Musa, only 15 years of age,
describes what he saw in Islam in relation to Judaism
which caught his interest and led him to accept it.
By Musa Caplan (edited by editor)
Prior to my
conversion to Islam, I lived my life as a Jew.
Although my family was not traditional, I learned
Judaism from traditional Jews. I went to an Orthodox
Jewish synagogue, and an Orthodox Jewish school. I
lived, and continue to live, in a Jewish community in
the United States where there is little diversity. And
considering how much Judaism was involved in my life,
I did not have any non-Jewish friends. But about a
year ago, I began to chat online quite often and my
e-mail list slowly began to fill with more and more
Muslims. I developed a strong interest for studying
other religions as well as my own. I paid special
attention to Islam, for I knew it was a religion not
much different than Judaism. We share many similar
prophets (peace be upon them all), morals, values, and
most importantly, we worship the same God — Allah.
Although I knew much about Islam and knew it was a
peaceful religion, I cannot say I did not have
stereotypes. I was lucky because I knew many Muslims
online, one of which was my girlfriend who I
consider to be my guide to Islam. She led me to the
doors of Islam, and Allah took me through the rest
I decided to
look deeper into the faith. By doing so I discovered
flaws in my own religion. According to the Old
Testament, the great Prophet Aaron committed the worse
sin possible. Due to pressure put upon him by the
people while waiting for Moses to return with the
Torah from Mount Sinai, he built an idol.
How could a
great prophet possibly commit one of the three sins
that are so great that one should prefer death before
committing them? In the Quran, Moses comes down and
sees the Jews worshiping the Golden Calf. At first he
thinks it is the creation of Aaron and is angry at
him; later he finds it was other Hebrews who had
created this idol. A lot can be learned from this
Would a nation
of people led by God really be forgiven for such a
sin? My view on this story matches the Islamic view
that the Old Testament has changed over the years. In
the past, there have been many Cohaneem (religious
leaders at the Holy Temple) who were corrupt. Couldn't
it easily be possible for them to have changed Judaism
to make it easier to observe and less time-consuming
in order to make more money with their profession?
astonishing factor that led me to Islam is the
scientific truth written in the Quran. The Quran
mentions the human embryonic development long before
it was discovered by science.
We created man of an extract of clay, Then We made him
a small seed in a firm resting-place, Then We made the
seed a clot, then We made the clot a lump of flesh,
then We made (in) the lump of flesh bones, then We
clothed the bones with flesh, then We caused it to
grow into another creation, so blessed be Allah, the
best of the creators." (Quran 23:12-14)
The Quran also
mentions how mountains are formed and talks about the
layers of the atmosphere! These are just a few of so
many scientific discoveries mentioned in the Quran
1400 years before discovered by science.
Here is one of
the key factors that led me to explore my heart to
find the truth of life. In Arabic, the word Islam
comes from salama which means "to submit"; "purity"
and "peace" come from the same root. The person
submits to the One, the Merciful, and the Most
Beneficent Allah; whereas other religions are named
after people: Judaism comes from the tribe of Judea,
Christianity from Jesus Christ, etc. Islam is a word
derived from a verb; anyone who submits to Allah and
believes in all the prophets is a true Muslim. Many of
the great prophets mentioned in the Old Testament
lived prior to Judaism and Judea; they submitted to
God, and therefore they were all Muslims. And we shall
live as the prophets lived, for they were great human
situation of being very young and living in an
all-Jewish area, it would be difficult to have my
beliefs accepted. My parents and relatives are very
respectful, but I am unsure how they would react if it
is their own son who reverts to Islam. So for now, I
am unable to live out an Islamic life to the fullest,
but thanks to Allah, I am able to pray five times a
day, I am able to study Islam online, and at least I
am openly able to believe in one God and express those
feelings. In some ways it can be very difficult. I
become more emotional than most people would when I
debate something involving Muslims, for example the
Middle East. When I talk about Israel, my whole family
supports Israel and doesn't know the truth of what
goes on to Palestinians, but I think they should have
proper treatment for the Palestinians. And when they
talk about this situation, I become easily offended,
especially if they bring up the idea that it is "the
Jewish Holy Land" and "Promised Land."
Because I have
not yet told my parents of my reversion to Islam, I am
unable to attend prayers at a mosque. As I stated
before, my area has little diversity and all the
mosques are far away. I have never had the opportunity
to do Shahadah in front of witnesses although I
have said Shahadah for the best witness of all —
Allah. When I am 16 in about one year, I will be able
to drive to the mosque, in sha' Allah (Allah willing).
The most important thing is to improve the person I
am. I try to avoid my friends who do drugs, watch
porn, drink alcohol, and steal. It is not always easy
to avoid close friends, but I try my best for the sake
of Allah. And I hope over time my personality will
meet what Allah wishes to see from us all.
Quran, my advice to you is to read it for yourself.
Looking at biased websites, you are not able to see
the full content of a verse. […]
whole experience I have discovered that I did not find
Islam, I re-embraced Islam; nor did I convert, I
reverted; and on my ride from darkness to light, it
has only made me a stronger, more spiritual, and a
better human being. May Allah guide us all to the
truth that I was led to.
Ash-hadu an la
ilaha illa Allah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammad rasulu
the Gospel Sayings
In particular, I
was interested in the research being done that
indicated that the oldest strata of the Gospels
reflected an extremely early oral source known as Q,
and that each of the individual sayings of Jesus, may
the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, needed to
be evaluated on its own merits, and not as part of the
narrative material that surrounded it.
This is because
that narrative material was added many years later.
In fact, the
more I researched this subject, the more I found
myself thinking of that conversation about the Gospel
of John with my priest. I realized that what he had
been unwilling or unable to tell me was that the
author(s) of the Gospel of John had been lying. This
was manifestly not an eyewitness account, though it
claimed to be.
I was in a
strange situation. I was certainly enjoying the
fellowship of the Christians at my church, who were
all committed and prayerful people. Being part of a
religious community was important to me. Yet I had
deep intellectual misgivings about the supposed
historicity of the Gospel narratives. What's more, I
was, increasingly, getting a different message from
the Gospel sayings of Jesus than that which my fellow
Christians were apparently getting.
with the Doctrine of the Trinity
The more I
looked at these sayings, the more impossible it became
for me to reconcile the notion of the Trinity with
that which seemed most authentic to me in the
Gospels. I found myself face-to-face with some very
Where in the
Gospels did Jesus use the word "Trinity"?
If Jesus was
God, as the doctrine of the Trinity claims, why did he
AND -- if Jesus
was God, why in the world would he say something like
thou me good? There is none good but one, that is,
God." (Mark 10:18)
Did he somehow
forget that he himself was God when he said this?
(A side note --
I had a discussion with a woman who assured me that
this passage was not really in the Gospels, and who
refused to believe that it appeared there until I gave
her the chapter and verse number and she looked it up
In November of
2002, I began to read a translation of the Quran.
I had never read
an English translation of the entire text of the Quran
before. I had only read summaries of the Quran
written by non-Muslims.(And very misleading summaries
Words do not
adequately describe the extraordinary effect that this
book had on me. Suffice to say that the very same
magnetism that had drawn me to the Gospels at the age
of eleven was present in a new and deeply imperative
form. This book was telling me, just as I could tell
Jesus had been telling me, about matters of ultimate
The Quran was
offering authoritative guidance and compelling
responses to the questions I had been asking for years
about the Gospels.
"It is not
(possible) for any human being to whom God has given
the Book and Wisdom and Prophethood to say to the
people: ‘Be my worshippers rather than God's.' On the
contrary, (he would say): ‘Be devoted worshippers of
your Lord, because you are teaching the Book, and you
are studying it.' Nor would he order you to take
angels and Prophets for lords. Would he order you to
disbelieve after you have submitted to God's will?"
The Quran drew
me to its message because it so powerfully confirmed
the sayings of Jesus that I felt in my heart had to be
authentic. Something had been changed in the Gospels,
and that something, I knew in my heart, had been left
intact in the text of the Quran.
Below, you will
find just a few examples of the parallels that made my
heart pliant to the worship of God. Each Gospel verse
comes from the reconstructed text known as Q -- a text
that today's scholars believe represents the earliest
surviving strata of the teachings of the Messiah.
Note how close this material is to the Quranic
with Quran on Tawheed (Monotheism)
In Q, Jesus
endorses, in no uncertain terms, a rigorous
"Get thee behind
me, Satan: for it is written, ‘Thou shalt worship the
Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.'" (Luke
Adam, did We not command you not to worship Satan? He
was your sworn enemy. Did We not command you to
worship Me, and tell you that this is the straight
path?" (Quran 36:60-61)
with Quran on Aqaba (The Uphill Path)
Q identifies a
Right Path that is often difficult, a path that
unbelievers will choose not to follow.
"Enter ye in
through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate, and
broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many
there are who go in there. Narrow is the gate, and
narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few
there be that find it." (Matthew 7:13-14)
life is made to seem attractive to the disbelievers
who scoff at the faithful, but the pious, in the life
hereafter, will have a position far above them…"
"Would that you
knew what the uphill path is! It is the setting free
of a slave or, in a day of famine, the feeding of an
orphaned relative and a downtrodden destitute person,
(so that he would join) the believers who cooperate
with others in patience and kindness." (Quran
with Quran on Taqwa (Fear of God)
Q warns us to
fear only the judgment of God.
"And I say unto
you, my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the
body, and after that have no more that they can do.
But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear. Fear Him,
which after He hath killed, hath the power to cast
into Hell. Yea, I say unto you, fear Him!" (Luke
"To Him belongs
all that is in the heavens and the earth. God's
retribution is severe. Should you then have fear of
anyone other than God?" (Quran 16:52)
With Quran on the Traps of Dunya (Earthly Life)
In Q, Jesus
warns humanity plainly that earthly advantages and
pleasures should not be the goal of our lives:
"Woe unto you
that are rich! For you have received your
consolation. Woe unto you who are full! You shall be
hungry. Woe unto you who laugh now! You shall weep
and mourn." (Luke 6:24)
"The desire to
have increase of worldly gains has preoccupied you so
much (that you have neglected the obligation of
remembering God) -- until you come to your graves!
You shall know. You shall certainly know (about the
consequences of your deeds.) You will certainly have
the knowledge of your deeds beyond all doubt. You
will be shown hell, and you will see it with your own
eyes. Then, on that day, you shall be questioned
about the bounties (of God)." (Quran 102:1-8)
Mankind not to Assume Entry to Heaven is Assured!
the following chilling words from the Messiah, which
should (!) make every heart humble, choke off all
forms of arrogance in spiritual matters, and quiet
every attack upon a fellow monotheist:
"And I say unto
you, that many shall come from the east and west, and
shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the
kingdom of heaven. But those who believe they own the
kingdom of heaven shall be cast out into the outer
darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of
teeth." (Matthew 8:11-12)
is an important teaching for all people of good will
to bear in mind ... and to etch upon the memory.
Nothing of Crucifixion or Sacrifice!
You have seen
how the historically earliest verses -- the Q verses
-- parallel the major teachings of the Quran. Also
worthy of mention is the fact that Q teaches nothing
whatsoever of the Crucifixion, of the sacrificial
nature of the mission of Jesus ... an intriguing
We are left then
with an amazing early Gospel -- a Gospel that
(non-Muslim) scholars believe is historically closest
to Jesus -- a Gospel that has the following
the Quran's uncompromising message of God's Oneness.
the Quran's message of an afterlife of salvation or
hellfire ... based on our earthly deeds.
the Quran's warning not to be misled by dunya -- the
attractions and pleasures of worldly life.
ABSENCE of any reference to Christ's death on the
cross, resurrection, or sacrifice for humanity!
This is the
Gospel that today's most advanced non-Muslim scholars
have identified for us ... and this Gospel is pointing
us, if only we will listen to it, in precisely the
same direction as the Quran!
Christian brothers and sisters -- I beg you to ask
yourselves prayerfully, to seek almighty god's
guidance on this question: can this possibly be a
Share The Word!
I became a
Muslim on March 20, 2003. It became obvious to me
that I had to share this message with as many
thoughtful Christians as I could.