The quest for the truth: which one is the right religion?
A quest for the truth and finding the right religion should include this question: if there is One God why are so many religions? This is also a question that atheists pose when they question the validity of religious beliefs. To get an answer to the question, we have to explore how did we get so many religions to begin with?
Why were messengers needed?
God did not abandon humanity in a helpless state to carry out the commitment of being His envoy on the earth. Humans are given physical and intellectual abilities through their anatomical formation, which has made humans the most creative living being of all creations. They were given inbuilt intuition to goodness and truth during their creation, to live a peaceful moral life. God has introduced Himself to humanity through some members of human family with moral directions to lead human’s creative behavior to it’s best potential. These members of human family are called messengers of God.
One message, many messengers
There is one religion under One God. God has sent messengers with the same fundamental message: submit to the will of One Creator and do good to the other creations. Abraham, Noah, Moses, David, Jesus and Muhammad (Peace be on all of them) were some of the members of the club of God’s messengers. God sent them over the time to different communities as good role models for the people. God inspired them the knowledge to teach people the moral standards prescribed by God. All prophets were unique in their scope and ability. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was the last member of this prophetic chain. The Quran commanded Muslims not to discriminate between the prophets.
How did the Divine scriptures get corrupted?
Reliable and verifiable recording and transmission mechanism was absent in the old times. As a result, Preservation of information in the ancient time was imprecise. Moreover, the literacy in general was extremely low. The messengers delivered the divine revelations to the people around them. People from generation to generation relayed those messages as oral traditions. Unknown people of unknown time lapse from the original revelations collected some of those in writing. People added their opinions, they forgot the contents. Many messages lost their contexts. Reactions from humans became part of the divine message. Over time, difference in interpretations of the scriptures became wider and wider. As a result, one religion under one God turned to many.
Does the Quran recognize previous scriptures?
The Quran verifies, amends and concludes all previous revealed scriptures. The messages in the previous scriptures were changed due to human factors. One name of the Quran is “the Forqan” meaning “the criterion”. The Quran asserted itself as a yardstick to evaluate the messages of the older scriptures. Thus, the Quran intended to rectify the corrupted messages in the previous scriptures and keep one religion under One God.
A copy of the Holy Quran
Preserving the Quran in it’s original form
Allah revealed the Quran through the angel Jibril to prophet Muhammad (Peace be up on him). Since The time of the first revelation, Allah sent revelations in fragments over a period of 23 years. Sometimes revelation came in response to certain occasions and events to instruct and guide the believers. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be up on him) was unlettered. So he memorized all the revelations himself . He also appointed some of his disciples to write down the revelations. Many of the disciples memorized the Quran to it’s entirety. https://qpeace.net/?p=3960
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