Each person is born in a circumstance which is not of his
own choosing. The religion of his family or the ideology of the state is
thrust upon him from the very beginning of his existence in this world. By the
time he reaches his teens, he is usually fully brain-washed into believing that
the beliefs of his particular society are the correct beliefs that everyone
should have. However, when some people mature and are exposed to other
belief-systems, they begin to question the validity of their own beliefs. The
seekers of truth often reach a point of confusion upon realizing that each and
every religion, sect, ideology and philosophy claims to be the one and only
correct way for man. Indeed, they all encourage people to do good. So, which
one is right? They cannot all be right, since each claims all others are wrong.
Then how does the seeker of truth choose the right way?
God gave us all minds and intellects to enable us to
make this crucial decision. It is the most important decision in the life of a
human being. Upon it depends his future. Consequently, each and every one of
us must examine dispassionately the evidence presented, and choose what appears
to be right until further evidence arises.
Like every other religion or philosophy, Islam also
claims to be the one and only true way to God. In this respect it is no
different from other systems. This booklet intends to provide some evidence
for the validity of that claim. However, it must always be kept in mind that
one can only determine the true path by putting aside emotions and prejudices,
which often blind us to reality. Then, and only then, will we be able to use
our God-given intelligence and make a rational and correct decision.
There are several arguments which may be advanced to
support Islam’s claim to be the true religion of God. The following are only
three of the most obvious. The first argument is based on the divine origin of
the names of the religion and the comprehensiveness of its meaning. The second
deals with the unique and uncomplicated teachings concerning the relationship
between God, man, and creation. The third argument derives from the fact that
Islam is universally attainable by all men at all times. These are the three
basic components of what logic and reason dictate necessary for a religion to
be considered the true religion of God. The following pages will develop these
concepts in some detail.