A warm welcome to

ENLIGHTENED ISLAM

A website for all those who wish for a peaceful religion
and love to reflect and think about the Words of the Almighty.

A study based in obedience to Surah An-Nisa 4:136:
O you who have believed, believe in Allah and His Messenger
and the Book that He sent down upon His Messenger
and the Scripture which He sent down before.

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May all glory go to the Alive, the Eternal one, the First and the Last, the Creator of heaven and earth.

I pray that what will be written on this site will be through God’s wisdom, Amen, Amen and Amen!

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Would you allow me to first of all offer a prayer to the God of Father Abraham, Isaak and Jacob to fill you with his Spirit of love and peace and give you the keys to His Wisdom and Insight, Amen!

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Definition of the word Islam:

The word ‘Islam’ gives concepts of wholeness, submission, safeness and peace. In a religious context it means “voluntary submission to God”. Islam means “submission” or “surrender”. Followers of Islam are called Muslims “one who submits” or “one who surrenders”. Believers demonstrate submission to God by serving God, following his commands, and rejecting polytheism.

Rejecting polytheism was one of Mohammed’s strong points and we need to give him credit for wanting to abolish all the idol worship which includes terrible practices and rituals in his time and area. How he went about it, going to war in order to force people to abolish their worship of god’s that God/Allah abhors not everybody does agree with. But he wanted the right thing and please Allah.

01-wellcome-8Is this not something we all want to do, to please Allah? But is this something we inherit automatically if we are born into the right religion, with the right and only one and true God? Does being born as a Muslim give you the guarantee that you will become a good and righteous person and be able to go to Paradise or Heaven one of these days?

You have to admit, It doesn’t, right? But to have some kind of assurance would just really give you peace and rest in your heart, wouldn’t it? To find such kind of an assurance we want to find in our searching the scriptures Allah in His mercy has given us. I assume you know the Quran therefore lets go to the last part of Surah An-Nisa 4:136 to see, if we can find there the answer. In this scripture is the key word we need and that is BELIEVE!

“… believe … the Scripture which He sent down before”, You may interject here that these scriptures from before, the Thora and the Bible, are corrupted, I would like you to think about this for a moment. They could not have been corrupted in the days of Mohammed because Allah gave Mohamed this message through an angel, and Allah would not have told him to believe in something that was corrupted. So if in the years of Mohammed in the 7th century the Holy Bible was not yet corrupted how could it have been become corrupted afterwards? Remember that during that time books had to be copied by hand and such copies of the Bible were spread out over half the world of which such old copies still exist today. And these still existing old copies of scriptures are the same as the ones that existed in Mohamed’s time and are identic with the Bible of today. Please trust, All-Mighty God protects His word, does He not?

Next thought: who would be interested in claiming the truth to be a lie? Only the enemy of the truth! Do you agree? Truth will never claim to be a lie, but a lie wants to be looked at as the truth, that’s why she is a lie. (For details on the enemy, Satan, and his devices, go to the link…coming soon)

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Would you say you have a hunger for God, for the truth in your heart? Or would you think this a good thing to have and want it? Just pray sincerely to get this hunger in your heart that opens your heart and mind for the truth.

Non-Muslims though they may know nothing about Islam know still this one thing and that is that Allah is All-Merciful. This is the one most known characteristic of Allah, his being All-Merciful! What does this mean “ALL” merciful? Even bad characters even tyrants and dictators can have moments of being merciful. But to be All-Merciful it takes real LOVE! Without real and great love there just can’t be true acts of mercy. And here we come to what “the scripture which He sent down before” (Surah  An-Nisa 4:136) the New Testament  says that God is LOVE! He is the great Spirit of Love that created everything. He is made of Love, imbued with Love, or else He could not be all-merciful not truly righteous and good. Please stop for a moment and let this thought go through your head: it takes real love to be All-Merciful, All-Forgiving, All-righteous, All-Graceful etc. therefore LOVE is the highest and most important thing in the Universe!

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Have you ever been in Love? Love is a feeling an emotion that can be the most pleasant but also very painful if lost or hurt. If God now is Love, you should also be able to “feel” Him, don’t you think so? He exists, we are sure of this, so if He is Love we should be able to get a touch of this Love. If He is a God comprised of Love His Love should “rub off” on you each time you pray, glorify Him or even just think of Him. To be the power of Love and not give off, not share your Love would not be real love-you agree?

And because the creator is Love, he put into each of His created human beings heart a place for His Love, a vacuum to begin with but that can only be filled by His Love. No other human being and especially no “things” can fill that vacuum. So although the temporal things of this earth can satisfy the body, only God and His eternal Love can ever fill that aching spiritual void of every man’s heart which He created for Himself alone! The human spirit, that intangible personality of the real you that dwells within that body, can never be completely satisfied with anything less than utter union with the great and loving Spirit that created it.

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01-wellcome-9aIsn’t it a very strange thing that in all this “western” countries that like to pride themselves as being “highly civilized” have all this High-tech and travelling around in space yet abolished God the creator and believe in this ridiculous lie of Evolution? The greatest marvel on this is that honest scientist had to discover already some time ago especially through their genetic research that Evolution is just plain not possible, as creation is full of DNA that need to be programmed. No Programmer, no program! Yet nothing changed. In schools they keep teaching evolution and archaeologists base their “studied guessing” on the process of evolution.

But as in everything you cannot generalize a people or nation that all of them are the same there are plenty of Christians serious in their devotion to God that refuse to believe this lie but also testify that they experienced God’s love, that God’s Love is “rubbing off” on them. Should we automatically react to such exclaims with a no because we have been taught that Christianity is false because they worship 3 God’s? If Love is an emotion and this people in truthfulness tell you they experienced the Love of God, how can we insist on a no, not true, because, in our thinking and not understanding this Trinity-thing, Christianity is false? Before we say a definite no, how can we not first of all be fair to ourselves and want to investigate in all openness?

But you come again with your objection and being confinced that they believe in polytheism so what is there to be investigated? They have three gods they worship that’s just it. Well that’s the way you see it. Would you have enough of a hunger for the truth in your heart to just really want to find out for yourself what this is all about and will patiently listen to how Christians see their three powers or personalities as one God? Will you listen, not only to how your Imam and Islamic religious teachers see Christianity, but how they see it? There are always two sides to a coin, so be open and willing to see the other side AND THEN decide for yourself, to get that peace in your heart, that you have the right thing to follow in the end.

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How can Christians say they believe in the one true God, yet come then with Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Is it false because it cannot be comprehended with our mind or is it simply a mystery beyond our mind and ways of thinking?

Let’s be obliging and take it as a mystery of God. There is even a verse in the Quran that some people wonder if it does not talk of this mystery God being three personalities in one God: “Has he made the Alihah (gods) into One Ilah (god). Verily, this is a curious thing!” – Surah Sad 38:5

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God is Spirit that means power, energy. And His power and existence fills the whole Universe, knows everything, controls everything and is above everything.

That is why you cannot make a picture of God. How do you picture spirit, power, energy? If you cannot picture Spirit would that not mean that if you in your mind see 3 “people” in the trinity of God that you are making an image out of God something God does not want you to do?1-wellcome-1

You picture in your mind 3 persons as God and that is called making an image of God, don’t you think so?

As we found out already in the Holy Bible it says “God is Love”! His Spirit is also Wisdom and Understanding, Mercy and Grace. These are characteristics not an image of a person. Listed in the Bible is also that He is Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control; but also a Comforter, Intercessor and Consoler. All things you cannot make an image of (and have patience of why Jesus is calling God father, making an image of a person, we will explain this in a minute).

Hold your hand up and wave it around, imagining God filling out everything. Prophets that give prophecies from God are filled with God’s spirit, or else they could not prophecy. But that does not mean that God loses some of His Spirit every time He fills a human person with His spirt. His spirit is like a spring that runs rich and free and never runs dry. So can the All-mighty not take of His Spirit and poor it into a human baby? Take your other hand lay it on your uplifted one and take it then off and bring it down into an imagined Baby. There will still be the original power filling the Universe and yet be of the same power in that human being. Do things become already a bit clearer?

It can be also explained from the Bible but let me give you some more simple illustrations of how you can understand the 3 in one God:

01-wellcome-12aTake a cup of water. How many things do you see in the cup? One thing, water, right? Wrong it is actually 2 things just that you can’t see it: hydrogen and oxygen. Two parts of hydrogen and one part oxygen. Water exists only when these two elements exactly in this composition are combined. If one of them is missing in that combination it is no longer water but only hydrogen or oxygen. The same with the one true God; if he is not combined of the three called Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you won’t have the one true God.

Here is another comparison: take a plant, say a vine. You have the roots that are planted in the earth mostly hidden from view. Then you have the plant itself above the earth to be seen, touched felt and even smelt. But none of this two could live without the sap that transports back and forth everything the plant and roots need.

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Three parts making up one plant. Like this plant God consisting of 3 parts that cannot exist without each other. The roots can be compared with God the father and the sap like the Holy Spirit, and the visible part the vine is Jesus as he once compared himself with (John 15) – and we can become the fruit on the vine! How? Keep reading and studying and you will find out.

Does this all already make your mind spin and give you the impression of being thrown into a washing machine being tumbled around? Take a deep breath. This is a new territory you are setting your foot on, but be assured it is solid ground. Keep reading and let this new concept be strengthened in you and made more and more clear.

We can find the Trinity, the three in one God in the Bible, in the very first book, the first chapter:

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good.…

In verse 1 it talks of God creating. In verse 2 it speaks of someone else “the spirit of God”. If it would be the same power, it would not be called something else “the Spirit of God”. You have God that created and the Spirit of God, so that makes already two of them. And in verse 3 it says “God said” … If we go to John chapter 1 verse 1 we get the detail: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – The Word was with God and yet was God. There we have number three and who this number three is we find in the following verses:

2 He (the word) was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made…
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’” 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

– The number three of the Trinity is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us – Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.

Clearly we can understand from this chapter of John that the word it talks of in Genesis is Jesus – Jesus the Word of God. So Jesus is not a God besides God, but he is in God, one with Him-the “Word that is God”.

Let’s get back for a moment to our musing that God is Love. If He is Love and does everything out of Love He then created every human being out of his loving heart and with great pleasure, wouldn’t you imagine a creator to be that way? And would He not want His creation to understand Him at least a little bit? But with the human mind to be bound to this earth understanding how can we understand such a great God that says a word and it is done? We all understand what a good father is like and because God has the characteristics of a good father He allowed for man to imagine Him as a father without that being a blasphemy-as long as you don’t make an actual statue and worship it as god the father! This is the answer of why Jesus called for our sake God His father and our father.

And we all understand what a good obedient son is, therefore the part of Himself that God send down to earth He called son. For us something to comprehend with our limited mind and understand that He Jesus the son is meant to be the example for us to follow. That’s why you hear Christians pray to become more and more like Jesus. In John 14:9 Jesus himself said when we see Him, we see the father. And in John 10:30 He said: “I and the Father are one.” He did not say we are two but he said one, we are one-1!!! One Unit!

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And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” – Mark 9:7

– Trust that “the Scripture which He sent down before” are not corrupted nor changed, for is not God the Almighty and was able to protect His Word from being corrupted all through the centuries? Anything that is said afterwards that is not in line with the Word, the scripture sent down before you rather need to question, because God does not change His mind or you could no longer trust Him.

If you truly want to follow Surah An-Nisa 4:136 you need not only read the scripture Allah send before (before the Quran) you need to also believe it and follow it. If God through an angel tells Mohammed to read the scripture-or let it be read to him-then you surly should do it also. Or is it possible Mohammed missed to follow this order from the angel to let the scripture from before be read to him? What would he have found in there?

That Jesus is Emanuel, what means God with us-God, not merely a messenger or prophet. And next he would have heard Jesus invitation to come and follow Him. He even said: 

“ABIDE IN ME, & I IN YOU.” – John 15:4

And here we come now to the part I talked earlier about when explaining the Trinity through the example of a plant, like a vine. The father the invisible roots, Jesus the son the stem or vine, the Holy Spirit the life-giving sap flowing through the roots and stem and through reading John 15 we learn that Jesus compared us to branches on Him. In this famous beautiful 15th Chapter of John, Jesus says:

“I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me (apart from me) you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, & they are burned” (John15:5,6).

We can learn several things from that. Us Muslims have so much the picture of Jesus as a messenger and prophet in our minds, yet here Jesus says He wants us to become part of Him. Just like He is part of the father, so He wishes for us to become part of Him. What a thought! God the creator wants us His creation not just to bow down in love and worship to Him but more so, He wants us to become part of Himself.

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When each single one of us were created, we were in the masters hands forming us to that individual that we are. He placed us then on this earth, but desires us to come back into His loving hands and fellowship.

When we accept Jesus into our heart and life we become part of the unity of God, in John 1:12 it says we become children of God. As children or like a branch on the vine, we are expected to bring fruit, and as the verse of John 15:5 says fruit in our life will only come as we stay or abide “in Jesus”. Not staying in Jesus would mean you cut yourself off of the life-giving sap; you will die and be burned.

Don’t you like this picture of you becoming part of God? Being received into the house of God and becoming a child of the father? You were part of the father when He created you, then He send you through this earth tests and trials to receive you-by your own free will-back into His house. A loving father does not force His will on His children. He desires for them to come back into His loving arms on their own free will. (Not because you are born into a church or Islamic religion and therefore are obliged to stay in that religion).

If you ever heard Christians talk about having a personal relationship with Jesus and to follow Him in order to become like Him, then they mean this becoming a branch on the vine of God, be “partakers of the divine nature.” And He promised to help us: “God has given us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these [we] may be partakers of the divine nature.” 2 Peter 1:4

What is the “divine nature”?—It is the essence of God, how He thinks and how He acts. And through the promises He gives in His Word, we can be like He is. We can partake of those same attitudes, those same feelings, those same ways of looking at things by believing and putting into practice the principles and promises that are right there in the Bible.

We can transcend the confines of earthly attitudes that keep us acting in a wrong way but that also keep us weighed down, sorrowful, fretful, worried, and fearful. We can not only have a head knowledge of the fact that “all things work together for good to those who love God,” (Romans 8:28) but we can believe, practice, and experience it.

We can be cleansed of all those attitudes and mental habits that are earthly and not heavenly. Jesus told His followers, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” – John 15:3 We can be rewired into new creations in Christ Jesus, and through His power overcome our wrong attitudes and bad habits and fulfill what it says in 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

The more we read the words of Jesus and believe them and practice them, the more we’ll be in sync with that heavenly realm. The more we “set [our] mind on things above, not on things on the earth,” (Colossians 3:2) the easier it becomes to live in this world without being controlled or shaped by it.  –  “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” – John 15:19)

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Here are a few more wonderful words and teachings to the subject of:

“GOD IS A SPIRIT.” (JOHN 4:24)

                God is the Spirit of Love. He’s the Great Spirit, the Creator. He’s not some old bearded gentleman way off somewhere, or some kind of ferocious monster that you can’t understand, but He is the guiding light of the universe, the all-powerful, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent spirit that pervades all things. He is in everything, and everything is part of God, in a sense (Acts 17:28; Colossians1:16-17).

God dwells in life. He dwells more in one little sparrow than He does in all of the buildings & monuments supposedly dedicated to Him. “The most High does not dwell in temples made with hands” (Acts 7:48). He said even the Heaven of heavens cannot contain Him! Nevertheless, the High & Holy One dwells in the heart of the meek & the lowly (Isaiah 57:15). He will live in your heart if you’ll ask Him to come in.

He’s everywhere. He is the very spirit of love in your heart. He’s inside of you–so close. His Love is there wherever you are, whenever you ask for it. As King David so beautifully expressed in the Psalms, “If I’m up in Heaven, You are there. If I descend into the depths of Hell, You are there! Wherever I am, You are with me. I can never depart from Your Spirit!” (Psa.139:7-12).

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GOD IS PICTURED IN HIS SON.

None of us can really grasp how great God our Father is. The Bible says that He is so great even the whole universe cannot contain Him. He’s so beyond our comprehension that He had to make Someone who could show us His love, Someone who was within our realm, Someone we could see, Someone we could feel, Someone we could experience, Someone who would bring God down to the level of our comprehension, one Man who was like Himself, whom He called His Son.

God stooped to send His Son Jesus Christ, to be an example of what God Himself is like. Jesus is God’s most outstanding means of communication with us, communicating to us His own love by means of His own Son.

Jesus is like the tip of the iceberg, the part we can see. The greatest part of the iceberg, God, is out of sight. Even though we can’t see the rest of the iceberg, we can get an idea of what it is like from the part that shows, the part that’s in our realm. The Bible says that God is love (1.John 4:8), and we know that is true because of the loving part of Him that we can see in Jesus!

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND GOD IN ORDER TO LOVE HIM!

No one can ever fully understand God. It’s impossible because, as He says, His ways are far above our own. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, & My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9). Forget trying to figure out God! Just accept His love by faith.

Jesus tried to make it simple. He said, “Unless you are converted and become as a little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew18:3). What baby or little child understands all about his mother or father, or how he was born, or all about life? Yet he is instinctively attuned to the most profound thing in the world –love. He feels his parents love and receives it and responds with love.

The Bible tells us that “God is spirit” (John 4:24) and “God is love” (1 John 4:8). He’s the very spirit of love in your heart. It’s impossible to fully understand God and His love, but it is possible to receive His love and to love Him in return. Making a personal connection with the God of love is so simple that many people can’t believe it. It’s just a matter of asking in faith and receiving.

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P.S. Did you like the words written here? Were they an enlightenment to your soul? Would you or a friend or acquaintance be able to translate this page into a language a majority of Muslims speak like Arabic, Farsi, French, Hindi etc.? Would you be able and like to help enlightening the Islamic world and be a tool in this for God to use to His glory and spreading of His Good News? May God bless you and make you a blessing to many!

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