By: Prof. Dr. Eng. Salama Abdel-Hady; South Valley University; Aswan
Dear Mr. President
You told in your letter you came to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world as we share common values of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings. The sources of such values are our religious beliefs and our perfect trust in the same God.
Dear Mr. President
We have, as Muslims, similar friendly feelings towards the people in your country as there are, in USA, more than 7 million Muslims. Similarly; all Muslims believe that Christians are the closest people to us according to verses in Quran
“…and you will find the nearest in love to the believers (Muslims) those who say: "We are Christians." That is because amongst them are priests and monks, and they are not proud. And when they (the Christians) listen to what has been sent down to the Messenger (Quran), you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of the truth they have recognized. They say: "Our Lord! We believe; so write us down among the witnesses. ” [5: 82, 83].
I know you are a religious Christian who has Islamic roots and bears a high respect to all religions. However, I am writing this letter to express our worry, as Muslims, for results of a Gallup’s statistic in USA. The results show the Americans who did not identify with a religion was 6% in 1998. Such number rose to 10% by 2002. This year's average indicates 16% of Americans has no religious identity. Such results mean that the religions may be vanished in USA during the two coming decades. Hence; USA may become an Atheistic country that violates your lovely written faith on every American dollar “In God We Trust”. Simply; USA may face the same end of the old communist countries which failed due to the absence of the high religious values.
As USA is a great power that influences the whole world; its direction to Atheism may guide also the whole world to the same valueless end. The whole world is directed now to a globalization that lacks religious values. Such nonreligious globalization had led to the former economic crisis and corruptions; such crisis may be repeated many times in the near future. The only way to save the world is to have common religious values that should be stemmed from a strong faith in our God. Our God, as Muslims and Christians, forbids the injustice and orders the fairness in all aspects of our life. His obedience surely will lead to the searched transparency and to a fair global economy.
According to questioning the Christians in USA why they were converted to Atheism; they told the Christian doctrine isn’t compatible with science and reality, the Christian dogmas are “internally incoherent” and the Blind Faith is an “illogical” argument. However; the American Encyclopedia records the following:
“The belief in the Oneness of God began at a very early stage in history, and in fact it preceded the belief in trinity by many decades. Christianity was developed from the same origin as Judaism, and Judaism firmly believes that there is one God.
The path that led from Jerusalem (the home of the first Disciples of Christ) to Nicea (where it was decided in 325 CE that Christ was equal to God in essence and eternal nature) can hardly be described as a straight path. The doctrine of trinity, which represents the core of the blind faith, was affirmed in the fourth century CE. It bears no resemblance to the original teachings of Christ concerning the nature of God. Au contraire, it is the opposite, a deviation from that teaching. Hence it developed in opposition to the belief in One God… (27/294).”
In the history of Christianity; Arius was a true follower of Jesus in his call to the pure Oneness of God. So; Arianism with its fundamental Trinitarian controversy must not be looked upon as an isolated theory by its follower Arius. Its appeal, which began in Alexandria and spread through the whole Empire, must be seen in the context of the times.
According to the Gospels; Jesus was not sent for salvation or death on a cross but to guide the Jews who lost the true way of God; as Jesus said:
[Matthew 15:24: He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."]
According to Judas Gospel, the oldest Gospel that was found in Egypt in 1975, Jesus was not crucified. This statement was translated by the international geographic society as follows: Jesus said to Judas,
“Truly I say, But you will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me. [Judas: 4:5 ]
So, Jesus was not sent to be crucified; but to call for One God. The fact that Jesus was not the sacrifice is found in also in the Canonical Gospels and in the following verse of Quran. Such verse clears the confusion of those who introduced illogical dogmas in Christianity related to crucifixion of Jesus:
And because of their saying (the Jews in boast) “We Killed Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah, but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but THE RESEMBLANCE OF JESUS WAS PUT OVER ANOTHER MAN, and they killed that man. Those who confused therein are full of DOUPTS. They have no certain knowledge, i.e. they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely, as Word of Allah, they killed him not [4: 157]
According to Will Durant: When Christianity conquered Rome, the new religion (i.e., Christianity) was infused with the blood of the old idolatrous religion: the title of archbishop, worship for the great mother, and an innumerable number of lords who gave peace of mind and were like who exist in all places and cannot be detected with the senses. All of this came into Christianity as the blood of the mother comes into her child. So, if the invasion of the Christian belief through the Romans succeeded in drifting the original Christianity into the polytheistic ideas; it should not lead us to the prevailing atheism.
During their famous “Jesus Seminar” in Westar institute, two hundred Christian theologians searched the oldest Christian documents and found that Jesus was a man who called to worship One God and who had not any documented miracle. However; the Quran approved the miracles of Jesus and described him as real messenger from God who had similar attributes as Abraham, Moses and Mohamed. So, Islam stated the Oneness of God as the core of all religions, including Judaism and the Jesus Christianity. It does not imply a blind faith or illogic doctrines. It is just a call to believe in the God who sent Abram, Moses, Jesus and Mohamed, and to believe in the Day of Resurrection. As the following verse of the Quran states; any believer in God and in the Day of resurrection will deserve God’s Mercy:
Verily! Those who believe (in Quran) and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians (others), whoever believe in God and the Last Day and do righteous good deeds shall have their reward from God; they should not be afraid or upset [002.062]
So; such introduced dogmas and blind faith in the modern Christianity should not lead to atheism as they are not parts of the real Christianity. Faith in One God is compatible with science as such faith, according to Quran, should start by scientific evidence and does not need a blind faith:
There is among men such a one who disputes about the God without scientific knowledge, without guidance and without a Book of enlightenment (as Quran or Bible) [022.008]
Reviewing the Islamic History; we find that the first front that protected the initial followers of Mohammad was a Christian king in Ethiopia. Similarly; the Christians who lived in the Arabic lands defended in the side of the Muslims against the Pharisee and the Roman armies who tried to quit Islam. They cooperated in building the promised kingdom of God on the earth that called for the pure Oneness of God. The God’s Islamic kingdom covered miraculously the whole earth in fifty years after Mohamed’s mission and inspired the high religious values in the whole earth by the Divine Faith in One God. Such kingdom gave the birth of the Islamic Golden Age or the Islamic Renaissance that started at the 8th century and has been extended to at least the 17th century. Such renaissance acted the bridge between the European dark ages and the modern civilization and paved the way for the European Renaissance and the nowadays global civilization. So, civilizations do not clash but rather cross-breed and succeed. They complement each other, succeed and continue, for they are the synthesis of God’s Justice and Guidance, human intellect and man’s creativity. The destiny of civilizations has not been throughout history one of conflicts and clashes. Rather, it has been, in essence and origin, one of competitions. It has always been sustainably moving in the direction leading towards the prosperity of life through the accumulation of civilization’s productions in various fields. It is towards causing the ascension of man, whom God has assigned the task of developing and civilizing the human’s life not towards corruptions by conflicts.
During the period of the Islamic Renaissance; artists, engineers, scholars, poets, philosophers, geographers and traders in the Islamic world contributed to agriculture, the arts, economics, industry, law, literature, navigation, philosophy, sciences, sociology, and technology, both by preserving earlier traditions and by adding inventions and innovations of their own. Muslim scientists, artists, philosophers, technologists and laborers together made a unique culture that has directly and indirectly influenced societies on every continent and saved Europe and the whole world from its Dark Ages which was ended by Islamic attitudes towards learning, sciences and balanced human progress. However, such civilization which was sparked by Islamic values is threatened now by the absence of such attitudes and values.
The Quran offers the Evidence of God’s existence based on scientific signs. Islam is a complete and comprehensive way of life founded on Divine guidance and a miraculous book, the Quran. A French scientist, Maurice Bucaille examined the Holy Scriptures in the light of modern knowledge. He acknowledged that Quran does not contain a single statement that was assailable from modern scientific point of view. On the contrary; it offers scientific signals that are just discovered during the last century.
A man who submitted such miraculous book, Quran, cannot be a liar. According to a scientific analysis which is done by the Christian Professor “Michael Heart”, Mohamed was classified as the greatest of the greatest hundred in the history. He found Mohamed as the greatest social reformer, diplomat, merchant, philosopher, orator, legislator, and military leader in the history. He was the human model of Islam whose teachings are simple, intelligible and free from any illogic dogma or doctrine. The oneness of God, the truth of the Quran, the prophet-hood of Muhammad, Jesus and Moses and the concept of life after death are the basic articles of its faith.
According to Biblical prophecies; Mohammad was the end of a real Abrahmaic series of Prophets and messengers. His founded Nation which covered the whole world is the prophesized Great nation (as the Grand son of Ishmael) and the kingdom of God as mentioned in the Bible:
Lift the boy (Ishmael) up and take him by the hand (of Hager), for I (God) will make him into a great nation (of Islam)." [Genesis 21:18]
Who looked how Islam succeeded to set the foundations of the promised God’s kingdom in its start to set the religions free from worshipping the fires (Pharisees) or bestowing a cross (Romans). Muslims were able release the people free from such invasions as stated in the following verse:
"In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.[Denial: 2:44]
You surely believe in God who created such intelligently designed universe, keeps it in such perfect and unique order, inspired the life in such uniquely integrated ecosystems and keeps its sustainability. Oneness of God; without any partners or son, is the logical core of the Islamic belief and all the monotheistic beliefs.
You know too the optimum human life is designed to follow religious beliefs that keep its prosperity. Any wise person cannot accept to be just a slave of his animal’s desires that will soon come to an end or of some wealth that he will soon leave behind in this transient world? Man has a spirit that will never be at peace unless he is in contact with God. He has a conscience that cannot thrive except in the light of God. He has a soul that can never be at ease and feel the relief of its worries unless it is in contact with God, remembering Him, speaking to Him, praying and fasting for His sake, putting its trust in Him and repenting to Him.
Dear Mr. President
This letter to you is a call to the Head of the globally leading country to adhere a common word that may save the world from successive failures and corruptions:
Say (O Muhammad): “ O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians): Come to a common word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but God, and that we associate no partners with Him, and none shall take pthers as Lords besides Goc. Then if they turn away, say: “Bear witness that we (at least are Muslims (i.e. bowing to God’s Orders). [003.:64]
Keeping this common word of Faith in one God through scientific evidence that respect the human logic is the only way to get to common global ethics of Justice and mutual mercy in obedience of the Creator of our universe and our life.
In His search for global values; Tony Blaire stressed the values of the Quran. He wrote: To me, the most remarkable thing about the Quran is how progressive it is. I write with great humility as a member of another faith. As an outsider, the Quran strikes me as a reforming book, trying to return Judaism and Christianity to their origins, much as reformers attempted to do with the Christian church centuries later. The Quran is inclusive. It extols science and knowledge and abhors superstition. It is practical and far ahead of its time in attitudes toward marriage, women, and governance.
Dear Mr. President
God selected you to be on the top of the most powerful country. You are a man who knows the truth of Islam, as it is your father’s religion, and knows the truth of Christianity, as it is your mother’s religion. So, please try to start a new world age by gathering all of us to a common word: Faith in One God without any illogical dogmas. The wasted Atheism should not be the direct substitute of the introduced confusions in Christianity. But Islam that calls to the same principles of the true Christianity can be. Islam is a complete system that encompasses the relationship of his adherents to God, to each other and to our society from birth until death. It is a religion that was sent in the light of the history to the whole mankind, sustained by an everlasting miracle, Quran. It gives the Heaven’s logic and sustained answers to all man’s questions, over the past and the coming, regarding the Life, the Death, the Day of Resurrection, the Good, the Evil, the Creator, the Creation, and all other ambiguous secrets in the universe. Looking at the main concepts of Islam, it can form a concrete religious-base for the world development towards a fair globalization. Such religious globalization can save the world once more from the trending looseness, corruptions and violence as it saved the world in the past from the previous Dark Age.
Can we cooperate to do that? It is the only one way to save USA and the whole world from their conversion to Atheism; i.e. from a valueless end and corruptions. I hope also to cooperate in stopping iniquity between followers of Abraham’s Grand Sons; Moses, Jesus and Mohamed in Jerusalem?
Dear Mr. President
You were able to be the first non-white American president in U.S.A. So, you also can be the first American president who unites the world to a common world; Faith of our real God.