, at Nag Hammadi. It was first published in a photographic edition in 1956. Three years later, in 1959, this was followed by the first critical edition (with English translation). In 1977 the James M. Robinson translation was first published, as part of The Nag Hammadi Library in English, containing all of the texts found at Nag Hammadi. The Gospel of Thomas has since then been translated and annotated in many languages.

Here is a ten minute clip from a BBC documentary about the Gospel of Thomas.

The Holy Quran states about revelations to Jesus:

“Allah has sent down to thee (Muhammad) the Book containing the truth and fulfilling that which precedes it; and He sent down the Torah and the Gospel.” (Al Surah Ale-Imran 3:4)

To learn more about the Gospel of Thomas click here.

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