In the name of GOD, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

                                  Proclaim, “He is the One and Only GOD.”

                                    “The Absolute GOD.”

                                       “Never did He beget. Nor was He begotten.”

                                          “None equals Him.”

 

 Universal Unity                                                                                       Editor: Keikhosrow Emami


June 1995 [No. 12]

 

To GOD belongs the most beautiful names; call upon Him therewith,
And disregard those who distort His names.
They will be requited for their sins.
Quran 7:180

 

Believing in GOD necessitates believing in His Qualities. One of which is that He is Omniscient. God is ultimate in wisdom. Out of His infinite mercy God sends guidance through His messengers. All the praises are due to the Almighty. We know that the only duty of a messenger is to deliver the message. The message that is 'complete in truth and justice. Nothing shall abrogate His words.' The Quran teaches us that God's messengers are human beings and they make mistakes. But, the Quran also teaches us that Almighty God corrects the mistakes of His messengers during their earthly life time. Throughout the Quran, we do not come across one case that a messenger corrects the mistake of his predecessor. This means that the message delivered through God's messengers is indeed 'complete in truth and justice.' The truth comes from God. Messengers and true witnesses confirm the truth. They do not contradict it and oppose it. Those who do, are the ones who doubt God's wisdom. They are with the opposition.

 

A NEW REVELATION from Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Dr. Ali R. Fazely in JOURNAL OF SUBMISSION, a newsletter of which he is the editor, Volume 2, No. 12, February 1995, has come up with the conclusion that we should say, "ALLAHU AL-KABEER" instead of saying "ALLAHU AKBAR." Glory be to God. Yes, we say ALLAHU AL-KABEER (Most Great, The Supreme) for it is one of the most beautiful names. “Whichever name you use, to Him belongs the best names.” But, why should we not say "Allahu Akbar?" What is this, a new prohibition?  He says that "Allahu Akbar" is a historical phrase which has been used to describe God. He reiterates that the statement means God is greater. And, we do not find anywhere in the Quran, God describing Himself as "akbar" or "greater." It is incredible to see that all of a sudden so many non-Arabs are becoming scholars in the language of Arabic! All the praises are due to Almighty God. Consultation with some well educated friends whose mother tongue is Arabic has shed light to the subject matter. "Akbar" is an adjective with both a comparative and superlative nature. Depending upon the context in which it is used, it produces different impressions. Obviously, when we say, "Allahu Akbar," we are associating the word "Akbar" with God, the Supreme Being. And as such, the word produces its superlative impression. Therefore, the only meaning of the word "Akbar," when it is coupled with the word "Allah," is "the Greatest." Allahu Akbar means "God is the Greatest." “To God belongs the most beautiful names,” even though, the name may not be mentioned in the Quran. How many times do we utter the statement "Allahu Akbar," in our daily contact prayers? What about Azaan, the call to prayer? This is an important issue! Dr. Fazely, at the end of the second paragraph in the first page of his news letter, writes, "We should not insist on ignorance and continue to utter phrases for historical rather than Quranic reasons." WOW!! If this is not an ego talking, we would like to know what is

 

[81:19-21] This is the utterance of an honorable messenger. Authorized by the Possessor of the Throne, fully supported. He shall be obeyed and trusted.

 

Rashad Khalifa was a messenger of God. In accordance with God's will, he removed two false verses (9:128, 129) from the Quran. In accordance with God's will, he introduced us to the pure shahaadah, La Ellaha Ella Allah. As important as this is, if saying "Allahu Akbar" is wrong, wouldn't Almighty God correct it through His messenger? Dr. Ali Fazely believed at one time that Rashad Khalifa was a messenger of God, or did he?  Did he not establish contact prayers together with Dr. Khalifa directing himself to the correct direction of the Qiblah (slightly south of east) and utter "Allahu Akbar?" What is this then? Does he have a change of heart? He has already changed his Qiblah to north east and, now, denying himself the utterance of "Allahu Akbar." Our dear brother Fazely should wake up. He should not nullify all the good work that has been done through him. He should not allow his ego to get the best of him.  He should become aware of some of the wrong influences around him. He should, God willing, repent and ask the Almighty for forgiveness. The true guidance comes from God, and God sends  guidance through His messengers - What comes after the truth but falsehood?

 

The opening statement of the Quran (In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful) is made of four Arabic words. Three of which are names of Almighty God: Allah, Al-Rahman, and AI-Raheem. The gematrical values of the three names respectively are: 66, 329, and 289. Glory be to God. The gematrical values of the statements "Allahu Al-Kabeer" and "Allahu Akbar" are also 329 and 289. If we add the gematrical values of the three names of God that are mentioned in the opening statement, we get:

 

66 + 329 + 289 = 684
19 x 36
GOD BE GLORIFIED

 

It is God's deliberate design that the gematrical value of His names mentioned in the opening statement of the Quran add up to be 684. 684 is also the gematrical value of AI-Quran AI-Kareem.

(1 + 30 + 100 + 200 + 1 + 1 + 50 + 1 + 30 + 20 + 200 + 10 + 40)

684

19 x 36

ALLAHU AKBAR

 

The Quran (114 suras) was revealed through prophet Muhammad who was born in the year 570 AD. If we add the two numbers, we get:

 

114 + 570 = 684
19 x 36

 

It is interesting to note that Marwan Ibn AI-Hakam, the Umayyad ruler who destroyed the original Quran that was written by Muhammad's hand died in 684 AD, Question: In the Quran, AI-Quran is not described as "AI-Kareem." It is described as "Kareem." Is it correct if we say "AI-Quran AI-Kareem?" Glory be to God. “Only those who are intelligent will take heed.”

 

God's Infinite Mercy

Quran 39:53,54. Proclaim: “O My servants who exceeded the limits. never despair of God's mercy. For God forgives all sins. He is the Forgiver, Most Merciful. “You shall obey your Lord. and submit to Him totally, before the retribution overtakes you, then you cannot be helped.

 

God suffices as witness

 

In the name of God. Most Gracious, Most Merciful

When triumph comes from God, and victory,

you will see the people embracing God's religion in throngs.

You shall glorify and praise your Lord, and implore Him for forgiveness. He is the Redeemer.

110:1,2,3

 

The Great Prophecy
He has sent His messenger with the guidance and the true religion,

and will make it dominate all religions, in spite of the idol worshipers.

9:33 and 61:9

 

He is the One who sent His messenger with the guidance and the religion of truth
To make it prevail over all other religions.
God suffices as a Witness.

48:24

 

In accordance with God's will, the 19-based mathematical miracle of the Quran, "one of the great miracles," shall prove to the whole world that the Quran is indeed "a revelation from the Lord of the universe. " The pure Quran containing the great mathematical miracle shall find its way into every household. The sincere souls shall receive the message and shall witness the miracle. They shall embrace God's religion in throngs. The religion of Submission, advocating the worship of God alone, shall prevail over all other religions.

 

[8:8] For He has decreed that the truth shall prevail, and the falsehood shall vanish, in spite of the evildoers.'

 

Satan will be defeated

 

[2:208] O you who believe, you shall embrace total submission; do not follow the steps of Satan, for he is your most ardent enemy.

 

[4:118] God has condemned him, and he said, 'I will surely recruit a definite share of Your worshipers."

 

[7:1 6,17] He said, 'Since You have willed that I go astray, I will skulk for them on Your straight path. I will come to them from before them, and from behind them, and from their right. and from their left. and You will find that most of them are unappreciative.'

 

[36:60-62] Did I not covenant with you, O children of Adam, that you shall not worship the devil? That he is your most ardent enemy? And that you shall worship Me alone? This is the right path. He has misled multitudes of you. Did you not possess any understanding?

 

There are not, but only two ways and no way in between. We either are worshiping God alone, or we are worshiping the devil. Put this question to anyone. Are you worshiping the devil? He or she gets offended. No! I am not! But, the true answer is not so simple. As it turns out, if a person does not uphold God's absolute authority, he or she is worshiping the devil without being aware of it. Satan is not that stupid. He does not approach the people, saying, "worship me." What he does is that he takes his human victims gradually away from God. Then, he preys on them. He gradually robs the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain from his victims. They become deaf, blind, and dumb. They become helpless. They become an easy prey. The majority of those who follow Satan do not do so, so willingly. Satan takes their "will" away from them first. The devil hypnotizes his human victims.

 

God's guidance is the true guidance. It offers light. Those who become acquainted with the light of God shall see the truth. The truth that has always been the same truth; there is none but One God and we must worship Him alone. The key to our salvation is to recognize and appreciate the Absoluteness of our Creator; uphold  His absolute authority; and, worship Him alone and do not idolize anything or anyone beside Him.

 

[2:21,22] "O people, worship only your Lord - the One who created you and those before you - that you may be saved. The One who made the earth habitable for you, and the sky a structure. He sends down from the sky water, to produce all kinds of fruits for your sustenance. You shall not set up idols to rival God, now that you know."

[Deuteronomy 6:4,5] "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is One Lord: And, you shall love the Lord your God will all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might."

 

[Mark 12:29,30] "And Jesus answered him, the first of all the commandments is, Hear, 0 Israel; The Lord our God is One Lord: And you shaft love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment."

 

Obviously, "our God is One Lord" does not mean that there are two or three lords. Obviously, the commandment to worship the Lord our God with all of everything we have does not mean that we can worship others beside Him. We cannot devote our worship to anyone or anything beside our Creator.  Anyone who does this, he/she has violated the first of all the commandments of the Almighty. If the first of all the commandments is violated, nothing can be right. This most important violation would nullify all the good works that one may do in a life-time. Violating the first of all the commandments is an effort in the direction of proving Satan's point of view. For it is the accursed Satan who claimed that he could be a god beside God when we were in the dimension of the souls, the real dimension. And, on this earth, it is again the same accursed Satan who plays all kinds of tricks on his human victims to make sure they place other gods beside God. And, by the means of other gods beside God, he places the shades of darkness between his human victims and the Almighty. He deprives them from the light that offers eternal salvation. He lures his victims to the depth of darkness, a journey to the depth of damnation and hell. To defeat Satan, we need to learn about him and his tricks. The Quran teaches us that Satan has no power over the believers.

 

[16:99,100] He has no power over those who believe and trust in their Lord. His power is limited to those who choose him as their master, those who choose him as their god.

 

The Quran teaches us that Satan has no physical power; his power is in the form of making devilish suggestions. He causes people to forget God. He provokes animosity and hatred among the people. He causes division. He instills fear into his subjects. He misleads them; and, finally, he abandons his victims. The Quran teaches us that Satan is condemned by God and he is incurring an eternal retribution. He is confined in our universe, the smallest and the innermost of the seven universes created by God. He does not know what goes on in the High Society. He and his subjects are blocked out of the Quran; therefore, they cannot get any information from it. And, he is not aware of what goes on in our minds. Satan does not even know what goes on in the minds of the most evil devils around him. Satan schemes evil schemes. But, since he has no control over the minds of his subjects (human and jinn devils), he has no control over what takes place, and therefore, he cannot always achieve his devilish objectives. Satan's temporary kingdom on this earth is based on lack of information, lack of control, ignorance, arrogance, and incompetence. It can be easily appreciated why we have such a disorderly and chaotic world within God's perfect and orderly creation.

 

"It is the ego that led to Satan's fall. It is the ego that caused our exile to this world, and it is the ego that is keeping most of us from redemption to God's kingdom." Ego is the worst god one can have. For it is this god that opens the door to many other gods. Hence, the commandment 'You shall kill your egos.' is one of the most important commandments. It is our human tendency to relate to and believe in things that we can understand with our human senses. When we use words such as "I," "my," and "mine" with such a great appetite, what are we looking at? Are we not looking at our own very "self?" Are we not positioning ourselves as if we are the center of the universe? Does it not look like that our own "self" becomes our own god? How many gods can be created around the big "self?" If it be in accordance with God's will that we recognize the pity nature of our "selves," that would be the beginning of our journey towards the perfect peace and happiness; that would be the beginning of our journey towards God's kingdom. To defeat Satan we must first kill our own egos. With no egos around, Satan will not have any room to cultivate his corrupted seeds. Big egos have always been Satan's prime target.  Consistently those who corrupted the religion were those who had big egos. Following the messengers, following the guidance from God, was not good enough for them. They did not want to just follow; they wanted to lead.

 

[63:2-4] Under the guise of their apparent faith, they repel the people from the path of God. Miserable indeed is what they do. This is because they believed, then disbelieved.  Hence, their minds are blocked; they do not understand. When you see them, you may be impressed by their looks. And when they speak, you may listen to their eloquence. They are like standing logs. They think that every call is intended against them. These are the real enemies; beware of them. God condemns them; they have deviated.

 

Satan's recruits decree religious laws never authorized by God (42:21). And, there are ignorant people who set up their so called religious leaders and scholars as lords, instead of God (9:31).

 

[61:7] Who is more evil than one who fabricates lies about God. and he is invited to Submission? God does not guide the evil people,

Satan's constituents, the egotistic religious leaders have fabricated lies and injected them into the scripture or have come up with entirely separate writings in order to deceive. The number of the people who have been duped is in the billions. According to Malachi 2:8-9, the religious leaders have departed out of the way; have caused many to stumble at the law; and, they have corrupted the covenant. God has made them contemptible and base before all the people for they have not kept His ways, but have been partial at the law. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc., have been corrupted beyond recognition. Submission, the religion of Abraham, strict monotheism, advocated by all God's prophets and messengers, has been so badly distorted that what we have today has nothing to do with the truth. The Jews and Muslims uphold the Mishnah (Hadith) and Gomorrah (Sunna), while the Christians uphold Gospels other than the Gospel according to Jesus. The Quran teaches us that the only religion approved by God is the religion of Submission. We must believe in the divine unity of the Almighty Creator, uphold His absolute authority, and worship Him alone without the idolization of anyone or anything beside Him.

 

[42:13] He decreed for you the same religion decreed for Noah, and what we inspired to you, and what we decreed for Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: 'You shall uphold this one religion, and do not divide it. “The idol worshipers will greatly resent what you invite them to do. God redeems to Himself whomever He wills; He guides to Himself only those who totally submit.

 

The corrupted religionists prefer that the body of humanity be torn to pieces. For, without division, they cannot hold on to their position of power and prominence. These huge egos stop short of nothing to achieve their evil objectives. Who has been the driving force behind the senseless religious wars? How much blood has been shed in the name of religion? How much pain, how much suffering has been incurred to satisfy the egos of the corrupted religious leaders?

 

Satan's constituents, the corrupted religious leaders capitalize on the ignorance of the masses. They divide and conquer.

 

[61:8] They wish to put out God's light with their mouths. But God insists upon perfecting His light, in spite of the disbelievers.