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Islam and the Ten Commandments of God

Islam is one of 3 Abrahamic faith beside Judaism and Christianity. Many of the teachings such as worshipping only one God (Monotheism) similar to other religion such as Judaism and Christianity.

The teachings of pig as a forbidden food and circumcision as an obligation for men also found in Judaism and Islam though the teachings are not applied in Christianity.

If we take a look at Ten Commandments of God quoted in Exodus 10, the are many commandments that not applied anymore in Christianity but reapplied in Islam.


The Oneness of God

Exodus:

20:11 God spoke all these words

20:2 “I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.

20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

The words is very clear: we should have no other gods before God. In Islam, to enter Islam we should testify: “There is no god but God (Allah)…”

In the Quran, Al Ikhlas stated:

Say: He is Allah, the One!

Allah, the eternally Besought of all!

He begetteth not nor was begotten

And there is none comparable unto Him.

In Islam, God (Allah) the creator of the universe is worship alone. God has no father nor son. And God also has no equal nor partner.

However in the Christianity, though they confess worship only one God, but we also hear this one God consists of the Father, the Son, and Holyghost. We hear about trinity: One is Three and Three is One.

Here is the term Trinity described in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity):

The Trinity is a Christian doctrine, stating that God is one Being Who exists, simultaneously and eternally, as a mutual indwelling of three persons (not to be confused by “person”: the Father, the Son (incarnate as Jesus of Nazareth), and the Holy Spirit.

In the New Testament, 1 Corinthians, stated that Jesus is the son of God:

1:9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship with his son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 John 5:5 Now who is the person who has conquered the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

In Islam, as stated before, God has no father nor son.

“O People of the Book! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, say not “Three”. Cease! (it is) better for you! Allah is only One God. Far is it removed from His transcendent majesty that he should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender.” {Quran 4:171]

Do not make Statues:

Exodus:

20:4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is on the earth beneath or that is in the water below.

20:5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I, the Lord, your God, am a jealous God

The statement is very clear: do not make any statue especially if we bow down to them. However, almost in every church we will see many statues of Jesus or Mary. Many people bow and pray to the statues.

In Islam, the prohibition is respected. We found no statue or idol in Muslim Mosques.

Adultery Restriction:

Exodus 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery

In Islam, adultery (even just come close to it) is forbidden:

“And come not near unto ADULTERY. Lo! it is an abomination and an evil way” [Al Israa’:32]

In Islam adultery sanction is very strict. The sanction in Islamic law is 100 lashes and expel for 1 year from their homeland for virgins. For those who had married, the sanction is stoned to death.

“The adulterer and the adulteress, scourge ye each one of them (with) a hundred stripes. And let not pity for the twain withhold you from obedience to Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a party of believers witness their punishment.” [An Nuur:2]

However in the Christianity this sin is very common. There is no sanction against it. In fact free sex is regarded as a human right which don’t have to be controlled by religion or state.

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