I am a Trinitarian Muslim
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,
Today I’d like to publicly confess that I am a Trinitarian Muslim. I cannot change what I am, and I hope that the Muslim community will accept me for what I am, because at the end the day, I’m still a Muslim. You must understand that this is not a choice of my own doing. Allow me to explain.
In 1498, Christopher Columbus rediscovered my home island, the island wherein I have lived all of my life. He dedicated this island to the Trinity, and thus named it after the Trinity, the island was therefore known as ‘La Trinidad‘, or ‘the Trinity‘. By his doing, I am now known, as is the rest of my people, as Trinidadians, or, if I were to appropriate it to its original meaning, we are by our historical name, ‘Trinitarians‘. Therefore, due to Christopher Columbus, my nationality is that of a Trinitarian. How unique it is, that my nationality is named after a religious doctrine that, just like my tiny Caribbean island home, is shrouded in conflict, mystery/ secrecy, and absurdity. It’s ironic to me, that my island’s name reflects upon the doctrine it was named after, and in doing so, the doctrine itself reflects upon the nature of my island home.
Just like the Trinity, this island is home to many internal conflicts. Similarly in the religious Trinity, the Father who is God, gave authority to the Son who is also a God (Matthew 28:18), thus leaving the conflicting question, how can God, give God something God is already supposed to have? The conflicts do not end there. According to Christian Theology (a la James White, David Wood and Sham Shamoun), all members of the Godhead are co-equal to each other, yet one member decided that God – the Father, was greater than Him, God – the Son (John 14:28). If each member is co-equal to the other, how can one God – person, be greater than another God – person?
Well, the answer to that is a mystery, which my country is also, as it’s namesake suggests is also familiar with. See, the Trinity, isn’t really full of contradictions, Trinitarians (the religious ones!), refer to it as Holy Mysteries (see #234), they don’t like that whole contradiction word, it makes them look bad. You must understand, you can’t question something if it’s a mystery, especially a holey one. I sometimes like to think of the Trinity’s Holey Mysteries as contradictions we’re not allowed to think much about.
Perhaps the one place that we Trinitarians by nationality have been beaten, is in the way which we express our local culture, that is to say, who we are. I might be mistaken though, as Christians when explaining the Trinity have also had problems in explaining and expressing what it truly is. We’ve had the egg analogy, the water analogy and eventually we had the laughable, three headed dog from hell analogy. If I were to judge, I’m not sure what’s worse, a Trinitarian by nationality dancing in the streets half naked to express his/ herself, or a Trinitarian by religious belief, thinking that God (glorified and exalted is He) is like a three headed dog from hell.
In conclusion, I’m a Trinitarian Muslim, and there are a few thousand others like me. We also have Trinitarian Rastafarians, Shouter Baptists, Atheists etc. I’m unique, and I like that I can claim I’m a Trinitarian Muslim. It’s sad to see though, that the doctrine we are named after, has sadly reflected badly upon the people of my nation and our national identity. Conflicting, Holey, Absurd and Expressionless, I only pray that God saves us from further embodying the madness that is the Trinity.
Your Trinitarian Muslim Brother Ijaz.
wa Allaahu ‘Alam.