The Concept of God in Major Religions by Dr. Zakir Naik - Paperback
One of the distinguishing features of our civilisation is the presence of a large number of religions and ethical systems. Mankind has always sought to understand the reason for creation and his own place in the scheme of things. Arnold Toynbee studied the history of man through the ages and put his findings in a monumental work consisting of ten volumes. He summarised that in the history of man, religion stood as the centre. In an article in the Observer on October 24, 1954, he wrote: I have come back a belief that doctrine holds the key to the mystery of existence;? Religion, according to the Oxford dictionary, means belief in a superhuman controlling power, especially in a personal God or gods entitled to obedience and worship.A common feature of all major religions is the belief in a Universal God or supreme Divine Authority that is Omnipotent and Omniscient. Followers of all major religions believe that the God they worship is the same God for them as well as for others. Marxism, Freudianism and other Non-religious beliefs tried to attack the roots of organized religion. But these in turn, developed into belief systems themselves. For instance, when communism was many countries of the world it was preached with the same commitment and fervour that characterizes preaching and propagation of (Characterises the act of preaching) religions. Thus religion is an integral part of human existence. The Glorious Qur'an says in the following verse:"Say: 'O People of the Book! Come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; That we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah'. If then they turn back, Say ye: "Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah's Will)".(Al - Qur'an 3:64)The study of various religions has been an extremely rewarding experience for me. It has reaffirmed the belief that God created every human soul with some knowledge of His existence. The psycological constitution of man is such that he accepts the existence of the Creator, unles he has been conditioned to believe the contary. In other words, belief in God requires no condition, while a rejection of God does.