Only One Religion Approved by God (3:85 – 3:89)

Only One Religion Approved by God

[3:85] Anyone who accepts other than Submission as his religion, it will not be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter, he will be with the losers.
[3:86] Why should GOD guide people who disbelieved after believing, and after witnessing that the messenger is truth, and after solid proofs* have been given to them? GOD does not guide the wicked.
*3:86 Verses 3:82-90 inform us that those who reject God’s Messenger of the Covenant are no longer submitters (Muslims), since they no longer believe the Quran. The proofs mentioned in 3:86 refer to the Quran’s mathematical code, which was revealed through God’s Messenger of the Covenant. Both 3:86 and 3:90 talk about “disbelieving after believing.”

[3:87] These have incurred condemnation by GOD, and the angels, and all the people.
[3:88] Eternally they abide therein; the retribution is never commuted for them, nor will they be reprieved.
[3:89] Exempted are those who repent thereafter, and reform. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

The Creator’s Signature
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJtIMDhJTsI

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Make No Distinction Among God’s Messengers (3:84)

Make No Distinction Among God’s Messengers

[3:84] Say, “We believe in GOD, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs, and in what was given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters.”

[2:136] Say, “We believe in GOD, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus, and all the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters.”

[2:285] The messenger has believed in what was sent down to him from his Lord, and so did the believers. They believe in GOD, His angels, His scripture, and His messengers: “We make no distinction among any of His messengers.” They say, “We hear, and we obey. Forgive us, our Lord. To You is the ultimate destiny.” 

[3:84] Say, “We believe in GOD, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs, and in what was given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters.”

[4:152] As for those who believe in GOD and His messengers, and make no distinction among them, He will grant them their recompense. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

Distinction

Rejectors of God’s Messenger of the Covenant are Disbelievers (3:82 – 3:83)

Rejectors of God’s Messenger of the Covenant are Disbelievers

[3:82] Those who reject this (Quranic prophecy) are the evil ones.
[3:83] Are they seeking other than GOD’s religion, when everything in the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly and unwillingly, and to Him they will be returned? 

According to 2:62 and 5:69 God tells us the minimum requirement is (1) to believe in God (2) believe in the Hereafter and (3) lead a righteous life. Then how do we explain that it is required to not reject the Messenger of the Covenant?

To believe in God is not just merely believing in God’s existence, but God’s word. So if we reject part of God’s scripture or His commandments then we are showing that we do not believe in God.

Anyone who believes in God, should believe in God’s prophecies and messengers.

We should have no reservations to proclaim what God states in the Quran, but need to understand what does it mean to reject.

The verse says reject, and there is a difference between not accepting something and rejecting something. Someone may not accept something because they haven’t made up their mind on the matter, but not necessarily rejecting it. Need to have tolerance and patience and if an individuals is sincere then God will open their heart and they will accept this proof.

This verse is not limited to just rejecting the Messenger of the Covenant, but rejecting any law from God. As new believers we try to purify ourselves and as long as we are not fighting then there is hope for that person.

If someone rejects the Messenger of the Covenant, they need to ask why?

God Guides Not the Liars

[40:28] A believing man among Pharaoh’s people, who was concealing his belief, said, “How can you kill a man just for saying, `My Lord is GOD,’ and he has shown you clear proofs from your Lord? If he is a liar, that is his problem, and if he is truthful, you benefit from his promises. Surely, GOD does not guide any transgressor, liar.

Humans have amplified the meaning of messenger as someone who is larger than life and this is not the way that God describes them. According to God messengers are just human beings like the rest of us. Because of this it makes it difficult for people to accept a messenger from God.

[14:11] Their messengers said to them, “We are no more than humans like you, but GOD blesses whomever He chooses from among His servants. We could not possibly show you any kind of authorization, except in accordance with GOD’s will. In GOD the believers shall trust.

[64:6] This is because their messengers went to them with clear proofs, but they said, “Shall we follow humans like us?” They disbelieved and turned away. GOD does not need them; GOD is in no need, Praiseworthy.

God tells us the three criteria of a person who claims to be a messenger of God: (1) preach the worship of God alone (2) don’t ask for a wage (3) provide a miracle as proof of their messengership.

Appendix 2:

HOW TO DISTINGUISH GOD’S MESSENGER FROM A FAKE MESSENGER 

Table 11: Gematrical Value of the Chosen Messenger in 72:27.
 

Letter Gematrical Value
A 1
L 30
A 1
M 40
N 50
A 1
R 200
T 400
D 800
Y 10
M 40
N 50
R 200
S 60
W 6
L 30
  1919
 

The Quran provides straightforward criteria to distinguish the true messengers of God from the false messengers:

[1] God’s messenger advocates the worship of God ALONE, and the abolition of all forms of idol worship.

[2] God’s messenger never asks for a wage for himself.

[3] God’s messenger is given divine, incontrovertible proof of his messengership.

Anyone who claims to be God’s messenger, and does not meet the three minimum criteria listed above is a false claimant.

 

The most important difference between God’s messenger and a fake messenger is that God’s messenger is supported by God, while the fake messenger is not:

* God’s messenger is supported by God’s invisible soldiers (3:124-126, 9:26 & 40, 33:9, 37:171-173, 48:4 & 7, 74:31).

* God’s messenger is supported by God’s treasury (63:7-8).

* God’s messenger, as well as the believers, are guaranteed victory and dignity, in this world and forever (40:51 & 58:21).

Thus, the truthfulness of God’s messenger invariably prevails, while the falsehood of a fake messenger invariably, sooner or later, is exposed.

The person who claims to be a messenger of God and is not is an agent of the devil and is someone evil. Someone who makes such a false claim does not believe in God.

False Messengers Incapable of Preaching the Worship of God ALONE*

[26:210] The devils can never reveal this.
[26:211] They neither would, nor could.
[26:212] For they are prevented from hearing.
[26:213] Therefore, do not idolize beside GOD any other god, lest you incur the retribution.

The Message: Proof of Messengership

[7:75] The arrogant leaders among his people said to the common people who believed, “How do you know that Saaleh is sent by his Lord?” They said, “The message he brought has made us believers.”

The focus of all the messengers of God is “There is no god beside God.”

There is no god but God

God’s Messenger of the Covenant (3:81)

Major Prophecy Fulfilled* God’s Messenger of the Covenant

[3:81] GOD took a covenant from the prophets, saying, “I will give you the scripture and wisdom. Afterwards, a messenger will come to confirm all existing scriptures. You shall believe in him and support him.” He said, “Do you agree with this, and pledge to fulfill this covenant?” They said, “We agree.” He said, “You have thus borne witness, and I bear witness along with you.”

*3:81 This major prophecy has now been fulfilled. God’s Messenger of the Covenant, as prophesied in this verse and in the Bible’s Malachi 3:1-21, Luke 17:22-36 & Matthew 24:27, is to purify and unify God’s messages which were delivered by God’s prophets. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. have been severely corrupted. It is the will of Almighty God to purify them and unify them under the banner of worshiping Him alone. Overwhelming evidence has been provided by God in support of His Messenger of the Covenant, whose name is incontrovertibly specified in the Quran’s mathematical code as “Rashad Khalifa.” For example, adding the gematrical value of “Rashad” (505), plus the value of “Khalifa” (725), plus the verse number (81) gives 1311, or 19×69 (see Appendix 2 for the detailed evidence).

When and where did this event take place?

In the high society before the creation of the earth.

Muhammad Pledges to Support God’s Messenger of the Covenant*

[33:7] Recall that we took from the prophets their covenant, including you (O Muhammad), Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus the son of Mary. We took from them a solemn pledge.*

*33:7 The covenant is detailed in 3:81. God took a covenant from the prophets that they shall support His Messenger of the Covenant who would come after Muhammad to purify and unify their messages. The Covenant was made before the earth’s creation, and was fulfilled in Mecca Zul-Hijja 3, 1391 (December 21, 1971). The sum of the Islamic month (12), plus the day (3), plus the year (1391) gives 1406, 19×74. Overwhelming proof identifying God’s Messenger of the Covenant as Rashad Khalifa is provided throughout the Quran (Appendices 2 & 26).

http://www.quranalone.com/the-quran/appendices/appendix-2.php

Appendix 2

God’s Messenger of the Covenant is a consolidating messenger. His mission is to purify and unify all existing religions into one: Islam (Submission).

Islam is NOT a name; it is a description of one’s total submission and devotion to God ALONE, without idolizing Jesus, Mary, Muhammad, or the saints. Anyone who meets this criterion is a “Muslim” (Submitter). Therefore, one may be a Muslim Jew, a Muslim Christian, a Muslim Hindu, a Muslim Buddhist, or Muslim Muslim.

God’s Messenger of the Covenant delivers God’s proclamation that “The only religion approved by God is Submission” (3:19) and that “Anyone who seeks other than Submission as a religion, it will not be accepted from him/her” (3:85).

A messenger of God must present proof that he is God’s messenger. Every messenger of God is supported by incontrovertible divine signs proving that he is authorized by the Almighty to deliver His messages. Moses threw down his staff and it turned into a serpent, Jesus healed the leprous and revived the dead by God’s leave, Saaleh’s sign was the famous camel, Abraham walked out of the fire, and Muhammad’s miracle was the Quran (29:50-51).

The Quran (3:81, 33:7, 33:40) and the Bible (Malachi 3:1-3) have prophesied the advent of the consolidating messenger, God’s Messenger of the Covenant. It is only befitting that a messenger with such a crucial mission must be supported by the most powerful miracle (74:30-35). While the miracles of previous messengers were limited in time and place, God’s miracle supporting His Messenger of the Covenant is perpetual; it can be witnessed by anyone, at anytime, in any place.

This Appendix presents physical, examinable, verifiable, and irrefutable evidence that Rashad Khalifa is God’s Messenger of the Covenant.

A Quranic Truth

One of the major prophecies in the Quran is that God’s Messenger of the Covenant will be sent after all the prophets have come to this world, and after all of God’s scriptures have been delivered.

God took a covenant from the prophets, saying, “I will give you the scripture and wisdom. Afterwards, a messenger will come to confirm all existing scriptures. You shall believe in him and support him.” He said, “Do you agree with this, and pledge to fulfill this covenant?” They said, “We agree.” He said, “You have thus borne witness, and I bear witness along with you.” [3:81]

Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall translated 3:81 as follows:

When Allah made (His) covenant with the Prophets, (He said): Behold that which I have given you of the Scripture and knowledge. And afterward there will come unto you a messenger, confirming that which ye possess. Ye shall believe in him and ye shall help him. He said: Do ye agree, and will ye take up My burden (which I lay upon you) in this (matter)? They answered: We agree. He said: Then bear witness. I will be a witness with you.

We learn from Sura 33 that Muhammad was one of the prophets who made that solemn covenant with God.

And when we exacted a covenant from the Prophets, and from thee (O Muhammad) and from Noah and Abraham and Moses and Jesus son of Mary, We took from them a solemn covenant. [33:7] (according to Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall)

Verse 3:81, among many other verses, provides the definitions of “Nabi” (Prophet) and “Rasoul” (Messenger). Thus, “Nabi” is a messenger of God who delivers a new scripture, while “Rasoul” is a messenger commissioned by God to confirm existing scripture; he does not bring a new scripture. According to the Quran, every “Nabi” is a “Rasoul,” but not every “Rasoul” is a “Nabi.”

Not every messenger was given a new scripture. It is not logical that God will give a scripture to a prophet, then ask him to keep it exclusively for himself, as stated by some Muslim “scholars” (2:42, 146, 159). Those who are not sufficiently familiar with the Quran tend to think that Aaron was a “Nabi,” as stated in 19:53, who did not receive a scripture. However, the Quran clearly states that the Torah was given specifically “to both Moses and Aaron” (21:48, 37:117).

We learn from the Quran, 33:40, that Muhammad was the last prophet (Nabi), but not the last messenger (Rasoul):

Muhammad was not the father of any of your men; he was a messenger (Rasoul) of God and the last prophet (Nabi). [ 33:40 ]

This crucial definition is confirmed by the Quran’s mathematical code. The expression used in 33:40, “Muhammad Khaatum Al-Nabiyyeen” (the last prophet) has a gematrical value of 1349, 19×71, while the value of the erroneous expression “Muhammad Khaatum Al-Mursaleen” (the last messenger) is not a multiple of 19.

From time immemorial, it has been a human trait to reject a contemporary, living messenger. Joseph was declared “the last messenger” (40:34). Yet, many messengers came after him, including Moses, David, Solomon, Jesus, and Muhammad.

The Covenant Fulfilled

Although the prophets are dead, as far as this world is concerned, we know that their souls, the real persons, are now in the Garden of Eden where Adam & Eve lived. Several verses enjoin us from thinking that the believers who shed their bodies and departed this world are dead (2:154, 3:169, 4:69). Although they cannot come back to our world (23:100), they are “alive” in Paradise. Please see Appendix 17.

During my Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, and before sunrise on Tuesday, Zul-Hijjah 3, 1391, December 21, 1971, I, Rashad Khalifa, the soul, the real person, not the body, was taken to some place in the universe where I was introduced to all the prophets as God’s Messenger of the Covenant. I was not informed of the details and true significance of this event until Ramadan 1408.

What I witnessed, in sharp consciousness, was that I was sitting still, while the prophets, one by one, came towards me, looked at my face, then nodded their heads. God showed them to me as they had looked in this world, attired in their respective mode of dress. There was an atmosphere of great awe, joy, and respect.

Except for Abraham, none of the prophets was identified to me. I knew that all the prophets were there, including Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Aaron, David, Noah, and the rest. I believe that the reason for revealing Abraham’s identity was that I asked about him. I was taken aback by the strong resemblance he had with my own family – myself, my father, my uncles. It was the only time that I wondered, “Who is this prophet who looks like my relatives?” The answer came: “Abraham.” No language was spoken. All communication was done mentally.

It is noteworthy that the date of this fulfillment of the prophets’ covenant was Zul-Hijja 3, 1391. If we add the month (12), plus the day (3), plus the year (1391), we get a total of 1406, 19×74. Sura 74 is where the Quran’s common denominator, the number 19, is mentioned. Note that the number 1406 is also the number of years from the revelation of the Quran to the revelation of its miracle (Appendix 1).

The mission of God’s Messenger of the Covenant is to confirm existing scriptures, purify them, and consolidate them into one divine message. The Quran states that such a messenger is charged with restoring God’s message to its pristine purity, to lead the righteous believers – Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus, and others – out of darkness into the light (5:19 & 65:11). He is to proclaim that Islam (total submission to God) is the only religion acceptable by God (3:19).

Newspaper Article of Hajj on December 1971 with a picture of Rashad on the cover.

Rashad in Mecca in December 1971

This covenant occurred prior to the creation of the universe, similar to the covenant we made below.

We Are Born With Instinctive Knowledge About God*

[7:172] Recall that your Lord summoned all the descendants of Adam, and had them bear witness for themselves: “Am I not your Lord?” They all said, “Yes. We bear witness.” Thus, you cannot say on the Day of Resurrection, “We were not aware of this.” 

How can the other messengers support him since by the time Rashad was around all the other prophets were already dead?

When you support God’s message you are supporting the messengers. When you support one messenger you are supporting all of God’s messengers. Similarly if you reject one of God’s messengers you are rejecting all of God’s messengers.

Malachi 3:1-18

The Purifier

1 “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. 2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. 5 “Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the Lord of hosts. 6 “For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. 7 “From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. “But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ 

You Have Robbed God

8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. 11 Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the Lord of hosts. 12 “All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts. 13 “Your words have been arrogant against Me,” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the Lord of hosts? 15 So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.’”

The Book of Remembrance

16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name. 17 “They will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” 18 So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

19 For the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the proud and evildoers will be stubble; the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says The Lord of Hosts, “and leave them neither root nor branch. 20 But to you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will break out leaping, like calves released from the stall. 21 You will trample the wicked, they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I take action,” says The Lord of Hosts.

*For some reason not all translations of Malachi incorporate verses 19 – 21. 

The Bible: Malachi (8min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ot-vRrUP58

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malachi

Who were the sons of Levi?
In Jewish tradition, a Levite is a member of the Hebrew tribe of Levi. When Joshua led the Israelites into the land of Canaan (Joshua 13:33), the Sons of Levi were the only Israelite tribe that received cities but were not allowed to be landowners “because the Lord the God of Israel Himself is their inheritance” (Deuteronomy 18:2). The Tribe of Levi served particular religious duties for the Israelites and had political responsibilities as well. In return, the landed tribes were expected to give tithe to the Kohanim, particularly the tithe known as the Maaser Rishon. The Kohanim were the priests, they performed the work in the Temple. The Levites who were not Kohanim played music in the Temple or served as guards.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levite

Luke 17:22 – 36

22 And He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 They will say to you, ‘Look there! Look here!’ Do not go away, and do not run after them. 24 For just like the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day. 25 But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; 29 but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to keep hislife will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. 35 There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left. 36 [Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.”] 37 And answering they *said to Him, “Where, Lord?” And He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will be gathered.”

Matthew 24:27

27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 

How Gold Is Made The Mining and Refinement Process Basics (5min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8Ewy1BsYc8

All the Prophets and Messengers Preached The Worship of God Alone (3:79 – 3:80)

[3:79] Never would a human being whom GOD blessed with the scripture and prophethood say to the people, “Idolize me beside GOD.” Instead, (he would say), “Devote yourselves absolutely to your Lord alone,” according to the scripture you preach and the teachings you learn.
[3:80] Nor would he command you to idolize the angels and the prophets as lords. Would he exhort you to disbelieve after becoming submitters?

Matthew 22:34 – 40
                                      The Greatest Commandment
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Exodus 20:1-6
And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before[a] me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

                          Laa Elaaha Ellaa Allah: First Commandment
[47:19] You shall know that: “There is no other god beside GOD,”* and ask forgiveness of your sins and the sins of all believing men and women. GOD is fully aware of your decisions and your ultimate destiny.

There is no god but God

Honesty & Muhammad Was A Gentile And Not Illiterate (3:75 – 3:78)

                                             Be Honest With All People
[3:75] Some followers of the scripture can be trusted with a whole lot, and they will give it back to you. Others among them cannot be trusted with a single dinar; they will not repay you unless you keep after them. That is because they say, “We do not have to be honest when dealing with the gentiles!”* Thus, they attribute lies to GOD, knowingly.
[3:76] Indeed, those who fulfill their obligations and lead a righteous life, GOD loves the righteous.
[3:77] As for those who trade away GOD’s covenant, and their obligations, for a cheap price, they receive no share in the Hereafter. GOD will not speak to them, nor look at them, on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He purify them. They have incurred a painful retribution.
[3:78] Among them are those who twist their tongues to imitate the scripture, that you may think it is from the scripture, when it is not from the scripture, and they claim that it is from GOD, when it is not from GOD. Thus, they utter lies and attribute them to GOD, knowingly.

Homeless Honesty Social Experiment 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GldwdbwPEvQ

Honesty Always Pays – Life Changing Act 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3EieYuqhqw

In addition to being honest we others, it is more important to be honest with ourselves.

[2:9] In trying to deceive GOD and those who believe, they only deceive themselves without perceiving.

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“If a man asks me for my loyalty…I will give him my honesty. If a man asks me for my honesty…I will give him my loyalty!” – John Boyd

It is our responsibility to use our hearing, eyes and minds to seek the truth, and not to follow others blindly.

Footnote*3:75 Prior to the discovery of the Quran’s mathematical code, some scholars falsely claimed that Muhammad was an illiterate man who could not write such a great book. They distorted the meaning of the word “Ummy,” claiming that it meant “illiterate.” This verse proves that “Ummiyyeen” means “gentiles” (See also 62:2 & Appendix 28).

Muhammad was not illiterate. The first three revelations to him were (1) to read (2) write (3) read the Quran from cover to cover. It doesn’t make sense that Muhammad would defy God and not follow the very first commandments given to him. Additionally traditional Muslims consider Muhammad the perfect human being and since they believe he was illiterate should also seek to be illiterate.

1st Revelation
[96:1] Read, in the name of your Lord, who created.
[96:2] He created man from an embryo.
[96:3] Read, and your Lord, Most Exalted.
[96:4] Teaches by means of the pen.
[96:5] He teaches man what he never knew.

2nd Revelation
[68:1] NuN,* the pen, and what they (the people) write.

3rd Revelation
[73:4] Or a little more. And read the Quran from cover to cover.

http://www.quranalone.com/the-quran/appendices/appendix-28.php

Message to The Followers of the Scripture (3:69 -74)

[3:69] Some followers of the scripture wish to lead you astray, but they only lead themselves astray, without perceiving.
[3:70] O followers of the scripture, why do you reject these revelations of GOD though you bear witness (that this is the truth)?
[3:71] O followers of the scripture, why do you confound the truth with falsehood, and conceal the truth, knowingly?
[3:72] Some followers of the scripture say, “Believe in what was sent down to the believers in the morning, and reject it in the evening; maybe someday they will revert.
[3:73] “And do not believe except as those who follow your religion.” Say, “The true guidance is GOD’s guidance.” If they claim that they have the same guidance, or argue with you about your Lord, say, “All grace is in GOD’s hand; He bestows it upon whomever He wills.” GOD is Bounteous, Omniscient.
[3:74] He specifies His mercy for whomever He wills; GOD possesses unlimited grace.

Are these followers of the scripture aware that they are leading people astray? What are some examples?

Despite God providing us with scriptures that are complete and fully detailed the human being constantly wants to seek sources other than God for guidance. The Muslims have done this with Hadith and Sunnah, the Jews with the Talmud, and the Christians with the writings of Paul, priest and others.

[7:144] He said, “O Moses, I have chosen you, out of all the people, with My messages and by speaking to you. Therefore, take what I have given you and be appreciative.”
[7:145] We wrote for him on the tablets all kinds of enlightenments and details of everything: “You shall uphold these teachings strongly, and exhort your people to uphold them – these are the best teachings. I will point out for you the fate of the wicked.”

                   Quran, the Whole Quran, and Nothing But the Quran
[6:19] Say, “Whose testimony is the greatest?” Say, “GOD’s. He is the witness between me and you that this Quran* has been inspired to me, to preach it to you and whomever it reaches. Indeed, you bear witness that there are other gods* beside GOD.” Say, “I do not testify as you do; there is only one god, and I disown your idolatry.”
[6:38] All the creatures on earth, and all the birds that fly with wings, are communities like you. We did not leave anything out of this book.** To their Lord, all these creatures will be summoned.

                 Hadith & Sunna: Fabrications by the Prophet’s Enemies
[6:112] We have permitted the enemies of every prophet – human and jinn devils – to inspire in each other fancy words, in order to deceive. Had your Lord willed, they would not have done it. You shall disregard them and their fabrications.

                                             Important Criterion
[6:113] This is to let the minds of those who do not believe in the Hereafter listen to such fabrications, and accept them, and thus expose their real convictions.
Quran: Fully Detailed
[6:114] Shall I seek other than GOD as a source of law, when He has revealed to you this book fully detailed?* Those who received the scripture recognize that it has been revealed from your Lord, truthfully. You shall not harbor any doubt.
[6:115] The word of your Lord is complete,* in truth and justice. Nothing shall abrogate His words. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.

Revelations 22:18 – 19
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.
19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

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Are these really followers of the scripture or do they only think they are?
They are, but they are deceived by their own schemes.

They confound the truth with falsehood. They want to insert their own understanding and ideas into the religion, and therefore mix truth with falsehood. People do this because they want to appear more knowledgeable so the can exalt their ego and power among the people. By acting like they are privy to special information they are able to convince people that they are superior in righteousness and understanding to them.

3:69 shows that if one has bad intention it will come back at them.

                                          The Hypocrites
[2:8] Then there are those who say, “We believe in GOD and the Last Day,” while they are not believers.
[2:9] In trying to deceive GOD and those who believe, they only deceive themselves without perceiving.

What does this mean “believe in the morning and reject it in the evening”?
Some people believe that they have to be righteous during the day and when night time comes around their morality goes out the door. Pray during the day and party at night.

[2:14] When they meet the believers, they say, “We believe,” but when alone with their devils, they say, “We are with you; we were only mocking.”