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Comment: "It has been my experience that people who consider ethics frequently come to very similar conclusions"

Yesterday I shared my observations in "Comparing Jehova’s Witness and Islamic Info Brochures." A reader, Robert Maefs, is a practicing Jehova's Witness and shared his perspective. I thought there were a couple really good observations in here, and thought it deserved more notice -

As a practicing Jehovah’s Witness I appreciate the time you took to look at the brochures and actually think about them. It’s nice to see them get in the hands of someone who considers them thoughtfully rather than immediately throwing them in the trash.

I can offer a little insight into your implied question. The brochures and the tracts are intended to be “conversation starters”. The goal is for us to learn about the things that perplex or distress you individually. Then we try to use a personal individual study of the Bible to explain the questions and concerns in the context of those things that you noticed we highlight in the publications: God’s Kingdom, His purpose for the world, and your relationship with other people.

“Requirements” and “Discipline” and all those things highlighted in the Muslim brochure are extraordinarily important to practicing our faith as well. In fact, they’re so important that I often appreciate your similar viewpoints about them that you express in your blog.

We may disagree about the origin, center, direction and circumstance of morality and ethics but it has been my experience that people who who thoughtfully consider ethics frequently come to very similar effective conclusions. Such things have been noted for millennia, and are even pointed out in the Bible itself.

Testimony of Faith – Shahadah

On TheWayToDestiny.Com

The first and foremost of the five pillars of Islamis the testimony of faith: “I bear witness that there is no God other than Allâh, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His messenger.”This declaration of faith is called the Shahadah. It should be pronounced with genuine belief that comes from one’s heart. Itdeclares the faith in the Oneness of Allâh by rejecting any other form of deity. It recognizes that divinity can be attributed only to Allâh and that no entity or being shares any of His powers or rights. This also is a vow not to violate the Oneness of Allâh in the matters of worship and devotion - that there is no praying to, nor through an intermediary, whether it be a prophet, priest, saint or idol. This testimony of faith also witnesses that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) is a prophet chosen by Allâh to convey the message of Islam to all humanity. This implies that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) is the last in the long chain of messengers and prophets sent by Allâh to guide people to the path of salvation.

"For to God belong the Forces of the heavens and theearth; and God is Exalted in Power, Full of Wisdom. We have truly sent thee as a witness, as a bringer of Glad Tidings, and as a Warner. " [The Qurân Ch: 48 Al-Fat’h, V: 7-8]

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