The Roots and Fruits of Islam

"They do blaspheme who say: ‘God is Christ the son of Mary.’  But (Jesus) Christ said: ‘O children of Israel — worship God, my Lord and your Lord!’   Whoever joins other gods with God — God will forbid him the Garden, and the Fire will be his abode….   They do blaspheme who say: ‘God is one of three in a Trinity’….   No god, except one God!   If they do not desist from their word (of blasphemy), truly a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers!…

"We [viz. Allah] created the heavens and the earth."   As too in Judaism's Genesis 1:26 "Royal We," this old-Semitic expression acknowledges the Trinitarian Creator-God!

II  DOCTRINE OF CREATION

(1) in six days — Qur’an 7:54; 41:9-12; 50:38 & 57:3-4 (cf. Gen. 1 & Ex. 20:8-11).    "Your Guardian-Lord is God Who created the heavens and the earth in six (not in seven) days, and is firmly established on the throne (of authority).   He draws the night like a veil over the day,  each seeking the other in rapid succession.   He created the sun, the moon, and the stars –(all) governed by laws under His Command….

"Is it that you deny Him Who created the earth in two days?…   He is the Lord of (all) the worlds.   He set mountains on the (earth), standing firm high above it; and bestowed blessings on the earth and measured therein all things to give them nourishment in due proportion in four days…. Moreover, He comprehended the sky in His design….   He said to it and to the Earth: 'You must come together!'….   So He completed them as seven firmaments in two days, and He assigned to each heaven its duty and command….

"We [God] created the heavens and the earth and all between them in six (not seven) days…. "He is the First and the Last, the Evident and the Immanent….  He has full knowledge of all things. He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six days."

(2) variety in – Qur’an 35:27-28 (cf.  Job 28:1-26; 29:23; 36:26-33; 27:5f; 38:25-28). "Do you not see that God sends down rain from the sky?   With it We then bring out produce of various colours.   And in the mountains are tracts white and red, of various shades of colour, and black intense in hue.   And so amongst men and crawling creatures and cattle, they are of various colours.   Those truly fear God among His servants who have knowledge.   For God is exalted in Might, oft forgiving."

(3) God’s mighty deeds – Qur’an 2:117; 16:40; 40:68 (cf. Gen. 1:2-7 & Ps. 33:6-9). "To Him is due the primal origin of the heavens and the earth.   When He decrees a matter, He says to it: ‘Be!’ – and it is….

"To anything which We have willed, We but say [to] the world: ‘Be!’ – and it is…. "It is He Who gives life and death; and when He decides upon an affair, He says to it ‘Be!’ — and

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it is."

         (4) creation’s goal – Qur’an 15:85;16:3;22:14; 44:38f; 45:22; 46:19 (cf. Rev. 4:11). "We created not the heavens, the earth, and all between them – but for just ends.   And the hour is surely coming (when this will be manifest)….

"He has created the heavens and the earth for just ends….    God will admit those who believe and work righteous deeds, to Gardens beneath which rivers flow.   For God carries out all that He plans….

"We created not the heavens, the earth, and all between them – merely in (idle) sport.   We created them not — except for just ends….

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