Why Islam?

By Dr Laurence Brown

Let’s talk frankly. Almost never do non-Muslims study Islam until they have first exhausted the religions of their exposure. Only after they have grown dissatisfied with the religions familiar to them, meaning Judaism, Christianity and all the fashionable “-isms”—Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism (and, as my young daughter once added, “tourism”)—do they consider Islam.

Perhaps other religions do not answer the big questions of life, such as “Who made us?” and “Why are we here?” Perhaps other religions do not reconcile the injustices of life with a fair and just Creator. Perhaps we find hypocrisy in the clergy, untenable tenets of faith in the canon, or corruption in the scripture. Whatever the reason, we perceive shortcomings in the religions of our exposure, and look elsewhere. And the ultimate “elsewhere” is Islam.

Now, Muslims would not like to hear me say that Islam is the “ultimate elsewhere.” But it is. Despite the fact that Muslims comprise one-fourth to one-fifth of the world’s population, non-Muslim media smears Islam with such horrible slanders that few non-Muslims view the religion in a positive light. Hence, it is normally the last religion seekers investigate.

Another problem is that by the time non-Muslims examine Islam, other religions have typically heightened their skepticism: If every “God-given” scripture we have ever seen is corrupt, how can the Islamic scripture be different? If charlatans have manipulated religions to suit their desires, how can we imagine the same not to have happened with Islam?

The answer can be given in a few lines, but takes books to explain. The short answer is this: There is a God. He is fair and just, and He wants us to achieve the reward of paradise. However, God has placed us in this worldly life as a test, to weed out the worthy from the unworthy. And we will be lost if left to our own devices. Why? Because we don’t know what He wants from us. We can’t navigate the twists and turns of this life without His guidance, and hence, He has given us guidance in the form of revelation.

Sure, previous religions have been corrupted, and that is one of the reasons why we have a chain of revelation. Ask yourself: wouldn’t God send another revelation if the preceding scriptures were impure? If preceding scriptures were corrupted, humans would need another revelation, to keep upon the straight path of His design.

So we should expect preceding scriptures to be corrupted, and we should expect the final revelation to be pure and unadulterated, for we cannot imagine a loving God leaving us astray. What we can imagine is God giving us a scripture, and men corrupting it; God giving us another scripture, and men corrupting it again … and again, and again. Until God sends a final revelation He promises to preserve until the end of time.

Muslims consider this final revelation to be the Holy Quran. You consider it … worth looking into. So let us return to the title of this article: Why Islam? Why should we believe that Islam is the religion of truth, the religion that possesses the pure and final revelation?

“Oh, just trust me.”

Now, how many times have you heard that line? A famous comedian used to joke that people of different cities cuss one another out in different ways. In Chicago, they cuss a person out this way, in Los Angeles they cuss a person out that way, but in New York they just say, “Trust me.”

So don’t trust me—trust our Creator. Read the Quran, read books and study good websites. But whatever you do, get started, take it seriously, and pray for our Creator to guide you.

Your life may not depend on it, but your soul most definitely does.


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Copyright © 2007 Dr. Laurence B. Brown; used by permission.

Dr. Brown is the author of The Eighth Scroll, described by North Carolina State Senator Larry Shaw as, “Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code. The Eighth Scroll is a breath-holding, white-knuckled, can’t-put-down thriller that challenges Western views of humanity, history and religion. Bar none, the best book in its class!” Dr. Brown is also the author of three scholastic books of comparative religion, MisGod’ed, God’ed, and Bearing True Witness (Dar-us-Salam). His books and articles can be found on his websites, www.EighthScroll.com and www.LevelTruth.com, and are available for purchase through www.Amazon.com.

16 Comments

  1. Zarina Din says:

    I had listened to his topic on "Are You Sick of Religion" and why he chose Islam is interesting to learn. When a person changes the religion, you have to go thru a test which is very hard and difficult to adjust to. Especially, women. Well! I am glad that he had been rewarded a peaceful life. May peace be with him. The eight scroll seems to be interesting to look into next.

  2. I have read a lot about converted to Islam : their comments, their opinions, their thoughts, their interviews, their books; but frew have had a big impact on me in order to make me write a comment on them. Sometimes it´s because of their younger age. Sometimes it´s due to their intelectual shortness to make themselves understood. Sometimes it´s simpley because of lack of knowledge in Arabic language and the deepest meanings of Islam.However, when we deal with Dr Laurence Brown, things change completely : we have in front of us a man who has got all what it takes and knows profoundly what the whole thing is about. I have just come across his lecture " The Big Questions " and immediately started to translate it to Spanish language . His lecture deserves being heard because it explains the meaning of life in the most perfect way .

  3. Kevin Poplin says:

    I pray for you sir to come to Jesus. the Light of the world.

  4. Read the Quran. It is easy to understand and you will inshaAllah adopt it.

  5. Jane Grover says:

    Rooha Ghaznavi Qureshi, I have read it, it is an awful book, poorly written, full of contradictions, laughable "science" and often gibberish

  6. Brother, Jesus loves you and all, he is too a beloved Servant of Allah,and sent with the light.. what if we are denying the truth what Jesus Christ(peace be upon him) said to the Humanity,,still we love Jesus then…. its upto u , Suggest u to Seek and Find, and i myself believe that a Heart dat hold the love towards Jesus Christ(p.b.u.h) won't be Misguided when they seek, May our Creator guide you Brother

  7. Esam Ahmed Elbadry says:

    Jane Grover u have to be honest with urself . how can u say that on quran while u never read it?? u say it s poorly written ?? even the titans of arabic language n that time couldnt say that about quran.can u tell us some of contradictions in quran???? can u tell us what s the laughable science n quran???? i will wait untill u reply otherwise i ll know that u never read quran.

  8. Ali Oukemoum says:

    I will give an information for you that muslims love Jesus more than any christian .but we don't worship him because we believe that he is a messenger of God as it is mentionned in the bible.
    And muslims fellow Jesus's commandements more than christians themseves. ( for example nudity, wine and porc are forbidden ).: You don't fellow Jesus why do you worship him as God, son of God or savior???

  9. Jane Grover says:

    Ali Oukemoum, jesus never existed

  10. Jane Grover , only goes to prove you have not read it.

  11. Jane Grover says:

    Rooha Ghaznavi Qureshi, read what? The koran? That's no proof of anything

  12. Mrb Ali says:

    You will find the true Jesus in Islam.

  13. Jane Grover says:

    Mrb Ali, nope, i will find the islamic jesus in islam and the christian jesus in christanity. However it is very unlikely that either ever existed

  14. Jane Grover It only goes to show that you have not read it.

  15. Jane Grover says:

    Rooha Ghaznavi Qureshi, not read what? Some old books of myths and folk tales don't prove anything

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