By Muhammed Remiz T.K
Tauheed (Islamic monotheism) means declaring Allah to be the only God, to believe that there is only one Lord for all the Universe and He is its creator, organiser, planner, sustainer and the giver of security, and that is Allah. It also means that none has the right to be worshipped - praying, invoking, asking for help but, Allah.
Christianity as understood and believed by the Christians, associates some irrelevant qualities to God in order to explain Trinity which is one of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. The doctrine of Christianity is that there are three separate and distinct, divine persons in the God-headgod the father, God the son, and God the Holy Ghost.
The dogma of Trinity is untenable and obviously self contradictory. It is illogical to reason. If there are three distinct and separate persons and each is by himself God, then there must be three Gods, which is incompatible with the Oneness of God.
The Christian Church recognises the impossibility of a logical belief in three Divine persons with oneness of God, and hence declares the doctrine of Trinity to be a mystery. And this type of mysteries is rejected by the eminent scholars of Christianity. Rev.J.F.De Groot, S.J.writes in his book
“Catholic Teaching P.101”
“The most Holy Trinity is a mystery in the Strictest Sense of the word. For reason alone cannot prove the existence of a Triune God, Revelation teaches it. And even after the existence of the mystery has been revealed to us, it remains impossible for the human intellect to grasp how the Three persons have but one Divine Nature”
An unbiased analysis of the Bible will lead to a clear proof of monotheism. Jesus Christ himself never even mentioned the Trinity. His message about God was no way different from that of the earlier prophets, each one of whom had preached the pure, unadultered monotheism.
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel ; The Lord our God is one Lord: (Mark 12:29)
Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou Serve. (Mathew 4:10)
The lord is God; there is none else beside him. (Deuteronomy 4:35)
I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6)
for thou art great, and does’nt wondrous things: thou art God alone. (Psalm 86:10)
I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: (Isaiah 45:5)
Islam too preaches the pure and simple unity of God. It presents a conception of God which is free from mythological fancies. It affirms the uniqueness of God and says that he has no partner in his God-head. Nothing can emanate from him and become his equal and partner in God-head. Says the holy Qur’an Chapter 112 (At-Tauheed): 1-4.
- Say [O, Muhammad (Pbuh)] He is Allah, (the) One
- 2) The eternal, absolute
- 3) He begets not, nor was He begotten
- 4) And there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him.
And your god is one God: There is no God but He, most Gracious, most merciful. (2:163)
Judgement rests with Allah only. He has commanded you to worship none but Him. (12:40)
The Qur’an invites the people of the book towards unadultered Tauheed (Monotheism)
Say: “O people of the Book! Let us come to common terms as between us and you; that we worship none but God; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, lords and patrons other than God”. If then they turn back, say: Bear witness that we are Muslims. (Qur’an : 3:64)
The Qur’an not only invites but also warns the people of the book from the mystery of Trinity. “O people of the Book! commit no excesses in your religion; nor say of God aught but the truth. Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, was (no more than) An apostle of God, And his word, which he bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from him: So believe in God and His apostles. Say not “Trinity”; desist; it will be better for you; for good is one God; Glory be to Him; (Far exalted is He), above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is God as a disposer of affairs.” (Chapter 4:171)
These above verses means that there are many things that both Islam and Christianity have in common. Both of them advocate monotheistic religion, belief in the unity of God and the brotherhood of mankind.