I have written Ã¢â‚¬Å“Islamic Re Search FoundationÃ¢â‚¬Â because every now and then some one starts Ã¢â‚¬Å“Re SearchingÃ¢â‚¬Â Islam according to his own understanding of Islam. However what the mode of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Re SearchÃ¢â‚¬Â of Islam may be, it is absolutely important for such people to criticize Christian Faith and the Holy Bible without which their job remains unfinished. It looks that the Islamic Research Foundation is trying to Ã¢â‚¬Å“Re DefineÃ¢â‚¬Â Islam.
In recent years Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Islamic Research Foundation in Mumbai, IndiaÃ¢â‚¬Â and its seventy Ã¢â‚¬Å“so-calledÃ¢â‚¬Â have been busy twenty four hours a day to prove that their faith is Ã¢â‚¬Å“The FaithÃ¢â‚¬Â and Christianity is nothing more than collection of prophecies of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U. H) and yet they have failed to give one single argument to prove their claim. Their leader Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim Naik gives a most illogical argument and thinks he has won the world. I knew Dr. Zakir NaikÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“GurruÃ¢â‚¬Â Sheikh Ahmad Deedat from South Africa and on 7th October 1987, he failed to give any answer to my questions on Islam. The Islamists have taken full advantage of modern technology and through their web sites and Television Channels, they are once again Ã¢â‚¬Å“Re SearchingÃ¢â‚¬Â Islam according to modern day needs. These days Dr. Zakir Naik is unsuccessfully trying to prove that the Holy Koran is a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Science Text BookÃ¢â‚¬Â. However this is not the topic of this article. The topic is Ã¢â‚¬Å“little on no knowledgeÃ¢â‚¬Â of scholars of IRF. For the purpose of insulting the Holy Bible, they pick up a verse or a statement of the Holy Bible and without having any understanding of these verses, they talk in most derogatory manner against the Holy Bible. They forget that the Holy Bible is not a common book like their Books, it is a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Path of SpiritualityÃ¢â‚¬Â that leads to eternal life. Islam on the other hand lacks spirituality and presents worldly aspect of every thing even the life after death from humanistic point of view.
Islamic Research FoundationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s television channel, the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Peace T.VÃ¢â‚¬Â has employed people to ridicule Christian Faith. On 13th June 2007, one of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“SchoolerÃ¢â‚¬Â (Scholar) Ather Khan was bragging about his knowledge while talking on fundamentals of Christian Faith. He tried to take on the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Inherited SinÃ¢â‚¬Â of the man kind after disobeying God in the Garden of Eden. He used words like Ã¢â‚¬Å“all BakwasÃ¢â‚¬Â means all rubbish.
Trying to prove that Islam is a complete way of life, he criticized the Holy Bible on topic on Ã¢â‚¬Å“Inherited SinÃ¢â‚¬Â, quoting the Book of Genesis Chapter 2 and 3.
In the Holy Bible it is written, Ã¢â‚¬Å“And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evilÃ¢â‚¬Â. (Genesis 2: 9) Thereafter it is written, Ã¢â‚¬Å“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely dieÃ¢â‚¬Â. (Genesis 2:16 & 17)
Mr. Ather Khan gave a Devilish explanation of these verses when he further quotes Chapter 3 of the Book of Genesis.
He said that God told Adam and Eve that if you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall surely die. The Serpent came to Eve and made her eat from the Ã¢â‚¬Å“tree of knowledge of good and evilÃ¢â‚¬Â Adam and Eve did not die. He puts forward a question, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Did God tell the truth or Devil or Serpent? Mr. Ather Khan himself answered his question shamelessly, Ã¢â‚¬Å“the SerpentÃ¢â‚¬Â! God lied to Adam that the day you eat the forbidden fruit you shall surely die. According to Mr. Ather Khan, Adam and Eve did not die after eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they did not die and lived 930 years after their disobedience. So according to Muslim Scholar the Serpent told the truth and God lied. Would a sane person believe that? Absolutely not!
The ancient problem with Muslim scholars is that what all they understand or are able to understand is from worldly and humanistic point of view and what the Holy Bible tells us is from Spiritual point of view. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“Worldly PeopleÃ¢â‚¬Â like Ã¢â‚¬Å“Peace T. V. TeamÃ¢â‚¬Â, failed to understand the meaning of Ã¢â‚¬Å“DeathÃ¢â‚¬Â that God meant.
We donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know when Adam was created and after AdamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s creation when Eve was created. (I would be grateful if any Muslim scholar tells me the date of birth of Adam and Eve respectively). What was the age of Adam when Eve was created? And How long did they live in Garden of Eden? It is not known. If I claim that is was a very lengthy period of time when Adam and Eve lived in the Fellowship of Lord God and in total comfort no one can challenge my claim. Had they not disobeyed God they might have been living in Garden of Eden even today. More over we must understand what Garden of Eden is? As I understand, it was a place where mankind or Adam and Eve lived in GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Very Presence, Fellowship and Comfort. They could communicate with God freely and face to face and God was with them and visited and spoke to them. After Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they lost the fellowship of Lord God immediately and they came to know that they are they are naked. When they got the knowledge of good and evil, they knew that they have done an evil act. This was their Ã¢â‚¬Å“Spiritual DeathÃ¢â‚¬Â. They lost what they had in fellowship of God. They could not face their Creator so they tried to hide themselves and cover their Ã¢â‚¬Å“shame of guiltÃ¢â‚¬Â with temporary things like leaves as it is mentioned the Holy Bible. It is a fact that when we commit a sin and we know that we have committed a sin, we are ashamed of facing any one especially against whom we commit the crime or sin. We try to hide our guilt with lame excuses and temporary means knowing that we shall not be able to hide our guilt from human beings and here in the Holy Bible, mankind has committed sin against the Holy One, the Lord God, the Creator, the Omni Potent, Omni Present, Self Sustaining and Self Existent God, and try to hide our guilt with Ã¢â‚¬Å“withering leaves or meansÃ¢â‚¬Â (as the Muslim scholars do). They had disobeyed God so they could not face Him as they used to do earlier. It is written, Ã¢â‚¬Å“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves apronsÃ¢â‚¬Â. (Genesis 3: 7) Lord God knew what Adam and Eve have done, therefore He calls them, and it is written, Ã¢â‚¬Å“And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? (Genesis 3: 9) (Lord God was not looking here and there as Mr. Ather claims in his foolishness). Lord God already knew that the sin of disobedience has been committed. It was not a Ã¢â‚¬Å“CallÃ¢â‚¬Â from God to know where Adam and Eve were, it was an Ã¢â‚¬Å“ExplanationÃ¢â‚¬Â demanded by God, Where art Thou? God was not looking for Adam and Eve in bushes and behind the trees, He was asking Ã¢â‚¬Å“What have you doneÃ¢â‚¬Â? Lord God was not walking as narrated by Mr. Ather Khan, He came to judge Adam and Eve who had gone far far away from Him. Adam replied to God that they hid themselves as they were naked. God wanted to hear from the mouth of Adam that he has sinned. Lord God further questions them, Ã¢â‚¬Å“And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eatÃ¢â‚¬Â? It is written Ã¢â‚¬Å“Then Lord God asked Adam , Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eatÃ¢â‚¬Â? Adam and Eve had a chance to repent. That is why Lord God asked them a direct question, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Have thou disobey my commandmentÃ¢â‚¬Â? Adam instead of admitting his sin, he shifted the guilt on Eve. (As though Adam was totally innocent) Likewise Eve accused Serpent. (Again telling Lord God that she was absolutely innocent) Neither Adam nor Eve admitted their sin. Adam held Eve responsible for his sin and Eve held Serpent responsible for her sin. Both had sinned and no one repented therefore they were deprived of the right to live in presence of God and they had to leave the place of comfort, they lost the close relation with Lord God and they lost the FellowshipÃ¢â‚¬Â with Lord God. Adam and Eve were Spiritually dead after their sin against the Lord God. This was the death that Lord God warned Adam of. Not the bodily death but spiritual death. If God meant bodily death, he would have killed both Adam and Eve and would have created another couple. Was it impossible for God to create another Adam and Eve? Therefore Lord God did not lie, Mr. Ather Khan from Islamic Research Foundation lied and gave blasphemous statement for All Mighty God. I wonder how would he escape the wrath of God?
Note here, Lord God does not ask the Serpent any explanation, he punishes the Serpent before he punishes Adam and Eve. He then casts Ã¢â‚¬Å“CurseÃ¢â‚¬Â upon the Serpent. Lord God also tells for the first time that Ã¢â‚¬Å“Seed of WomanÃ¢â‚¬Â (Lord Jesus Christ) will destroy the Serpent. It is written, Ã¢â‚¬Å“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3: 15)
Lord God punishes the Woman and decreed, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over theeÃ¢â‚¬Â. (Genesis 3:16) This was the least punishment that God gave to woman for becoming the tool of the Devil and giving the forbidden fruit to her husband.
Punishment of Adam was even more sever. God says to Adam, Ã¢â‚¬Å“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the fieldÃ¢â‚¬Â (Genesis 3: 17-18).
Physical Death came after the disobedience of Lord God. Yet it was not immediate death. Adam lived 930 years thereafter and finally died as Lord God had said and it is written, Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou returnÃ¢â‚¬Â. (Genesis 3: 19). Adam died physically 930 years latter, yet Spiritually he died much earlier.
By his sin, Adam brought physical and spiritual death upon himself and his generations to follow till the end of time. Yet Lord God gave a very glaring Hope to Adam and Eve and that is the advent of Lord Jesus Christ. Lord God says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3: 15). As said earlier, Lord Jesus Christ is the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Seed of WomanÃ¢â‚¬Â who has and will finally Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bruise the head of DevilÃ¢â‚¬Â. It is written, Ã¢â‚¬Å“And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called ChristÃ¢â‚¬Â. (Matthew 1: 16). Now let me elaborate. Lord Jesus Christ was son of Mary who was not yet wife of Joseph. Lord Jesus Christ was Ã¢â‚¬Å“Seed of WomanÃ¢â‚¬Â. Who Bruised the head of Serpent and the Serpent tried to Ã¢â‚¬Å“bruise his heelÃ¢â‚¬Â. Speaking from purely medical point of view, if a serpent bits on the limbs of a human being, there is every chance that the snake bitten person will survive. If the snake bits on any other part of the body, it is almost impossible to save the victim. It is proven fact that if snake bite on limbs, there is every chance of survival. But if some oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s head is smashed, that means sure death. The Devil can Bruise the heel of the people who have faith in Lord Jesus Christ but they have every chance to live. The Islamic Research people would not let go any chance to Bruise the Christians, yet Christians live. Lord Jesus Christ bruises the head of all non believers, (IRF People) or Serpent and they would surely die. (I can see death of their faces already). This death is not the physical death but spiritual death which is also the eternal death. The destination of every one who does not believe and have faith in Lord Jesus Christ is Ã¢â‚¬Å“Eternal DeathÃ¢â‚¬Â.
I state this fact with certainty that the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Islamic Research FoundationÃ¢â‚¬Â is already Ã¢â‚¬Å“Spiritually DeadÃ¢â‚¬Â. They are still under the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Inherited SinÃ¢â‚¬Â while we the Christian believers are under the Grace of God through Lord Jesus Christ.
Here I feel necessary to narrate Ã¢â‚¬Å“Islamic concept of inherited sinÃ¢â‚¬Â. We learn from Islamic traditions that Devil touches every new born child and make him cry, then some one gives Ã¢â‚¬Å“Adhan or AzanÃ¢â‚¬Â (Islamic Call of Worship) in the ear of the new born child to keep the Devil away from the infant. There was only one infant and one woman whom Devil dare not touch and that infant is Lord Jesus Christ and woman was Holy Mary mother of our Lord.
According to Sahi Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 641: Narrated Said bin Al-Musaiyab:
Abu Huraira said, "I heard Allah`s Apostle saying, `There is none born among the off-spring of Adam, but Satan touches it. A child therefore, cries loudly at the time of birth because of the touch of Satan, except Mary and her child." Then Abu Huraira recited: "And I seek refuge with You for her and for her offspring from the outcast Satan" (3.36)
Therefore I invite all the members of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Islamic Research FoundationÃ¢â‚¬Â to stop Ã¢â‚¬Å“Re SearchingÃ¢â‚¬Â a doctrine that necessitates research after research and yet it fails to find any thing that ensures re-establishment of your fellowship with God. Repent and come to Lord Jesus Christ, you shall not be under Ã¢â‚¬Å“Inherited SinÃ¢â‚¬Â any more. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Satan will not touch you or your new born childrenÃ¢â‚¬Â, you will be under the Grace. You are too busy in Ã¢â‚¬Å“ScratchingÃ¢â‚¬Â verse after verse, yet you fail to yield find any worthwhile result.
I invite you all to Ã¢â‚¬Å“RevertÃ¢â‚¬Â to Christianity so you can be saved from the wrath of God on the Day of Judgment. Come accept Christ before it is too late.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hope I have made my point clearÃ¢â‚¬Â!
Bishop Timotheus Nasir