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Guest Hans Flemmenwerfer

I'll keep it brief.

Firstly, why do we need a God?

Secondly, why does God need to be one?

Lastly, why does this God have to the Muslim's God?

Looking for detailed answers with one principal reason, not too interested in anecdotal evidence, rather objective evidence if it is necessary.

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1. We need God because He is the perfect one who knows how things behaves and tell us how to deal with everything.

2. God has to be one because if there be two gods, it will be thought as that they can never exceed each other or bring one down and there is something which is keeping them from doing that and such thing is caused by a higher agency that is keeping such weaknesses among them and anyone who is weak cannot be God but creation and the one who created them with such weaknesses is real God.

3. God is God of every creation in the universe and of universe. It is not only Muslim's God or Christian's God or Jew's God or Atheist's God. Our God is one. 

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Salam,

When you realize that God has provided everything. Then you will understand why we need him. Who created food? And oxygen? If you have God on your side, you have the most powerful on your side. We pray for his blessings, and guidance.

God doesnt need to be one. He tells us he is one. It means that my source of food doesnt come from one place while my blessings of money comes from another. The source is one. Everything is from him. He created everything. He tells us if there were more than one god they would have tried to eliminate each other. We thank him and him alone for everything as he is the provider and nurturer. If we thanked someone else.. that will create a dependency on something that does not exist. For example praying to a statue for a job. 

In the Quran, God says he is the same God of all the montheistic religions. Judaism, Christianity and others. That islam is the just the last chapter of these books and a preserved book, while others have been subjected to corruption. And that Muhammed saaw is the last Prophet. The stories in the Quran are the same exact stories of the bible and torah. Same prophets. We don't think of God as an exclusive God. He is the same God the christians and jews believe in. 

To accuse someone of not believing in God, or being an unbeliever is called kufr. A takfiri is someone who does this.

We shia muslims are not the takfiri terrorists bred by agents. Those are the other fake-muslims. Isis kill shia more than they kill anyone else.

 

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1. Think of someone on a diet. They eat certain foods that are good, and avoid what is bad. Most people even have a diet plan and a food guide to keep them on track. If they had no idea what was good or bad, they would eat anything, with no plan, and end up becoming overweight, less happy and end up dying sooner. Your unhappiness could even harm others if you decide to take it out on your kids and others, and if its on your kids that means consequences like jail time.

Our good foods are good deeds, our bad foods are sin, our food guide is the Quran, our diet plan is the Sunnah. If we are heedless, we'll end up hurting ourselves (health complications), others (violence towards family), and if it gets too far then jahannam (jail time or suffering from very severe health problems).

So Allah is our dietician.

2. God does not need to be one. But how do we know he is one? 

We are assuming God is merciful. To leave us on this earth with no knowledge or pathway to him would be torture. 

Lets make this similar to visiting a boss' house to discuss a raise. They are not going to just say "Okay, just be there." They will give you an address, and possibly a map and picture of the house. Because of your boss wants you there, he will give you directions. And if you need help you can pull over, call him and he will tell you where to go. 

But would the boss, in the directions, not maybe add in what kind of building so you don't miss it? 

Just like Allah, does not want us to miss our destination, he tells us He is One, so we should worship Him as One, instead of worshipping him through partners.

3. He has told all of humanity the straight path. Muslims are the only ones who follow it, so then surely Muslims are more loved to Him then those who don't take heed.

Hope my answer helped!

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9 hours ago, Guest Hans Flemmenwerfer said:

I'll keep it brief.

Firstly, why do we need a God?

Secondly, why does God need to be one?

Lastly, why does this God have to the Muslim's God?

Looking for detailed answers with one principal reason, not too interested in anecdotal evidence, rather objective evidence if it is necessary.

In brief:

For the first question, look into Thomas Aquinas' Five Proofs for the existance of God, especially the 'Argument from Causation' and the 'Teleological Argument,' which are the most relevant today. This resource may help you:

http://study.com/academy/lesson/st-thomas-aquinas-five-proofs-of-god.html

For the last two questions, the best way for you to get answers from the Muslim perspective would be to go directly to the source from which Muslims derive their beliefs. Hence, I encourage you to try to read as much of the Qur'an as you can. It directly addresses the questions you've asked on several occasions.

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10 hours ago, Guest Hans Flemmenwerfer said:

Firstly, why do we need a God?

It is acknowledging reality - that everything in existence is either contingent or necessary, and it is impossible for there to be an unlimited chain of contingent things. There has to be something necessary and absolute that originated the universe and the laws under which it operates. That First Cause cannot be random, because random things do not occur out of pure nothingness (and I mean nothing - not just no molecules, but no laws too).
 

10 hours ago, Guest Hans Flemmenwerfer said:

Secondly, why does God need to be one?

Assume there were two gods. Each god would consist of two elemental qualities: (1) that which makes them a god, (2) that which makes them distinct from the other. The qualities that make the gods distinct cannot exist co-eternally, one must precede the other, which makes the other created and therefore not God.

Moreover, if there were two gods, their wills would conflict and contradict one another, and no universal order would exist in the creation or in logic.
 

10 hours ago, Guest Hans Flemmenwerfer said:

Lastly, why does this God have to the Muslim's God?

Islamic monotheism is the most advanced. The God of the philosopher is basically the Muslim God, and not a triune god-man or incarnation like in Christianity or Hinduism. Our God is completely uncreated and cannot be limited by time-space. He is neither matter nor spirit, as the Uncaused Cause would need to be totally distinct from that which He creates.

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14 hours ago, Guest Hans Flemmenwerfer said:

Firstly, why do we need a God?

I'll answer the questions you're asking rather than the questions I believe you mean to ask.

If it is concluded in an ontological inquiry that there exists a Prime Mover, a First Efficient Cause towards Whom all things are moving, a Necessary being, One than which nothing greater might be imagined, to Whom existence is predicated to in His essence -- Whom everyone understands as God --, then you ought to acknowledging Him as a reality if you wish to be logically consistent.

14 hours ago, Guest Hans Flemmenwerfer said:

Secondly, why does God need to be one?

If in your ontological inquiry into this God, it is concluded that He would necessarily have to be One, then, once again, for logical consistency, you ought to acknowledge that He is One.

14 hours ago, Guest Hans Flemmenwerfer said:

Lastly, why does this God have to the Muslim's God?

If in your ontological inquiry, it is concluded that this God has the qualities ascribed to God by Islam, then you ought to believe him as the Islamic God.

 

wassalam

Edited by Ibn Al-Ja'abi

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2 hours ago, Ibn Al-Ja'abi said:

I'll answer the questions you're asking rather than the questions I believe you mean to ask.

If it is concluded in an ontological inquiry that there exists a Prime Mover, a First Efficient Cause towards Whom all things are moving, a Necessary being, One than which nothing greater might be imagined, to Whom existence is predicated to in His essence -- Whom everyone understands as God --, then you ought to acknowledging Him as a reality if you wish to be logically consistent.

If in your ontological inquiry into this God, it is concluded that He would necessarily have to be One, then, once again, for logical consistency, you ought to acknowledge that He is One.

If in your ontological inquiry, it is concluded that this God has the qualities ascribed to God by Islam, then you ought to believe him as the Islamic God.

 

wassalam

Great reply Ibn.

Thomas Aquinas used to say "He is the One", in the sense that he is necessarily (logically) one and only one.

As for the last question, I would recommend reading Tolstoy's views on Islam, as I believe he pretty much nails it when it comes to what makes Islam theologically so consistent, from the view of a person who was not musli yet a very respected thinker and writer.

Edited by Bakir

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18 hours ago, Guest Hans Flemmenwerfer said:

I'll keep it brief.

Firstly, why do we need a God?

We dont need a God as such, He's just there. This stems from a presupposed understanding that we are making up a concept called God. 

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Secondly, why does God need to be one?

Lastly, why does this God have to the Muslim's God?

Again He doesn't need to be one, He  just exists because without an initial cause there can't be any contingent beings in existence. Since there are, therefore He is there not by any need. 

God is not a muslim's God. He is everyone's God. Being Muslim means you have come to the correct conclusion of what He want from you

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