Using the Qur'an as a Bait
Unfortunately today, the Qur'an is being used as a 'handy tool' to attract followers of other religions by people who do not represent the true message of the Qur'an. Once this purpose is served, these new converts are immediately removed from the Qur'an and placed on to a path that is very different from the sublime and harmonious path of the Qur'an.
These sincere converts continue to learn about religion from the majority of so-called Muslims around them, but have no idea how much they have strayed from the true Book of Allah. They feel convinced they are on the right path due to the others around them also being on that un-Quranic path.
Such converts are initially sincerely seeking the truth, and are awe struck by the beauty and majesty of the Qur'an. However, from the ignorant majority around them who initially provide them with a copy of the Qur'an, they learn unfounded, un-Quranic ideas - just as soon as they come in contact with the Qur'an. They learn that the Qur'an is difficult to understand without studying other sources, and that to learn from the Qur'an you must learn from so-called scholars, or you must never make conclusions yourself from the Qur'an and follow only what our forefathers have told us about what the Qur'an says. These ideas are often cunningly expressed so as not to sound unacceptable. The new converts begin to read man-made books more and more, and the Qur'an less and less. In most cases, the Qur'an is almost totally forgotten and abandoned.
Such converts are drawn completely away from Allah's true path and attain no Quranic wisdom. They follow a dogmatic religion based on nostalgia of the past. Utilising the Qur'an as a bait is common among the followers of the un-Quranic religion, members of which do not posses any Quranic knowledge themselves. They cannot find any other way to bring people to their ignorant ways. But, such ignorant followers of religion will not be able to keep those whom Allah wishes to guide on their path for too long. Allah guides whom He wants, and misguides who He wants.
Being a true "Muslim" according to the Qur'an is to submit to God, feeling you are weak and in need of God - and that God holds all power and control over you and provides you with everything you have. It is also about truly believing in the Hereafter, the existence of heaven, hell and feeling the temporary nature of the world. The believer then thinks over the Qur'an in which God speaks to him or her directly, and becomes a very wise and sensible person. He fears God and and is a person who God bestows His love and mercy in return. This is the true believer, who takes the Qur'an as a personal guide to life and follows its commands and way of life meticulously.
See also: Love for Allah
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