Slaves of God
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,
Have you ever been confronted by a missionary who claims that Muslims are ‘slaves to God’ while Christians are the ‘children of God’? They explain the reasoning for this is because our God does not love us, so Muslims are by definition slaves, while Christians are children because the Father (the God in heaven) loves them as He would love His children. When they do this, just remember these two quick references to remind them, that their God and Paul (as if there is a difference), actively refers to and asks them to be like slaves/ submit to Him as well:
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. – Romans 6:22.
If they disagree with the first reference, send them to the Greek Lexicon which mentions it clearly for them:
- to make a slave of, reduce to bondage
- metaph. give myself wholly to one’s needs and service, make myself a bondman to him
Such terminology is also used in the Old Testament:
“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. – Job 22:21.
Two simple quotes that disarm the missionary and lead him to be insulting against his own faith.
wa Allaahu ‘Alam.
Its an honor to be a slave of God. Its like a highest award that can be given. Thanks and I’m proud to be a slave of God .
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Actually, even though we are slaves of God Almighty (not to be ashamed of), the Prophet (p) says that Allāh loves and is merciful towards His slaves more than a mother is to her children. There is no contradiction at all between being enslaved and being loved by our Creator. Being a slave means that we believe in God as our only Legislator, Sustainer, Judge, etc.. We both love and fear God.
In Arabic there are two plurals for slave (‘abd), and these are ‘ibād and ‘abeed. ‘Abeed mean slaves who are slaves no matter what, yet do not recognize God, so they are still His slaves as He created them, yet He doesn’t love them. The same ‘abeed denotes slaves enslaved to other humans. ‘Ibād, on the contrary, mean slaves who know God and obey and worship Him as He wants, so God rewards them with His love and mercy. ‘Ibād is not used for humans enslaved to other humans.