Why hindu pagan has to change religion to marry?
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As we all know that god is only one, but he has different forms of name, i am hindu, so i want to ask this question when any one get married to muslim why islam wants them to convert their identiy (muslim) why they can`t keep their own religion, God is one, is it allah permissiion or it`s just tradition. How come only it happens in muslim religion, why not in others religion. As far as i know god is one, with different names, so why it`s that..
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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Indeed, it is an universal belief that there is only One God, The One Who created everything in existence. He Alone is The Creator, The Sustainer, The Provider, The Cherisher, The All-Hearing, The All-Seeing, The All-Powerful and the All-Mighty. When God is The One and Only Creator, then He Alone deserves our reverence, our awe, our obedience, our devotion, and our worship. One may call upon Him by any of His Attributes or Names, for all the Best Names belong to Him. This Absolute Oneness of the Creator is the backbone and pivot of the way of life called Islam.
God Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 59 Surah Hashr verses 22-24:
22 Allah is He than whom there is no other god, Who knows (all things) both secret and open; He is The Most Gracious Most Merciful.
23 Allah is He than whom there is no other god, The Sovereign, The Holy One, The Source of Peace (and Perfection), The Guardian of Faith, The Preserver of Safety, The Exalted in Might, The Irresistible, The Supreme: Glory to Allah! (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him.
24 He is Allah The Creator, The Evolver, The Bestower of Forms. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names: Whatever is in the heavens and on earth doth declare His Praises and Glory: and He is The Exalted in Might, The Wise.
What differentiates Islam from all other ways of life or religions is that although in belief all other religions claim that there is only one God, they have divided His Powers amongst many; and instead of worshipping and devoting themselves to the One Lord Alone, they invoke and worship images and idols and names of their self-invented semi-gods/goddesses without any authority from the Creator.
For example, in Hinduism, they have given the Ministry of Wealth to their goddess Laxmi, or the Ministry of Arts to goddess Saraswati, Ministry of Creation to their god Brahma, Ministry of Destruction to their god Shiva, etc. Some religions have made some amongst mankind Gods son, while others have taken the pious men amongst them and made images out of them! Although most religions claim belief in the One Lord Who Created, they invoke and worship these names and images and idols with the same reverence and devotion that is due to the Lord Creator Alone in the hope of getting closer to their Creator! This one act of associating partners with the Creator is singled out by the Lord as the absolute biggest injustice and abomination of His Rights.
God Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 31 Surah Luqman verse 13: Join not in worship (others) with Allah: for false worship is indeed the highest wrong-doing!
God says in the Quran: Chapter 4 Surah An-Nisa
Verse 48: Shirk (associating other deities with Allah) is the only sin that
Allah does not forgive, and He forgives, whomsoever He pleases, sins other than
this, for whosoever associates any other partner with Allah, does indeed forge
a big lie and commits the most heinous sin.
To every people in all times and ages, the Creator appointed His Messengers amongst mankind and revealed His Message to them to convey unto their people to shun all other man-made gods, goddesses, idols, images, etc., and devote themselves exclusively to Him and Him Alone; for He Alone is the One Who Has Absolute Power over everything in the Universe. If He Wills to bestow someone with His Mercy, all the gods and all the creation in the universe can combine together, but they would be unable to withhold His Mercy in the least; and if He Wills to put someone in trial, all the goods and all of creation can combine together, but they will not be able to remove the affliction! Thus when The Creator Alone created us, and He Alone Provides and Sustains us, does not He Alone deserve our devotion and worship?
God Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 35 Surah Fatir verse 2: What Allah out of His Mercy doth bestow on mankind there is none can withhold: what He doth withhold there is none can grant apart from Him: and He is the Exalted in Power, Full of Wisdom.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verse73: O mankind! A parable is related to you, so listen to it! Those on whom you call besides Allah, cannot create a fly, even though they may all combine together for this purpose! Nay! If a fly snatches away anything from them, they would have no power to release it from the fly! How weak are those who petition, and how weak are those to whom they supplicate!
Whoever believes in the concept of The One and Only Lord Creator, and believes in appointment of all His Messengers and all His Messages would be considered a monotheist believer; and whoever amongst mankind invokes and worships and devotes himself to the service of any other than the One Lord Alone will be considered a polytheist unbeliever.
That is the basic difference between the monotheist belief of the way of life called Islam compared to all the other religions in the world.
Your Question: so i want to ask this question when any one get married to muslim why islam wants them to convert their identiy (muslim) why they can`t keep their own religion, God is one, is it allah permissiion or it`s just tradition.
The base difference between those who believe, invoke, worship and devote themselves exclusively to their Lord Creator Alone and those who associate other deities with Him is so vast, and their way and approach to life such poles apart, that the All-Knowing All-Wise Creator has prohibited those who believe in Him Alone to commit themselves in the sacred and important institution of marriage with one who is engaged in the unforgivable sin and abomination of polytheism. The prohibition for a believer to marry a polytheist is not simply a tradition but a direct command from the Creator to those who have professed their belief in His Absolute Oneness.
God Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 221: Do not marry polytheist women until they believe; a slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman even though she allure you. Nor marry (your girls) to polytheist men until they believe: a man slave who believes is better than un unbeliever even though he allure you. The polytheists do (but) beckon you to the fire. But Allah beckons by His Grace to the Garden (of Bliss) and forgiveness, and makes His Signs clear to mankind that they may celebrate His Praise.
The one sin and abomination of shirk or associating other gods with the Creator is so heinous and so monstrous in the sight of the Lord, that He has forbidden His Mercy and Forgiveness, and thus the Gardens of Paradise, in the Hereafter for those who die in the state of polytheism! The relationship between a husband and a wife in Islam is so sacred and sanctified, that there is a slight chance that the believer who marries an idolator might be inclined to some actions of polytheism and thus put himself and his children directly in harms way in the realms of the Hereafter. Therefore the All-Wise Lord has commanded those who believe in Him Alone not to marry an idolator, unless and until they believe in the concept of the Absolute Oneness of the Lord Most Gracious.
God says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah
Maidah verse 72: Whoever commits shirk (associating others with Allah),
Allah shall forbid for him
Your Question: How come only it happens in muslim religion, why not in others religion.
Although I cannot confirm the law of all the other religions whether or not they allow their followers to marry into other religions, I will accept your word that they do. Islam is the only religion practiced on the face of this earth which believes in the purest form of monotheism or the Absolute Oneness of the Lord Creator; all the other religions are involved in polytheism or associating other deities with the One God! Thus one who is already invoking and worshipping multiple gods and goddesses would not have any problem if their spouse invokes and worships a few more! But the base fundamental belief of a believer is so dependant on the pure concept of monotheism, that it would be absolutely unacceptable for him/her that their Lord Creator be invoked or worshipped with other deities by someone as close as his own life-partner!
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,