ISLAM AND THE BUDDHISUM
About 2500 years ago .buddhisum arose in Northeast India and ,in time, extended its influence throughout Sri Lanka,Burma,Thailand,Laos, Kampuchea,China,Japan,Tibet,Mongolia,Manchuria.,Korea and Nepal.Today it has about 330 million followers.
Definitions of Buddhism have always varied ,along with how Buddhists understand life’s meaning.for some, Buddhism is a
Religion. Others regard it as a sect or school of philosophy.but
From its view of life and all its practices.it is ultimately clear that the Doctrine of buddhisum is idolatrous and superstitious.
Since Buddhism is an atheist religion that lacks any belief in God, it also rejects the existence of angels, the eternal after life.Hell,and the Day of judgment.
“You call me to reject God and to associate something with him about which I have no knowledge ,while I call you to the almighty,the endlessly forgiving (Al Quran 40:42)”
Siddhartha Gauthama .the founder of Buddhism,was born in the Indian city of Kapilawastu and lived between 563 and 483 B.C. At this time Indias dominant religion was Brahmanism,the religion of Aryan invaders.
Gauthama was born the son of a wealthy prince by the name of Suddhodana, in the noble Sakya family.After spending his youth in comfort and ease, Gauthama left the palace at the age of 29 and began a mystric search until his
Death at the age of 80. During his life time,he established certain principles that over the course of time,evolved into the doctrine we now call Buddhism.
THOSE WHO ASSOCIATE BUDDHA WITH GOD
Suggest that he urged his followers to worship him,the Brahmans who In itsbasic beliefs , philosophy and practices,this religion is idolatrours.buddhists hold Buddha in a heightened sense of love ,deep respect and fear,even accepting him as a God
Although we have no documents from Buddhas time that
were already worshipping idols –quickly began to make statues of Sidhartha.And in time ,those who nurtured Buddha An excessive love towards came to worship these idols and consider him a God.
However ,all religions based on God’s revelations adhere to a monotheistic faith that recognizes him as single and unique.In the Quran (22:34) God states “Your God is one God,so submit to him” to deny the supremacy of God and worship the idols of an ordinary person ,as the Buddhists do ,is described in the Quran ,God reminds us that this “association” is a very serious sin “God does not forgive anything being associated with him ,but he forgives whoever he wills for anything other than that .Anyone who associates something with God has commited a terrible crime (Quran 4:48)
The Islamic religion is based on the belief in the oneness of God (thawhid).God often repeats the phrase “La ilaha illahu (there is no god but he ) which is the fist condition of faith .therefore,the most basic meaning of shirk is deviating from this truth into the mistaken idea that there are other beings besides God who possess”power and might”In the Quran,our Lord makes him self known by describing his attributes and tells us in many verses in the Quran that there is no God but he. In verse 59:22,-24.God reveals his sublime names in these words.”He is God- there is no god but him.He is the knower of the unseen and the visible.He is the all merciful ,the most merciful.
He is the God – there is no god but him .He is the king ,the most pure,the perfect peace,the trustworthy,the safeguader,the Almighty, the compeller,the supremely great.Glory be to God above all they associate with him.
He is God – the creator,the maker,the giver of form.To him belong the most beautiful names .everything in the heavens and earth glorifies him.He is the Almighty,All wise.
For example ,God is all seeing and knows”what is even more concealed”when someone acts in secrets,with no one around ,believing that no one sees him,our Lord does see him and knows everything that he does .He sees and knows every event that happens in the universe,down to its smallest details,because he is the one God who created them all.in the Quran(6:103)God affirms that ,Eyesight cannot perceive him,but the perceives eyesight.He is the all penetrating,the All-Aware”
In short,Islam is a liberating religion that saves people from useless customs and prohibitions, social pressures,and worries about what other people may think .It calls them to lead calm,peaceful lives with the purpose of gaining God’s approvel.So it is that our prophet(may God bless with him and grant him peace)in many of his sayings,advises us to make religion simple and easy.
“make things easy for people,and do not make it difficult for them,and make them calm with glad tidings and do not repulse them
This picture shows Buddha and his followers,bowls in their hand ,accepting offerings.These irritational Buddhists traditions continue even today.
Buddhisum enslaves its devotees in misty monasteries and forces them in to a life of suffering and poverty.strangely,It discourages good food,cleanliness,comfort the blessings that God has created for human beings-accepts suffering as a virtue
And advises its devotees to lead a miserable life. For Buddhists monks and nuns,life is full of all kinds of difficulties.They are forbidden to work or own property,obliged to feed themselves by going from door to door and begging among the people,with their bowls in their hands.Buddhists priests are even called Bhikkus(beggers) by the people.Buddhists priests are forbidden to marry or have any kind of family life .They may earn only one robe which must be of poor quality yellow or red cloth.
Buddhist priests walk the streets early in the mornings,with bowls in their hands ,accepting offerings from the people.
According to the Quran (7:32) say” who has forbidden the fine clothing God has produced for his servants and the good kinds of provision? Say on the Day of Rising ,such things will be exclusively for those who believed during their life in this world” In this way ,we make the signs clear for people who know.
According to superstitious Buddhists beliefs,the existence of the universe,human beings,death and rebirth are all uncontrolled processes.Those who believe in this irritational claim are spiritually unbalanced.They live in tension and discomfort that comes from the frightening idea that everything in the world is arbitrary.but Islam teaches that God controls everything that happens in the universe.Those who understand this trust God at every moment ,living in the joyous comfort of his
Support and protection.
As a religion ,therefore,Buddhisum suffers from a very narrow vision that keeps its believers from considering such basic questions as where they came from,or how the universe and all living things came to be.Indeed,it deters them from even thinking about these things and presses them into the narrow mold of their present earthly life.According to buddhisum ,hunger,misery and pain guide the way to the truth.Present day Buddhists believe that the more pain they endure,and the more hunger and misery they suffer,the sooner they become enlightened.But this is not enlightenment.It is an inhuman life of self –abuse.A verse of the Quran (40:31)Says “God does not want any injustice for his servants” This perverse practice of Buddhists is totally contrary to Islamic morality.
Buddhisum’s attempt to nullify all human desires is another aspect of its narrow philosophy.God created the blissings of this world for human beings benefit and pleasure,and so that they would give him thanks in return .For this reason ,Islam does not command people to suppress their desire or to endure pain and suffering.On the contrary ,It enjoins them to take advantage of the beautiful aspects in the world (apart from base and unlawful behavior) not to restrain themselves needlessly ,nor to inflict pain upon themselves.For this reason,God revealed ( Quran 7:157) that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had “ relieved his followers of their chains”
Those who follow the Messenger,the Ummi,whom they find written down with them in the Torah and Gospel,commanding them to do right and forbidding them to do wrong ,making good things lawful for them and bad things unlawful for them,relieving them of their heavy loads and the chains which were around them.Those who believe in him and honor him and help him,and follow the Light that has been sent down with him,and follow the Light that has been sent down with him,they the ones who are successful.
Although upto this point we’ve examined Buddhism as superstitious and false.
In the Quran God tells us that to every nation ,He sent messengers to deliver his warnings.
We have sent you (Muhammad) with the truth bringing good news and giving warning.There is no community to which a warner has not come (Quran 35:24)