What is this?This is article I’m writing to present my journey with God, and my current stand.
Why is this?I’m writing this to present my views about God in a simple and effective way.
Who needs this?Anyone who’re interested in discussing God related subjects, who’re interested to know about me, or discuss with me.
Do you believe in God?Let’s read on to know.
What is God?I think defining what is God is one of the most important aspect before continuing any discussion about God. Myself I had different definitions of God in different stages of my life. I’ll discuss all those stages and my definitions of God in coming sections.
Why what is God instead of who is God?But some of you may wonder why I’m raising the question what is God? Rather than who is God? My answer is you’ll be able to answer who is God only after you know what is God. Different people have different answers for the question what is God. The answer for who is God depends upon the answer for what is God.
Is it possible to answer what is God?Yes it is possible.
For a better understanding just have a look upon theory of language. What is language? Language is collection of words and their sequences which are used to convey a something. A sentence is meaningful collection of words. A word is something which reminds something which we know already. Understanding a word means recollecting the memory associated with that word. If you say you’re understanding a word, this means you’ve something already known about that word. So answer to my question what is God is very simple one. God is a word. So you just have to answer what the word God reminds you. Or simply what you know and currently agreeing about God.
Stage 1: Introduction by family elders – 7-11 yearsI was born in a Muslim family with father and mother who are not actively involved in religious matters, living with grand-mother and grand-father who are active in religious customs.
Religious customs were introduced to me while I was growing up. They are Namaz (Salah), reciting religious chants, quranic verses and similar kind of activities. Since we’re (we means me, my sister, and my cousin who are of similar age group) children and active students, we’ve actively participated in those religious activities, and learnt those chants. At that time I don’t know what is God. We just by hearted those chants and followed instructions of elders.
Stage 2: Joining a religious teacher – 12-15 yearsWe’ve joined a religious teachers who taught us reading Arabic script, so that we can read Arabic Quran and also by heart some Quran verses. (Most of the non-Arabic Muslims love to read Arabic, but they have no interest to understand Arabic). These people introduced me the concept of after-life, heaven and hell. They told me that what worshiping Valis in dargahs is wrong. And worshiping Allah is right, there is only one who is eligible for worship, who is Allah. During this stage Allah is someone who is invisible observer, who observes whether we’re worshipping him or not. Hence I started worshipping Allah. Until I’ve joined 9th standard I’ve continued this worship. After joining 9th standard I’ve got busy with studies and got no time to focus on God
Stage 3: Small discussion with recently converted Christian 16-21 yearsMy classmate in Diploma, Lakshmi Narayana is converted to Christianity recently at that time. At that time, due to previous influences I thought that Islam is right path (as our religious teachers said), but I didn’t understood why people (my college mates) approaching Christianity. I want to know about Christianity so I asked Lakshmi Narayana about God which is the basis of any religion.
Here is the conversation
Me: Hi Lakshman! (We used to call him Lakshman) I want to know about God. Can you explain me?
Lakshman: God is someone who created us.
Me: Then who created God?
That is the first time I got this question into my mind. The answers given by Lakshman not found convincing to me, and I realised that even I didn’t had answer to this question. By that time I’ve changed my definition for God, and kept those Islamic beliefs aside. After little observation of society, I thought that people represented good, fear, bad as God, devil, and Satan respectively. At that time my view about God is “I don’t know about real God, but God spoken in our society is just mere presentation of society”. I continued with this state of mind for many years until my age of 21 years.