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Tawhid (Islamic Monotheism) VS Trinity

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Monotheism, or tawheed in Arabic, is the basis and foundation of Islam; everything in Islam revolves around monotheism.

In Christianity, you have the Trinity, which is a form of monotheism amongst Trinitarians.

In this article we shall compare and contrast tawheed, Islamic monotheism, with that of the Trinity, the Trinitarian form of monotheism. The comparison and contrast will at the end show how Islam has a far superior grasp and truth of monotheism, compared to that of the Trinity, which isn’t really a proper form of monotheism.

Islam

In the religion of Islam we believe in tawheed of Lordship, that is to say that God created everything, and is in control of everything. As well as this it also entails  that there is no other God existent with him, as the Quran mentions:

And your Allah is One Allah: There is no god but He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. (2:163)

Knowest thou not that to Allah (alone) belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth? He punisheth whom He pleaseth, and He forgiveth whom He pleaseth: and Allah hath power over all things. (5:40)

That is Allah, your Lord! there is no god but He, the Creator of all things (16:102)

To Allah doth belong the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is therein, and it is He Who hath power over all things. (5:120)

So there is only one true God, who is the creator of everything, there is no other God but him alone, and this is pure monotheism.

Trinity

According to the Trinity you have the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, all three of these persons are fully equal to the other, and each three of these persons are fully God, meaning all three of them are the creators of everything, which also means that all three of them are in control of everything.

This obviously contradicts the obvious message of monotheism for there is only one true creator, and there is only one true Master who is in control of everything, if you have three gods or ‘persons’ who are doing all of these things then you have three almighty's and three all powerful beings. Yet there is only one All Mighty, and one All Powerful, who has no rivals or any ‘person' who can rival or do what he does, if he has others who can rival and do what he does, and if he has others who also share in his complete dominion and control then he is not unique and this obviously contradicts with the pure monotheism of him being the only true creator who is in control of all affairs.

Hence Trinitarians believe in three Creators and three All Might’s. 

Islam

In the religion of Islam we believe in tawheed of Worship, that is to say that all Worship belongs to God alone, and to none other than him, you only worship him alone, and no one else, as the Quran mentions:

And I have not created the jinn and the men except that they should Worship Me. (51:56)

"Verily, I am Allah: There is no god but I: So Worship thou Me (only), and establish regular prayer for celebrating My praise. (20:14)

So we Muslims only pray to Allah alone, and to none others. 

Trinity

The Trinitarians worship three persons, the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit; hence their worship is directed towards three persons.

Worship should be given to the one and true God alone, Trinitarians will reply back by saying yes they worship God alone, but worship the three ‘persons', these are just word games, whether the Trinitarian says person, or being, it doesn't matter. God is indeed one being, yet one can also say that Allah is one person, hence when Trinitarians say ‘person' it makes no difference at all, we Muslims worship the one true God Allah, who is one, whether you want to say being, or person, he is one in the absolute sense.

Trinitarians also believe that each ‘person' is fully God, not that each ‘person' makes up a part of God, so if we have three ‘persons' who are fully God, and these three ‘persons' are distinct from one another then we are left with three Gods.

So the Trinitarians worship three Gods according to their own doctrine, and this obviously isn’t monotheism. 

Islam

In the religion of Islam we believe in tawheed of God’s attributes and names, that is to say that God has unique and exclusive names and attributes for him alone.

So for instance one of Allah's Names is Al-Aziz which is the All Mighty, hence this name, and attribute of what it constitutes is uniquely for Allah alone, and a creation cannot be given a Name and Attribute of God for there is nothing like God:

(He is) the Creator of the heavens and the earth: He has made for you pairs from among yourselves, and pairs among cattle: by this means does He multiply you: there is nothing whatever like unto Him, and He is the One that hears and sees. (42:11)

Hence we Muslims believe that Allah is completely unique and that there is nothing like him, and this is pure monotheism, for a pure monotheist cannot compare anything to the All Mighty God.

Trinity

Trinitarians openly give unique names and attributes of God to the created being Jesus.

Furthermore since Trinitarians believe in three ‘persons' who are all God, this means that all of these three Gods have all of these attributes that means they are no longer unique as another ‘person’ already has them!

Thirdly, Trinitarians believe that Jesus was a human being, he had flesh and bones, and he also ate and cried and slept. This obviously contradicts the pure monotheism of there is nothing like God, even Paul himself condemned people for lowering God onto the creation:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever (Romans 1:21-25)

It's bad enough to give other persons unique names and attributes of God to other persons, yet it becomes even worse when you insist that God himself is a man with flesh and bone, essentially he is the creation.

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