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Who is God?


Have you ever wonder who is god and what does he/she/it/they resemble? God plays different roles in different religions. In some religions there is only one god and in some there is more than one and even goddesses. In most religions however, god is most of time, the symbol or bien that the people who follow that religion pray to. God plays many roles in every religion. In this brochure you will learn about the role that god plays and who he is to the people who follow him/her/it in the 2 religions of Hinduism and Islam.



View of God: Hinduism


Hindus do not worship to all gods equally, or even attempt to do so. While they can have more than several gods/goddesses, they usually have a personal deity of choice. It is not uncommon for family members, or a congregation type group, to be devoted to different gods/goddesses. A common word for God in Sanskrit (a literary language since the 3rd century) is Brahma, or Brahman. But, let’s not forget that Hinduism has literally hundreds, or thousands, of god and goddesses. Unlike many religions where they have no question of where they came from because they believe that their god created them, Hindus have 5 main questions that they ask themselves: What is the source of the universe? What is ultimate reality? Where do we come from ? By what power do we live? What is that, which being known, illuminates everything else?. This showing that even though they have multiple gods, they still have to question their existence.


In the religion Hinduism, there are multiple symbols that they look up to, but there is one Symbol that displays a lot of things that Hindus believe in. (The Symbol is placed below)


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The syllable Om is composed of the three sounds a-u-m and the symbol's threefold nature is central to its meaning. It represent several important triats, but this symbol connects to the worship of god because it represents the three major Hindu gods - Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva. This symbol shows that even though the people of Hinduism have a variety of things that they can believe in or worship to , it still compresses down to 3 main gods of worship.

In one of the sacred text of Hinusim that goes by the name of "Rig Veda" it basically asks its reader a question and gives them the answer: So who, or what, is
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the Ultimate Reality that is behind the universe and all the gods? The One is responsible for all. (Referring to Brahman).
This very quote from one of the hindus sacred text shows that even though the people of Hindu question there existence and even look up to more than one god they still have to believe that their gods and goddesses themselves and everything else around them came straight from and only from the most powerful god of them all Brahman (placed at the top right side).



Views of God: Islam



Allah is the Creator of all that is in the heavens and the earth. In Islam, Allah is the True and Only Creator, and only he deserves to be worshipped. Nothing else is worthy of worship: not stones, statues, crosses, tombs (of any religion), the sun, the moon, stars, temples, animals, Prophets (from any religion), messengers, saints, priests, movie stars, musicians, athletes, or religious scholars. Allah is the Arabic word for God. This is the way all Arab Jews, Christians and Muslims call God. Allah is the personal name of God, which He gave to Himself in the Qur'an. The Qur'an is the last and final revelation from Allah to mankind, that Allah gave to Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu alayhe wa salaam through the Angel Gabriel. Muslims are confident of the Just and Perfect Judgment of Allah, The Creator, because He tells us repeatedly in the Qur'an that He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, and perfectly just. The Creator, Allah, has perfect attributes. He is the First; there was none before Him, and He is the Last. Allah is the Ever-living; everything will end in death, except Him. He is the Protecting Friend and to Him is the Final Return, where everything will be dealt with and judged in the Most Perfect and Just way.


The Symbol that is place above is the spelling of "Allah" in Arabic. The Koran states that allah has no visual. You can not place one look on him and say that that is how Allah looks.
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Other Symbols in the Islamic religion play an important role in Islam, such as "The Star and Crescent" (placed on the left). This symbol is placed on multiple flags where the dominant religion in that country is Islam. Unlike other religions however, muslims do not look up to this symbol on an equal level as god. There is nothing that could ever be on the same level as Alla
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In verse (2:255) of the "Holy Quran" it states:

"There is no god but he, the Living, the Selfsubsistent!
Slumber seizes him not, neither sleep.
To him belongs whatever is in the Heavens and whatsoever is in the Earth.
Who is there that shall intercede with Him except by His will?
He knows what is present with men and what shall befall them, nothing of His knowledge do they comprehend, save what He wills.
His throne is as high as the Heavens and the Earth, and the keeping of them wearies Him not.
And He is High, the Mighty One."
Allah is the beloved one, the almighty creator, the reason that everything is here. The Islamic people view there god as the only explanation of existence There is not multiple reasons for there existence. Allah is the only reason that they are there. If the want forgiveness Allah is the only being that can grant that. The people of Islam dont question why everything is the way it is they except the fact that there is nothing more powerful or on the same level as Allah.


What Does This Mean?



When you think of God you have to look at it as a bigger picture. The title god can mean many things to many different people. People in all religions view god the way that they are expected to based of the religion that they come from. God has many different responsibilities and plays many different roles that have a lot of effects on the way that people view life. It is your decision to chose who or what god you will follow.


Bibliography


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"Who Do Muslim Worship ?" Who Do Muslim Worship ? N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2012. <http://www.nicheoftruth.org/pages/who_do_muslim_worship.htm>.

"Hinduism: The Concept of God in the Hindu World." Hinduism: The Concept of God in the Hindu World. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2012. <http://www.majorreligions.com/archives/hinduism_religions_concept_of_god.php>.

"Om." , Aum. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2012. <http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/symbols/aum.htm>.