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Submitters Perspective

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I could not digest this practice as this was contradicting verse 1:2 which says “Praise be to God, Lord of the universe.”

After coming into submission by the grace of God, I retrieved the “missing link” which was Submis-sion to God Alone in the true sense and not mere lip service as God says in 2:112: “Indeed, those who submit themselves absolutely to GOD alone, while leading a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

Today by the grace of God I have submitted myself absolutely to God Alone. Now what do I mean by submit? If you look up in the dictionary “Submit” means surrender or comply. This immediately brings to my mind the feud in the High Society that was triggered by Satan’s challenge to God’s absolute authority. This is definitely the most important event in the history of the human race that I was not aware of when I was a traditional Muslim. I was not aware that I failed to make a firm stand regarding God’s abso-lute authority and this life represents the third and final chance to redeem ourselves.

So by submitting myself abso-lutely to God alone, I surrender to God and accept God’s absolute authority — recognizing the most important information from the verse 3:18 where God says: “GOD bears witness that there is no god except He, and so do the angels and those who possess knowledge. Truthfully and equita-bly, He is the absolute god; there is no god but He, the Almighty, Most Wise.”

The proclamation of faith (Sha-haadah) that is decreed by God is: “There is no god except God,” — in Arabic “La Elaaha Ella Allah” The corrupted Muslims insist upon adding a second “Sha-haadah” proclaiming that Mu-hammad is God’s messenger and that God loves Muhammad so much that he has added Muhammad to His name in the Sha-haadah. This contradicts 47:19 which says: “You shall know that: ‘There is no other god beside GOD,’ and ask forgiveness of your sins and the sins of all be-lieving men and women. GOD is fully aware of your decisions and your ultimate destiny.

Significantly, this First Pillar of religion is stated in the Sura entitled Muhammad, and is utterly devoted to God alone. Muhammad’s name was added by his idolizers against his will. This is by defini-tion ‘Shirk’ (idolatry) and a flagrant defiance of God and His messenger. Additionally, it vio-lates the major commandments in 2:136, 2:285, 3:84, & 4:150-152 prohibiting any distinction among God’s messengers. By proclaiming that ‘Muhammad is a messenger of God’ and failing to make the same proclamation for other messengers such as Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Saleh, and Jonah, a distinction is committed and a major commandment is violated.

Now we come to 2:112 which says “Indeed, those who submit them-selves absolutely to GOD alone, while leading a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

We immediately realize that the words “while leading a righteous life” mean that submitting our-selves absolutely to God alone by

itself without leading a righteous life is not sufficient for our re-demption. This may have been sufficient in the first and second chance but in this life, which represents the third (and last) chance, it is essential that we ac-cept God’s absolute authority and also lead a righteous life.

Now how do we lead a righteous life? Let us look in Quran, God’s Final Testament and the only and sufficient source of guidance for Submitters. God tells us in 2:177 “Righteousness is not turning your faces towards the east or the west. Righteous are those who be-lieve in GOD, the Last Day, the angels, the scripture, and the prophets; and they give the money, cheerfully, to the relatives, the orphans, the needy, the travel-ling alien, the beggars, and to free the slaves; and they observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat); and they keep their word when-ever they make a promise; and they steadfastly persevere in the face of persecution, hardship, and war. These are the truthful; these are the righteous.

The first part of the verse deals mainly with believing, i.e. believ-ing in God, the day of judgment, the angels, the scriptures, and the prophets. The second part deals with giving money cheerfully to the relatives, the orphans, the needy, the traveling alien, the beggars, and to free the slaves.

The third part of 2:177 deals with observing Contact Prayers (Salat) and giving of Obligatory Charity (Zakat)? may God help us in ob-serving Contact Prayers more rev-erently, punctually and to give Za-kat on harvest as it should be given.

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