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Was Einstein a believer?

By Ijaz Chaudry

‘Let every man be respected as an individual and no man be idolized’ a quote from Einstein.

A quote from Quran;

     The Unforgivable Sin

[4:116]  GOD does not forgive idol worship (if maintained until death), and He forgives lesser offenses for whomever He wills. Anyone who idolizes any idol beside GOD has strayed far astray.

The quote from Einstein says a lot about this man and the quote from Quran confirms the only unforgivable sin by human is idol worship all other sins are forgivable by God for those who God want to forgive.  So is there any connection between the two quotes above and what Einstein portrayed i.e. was Einstein a believer.  Today we are going through life and beliefs of Einstein and establish if indeed Einstein was a believer according to the Quran.

‘Let me … tell you what I look like: pale face, long hair, and a tiny beginning of a paunch.  In addition an awkward gait, and a cigar in the mouth – if he happens to have cigar – and a pen in his pocket or his hand… (Albert Einstein)

It shows that Einstein was not vain.  Is this in accordance with the Quran read on!

[23:3]  And they avoid vain talk.

     Additional Traits of the Righteous

[25:72]  They do not bear false witness. When they encounter vain talk, they ignore it.

 Yes indeed Einstein is in step with the Quran.

‘Your mere presence here undermines the class’s respect for me…’ (Einstein)

This disdain for authorities, and rules for which he could see no reason, continued throughout his life.

     Do Not Beat Around the Bush

[2:189]  They ask you about the phases of the moon! Say, "They provide a timing device for the people, and determine the time of Hajj." It is not righteous to beat around the bush; righteousness is attained by upholding the commandments and by being straightforward. You shall observe GOD that you may succeed.

[26:227]  Exempted are those who believe, lead a righteous life, commemorate GOD frequently, and stand up for their rights. Surely, the transgressors will find out what their ultimate destiny is.

Certainly Einstein did not keep up appearances just for the sake of it; he spoke for what was good reason even before the authorities.  This again is in step with the Quran.

‘I am nothing but a burden to my family … Really, it would have been better if I had never been born.’ (Einstein)

He was humble.

[52:26]  They will say, "We used to be kind and humble among our people.

Still Einstein is in tune with the Quran.

Although Einstein, having all the traits of believer, when asked about God he would be non-committal.

‘My position concerning God is that of an agnostic.’ (Einstein)

Einstein was born to non-practising Jewish parents.  He had brief encounter with Jewish beliefs between the ages of 11 and 13 years, however after discovering science he thought of bible as stories for the naïve and fearful.

This was perhaps because bible did not teach the true religion because of all the changes in bible and what the actual revelations were in the first place.  At this juncture I need some explanation to do to our Christian and Jew brothers.  Although bible has a lot of good in it, when you look at the history of how it came about there are some questions unanswered. First take the New Testament, history stipulates that while Jesus was alive he did not note down the New Testament when it was revealed.  70 years after his death the first transcript of New Testament was made. This transcript was based on the letters written by St Paul, who never met Jesus and was an ardent enemy of Jesus whilst Jesus was alive. There might be discrepancies in the New Testament because of it, but the underlying message from bible is the same as the Quran, “Love your God with all your heart and all your soul”, if one does that there is no love left for Jesus, i.e. worship God alone. Now, as for Old Testament it is well known fact that the writing’s of this book are largely influenced by the conquering communities where the bible came from. But the main point is that the Old Testament has not come directly from the prophets. So what is so different with the Quran? When Quran was revealed Muhammad scrupulously wrote down the revelations. But how we know that, read the following verses;

[25:4]  Those who disbelieved said, "This is a fabrication that he produced, with the help of some other people." They have uttered a blasphemy and a falsehood.

[25:5]  They also said, "Tales from the past that he wrote down; they were dictated to him day and night."*

[25:6]  Say, "This was revealed by the One who knows the Secret in the heavens and the earth. He is Forgiving, Most Merciful."

Briefly Muhammad was challenged by Christians and Jews that he was copying from the bible, because of the similarities between bible and the Quran, but God is telling us that the revelations were dictated to him day and night (25:5). Also in 20th century a computer related research has confirmed the authenticity of the Quran. I wonder what his reaction would have been if he knew the Quran and its miracle of 19, [74:30-35].

However, Einstein’s intentions were Islamic (submitting) and that is what matters;

[2:225]  GOD does not hold you responsible for the mere utterance of oaths; He holds you responsible for your innermost intentions. GOD is Forgiver, Clement.

He even said, ‘I am a deeply religious non-believer…This is a somewhat new kind of religion.’ (Einstein)

This quote fits in nicely with what was said above, i.e. Einstein was a believer without realising it.

He also said, ‘I am not an atheist and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist.  We are in the position of little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages.  The child knows someone must have written those books.  It does not know how.  It does not understand the languages in which they are written.  The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is.  That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.  We see a universe marvellously arranged and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws.  Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations.’ (Einstein)

Although Einstein was a brilliant mind and a scientist, he always portrayed that no one can completely understand the marvels of nature.  And he suspected another force (God) behind all these marvels of nature.  So it seems Einstein acknowledged the presence of God in this way.  Einstein also was keen to gain knowledge at every spare moment which goes hand in hand with sayings in the Quran.

[29:43]  We cite these examples for the people, and none appreciate them except the knowledgeable.

[35:28]  Also, the people, the animals, and the livestock come in various colours. This is why the people who truly reverence GOD are those who are knowledgeable. GOD is Almighty, Forgiving.

Einstein could not understand how God could reward or punishes objects of His creation…  This indeed may also have been because of misguidance from bible, which could not explain this phenomenon precisely for a precise mind of Einstein.  Once again things might have had been different if Einstein knew the Quran and the miracle of 19 and its derivations from the Quran.

However Einstein had great regard for morality, ‘Morality is of the highest importance but for us… (Einstein)

Einstein was a born pacifist.  Although Einstein’s theory of Relativity was behind the creation of Atom Bomb, he warned us of its destruction and power, ‘The discovery of nuclear chain reactions need not bring about the destruction of mankind, any more than did the discovery of matches.  We only must do everything in our power to safeguard against its abuse.’

Einstein as long ago as 1940’s came up with an idea that there should be a peace keeping forces e.g. like NATO, he was totally against wars and indeed did not participate in conscription whilst he was in Germany.

Peace indeed is integral part of Islam (submission), which Einstein strongly believed in.  And the only reason Einstein sent his famous letter to Roosevelt warning of Germany’s intentions of building the Atomic Bomb was because he believed that Germany was willing to destroy most mankind in order to rule the world.

And indeed up till his death in 1955 his biggest regret was his initiation of Atomic Bomb.

At last Einstein died in 1955 at the age of 76.  76 is 19 x 4 multiple of 19 the Miracle of 19 which is another sign that Einstein may have been a Muslim (submitter)…

In Conclusion then "He even said, ‘I am a deeply religious non-believer…This is a somewhat new kind of religion.’ (Einstein)"  

I believe what he meant was that he was a non-believer in any mainstream religions like Judiasm or Christianity, however he was believer in some power above all the creatures of the Universe as we know Him as God..

If Einstein was a believer in Judiasm and practiced it he would not have been a believer according to Quran, because a typical Jew is a Idol worshiper, they have forged their own religious laws which Torah and Quran do not recognise..

Therefore by Einstein admitting that he was not a Jew, but a believer in God, he proclaimed that he was not an Idol Worshipper and indeed was a believer.

I believe what Einstein stood for which is that he was a non-believer in any mainstream religions like Judaism or Christianity, however he was believer in some power above all the creatures of the Universe as we know Him as God…

If Einstein was a believer in Judaism and practiced Judaism he would not have been a believer according to Quran, because a typical Jew is Idol worshiper, they have forged their own religious laws by obeying two manmade books besides Torah called Mishnah and Talmud. Since they do not follow the word of God alone, and have introduced human element in their religion by following man made books like Mishnah and Talmud they are not believers. Because at the time of Moses there was only one book Torah which came directly from God and only those were Jews (believers).

Therefore by Einstein admitting that he was not a Jew, but a believer in God, he proclaimed that he was not an Idol Worshipper and indeed was a believer.

Islam (Submission) does not distinguish between any religion race or creed, anyone who believes that there is some power whatever you might call it and live a reasonably moral life is a believer.

     Minimum Requirements for Salvation

[5:69]  Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the converts, and the Christians; any of them who (1) believe in GOD and (2) believe in the Last Day, and (3) lead a righteous life, have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

The quotes have been taken from, The Quran (Translated by Dr. Rashad Khalifa) and EINSTEIN IN HIS OWN WORDS by Anne Rooney.  This book by Anne Rooney contains more Einstein quotes and background to these quotes, which makes an interesting read.