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Straight Path for both Christians and Muslims

My dear friends,

I can’t wait to tell you what I’m discovering from rehearsing the Signs of Allah. It is life changing!

And so it should be – after all, we find the “Signs of Allah” rehearsed again and again and again in our Sacred Books. The electronic translation of the Qur’an that I have translates the word “Signs” no less than 347 times. This is obviously a most important subject.

Not only am I enjoying this study of Allah’s Signs on my own but I am enjoying sharing what I have learned with others, especially with all those that truly desire Sirat al-Mustaqim (the Straight Path).  May Allah help us all to follow His Signs and experience His mercy and grace.

The other day I read Surah Anfal which reads:

“Believers are those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a tremor in their hearts, and when they hear His Signs rehearsed, find their faith strengthened, and put all their trust in their Lord … Such in truth are the Believers: they have grades of dignity with their Lord, and forgiveness, and generous sustenance.” (Al-Anfal 8:2, 4).   *

We know this to be true. The more we rehearse Allah’s Signs mentioned repeatedly in our Sacred Books, the more our faith is strengthened, especially when we rehearse them with others who are interested in following Sirat al-Mustaqim.  Moreover, one of the ways our faith is strengthened the most is as we notice how all the Signs point in the same direction, namely toward the Sirat al-Mustaqim leading us to Melakut Allah (the Straight Way leading us to the Kingdom of Allah).

Let us take a look at what can be learned from the Signs of Allah that lead us on the Straight Path.  Here we will survey nine key Signs in one or the other of our sacred books:  Adam, Nuh, Ibrahim, Musa, Dawood, Yunus, Yahya, Isa and Mohammad. There are others, but these in particular provide clear direction on the Straight Path for both Christians and Muslims.

1.   From the Sign of Adam and Hua we learn that our gracious and merciful Allah will someday provide a Great Provision to cover our shame. When Adam and Hua disobeyed Allah and listened to Iblis, they were sent from Paradiseto struggle on this earth. Adam initially tried to cover his shame with leaves. The Qur’an teaches that later he came to his senses and cried out, “Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls: if You do not forgive us and do not bestow upon us your Mercy, we shall certainly be lost” (Al Araf 7:23).

Allah’s temporary provision was clothing to cover their shame. The Tawrat explains “the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them” (Genesis 3:21). This was the first Corban. An animal was sacrificed in order to cover Adam and Hua’s nakedness.

But Allah promised something far better that would provide a permanent solution. In the same Surah Al Araf we are told that He promised “the raiment of righteousness, that is the best” (Al Araf 7:26). We are not told what this ‘raiment of righteousness’ will be but, according to the Qur’an, Allah reminded us, “I know what you do not know” (Al Baqara 2:30). It appears to be a mystery which Allah keeps hidden from us … for a long time.

2.   From the Sign of Nuh we learn that when Allah eventually provides this Great Provision, we must trust Him by acting upon it immediately. According to the Qur’an, one of Nuh’s sons did not trust Allah’s provision, the Ark, but said “I will betake myself to some mountain: it will save me from the water” (Hud 11:43). Because he did not trust in theArk, the boy died in the flood. We learn from this Sign that we must act immediately when Allah provides the Great Provision to cover our shame!

3. From the Sign of Ibrahim we learn that the Great Provision will be a Corban, a lamb of some kind offered as a sacrifice. When Ibrahim was ready to slay his son, Allah called out for him to stop and directed him to a ram caught in the thicket. The Qur’an teaches that Allah said about this Ram, “We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice” (As Saffat 37:107). The little ram caught in a thicket which Ibrahim offered in place of his son did not look very ‘momentous.’ However, what that ram signified, the later Corban that would ransom us permanently, that Corban would be momentous.

4.   From the Sign of Musa, and particularly from the last plague of “blood” (Al Araf 7:133, An-Nazi’at 79:20), we learn that the blood of this Corban must be applied directly to each family in order for Allah’s Great Provision to benefit us.

Because Pharaoh refused to let the children of Israelgo free, Allah sent plagues to encourage him. The Tawrat tells more about Musa’s last great Sign (An-Nazi’at 79:20): every first born in theland of Egypt would die. Only those who obeyed Allah, who took the blood of a lamb and sprinkled it on the doorposts of their homes, only these were spared when the angel of death visitedEgypt (Exodus 12:21-32).

This blood sprinkled on the doorpost is a Sign for us: the blood of Allah’s Great Corban will need to be sprinkled on our hearts if we are to be ransomed from our shame. Only then can we find the Sirat al-Mustaqim leading to Melakut Allah (theStraight Way leading to theKingdom ofAllah).

5.   From the  Sign of Dawood we learn that Allah’s Great Provision would come through Dawood. It would be one of Dawood’s descendents. According to the Qur’an, he was told, “O Dawood! We did indeed make you a viceregent (a kalif) on earth” (Saad 38:26). In the Tawrat, Allah promised Dawood, “Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before Me. Your throne shall be established forever” (2 Samuel 7:16). This eventual son of Dawood is called the Anointed One or the Messiah (al Masih) (Psalm 2:2, Al-’Imran 3:45). When Isa is born of Mariam we learn that Isa is in fact “Isa al Masih” and that “The Lord God will give him (Isa) the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:32-33).

6.   From the Sign of Yunus we learn that Allah will deliver His Great Provision Sacrifice after three days. Yunus was three days in the whale’s belly before Allah “cast him forth on the naked shore” (As-Saffat 37:145; Jonah 1:17). In the same way, Allah’s Great Provision will be three days in something like a whale’s belly before he is delivered.

7.   Yahya is a very simple and clear sign.  The Holy Injil announces the mission of Yahya as “one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight’” (Matthew 3:3). And the Sacred Qur’an tells us “While Zakariya [Yahya’s father] was standing in prayer in the chamber, the angels called to him: ‘Allah gives you the glad tidings of Yahya, witnessing the truth of a Word from Allah’” (Al-’Imran 3:39). This Surah continues to explain that the one Yahya was to announce was none other than Isa al-Masih, the “Kalimatullah” or Word of Allah (Al-‘Imran 3: 45).

8.   Ultimately, all of Allah’s Signs point in the same direction. They are Signs directing us to the prophet Isa al Masih. Isa, son of Mariam, promised descendent of Dawood, the Kalimatullah and Ruh-allah (Word and Spirit of Allah), was sent from Allah as His perfect Corban. His blood must immediately be applied to each family so Allah can ransom them from their shame, clothing them with Allah’s “Raiment of Righteousness.”

When Yahya first saw Isa, he announced Allah’s Straight Path with these words,

behold the Lamb of Allah who takes away the sin of the World” (John 1:29).

9.   Some 600 years later the Sacred Qur’an came through the voice of a great Arab leader named Muhammad, announcing again and again, ‘pay attention to the Signs of Allah!’ Over 300 times the Sacred Qur’an instructs us:

“Thus Allah makes His Signs clear to you in order that you may understand” (Al-Baqara 2:242)

“You were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Signs clear to you: That you may be guided” (Al-’Imran 3:103).

“This is the Way of your Lord, leading straight: We have detailed the Signs for those who receive admonition (Al-Anam 6:126).

 “Nor be of those who reject the Signs of Allah, or you shall be of those who perish” (Yunus 10:95).

“Those who do not believe in the Signs of Allah, – Allah will not guide them, and theirs will be a grievous Penalty. (An Nahl 16:104).

“We have already sent down to you Signs making things clear, an illustration from (the story of) people who passed away before you, and an admonition for those who fear Allah” (An-Nur 24:34).

As we all know, Mohammad did not come announcing anything new.  Repeatedly, the Qur’an tells us “The same religion He (Allah) has established for you (Mohammad) as that which He enjoined on Noah … and that which He enjoined on Abraham, Moses and Jesus” (Al Shura 42:13). And again “Nothing is said to you (Mohammad) that was not said to the Messengers before you” (Ha-Mim Sajda 41:43).

The Sacred Qur’an is also a sign to the Arab people. It calls them back to all the previous Signs of Allah. The Signs of Allah recorded in our Sacred Books, ours and yours, all point to one prophet, the Kalimatullah and Ruallah, the “Word and Spirit of Allah,” Isa al-Masih, Allah’s Corban, the Lamb of Allah who takes away the sin of the world.

My friends, it is clear that Allah has sent His Kalimatullah, His Word to us because He loves us and wants very much to clothe us in His Raiment of Righteousness. He wants to ransom us from our shame by the momentous sacrifice of Isa al Masih, so that Allah can welcome us into His paradise forever and ever.

May the grace and peace of Allah be with you!

* – Translations by Ysuf Ali

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