Bhagavath Gita is an ancient Indian religious scripture. The word Bhagavad Gita means “Songs of God” similar to Psalms of the Old Testament books. Bhagavath Gita is influenced by the book of Psalms because the Kingdom of Solomon (Prophet Sulayman, peace be upon him) extended across the whole earth. It was the major book for guidance in the Kingdom of Solomon.
In addition, there is a third Veda among Hindu scriptures, which is known as “Sama Veda” actually singing hymns, and Bhagavad Gita directly mentions about Sama Veda in Vibhuti Yoga.
Indian sages composed many books, perhaps, based on the teaching of some ancient Prophets. Later, as other books were altered, there were some additions that were added to these books, but by spiritual support one can understand the truth in all those books.
Bhagavad Gita and Submission to the Will of God
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7 verse 15 says: “The immoral, the foolish and the lower levels of humanity, do not surrender unto Me; their discrimination degraded by the illusionary energy, they betake the nature of demoniac.”
Comments: Complete submission is necessary or one must strive to remind himself of complete submission, avoiding all evil ways and isolating from evil people.
When Krishna through the author Sage Vyasa speaks on the Eternal Laws of God (Shari`ah of Allah or Sanathan Dharma), some people foolishly think that Krishna was speaking about himself to worship him, just as people misunderstand the words of Christ (peace be upon him) as his own words and taken him as god, but Christ and Krishna were speaking the words of God the Almighty which were revealed to them.
For example, when a Prophet came to the people and said: “Worship God Alone, God has sent me to teach you religion”, and when he explained the words of God directly, people, generation after generation, took him as God and worshipped him instead of worshiping the One Who Sent him to teach the divine message.
Bhagavath Gita in Chapter 7 Verse 15 recommands submission to God, and explains those who do not submit themselves to Him. “Four kinds of people do not surrender unto me—those ignorant of knowledge, those who lazily follow their lower nature though capable of knowing me, those with deluded intellect, and those with a demoniac nature.”
And Islam in Arabic means (submission/surrender to the Will of God) that requires to turn away from Demons (Devils).
The Glorious Qur’an says:
O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. (Al-Baqarah 2:208)
Quality of God in Bhagavad Gita and Islam
According to Bhagavath Gita, God is Unmanifest, Unborn, and never begotten. Bhagavath Gita Chapter 7 Verse 24 says: “Unable to comprehend my imperishable, exalted and supreme state of being; the spiritually deficient regard Me, the unmanifested coming into existence.”
Comments: God is Unborn and not-Begotten,
God never dies, all honor and glory to God forever and ever. He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God.
The Glorious Qur’an says:
He is Allah, [who is] One, Allah, the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, nor is there to Him any equivalent. (Al-Ikhlas 112:1-4)
In addition, Bhagavath Gita Chapter 7 verse 25 says: “I am not manifest to everyone, being veiled by My illusory potency in the external energy. The ignorant in this world cannot understand Me, the unborn and imperishable”.
Comments: If God has manifested as a man or ghostly spirit, then everyone from the creations would have seen him and known him. For example, if a person who lives among people is God, then both righteous and sinners have seen God, both devils and unrighteous could see God and certainly in the Vision of God there is Salvation.
So people making pious sages and Prophets as God is certainly a form of wickedness and lawlessness, and lawlessness is the work of Satan, Lawlessness is deception. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of display of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie.
Faith and Good Deeds in Bhagavad Gita and Islam
Good deeds without faith and not in accordance with the divine laws and comments are in vain, as Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4 Verse 40 says: “But ignorant and faithless persons who doubt the revealed scriptures do not attain God’s consciousness; they fall down. For the doubting soul there is happiness neither in this world nor in the next.”
Furthermore, Bhagavath Gita , Chapter 17:28 says: “O Arjuna, offering oblations, enacting charity, austerities and anything else performed without faith is declared as counter productive; not in this world, nor in the next.”
In addition, Bhagavath Gita Chapter 18 Verse 30 says: “O Son of Prtha, that understanding by which one knows what ought to be done, and what ought not to be done, what is to be feared and what is not to be feared , what is binding and what is liberating, is in the mode of goodness.”
Comments: The Last Revealed Scripture is the Qur’an which means everyone has to follow its message and instructions completely with his whole heart. One must follow the Laws and Commands and perform the good deeds according to the prescribed ways. At least; one’s “Intentions” (niyyah) must be sincerely for the sake of Only God and in the correct faith as taught by the prophets and sages!
Bhagavath Gita Chapter 18 Verse 30 explains the three religious knowledge, notably, `Aqeedah (Theology/Faith), (Fiqh) Jurisprudence and Akhlaq (moral values).
For example what to be done and what not to be done is the knowledge of Jurisprudence/Fiqh (Shari`ah/laws). What to be feared and what not to be feared is related to the belief and faith.
When calamity strikes him, a believer recites: Inna Lillah wa Inna ilaihi Raji`un, we are from Allah and to Him we will return. (Al-Baqarah 2:158)
“There is no authority and power without Allah’s Will.
The Knowledge of liberating and binding related to the knowledge of purification of the heart is tazkiyah and akhlaq.
So the straight path has always been with divine laws, correct faith and spiritual purification (Fiqh/`aqeedah and akhlaq or Jurisprudence, theology and Ethical values).
About those who do not attain God consciousness, the Qur’an:
Satan has mastered them and caused them to forget the Remembrance of Allah. Those are satan’s party; and satan’s party shall assuredly be the losers. (Al-Mujadalah 58:19)
In addition, the Glorious Qur’an says:
Whosoever blinds himself from the Remembrance of the Merciful, We shall assign for him a evil satan who will be his (ever misleading) companion. (Al-Zukhruf 43: 36)
Furthermore, Allah the Almighty says in the Glorious Qur’an:
And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers. (Aal `Imran 3:85)
And Bhagavath Gita 4:40 says: “If a person is ignorant of the Knowledge of God, the person who lacks faith in God and the one who is full of doubts in his own self, will undoubtedly be destroyed. If one has doubts, he can never achieve peace and Bliss in the world, nor in the after-world.”
And Bhagavad Gita in 17:28 says:” Anything done as sacrifice, charity or penance without faith in the Supreme, O son of Pṛthā, is impermanent. It is called asat and is useless both in this life and the next.”
And the Glorious Qur’an says:
Say, “Is it other than Allah I should take as a protector, Creator of the heavens and the earth, while it is He who feeds and is not fed?” Say, [O Muhammad], “Indeed, I have been commanded to be the first [among you] who submit [to Allah] and [was commanded], ‘Do not ever be of the polytheists.’ (Al-An`am 6:14)
Nevertheless, we would like to point that the divine or holy scriptures in other religions of the world include some remnants of the teachings of divine message, but we cannot rely upon them as we can rely on the Glorious Qur’an. This is because the holy scriptures in other religions have been mixed up, changed, altered and distorted, also their chain of transmission is broken and unauthentic.
The transmission of the Glorious Qur’an and blessed traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), has continuous chains to the Prophet (peace be upon him). If the sages, prophets and spiritual leaders of other religions were alive in the time of the Last and Final Messenger of Allah, they would have followed his message. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Verily I have brought to you a manifest, clear (clear as milk) religion. And if Mose (peace be upon him) were alive, he would not have a choice but to follow me.”