Pairing God with Muhammad violates holistic logic

(Reason 10 of22 serious reasons shahada should contain no name except God’s’)

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Pairing God with Muhammad

We have observed how the Quranic shahada ‘There is no god but God’ was gradually distorted into the present day ‘extended shahada’, ‘There is no god but God, Muhammad is God’s messenger’.

With this association of Muhammad’s name with God in shahada, Muhammad-worshippers of earlier generations somehow perceived God + Muhammad as two reciprocal halves of a divine pair.

Then, by binding, coupling, interweaving and mingling Muhammad with God in countless occasions, they gradually concocted in their unrestrained fantasy an idolatrous conception of a very intimate, special, dual relationship between their fictional, mocked God and their imaginary, legendary Muhammad.

And with time they eventually transmuted Muhammad into a demigod and a terrestrial counterpart with God, and therefore an associate in divinity and a shareholder in divine legislation (Warning! And God has said: Do not take two gods, two. There is only One god. So Me, only Me, shall you revere. 16:51). …

Are God and Muhammad so vitally interconnected and hence so mutually interdependent that God’s unity constantly needs to be paired with Muhammad in the core testimony of faith, and so in all the duties and rituals (Warning! God has no counterpart: And in everything have We created pairs, so that you might bear in mind (that God alone is One). 51:49)?

Is the Creator not independent enough that He should continuously require, to be conjoined along with His divinity, a mere creation, a human (Warning! God is the Independent the Absolute. 112:2; 6:133, 17:111)?

God’s oneness in holistic reasoning

The Quran narrates the famous story of Abraham’s observation of the Universe during his quest for God (6:75-79, 37:88, 14:33-35). This is an allegory of mankind’s spiritual journey in search for the ‘Ultimate’ behind the laws and harmony of nature, manifested in the absolute unity within its infinite diversity (6:75-79).

While deeply observing the world – this transitory world, where ‘being’ exists only through ‘becoming’ and where everything is ephemeral and nothing lasts – Abraham’s holistic reasoning refuses to sanctify anything that is mortal or temporal (6:75-79; ‘I love not setting ones 6:76’) and thus eventually settles in and submits to the ‘changeless and eternal’, the ever-living One God alone (6:78). See Understanding chapter 6 from Abraham’s perspective.

As Abraham of the Quran epitomises all monotheists (4:125, 22:78), this HOLISTIC REASONING – which helps perceive the absolute unity and indivisibility of the Divine – remains essential for anyone who truly seeks to attain logical certainty in their monotheistic path (6:75).

No wonder the Quran places a constant emphasis on the holistic reading, i.e., the all-inclusive study of ‘the whole’ that considers everything and every part within the grand, unified context of the totality of the Scripture, and so of the Book of Nature, up to ‘the End’ (‘al-akhirat’, 17:45-46; 6:92, 112-113).

It is the same holistic observation that led the greatest scientists like Galileo to stand against the clerical establishment; Newton to reject the traditional Christian doctrine of the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus by arguing it to be polytheistic and contradictory to the first Commandment of the Bible; Darwin to conclude that all life forms are mutually related as they all share a unitary origin from a common ancestor; Einstein to dream unifying all laws of physics into one single law that motivates modern quests for a ‘theory of everything’, such as string theory; and so on.

It is this holistic observation that makes reflective minds bear witness to the absolute oneness and wholeness of The Reality, based on their awareness of the perfect harmony and unity in the governance of the Universe (6:79; 3:18; cf. ‘knowledge, upright with equity’ 3:18; cf. 21:22, 23:71, 23:91).

This indivisibility of God’s absolute oneness implies the absolute indivisibility of His sovereignty which in turn leads to the conception of the Universe as a coherent, moral singularity rather than a disjointed, moral chaos, as misconceived by polytheism (21:22; cf. 23:71, 23:91).

Associating God with ‘others’ violates this holistic awareness

Now, despite the overwhelming signs of God’s oneness evident throughout the Universe, there is a polytheistic inclination in the majority of humans that cannot accept the Divine without setting up associates (The majority of them will not acknowledge God without setting up associates. 12:106).

The ‘extended shahada’ is just one of the countless modes whereby this idolatrous inclination displays itself.

This violates the holistic logic that understands God as Infinite and Unsplittable and, therefore, absolutely One and Independent (112:1-4), who cannot be associated by anyone or anything in any way whatsoever (4:36, 18:110).

Thus people who lack this holistic awareness, i.e. ‘who do not acknowledge the END (whole, holistic)’, fail to accept God’s oneness without associating Him with ‘OTHERS’:

When God Alone is mentioned, the minds of those who do not acknowledge the END (whole, holistic) are filled with aversion; and when OTHERS are mentioned beside Him, they rejoice! 39:45

And when you read the Quran, We place between you and those who do not acknowledge the END (whole, holistic) an invisible barrier./ We place shields over their minds to prevent them from understanding it, and deafness in their ears: and when you mention your Sustainer in the Quran alone, they turn their backs in aversion. 17:45-46

And those who acknowledge the END (whole, holistic), will acknowledge this, and it is they who protect their communication (from idols; cf. 70:33-34). 6:92

So it is due to their lack of holistic awareness that the pagans venerate various natural forces as divinities and intermediaries:

And to God belongs the END (whole, holistic) and the Instant./ And how many Forces there are in the Heavens, who have no power to intercede, except after God has given leave for whom He wills and is pleased with./ Only those who do not acknowledge the END (whole, holistic) have given the Forces female names. 53:25-27

Again, though In all service we should remember only the ever-living One who never dies, it is due to this lack of holistic awareness that the devotees revere dead messengers, holy persons and sanctified images as idols, often as mediators and intercessors (cf. 7:191-194):

And those they call on besides God, they can create nothing, while they are themselves created!/ They are dead, not living, and they even know not when they will be raised./ Your god is One god. Those who do not acknowledge the END (whole, holistic), their hearts are denying, and they are arrogant.…/ Whenever they are asked: What has your Sustainer sent down?, they answer: Fairytales of the past./ They will carry their burdens in full on the day of Resurrection, and also from the burdens of those whom they misguided without knowledge. Evil indeed is what they bear. 16:20-25

With this same fragmented, non-holistic mind-set, and through its offshoot, the ‘extended shahada’ – where a dead human is constantly named and remembered along with the ever-living God as His earthly EQUAL – clergymen and their blind following Muhammadans have complicated the simple divine directives with man-made rules and prohibitions:

Say: “Bring your witnesses who bear witness that (through His associate/s, 6:19) God has forbidden this (cf. 16:35).” If they bear witness, then do not bear witness with them, nor follow the desires of those who have given the lie to Our messages, and those who do not acknowledge the END (whole, holistic); and they make EQUALS with their Sustainer! 6:150

Who is more wicked than one who fabricates lies about God? They will be brought before their Sustainer, and the witnesses will say, “These are the ones who lied about their Sustainer.” Alas, God’s rejection is the due of all evildoers./ Those who repel others from the divine path and seek to twist it; and regarding the END (whole, holistic) they are in denial. 11:18-19

 

Summary

Pairing God with Muhammad violates holistic logic

With association of Muhammad’s name with God in the ‘extended shahada’, Muhammad-worshippers of earlier generations somehow perceived God + Muhammad as two reciprocal halves of a divine pair.

Then, by binding, coupling, interweaving and mingling their fictional, mocked God with their imaginary, legendary Muhammad in countless occasions, they gradually transmuted Muhammad into a terrestrial counterpart with God, and therefore an associate in divinity and divine legislation (16:51).

Are God and Muhammad so vitally interconnected and hence so mutually interdependent that God’s unity constantly needs to be paired with Muhammad in the core testimony of faith, and so in all the duties and rituals (51:49)? Is the Creator not independent enough that He should continuously require, to be conjoined along with His divinity, a mere creation, a human (112:2; 6:133, 17:111)?

In the story of Abraham’s observation of the Universe, Abraham’s holistic reasoning refuses to sanctify anything that is mortal or temporal (6:76; cf. 6:75-79) and thus eventually settles in and submits to the ‘changeless and eternal’, the ever-living One God alone (6:78). See Understanding chapter 6 from Abraham’s perspective.

As Abraham of the Quran epitomises all monotheists (4:125, 22:78), this HOLISTIC REASONING – which helps perceive the absolute unity and indivisibility of the Divine – remains essential for anyone who truly seeks to attain logical certainty in their monotheistic path (6:75).

No wonder the Quran places a constant emphasis on the holistic reading, i.e., the all-inclusive study of ‘the whole’ that considers everything and every part within the grand, unified context of the totality of the Scripture, and so of the Book of Nature, up to ‘the End’ (‘al-akhirat’, 17:45-46; 6:92, 112-113).

It is this holistic observation that makes reflective minds bear witness to the absolute oneness and wholeness of The Reality, based on their awareness of the perfect harmony and unity in the governance of the Universe (3:18, 6:79; cf. 21:22, 23:71, 23:91).

Now, there is a polytheistic inclination in the majority of humans that cannot accept the Divine without setting up associates (12:106). The ‘extended shahada’ is just one of the countless modes whereby this idolatrous inclination displays itself. This violates the holistic logic that understands God as Infinite and Unsplittable and, therefore, absolutely One and Independent (112:1-4), who cannot be associated by anyone or anything in any way whatsoever (4:36, 18:110).

Thus people who lack this holistic awareness, i.e. ‘who do not acknowledge the END (whole, holistic)’, fail to accept God’s oneness without associating Him with ‘OTHERS’ (39:45, 17:45-46, 6:92).

So it is due to their lack of holistic awareness that the pagans venerate various natural forces as divinities and intermediaries (53:25-27). Again, though In all service we should remember only the ever-living One who never dies, it is due to this lack of holistic awareness that the devotees revere dead messengers, holy persons and sanctified images as idols, often as mediators and intercessors (16:20-25; cf. 7:191-194).

With this same fragmented, non-holistic mind-set, and through its offshoot, the ‘extended shahada’ – where a dead human is constantly named and remembered along with the ever-living God as His earthly EQUAL – clergymen and their blind following Muhammadans have complicated the simple divine directives with man-made rules and prohibitions (6:150, 11:18-19; cf. 6:19, 16:35).