Divine Revelation

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Friday, October 6, 2006
Sanskruti (Culture) or Deen (way of life)
This post is in response to Post of the Day dated 06 Oct 2006 titled Hindu Sanskruti by Chan Chan

Just as Hinduism is a Dharma or a way of life, Islam is a DEEN or a way of life.Deen is a combination of MAZHAB(way)and NIZAM(system).

Islam has both componentsMAZHAB and NIZAM

MAZHAB or way is made of the following
1) AQAAID or creed
2) IBADAAD or worship
3) MUASHARI RUSOOMAT social customs or traditions to be practiced during birth marriage and death.

NIZAM or system is made of the following
1) SIYASI NIZAM political system
2) MUASHI NIZAM economic system
3) MASHARATI NIZAM social system

Now let me classify your questions into the categories that I have defined aboveQuestions 1 to 10 fall under MUASHARI RUSOOMAT social customs or traditions

Questions 11 to 22 fall under IBADAAD or worship

That leaves us with not much being said regarding AQAID core belief and NIZAM systems.
Islam has bridged that gulf by offering comprehensive logical and convincing answers to all the basic philosophical questions as well as solutions to all the problems of mankind.

No way but Islam!
All are invited !


Observer Friday, October 6, 2006 8:15:22 AM
Mr.Shaikh why do u hv to end your blog with "No way but Islam" ?Why are you so insecure ?Let there be more healthy discussions instead of creating animosity likes yours.

K. Venugopal Friday, October 6, 2006 10:17:06 AM
Dear Arshad Shaikh,Observer's comments are apt. The Muslim’s problem of integration is Islam's teaching that it is the only true religion. It is the awakening of human intelligence and the higher faculties that enable man to add to the corpus of his legacy of understanding, which awakening is not unique to any particular period of man’s existence but an unceasing flow from generation to generation. The whole of Quran and Gita were put in languages which already existed. That is to say, expressions of each generation’s awakening to the higher truths find a ready-made medium of expression in extant languages. Each generation’s expression adds to the vibrancy of language and man’s capacity for expression. Whether you ascribe this ever onward flow of man’s ingenuity to man’s inherent capacity or to an external God, it is certain that wisdom cannot end at any point in history so long as man survives. Thus, Muslims' claim that the Quran is the last word in human understanding is rather childish. The Hindus are a matured lot. They don’t put a full stop to human inheritance.

Arshad Friday, October 6, 2006 11:12:39 AM
Thank you Observor for your comments.No way but Islam was a way of expressing confidence in the fact that the answers to all questions and solutions to all problems are with Islam.I am all for healthy discussion and cannot understand how inviting people towards an ideology and way of life peacefully creates animosity. Thank you once again

Arshad Friday, October 6, 2006 11:38:31 AM
Thank you Venu for religiously following my blog and blessing me with your notable comments.Let me tell you that we do believe in all the previous prophets like Moses and Jesus and also previous divine revelation, however what we say is that Islam Quran Prophet is a continuation of that divine series and its culmination.Believing in culmination of divine guidance does in no way sap us of our wisdom as that guidance has to be applied to contemporary issues and new new problems.The Quran is the not the last word in human understanding but it is the last word in Divine Guidance.If God created this lovely world for us with all facilities and amenities, then how could he leave us without guidance.

jj Friday, October 6, 2006 4:14:42 PM
islam is just one among many religionskoran is just one among thousands of holy booksmohammed is just one among thousands of prophetsnobody can claim exclusive right over truthHinduism has thousands of prophets and saintsthats why this is called the mother of all religions

K. Venugopal Friday, October 6, 2006 9:43:04 PM
Dear Arshad, First of all, I thank you for your kind words about me. But I wish to ask why you said “blessing me with your notable comments.” I know you said it very spontaneously and in a manner of speaking. Since the word blessing is something connected with divinity, can a Muslim feel blessed from any source other than Allah? Wouldn’t there be a theological problem in the concept that blessings can come from sources besides Allah? Maybe this is an unwarranted question, but I would like you to give your answer in the light of Islamic teachings. No offence meant by my question. I bless you anyway or may my words be a blessing to you.

nooronline Friday, October 20, 2006 5:46:39 PM
Dear Arshad and VenugopalI feel immensely pleased by your discussion however however I would like to ask Arshad that is it not possible that Lord Rama and Lord Krishna are also prophets as according to Islam Allah has sent his prophets in every corner of the worl

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