"IH'DINA SIRATHWAL MUSTHAKIM" (SHOW US THE STRAIGHT PATH (Koran 1:5).
"Ih'dina Sirathwal musthakim" is the fifth verse of the first Surah (chapter) of the Qur'an and it means "Show us the straight path".
There is a tradition saying that 'sirathwal musthakim' is a narrow bridge over hell to the heaven which made out of seven torn pieces of a hair. The righteous can pass over the bridge without any trials; but the wicked will go to hell.
A worldly man cannot pass over the narrow bridge. Jesus says in the Book of Injil (Gospel), "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" (Matthew 7:13-14).
In the Qur'an also God gives warning to mankind "Lo! they who deny our revelations and scorn them, for them the gates of Heaven will not be opened nor will they enter the garden until the camel goeth through the needle's eye" (Qur'an 7:40).
As in the Qur'an there is a Right Narrow Path to get into the Heaven.
The Qur'an 7:10-17 says: "God created Adam out of mud, fashioned him and told the angels to fall and prostrate before the man. Iblis (Lucifer) did not obey. God degraded him. Still he asked God to reprieve till the day when the human beings are raised from the dead. It was granted. Then Iblis said to God that he will lurk in ambush of man on God's Right Path.
Again he said that he will go upon them from before them and from behind them and from their right hands and from their left hands for God would not find most of them beholden".
Mankind does not see the Right Narrow Path, because it is hidden by Iblis. Also he tries to lead them into wrong, broad and worldly ways. But the children of Abraham and Ishmael knows the broad path is not the right one to heaven. So we pray to God to show us the Right Path.
Jesus said: "Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able" (Luke 13:24). In the Scripture of the Holy Bible, same Jesus declared : "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
The Qur'an says in 19:21 about Jesus as a revelation for mankind and a mercy from God, and it is a thing ordained. Jesus destroyed the head of Iblis, and opened the narrow door of Heaven. He says: "In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world"(John 16:33). Also He has given grace for those who is born of God can overcome the world.
Yes! It is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. (1John 5:4). But still it is very sad to say that Gospel is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God (2Corinthians 4:3-4).
The Bible says in 1Timothy 2:5 that there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
The Qur'an also says very clearly that Jesus, son of Mary, illustrious in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near unto God (Qur'an 3:45). So we may keep our duty to God and obey Jesus (Qur'an 3:50; 43:61).
May God bless all of us to enter into the
Kingdom of Heaven through the Right Narrow Path, which is Jesus, the Word of God (Kalimathullah ), the Spirit of God (Ruhullah) and the Messiah of God (Massihullah) who became a ransom for many.
MESSAGE No.2. :
"CAN JESUS BEAR OUR BURDEN?" (Koran 35:18; 39:7; 53;38).
God, the Beneficent, the Merciful reminds the human kind, "And we created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them in vain" (Qur'an 38:28).
Almighty God created man out of dust and gave him life through the Word to be the overseer of all creations. He had a defenite plan to glorify His name through the mankind. For that God wanted man to be surrendered unto Him.
To obey each and every law of God is total surrendering. But Adam disobeyed, eaten of the tree of which God commanded not to eat. So he was sinned.
Suppose you appoint a new servant for your household. He is bonded to obey your rules. Do you ever like if he doesn't obey your commands, moving as his own ways and making friendship with your enemies? You will fire him out immediately and will be very cautious not to get him any support from your subordinates and friends.
If God was like us, He had been removed man and would not be allowded to spread the making in this universe forever more. But the merciful God did not destroy Adam. He just cast him from the paradise as a punishment of the sin and granted permission to live on earth (that is also God's creation) with the sweat of his face to eat. Also He promise Messiah Jesus, who is the Word from Allah, Son of (woman) Mary, illustrious in the world and hearafter as the deliverer from sin. The Qur'an says: "Lo! the likeness of Jesus with Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He created him out of dust, then He said unto him: Be! and he is. (This is) the Truth from Thy Lord. (O Muhammad), so be not thou of those who waver" (Qur'an 3:59-60).
How Jesus is likeness of Adam?
Adam was created as a faultless man. The Prophet David says in the book of Zabur (Psalms): "What is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou dost care for him? Yet thou hast made him little less than God, and dost crown him with glory and honour. Thou hast given him dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the sea" (Psalms 8:4-8).
God asked the angels to prostrate before Adam. All fell prostrate; but Iblis (Lucifer) demurred through pride, and so became Satan (Qur'an 2:34). Hence Satan made Adam disobediant; so he too became as a sinner. From him all the generations became under the sin.
Prophet Davood (David) says in Zabur: "Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me" (Psalms 51:5).
The Injil (The New Testament of the Bible) also says very clearly: "For there is no distinction; since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). But the same word promised a remedy too: "They are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus".
The Qur'an says in several verses: "No burdened soul can bear anothers burden" (35:18; 39:7; 53:38).
That means unladen soul can bear anothers burden.
Both the Bible and the Qur'an says that Jesus was born as a faultless man.
"He (Archangel Gabriel) said (to Mary): I am only a messenger of thy Lord, that I may bestow on thee a faultless son" (Qur'an 19:19). The Hadith (traditions of Islam) also says that all the children of Adam are touched by Satan at their birth, except Jesus, son of Mary.
The Bible says about Jesus: "For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, seperated from sinners, exalted above the heavens" (Hebrews 7:26).
Once Jesus directly asked to the Jews, "Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? He who is of God hears the words of God; the reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God" (John 8:46).
Yes! Jesus was faultless by birth and life. He can carry the laden of sin from each one of the world.
Jesus said in the New Testement: "Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). Prophet Yahya (John the baptist) was borne witness of Jesus. He declared about Jesus, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29).
In the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians we read: "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousnss of God" (2Corinthians 5:21). No doubt! Jesus took all our sins and died on the cross to give us eternal life. "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses" (Ephesians 1:7).
In the letter to the Hebrews also we can see as it is: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sins which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:1-2).
In the book of Qur'an Jesus said: "And (I come) confirming that which was before me of the Torah (the law of Moses), and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden unto you. I come unto you with a sign from your Lord, so keep your duty to God and obey me" (Qur'an 3:50).
"When Jesus came with clear proofs (of God's sovereignty), he said: I have come unto you with wisdom, and to make plain some of that concerning which ye differ. So keep your duty to God, and obey me" (Qur'an 43:63).
What do you think? Isn't it a must to obey Jesus?
But the children of
denied Jesus, though they were the chosen people of God. They lost eternity. Because they at the time looked for a warrior king savior they were blind to the truth that Jesus Christ was that Messiah promised by their own prophets. Israel
What about you?