Photos of supporters of book on God
Part 3: All prophets taught about the same One God
According to the Islamic concept of God, God, known in Islam as Allah, is the same God of all human beings whether they believe in Him or not, and that all prophets, including the first prophet, Prophet Adam, Prophet Abraham, Prophet Moses, Prophet Jesus and the final prophet, Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Them all), taught about the same God – that He is One and worship is due to Him only (Qur’an, 21:25).
This message is elaborated in a simple way in my latest book, “Allah: Understanding God in Islam”, a book that is being supported by my relatives and friends.
Retired school-teacher Amir Gany Mohd Ali, who goes to the Taqwa Mosque regularly as he lives a short walking-distance away, introduced the book to some of the committee members of the mosque, including its bilal (the man who makes the prayer call) of the mosque, Haji Osman Aziz.
Mr Amir first started reading the book in this mosque while waiting for the prayer to begin. He has since completed reading the book, and said: “The book is interesting and so I introduced the book to many of my friends in the mosque.”
Mr Muhammad Hafidz Zainal Abidin bought two copies of the book, one for him and the other he brought it to Kuala Lumpur when he attended the wedding of his friend Ms Risa Mizuno to Mr Alif Asraf.
“I presented the book to Ms Mizuno who is Japanese and who converted to Islam in November last year (2015). It is a valuable gift, one that would be good for her to get some in-depth knowledge about Allah from it,” he said.
The writer’s daughter, Ms Munirah Shaik Kadir, who is doing her third-year PhD program in Sydney, was glad that her two friends from separate families had bought the book. The friends, Ms Fie Ismun and Mr Shahrom Rabinkhah, who live in Sydney in separate districts wanted to read more about Islam and the book came in handy.
The wife of Mr Norman Buchbinder Abdullah, Mdm Jaiton Mastan, bought five copies of the book, one for her husband and the others for giving away. Her husband, who is American, converted to Islam upon their marriage. They lived in Florida, USA, for over 20 years and are back in Singapore. Mr Buchbinder was happy to understand more the concept of God in Islam. “The concept of God in Islam is easy to understand,” he said, and added, “It would be good for people to know Islam’s simple concept of the One God only, and of worshipping Him only.”
Mdm Shariffa, who also bought five copies of the book, felt that it would good for the younger general of Muslims who are more apt in the English language to read about Islam in English. “This book in particular would be useful to my children and other youths to gain an in-depth knowledge of God from the Islamic perspective,” she said.
Mr Samsudin Lee felt that this book is good for both Muslims and non-Muslims. He said: “People, both Muslims and non-Muslims, want to gather knowledge about God. For the Muslims it will be refreshing their knowledge and for the non-Muslims it will be new knowledge.”
Mr Ishak Abdul Rahman, who bought three copies of the book, was proud to say that he has my previous two books, “The Haj – the annual pilgrimage of Islam” (1995) and “Inside Islam – 101 Questions & Answers” (2004). About the current book, he said: “People want to know God and be near to Him, but, at the same time, they are looking for logic in the concept of God.”
The concept of God, revealed by Allah Himself, appears in a concise, easy to memorise, 4-verse surah (chapter), Chapter 112, called Al-Ikhlas (Purity or Sincerity or Unity). About this chapter, Aisha Stacey, BA, who embraced Islam in 2002 and was once the editor of an Australian Islamic newspaper, Crescent Times, says: “Surah Al-Ikhlas is one of the shortest chapters in the Qur’an, yet it is one of the most profound. It is a chapter outlining the foundation of the Muslim’s faith.”
The 174-page book, published by Partridge Singapore, is available online only, at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. To check it out, go to:
(2) Barnes & Noble.com ( http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/allah-shaik-kadir/1123811503?ean=9781482865189 )
In the Preface of the book, the author says: “This book is dedicated to anyone and everyone, irrespective of race, religion or culture, who reads it to gain an understanding of God in Islam. Hopefully, the understanding would bring Muslims and non-Muslims closer, live harmoniously and work towards making the world a better and peaceful place to live in.”
4 November 2016