THE ISLAM OF PROPHETS-MESSENGERS
By: Kassim Ahmad
24th February, 2016
Therefore, you shall devote yourself to the religion of strict monotheism. Such is the natural instinct placed in the people by God. Such creation of God will never change. This is the perfect religion, but most people do not know. – Quran, 30: 30.
Recall that your Lord summoned all the descendents of Adam, and had them bear witness for themselves: “Am I not your Lord?” They all said, “Yes, we bear witness.” Thus you cannot say on the Day of Resurrection , “We were not aware of this. Nor can you say, “It was our parents who practiced idolatory, and we simply followed in their footsteps. Will you punish us for what others have innovated?” – Quran, 7: 172-73.
Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who believes in God, and believes in the Last Day, and leads a righteous life, will receive recompence from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve. – Quran, 2: 62.
It does seem from the above verses that the monotheistic religion taught by all divine prophet-messengers, ending with Prophet Muhammad, is implanted in man’s nature. It is natural and most unlike the Islam that has come down to us from our ancestors, the inherited Islam. This Islam is so beautifully inclusive and so beautifully universal in nature.
It is the Islam practiced by Prophet Muhammad, so profoundly and far different from the current “Islam” that is spewed by the like of Jawi and Jakim, which want to control every aspect of Muslim lives in Malaysia, pronouncing this and that to be approved or disapproved religiously, by order of the current religious officialdom.
It is better that we do away with such authoritarian interference with our lives. It is furthermore sectarian Islam (Sunnism), forbidden by God and the Prophet.
It is true that once you freely choose to be a Muslim, you should carry out all the religious obligations, like the five daily prayers, fasting in the month of Ramadan, and so on. You should also try to live righteously. All these obligations are mentioned in the Quran.
Islam is so simple that it does not burden its adherents. It allows flexibility in carrying out religious obligations
Also there are things that the Quran leaves to one’s individual judgement.
All these rulings are proofs of divine mercy. There is a Quranic verse stating that God decrees upon Himself the quality of mercy. (See Quran, 6: 12)
KASSIM AHMAD is a Malaysian author. His website is www.kassimahmad.blogspot.com