Same God – Different People

We all have our own ways to approach God. Some do it by praying while others do it by helping others. We all struggle on daily basis to get closer to God. Because we know holding on to Him only is the right option. At the end of the day there is just ONE GOD, the only God we should believe in.
I am a Muslim but if we dig deeper I will be called a Sunni Muslim because I am born in a Sunni family. But whenever this topic comes up I don’t call myself a Sunni, I argue that not only I follow Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet SAW but I am also a firm believer of Ahadis too. So what am I actually? Sunni or Ahal-e-hadis? If there exists a sect which believes and follows both then call me that if you want to but I like to call myself a Muslim only.
That is not the point actually. The point is we have Quran, we have Ahadis, we have Sunnah, in short we have EVERYTHING we need to lead our lives just like Islam teaches us but still we are divided. Divided by books, teachings, salah etc. And by this I am talking about Shia people. If you’re a Shia then before I say anything that you might find triggering I would like to say I hold nothing against you people and by nothing I really mean nothing!
Almost a month ago I had kind of a debate on Instagram under a post which was triggering Shia people and I expressed my opinions in the comments and asked some questions for my own knowledge so I may get to know them better. After that I prayed to Allah that “If I am wrong or if I had said something inappropriate unintentionally or intentionally then may He forgive me. If it isn’t for the best may I never get myself in such a feud.” And that was the last day I felt like saying something against Shia people’s beliefs.
As I am writing this I feel zero negativity against their beliefs. Now I’ll tell you why. Because earlier I was offering prayer and was thinking I offer my namaz like this, shia people have slight difference but the thing is they are praying to Allah, the same Lord that I am praying to! So what’s the point of having anything against them in my heart? It doesn’t matter or it shouldn’t matter to me how one approaches to God, it’s his personal matter and God’s. I hold no such position to judge him, scold him or stop him. I have my beliefs and ways and they have theirs. I am one single being and my sole focus should be on pleasing my God not on how different people are trying to do the same. Surely there are differences between me and a Shia but I shouldn’t start pouring negativity and my beliefs over him but should let him do what he does in peace. That’s what Islam teaches me! That’s what Prophet’s life teaches me!
God can be called upon in different ways. I do it while I water plants in my garden too. Now this may sound weird but I sometimes talk to plants too because besides being living things, I think or maybe believe that they bring me closer to Allah. No doubt He is closer to us than our jugular vein but I hope you get what I mean. I think this belief and this way of approaching Allah to listen to me actually works for me and I don’t find it inappropriate, if you do that’s your call. Same is the case with people of different sects and different cultures. It all starts from beliefs and ends at it, that’s what I know. So we shouldn’t ridicule or mock somebody because they approach God not like us. Peace


1:56 am

-M

6 thoughts on “Same God – Different People

  1. Please correct the phrase in the first paragraph: “not the God of the real Christians who worship multiple gods or pray in front of graven images (an abomination in the eyes of the One God)” to “not the God of the real Christians who – do not- worship multiple gods or pray in front of graven images (an abomination in the eyes of the One God)”

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  2. As-Salam-u-Alaikum

    As you say ” At the end of the day there is just ONE GOD, the only God we should believe in.” but that does not mean all people believe in the same God. I, as a real Christian, for example believe in only One God Who is an Unseen Eternal Spirit, Allah, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah. Though in Christendom there are also many who do not believe in my Oneness God and who worship a Trinity. That three-headed god is not the God of Israel, Abrahahm, isaac, Jacob, Jesus and his disciples not the God of the real Christians who worship multiple gods or pray in front of graven images (an abomination in the eyes of the One God)

    Problem with all religions, be it Judaism, Christendom and Christianity, Islam, Hinduism a.o. is that there are always different opinions and different groups in the many ‘main-groups’ or ‘parent-groups’ as well. Most ‘churches’ or religious groups have schism groups.

    It is good that you might feel zero negativity against others their beliefs. As you say shia people have slight difference but the thing is they are praying to Allah, the same God that you and I are praying to! Too many people do forget such thing. Too many become blinded by the different ways people may choose to honour the same Divine Being. We also should remember that we are all created in the image of the Most High Supreme Being and that as creatures of the Most High we should show respect to each creature, be it a plant, animal or human being. It is not because a human being is different as us, be it different of colour or build, or believing otherwise than us that we should oppose that being.

    You say ” So what’s the point of having anything against them in my heart?” there should be no grudge or no hate to any-other human being. It may not matter or it shouldn’t matter to you how one approaches to God, but you should give the example how it can be done rightly. As you rightly indicate, our relationship with Allah is a personal matter and God’s. It is not given to man to judge an other man. We may say our opinion or give criticism, but have no such position to judge him or her who we may encounter, finding that he or she has chosen an other way than us.

    We may never forget that whatever beliefs we may have they have the right for theirs. Our one sole focus should be on pleasing The Most High God Who created heaven and earth, and at the same time we should profess our love for that One God and show the way to That God.

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    1. Wa-alaikum Asalam
      I totally get your point but I didn’t write this on an extreme level like I didnt involve Islam, Christianity, Judaism etc but actually I was talking about the sects present in Islam only. The sect I belong to is quite different from the ‘Shia’, mainly my focus was on sects only. But if you ask me what I think about it on a different level then I would say no doubt people all over the world follow different religions or none but at the end of the day we (Muslims) know that there is only One God without a doubt; Allah. But again, that doesn’t allow us to mock or ridicule others following their choice of religion but being a Muslim it is our sole duty to invite (I repeat invite as in deliver Allah’s message to them and not mock, hurt, ridicule, pressurize in any way) them to Islam. What they do next is their personal choice.
      In your third paragraph I see that you get my actual point which I tried to deliver after carefully selecting appropriate words so as not to trigger anybody 🙂
      In your second last paragraph you said that I should give the example how it can be done rightly, my duty is to spread Islam or let’s say paint a positive yet real picture, the individuals who are interested will themselves show interest. I am not a saint myself, even if somebody wants to learn thoroughly about Islam I would suggest him to go to a Muslim Scholar for that purpose. If I talk about my role I’ve written some pieces which involve Allah or Islam one way or another and will continue to write In Sha Allah.
      Thank you for being so real 🙂

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