WHY AND HOW SO MANY RELIGIONS CAME INTO PRACTICES
Let us get back to the question which is raised above, and restate it
elaborately: If the first man on earth was Adam and
if he was given guidance by his Creator, as to how to lead life on earth,
and if we are the grand-descendents of Adam, then
Why did not people follow the same religion ?
Why do so many other religions exist and why are
they different ?
The following discussion will clear these issues.
How come some did not come to know Allah's message
and became idol worshippers ?
Although Allah sent messengers on earth to guide mankind,
He did not send them among the people every month or every year. He chose
His messengers from amomg the people on earth to guide human beings after
some interval of time as He considered appropriate.
a messenger passed away, it was the responsibilty of his followers
to practice and transmit the same message or guidance to the next generation.
However, after the death of a Messenger of Allah, the following were
the possible scenerios that might have happened.
There were believers, who strictly followed the guidance of Allah, and
asked their later generations to follow the same guidance.
From among the above group, there emerged some people, who later followed
the guidance of Allah in part, and were also guided by their own evil wishes
and desires on some other matters. Thus, they subtracted something from
Allah's guidance and added something new in it to serve their purpose.
Also there were some people, who although knew that there is one Allah,
did not bother to follow His guidance simply because they were lazy or
they thought it was difficult to follow. And slowly they forgot the guidance
of Allah due to their neglegence.
It should be mentioned here that Allah likes variety in His creation. Therefore,
he made human beings of different colours, languages, and nations and tribes
so they can be known as the tribes and descendents of so and so and compete
with each others to achieve the real success. Now those, who did not practice
Allah's guidance, did not transmit the message to their next generation
properly or did not care to do so due to neglegence. And those, who forgot
the guidance of Allah, naturally could not transmit the message to their
next generation properly. As the human civilization increased in number,
they also started moving to new places. Thus, they became separated from
each other. Also due to the continental drift of the soil on earth, some
became isolated in the different subcontinents. However, as has been mentioned
earlier that human beings are provided with some inherent instinct of worshipping
their Creator or God. Thus, people from some later generations started
searching for the creator out of their own imagination. However, in their
search for finding the Creator those who could not apply their intellect
properly, Iblees the Satan came to escort and misguide
them. This is how, the various man-made religious
systems came into existence.
And there were also some people, who did not believe in Allah even when
the Messenger of Allah was alive. Some disbelievers also emerged from the
later generation of the believers as well. Perhaps, these people were totally
overtaken by the provocations of Iblees, the Satan.
It should, however, be noted here that there is not a single nation
on earth, where Allah did not send His messenger or warner for guidance.
And when a new messenger was sent to a nation, who forgot or got deviated
from Allah's guidance, it was the duty of the people of that nation to
accept the truth. But it was not always the case. There are historical
evidence that some messengers of Allah were brutally tortured or even killed
by the people. Why did it happen so? It is mainly for the following two
The people thought that the path they were following traditionally
from their forefathers was the correct path. Therefore, they thought what
the new messenger was telling them was not right. Instead of applying reasons
and deep thought into the matter, they were rigid and stabborn. Therefore,
they did not accept the truth.
There were also some people, who thought that if they accepted
the truth they would lose something in money matters or would not be able
to achieve some worldly gains. Therefore, eventhough they knew that the
truth had come to them, they opposed and rejected it to meet their selfish
It is better if people fear Allah
and the punishment of hellfire after the day of judgement, and accept ISLAM
as the true religion or way of life as guided by Allah, from beginning
to the end of human civilization.