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  • WHO IS GOD? ALLAH, JESUS OR EMINEM...

  • Okay, so the 2013 charts of Google's most popular searches in Australia are just in,

  • With the top Google search at No. 1 being What is twerking? shortly followed by - Who

  • is God?

  • Now on saying this, I don't think you have to be a genius to figure out which of the

  • two questions is more important to be asking Google.

  • I mean one would potentially explain the reality of our existence and the other would potentially

  • leave us scarred for the remainder of our existence.

  • And look, I know that there is a lot of skepticism surrounding this issue and quite frankly I

  • don't blame you. I mean the meaning of God has been thrown around so often that we forgot

  • it means -from some Zeus like man in the sky with a big beard, to Thor, to a half animal/half

  • human creature, to Kanye west shamelessly producing a track titled "I am God" on his

  • album YEEZUS, to Eminem then self proclaiming himself as the "rap God", a new brand of clothing

  • titled "I Am God", and yes who could forget Justin Bieber and his believers.

  • And now I understand that most of this may be exaggerated, and many of these examples

  • are mere semantics and plays on words that are probably being taken out of context -- as

  • let's face it no body actually believes in Bieber and I highly doubt that Kanye West

  • considers himself a God...

  • When someone comes up and says something like "I am a God", everybody says who does he think

  • he is. I just told you what I thought I was -- A God.

  • Kanye West smashes into a pole.

  • Okay, so with all these misconstrued definitions of God, the least I could do is help clear

  • the water and help us finally find out -- WHO IS GOD?

  • Well to begin, let's start with the things we can all agree on.

  • First and foremost we're here. We just began and we exist.

  • And like all things that begin to exist they require a cause. Things don't just come out

  • of nothing. And although at times we sometimes wish they would... they don't.

  • "If I told you that this glass sprang into existence, this glass made it self, you'd

  • say Muhammad Ali is crazy".

  • So on saying that, knowing the cause of "us" is crucial to understanding who God is. Although

  • we are able to explain that we did have a beginning, as many leading cosmologists have

  • affirmed, we are still left unanswered as to what was the cause of our beginning.

  • And before you lash out saying "Oh but we can't see what happened before we began"...

  • or "Oh you can't prove there was a Creator".

  • We say quite openly, neither can you "disprove a creator".

  • And by observing the reality of our world and existence, its order, structure and systems,

  • I see no reason not to believe in a creator.

  • But then one may ask...where did this Creator come from? -- What was the cause of Him? And

  • it would go on forever and ever, which would most probably lead to us never have been created.

  • So for God to exist, He must exist without beginning, therefore not requiring a cause.

  • Making him eternal --He should also be transcendent from His creation and not bound by any of

  • the realms he had created -- whether it is time, space or matter. For instance when Steve

  • Jobs makes an iPhone he doesn't become an iPhone. He is separate.

  • And of course we could also argue that He is One. This makes the most sense and it would

  • also avoid any potential conflict between two disputing All Powerful Gods with conflicting

  • interests.

  • But we still don't know which God is He?

  • "Are you Zeus, Thor?"

  • Well if you agree with everything I've said up until now, you will realize that each of

  • these God's don't fit into our established criteria of who God is. They are all created

  • beings, they are not eternal, they have not created anything, they are dependent, and

  • they require sleep, rest, oxygen and food.

  • So who is the one and only true God?

  • Hmmm.... I present to you a God who is One and only, eternal, exists without a beginning,

  • who was uncreated, requiring no cause for Himself, yet being the absolute cause and

  • creator of everything else.

  • Allah.

  • A simple definition of God that is logical and rational.

  • There is nothing like him, no man, no creature, nothing imaginable.

  • He is the One who is perfect - although I don't like using the word perfect, as our

  • understanding of perfection would never encompass His true essence.

  • He is in control of everything, whereby nothing can benefit nor harm us unless he wills it.

  • He is the All knowing, the All hearing and unlike our friend Kanye, He is the All seeing.

  • Many of us would then argue that although these verses do provide a logical and sound

  • concept of God, how do we know that these words are in deed the words of God.

  • Well first and foremost the Quran isn't just any book. It was revealed 1400 years ago,

  • as direct revelation from God to the final prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and was sent as the

  • most eloquent piece of literature to befall mankind, revealed at a time where poetry was

  • rife and to a population housing the best of poets, only to leave them speechless and

  • at a loss for words.

  • Now, what is important to note, is that the Quran, it doesn't fit in any of the known

  • classes of poetry, nor prose, rather is a fusion of both, that even to this day shakes

  • the hearts of Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

  • "It's almost trance like, you can hear it's very euphonic, there is a lot of internal

  • rhyme and end rhyme, and the rhythm is not predictable. And it's beautiful".

  • Even to this day, the Quran remains incomparable and stuns humanity with its accurate references

  • to science and history - From accurate descriptions of the human embryo to historically accurate

  • references to the different rulers in the different Egyptian dynasties.

  • And no matter how many times people will try to discredit the Quran on its authenticity,

  • it remains standing.

  • "Will you please the very next science lesson, get some salt water, get some fresh water,

  • mix them and see what happens."

  • *Clap, Clap*. The Quran says "two seas" not "two cups of water".

  • And to those that doubt it is from God, the challenge is simple - bring forth something

  • that can compare. And now although this challenge has been attempted multiple times throughout

  • the past, History has witnessed that no man has been able to rival the Quran

  • But does this challenge still apply. Well we could surely put it to the test.

  • And who better to choose than-- the self proclaimed "Rap God"... Eminem. Dubbed the best of his

  • time, being incomparable with anyone in his league.

  • Now if we compare the works of Allah with the works of Eminem, we are left with this.

  • "This slickety, gibbedy, hibbedy hip hop...rappidy rap, Packing a Mac in the back of the Ac,

  • pack backpack rap, yep, yackidy-yac-yac. The exact same time I attempt these lyrical acrobat

  • stunts"

  • ...Look content wise...I don't know.... however we can't deny that lyrically he is impressive,

  • he has rhythm, rhyme, style, alliteration and assonance. A short video online even indicates

  • that in one of his songs he almost made every second, to third word rhyme.

  • But how does he compare with the Qurans smallest chapter of 3 verses - Surah Al Kauthar.

  • Now in just ten words, Allah is able to use over 30 linguistic and rhetorical devices

  • including Emphasis, Multiple Meaning, Grammatical shift, Word order and Arrangement, Ellipsis,

  • Conceptual relatedness, Intensification, Choice of words, Repetition, Intimacy, Exaggeration,

  • Prophesy, along with many, many more.

  • What's also important to note is that the linguistic devices in the Quran, aren't just

  • thrown about randomly, For instance Allah would use palindromes, strategically to describe

  • the terms "glorify your Lord" and "the orbiting" of planets. As though both processes are occurring

  • continuously, non -stop one after the other.

  • The shortest chapter in the Quran also contains a rhetorical device that no one can compete

  • against nor replicate -- prophesy. At the end of the first verse, Allah promises Muhammad

  • (peace be upon him) that he would be given abundant good... at a time when he was at

  • one of the lowest points of his life, with a small amount of followers and low social

  • status. He had even just lost his son and his enemies were taunting him with a cut off

  • lineage and progeny, yet Allah was promising him abundant good at this time. Such was the

  • prophesy of the Quran -- and we certainly indeed see its fulfillment today.

  • With the Quran being the most recited, memorized and practiced book across the entire world

  • with over 1.6 Billion followers today from all walks of life.

  • Now I know many of your probably thinking, "Okay Cool Story Bro", but what's the purpose

  • of the Quran?

  • Well the importance is, that it gives meaning to life, from our overall purpose of existence,

  • to why we're here, to what happens when we die.

  • God teaches us is that each and every single one of us is being tested. We weren't created

  • for mere play, we were created with a purpose and that is to be obedient to God and His

  • rules. Those that believe there is a reward and those that don't and are arrogant there

  • is a punishment.

  • And look I apologies for trying to squeeze all this in to one short video, but I've given

  • you everything you need to find out who God is, and why we're here.

  • So read.

WHO IS GOD? ALLAH, JESUS OR EMINEM...

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