And from among His Signs are the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. Prostrate yourselves not to the sun nor to the moon, but prostrate yourselves to God Who created them, if you (really) worship. (Quran: Chapter 41, Verse 37)
Look then at the effects (results) of God's Mercy, how He revives the earth after its death. Verily, that (God) (Who revived the earth after its death) shall indeed raise the dead (on the Day of Resurrection), and He is Able to do all things. (Quran: Chapter 30, Verse 50)
See you not that the ships sail through the sea by God's Grace that He may show you of His Signs? Verily, in this are signs for all who constantly persevere and give thanks. (Quran: Chapter 31, Verse 31)
Is not He (better than your gods) Who created the heavens and the earth, and sends down for you water (rain) from the sky, whereby He cause to grow wonderful gardens full of beauty and delight: It is not in your power to cause trees to grow in them. Is there any god but God? Nay, but they are a people who ascribe equals (to Him)! (Quran: Chapter 27, Verse 60)
We know from the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that sometime after 120 days after conception, the soul and the flesh are brought together. He (peace be upon him) says:
“Verily the creation of each one of you is brought together in his mother’s belly for forty days in the form of seed, then he is a clot of blood for a like period, then a morsel of flesh for a like period, then there is sent to him the angel who blows the breath of life into him…” (Abdullah bin Masud in Bukhari and Muslim, Riyad-us-Saliheen # 396)
Musa Cerantonio found many things in the Bible that contradict what Christians believe and practice today. He also visited the Vatican in which he found people praying to dead people and rubbing the feet of idols and engaging in idol worship. As a result he went on a search for the truth. Here is his journey and what he found:
The teachings of Islam come from two sources, the Quran and the Hadith. Muslims believe the same angel (Gabriel) that came to prophets Abraham, Moses and Jesus also came to prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them all). Muslims also believe that God, through the angel Gabriel, revealed the Quran to Muhammad (peace be upon him). This was done over a period of twenty-three years. Muslims consider the Quran to be God's last revelation to mankind. In the Quran, God describes it as a healing for all who choose to follow its teachings. The Quran enlightens and guides over one and a half billion people from around the world. One in every five persons is a Muslim.
The Hadith are sayings and practices of prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Muhammad (peace be upon him) lived during the sixth and seventh centuries. Muslims accept him as God’s last prophet and messenger to mankind. He invited people to the same God that Abraham, Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them) invited people to. The sayings of prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) number in the thousands, and cover a variety of topics.
The Muslim population is not confined to the Middle East. Only about 18% of Muslims live in the Arab world. The largest Muslim population in any one country is in Indonesia (over 180 million). There are Muslims living in many places in Asia. Most of Africa's population is Muslim. There are also large Muslim minorities living in China, the former Soviet Union, Europe, South and North America. In India, where Muslims number over 150 million, they are a minority!
Muslims therefore should not be confused with Arabs. Muslims may be Arabs, Africans, Americans, Canadians, Chinese, Pakistanis, Malaysians, or other nationalities. On the other hand an Arab could be a Jew, Christian, Muslim, an atheist or something else.
In total, there are about one and a half billion Muslims around the world. One in every five persons on the planet is a Muslim!
The Islamic view of Jesus (peace be upon him) lies between two extremes. On one hand, the Jews rejected him as a Prophet of God and called him as impostor. On the other hand, the Christians consider him to be the Son of God and worship him as such.
Islam considers Jesus (peace be upon him) to be one of the great Prophets of God and respects him as much as Ibrahim (Abraham), Moses, and Muhammad (peace be upon them). This is in conformity with the Islamic view of the Oneness of God, the Oneness of Divine Guidance, and the complementary role of the subsequent mission of God’s messengers. (Islamic Future, March/April 1997 issue vol. XII, No. 67).
The Quran tells us:
“Christ the son of Mary was no more than a messenger, many were the Messengers that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth.” (Quran 5:75)