The first thing that one should know and clearly understand about Islam, is what the word Islam in itself mean.
The Arabic word “ISLAM” means total submission or surrender of one’s will to the only True God, known in Arabic as “ALLAH”. ONE WHO SUBMITS HIS WILL TO GOD IS TERMED IN ARABIC A “MUSLIM”.
ISLAM is not named after a person or a people nor was it decided by a later generation of man like the case of Christianity after Jesus, Buddhism after Gautama Buddha, Confucianism after Confucius, Marxism after Karl Marx, Judaism after the tribe of Judah, Hinduism after the Hindus, etc.
But ISLAM (submission to the will of God) is the religion which was given to Adam, the first man and the first prophet of God and it Was The religion of all the prophets sent by God to mankind, its name was Chosen by God himself as mentioned in the last testament, the Qur’an:
“This day I (God) have perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and chosen for you ISLAM as your religion” Qur’an 5:3
“If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to God), never will it be accepted of him” (Qur’an 3:85)
Jesus Christ submitted his will to God Almighty making him a Muslim, but Christians today submit to Jesus instead of God. The religion of Jesus was not Christianity but rather reflected in his teachings and Jesus was a prophet of Allah and he called people to surrender their will to the will of God (which is what ISLAM stands for), for example, Jesus taught his followers to pray to God as follows:
“Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name, may your will (ISLAM) be done on earth as it is in heaven” Luke 11:2, Mathew 6:9-10
He Jesus taught that only those who submits to God (practise Islam) would inherit paradise.
“None of those who call me Lord will enter the kingdom of God, but ONLY the one who does the will of my father in heaven (that’s, practicing Islam)” Mathew 7:21
Jesus also pointed out that he himself submitted to the will of God (ISLAM), he said.
“I cannot do anything of myself. I judge as I hear, and my Judgement is honest because I am not seeking my own will but the will of Him who sent me (this confession is ISLAM in its purest form)” John 5:30.
There are many reports in the gospels which show Jesus made it clear to his followers that he was not God, example speaking about the final Hour, he said:
“No one knows about the day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, not the son, but only the Father.” Mark 13:32
Thus Jesus, like the prophets before him and the one who came after him (prophet Muhammad pbuh), taught the religion of Islam: SUBMISSION TO THE WILL OF THE ONE TRUE GOD.
The reason why Christianity is not found in the Bible as a religion is because Jesus never practiced Christianity by worshipping himself like Christians do by worshipping him.
One may argue that OK if Jesus was a Muslim, how come he didn’t pray five times daily or fast every month of Ramadan, etc like the Muslims today do?
The simplest reply is that each of the prophet before prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was sent to a particular group of people not to the world and they were prescribed How To worship God and it was valid for them only during that time.
AND THE GREATEST OF IT WAS ONENESS OF GOD BY SUBMITTING THEIR WILLS TO THE ONLY TRUE GOD ALONE. So, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) being the last and final messenger of God until judgment day, was a universal prophet and the five daily prayers, fasting Ramadan, etc. prescribed for the world as a mark to distinguish the worshippers of Fake God and that of true God and that’s why on the Return of Jesus, he will rule by the Qur’an.
If you truly love Jesus (O Christians), then follow his footsteps by submitting to the Will of Allah (Islam) except that what you have for him is a fake love.
I pray Allah brings guidance closer to you, granting you the sound reasoning and understanding!
I love Jesus, my believe in Allah (God) is incomplete without loving Jesus and following him and that is what makes me a Muslim!
Allah knows Best.
Yaquba Nuri Amin
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