What Is His Name


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  • What Is His Name


  • CHAPTER ONE - BELIEF IN GOD UNIVERSAL (What Is his Name - by Ahmed Deedat)



     

     

     

    This primitive man is higher in his
    Concept of God Almighty than the millions of civilized men and women, of both
    East and West who strut the world today!

    AN AUSTRALOID: the aborigine of South
    Australia numbered about 300,000 when the Europeans first touched the shores of
    Australia. Today, after 200 years, he has been reduced to half that number, and
    only half of this "half" is pure-blooded.

    What is
    His Name?

    By Ahmed Deedat

    SAY: "CALL UPON
    ALLAH,

    OR CALL UPON
    RAHMAN

    BY WHATEVER NAME YE CALL UPON HIM
    (it is well):

    FOR TO HIM BELONG THE MOST
    BEAUTIFUL NAMES

     

    <ALIGN="CENTER">Holy Qur'aan
    17:110

    CHAPTER ONE

    BELIEF IN GOD
    UNIVERSAL

    WHAT IS HIS NAME?

        At the end of my public talk on
    the subject - "MUHUMMED (p.b.u.h) the Natural Successor
    to CHRIST
    (p.b.u.h.) at question time, a Christian Missionary posed the
    question: "What is His Name?" Meaning thereby as to the name of
    God. I stood up to answer. But before I opened my mouth, he spoke into the mike,
    provided for questioning, that he would answer his own question. I said, "You
    posed the question so the obligation is on me to reply to your question". He
    said, "Yes, but I will answer the question." (Laughter in the audience). He was
    actually begging for an opportunity to be heard. Where else on earth would he
    get such a large audience, and that at the Muslim's expense, to preach. I said,
    "Carry on!" (Give him enough rope to hang himself). After some rambling, he
    concluded that the name of God was "JESUS CHRIST!"
    It was
    not the time, at that meeting; nor is it expedient here to discuss the subject
    fully - "IS JESUS GOD?" It is enough, for the moment, to say that in the
    language of Moses, Jesus and Muhummed (Peace be upon them all) the name of God
    Almighty is ALLAH! Proof will be provided in Chapter 4.

    Belief in God is ingrained in the nature of man. As long as man existed on
    earth, the knowledge of God Almighty also co-existed. As Professor Max Fuller in
    his Hibbert Lectures said:

    "RELIGION IS NOT A NEW INVENTION. IT IS, IF NOT AS
    OLD AS THE WORLD, AT LEAST AS OLD AS THE WORLD WE KNOW. THERE NEVER WAS A FALSE
    GOD NOR WAS THERE EVER A FALSE RELIGION, UNLESS YOU CALL A CHILD A FALSE MAN.
    ALL RELIGION, SO FAR AS I KNOW THEM, HAD THE SAME PURPOSE. ALL WERE LINKS IN A
    CHAIN WHICH CONNECTS HEAVEN AND EARTH, AND WHICH HELD, AND ALWAYS WAS HELD, BY
    ONE AND THE SAME HAND."

    This is truly a very charitable attitude; truly Islamic.
    Allah subha nahu wa ta-aala (God Almighty) tells us in the Holy Qur'aan:

    AND THERE
    NEVER WAS A PEOPLE WITHOUT A WARNER HAVING LIVED AMONG THEM (In the
    past).

     

    Sura Fatir
    35:24

    AND TO
    EVERY NATION THERE WAS (sent) A
    GUIDE.

    Sura1 Ra'd
    13:7

    1. Sura in Arabic means
    Chapter.

    GOD NOT PARTIAL

    If God Almighty is not partial to His creatures with
    regard to material blessings like - fresh-air, rain, sun- shine etc., why should
    He be partial in regard to His spiritual blessings (The Guidance of God)? He has
    not been partial! There is no nation or language group on earth who does not
    know God by some name. This knowledge was given by the Creator Himself through
    the lips of His chosen messengers. The names of a very few of these messengers
    we know, the rest have been lost or clouded in superstition.
    Though all
    theology (knowledge of God) originated with God, mankind played fast and loose
    with those pure and holy concepts, adding frills and adornments where no
    embellishments was needed - it despoiled the language. In the words of Mrs.
    Ellen G. White, a "prophetess" of the 7th Day Adventist Movement, in her Bible
    Commentary it is said:

    "LEARNED MEN HAD IN
    SOME INSTANCES CHANGED THE WORDS, THINKING THAT THEY WERE MAKING IT PLAIN, WHEN
    IN REALITY THEY WERE MYSTIFYING THAT WHICH WAS PLAIN."1

    In the Religious Annals of the world, the
    Jewish and Christian Scriptures called the Holy Bible abound with graphic
    examples of portraying God after man's own pattern:

    1. For further
    detailed references to Mrs. White, see my book - <!A href="http://www.jamaat.net/bible/BibleIntro.html">"Is the Bible God's
    Word?"<!/A>
    . Available free online. 

    IMPERFECT DESCRIPTIONS OF
    GOD

     

    LIKE A MAN
    (Genesis
    11:5)
    "And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which
    the children of men builded."

    MOSES SEES GOD'S BACK
    PARTS?

    (Exodus 33:23)
    "And I will take away mine hand,
    and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen."

    WRESTLES WITH JACOB

    (Genesis 32:28)
    "And He (God) said, thy name shall be called no
    more lacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men,
    and has prevailed."

    LIKE ONE
    DRUNK

    (Psalm 78:65)
    "Then the Lord awakened as one out
    of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine."

    REGRETS MAKING MAN

    (Genesis 6:6)
    "And it repented the Lord that he had made man on
    the earth, and it grieved him at his heart."

    SMELLS SWEET FLAVOUR

    (Genesis 8:21)
    "And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the
    Lord said in his heart..."

    A CROUCHING LION

    (Numbers 24:9)
    "He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a
    great lion: who shall stir him up?"

    DEVOURING
    FIRE
    (Exodus 24:17)
    "And the sight of the glory of the
    Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children
    of Israel."

    RESTED AND
    REFRESHED
    (Exodus 31:17)
    " ... in six days the Lord made
    heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested AND WAS
    REFRESHED."
    1

    Out of the encyclopaedia of 73 Books of
    the Roman Catholics and 66 Books of the Protestants called the
    "BIBLE"
    2, endless
    number of quotations can be culled to fill a book larger than this publication
    to illustrate man's various imperfect descriptions of God. The above examples
    will suffice, I hope.

    In the realm of the spirit, no nation has had as
    much opportunities as the children of Israel. And despite repeated warnings to
    the effect that:'THY GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD, HE SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GOD
    BEFORE HIM, NOT EVEN OF THE LIKENESS OF THE THINGS ON EARTH, OR IN THE HEAVENS
    ABOVE, OR IN THE WATERS BENEATH THE SEA ...
    (Exodus 20:3-5), they took
    the golden calf for worship, and again and again reverted into idolatry. Nor is
    the bulk of Christendom any freer from this taint. Visit St. Paul's Cathedral in
    London, or St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome and you will have very little to
    distinguish them from the Tempte of Somnath in India. It is a question of
    Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.3 You do not really have to go to England or Italy
    to verify my statement. Why not an inspection in loco to an Anglican or a Roman
    Catholic Cathedral in your own home town!

    1.
    "....and was refreshed": to commemorate the Sabbath because God Almighty
    became tired and needed to be rejuvenated after His six days of hard labour - IS
    A STANDING INSULT TO GOD. Says the Holy Qur'an:"...No slumber can seize Him
    nor sleep...His Throne extends over the heavans and the earth, and He feeleth no
    fatigue in guarding and preserving them..."
    (Sura
    2:255)
      

    2. Why
    66 of the one and 73 of the other? The book - <!A href="http://www.jamaat.net/bible/BibleIntro.html">"Is the Bible God's
    Word?"<!/A>
    explains.

    3. Two
    characters from English Fairy Tales, who were identical in
    appearance. 

     

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