|Brand||Imran N. Hosein|
What is the nature of the God of Islam and how does He compare with His Buddhist counterpart?
Buddhism actually has no God to offer for comparison. What the Buddhists now worship as God, i,e., the idols, even Buddha himself who reincarnates, - is not to be found in original Buddhism. And so it is not really fair to make these innovations representative of original Buddhism.
The Islamic philosophy of life revolves around the principle of unity (tawhid) which finds expression in the unity of man, the world and God, and the concept of rationally-oriented faith. In respect of the goal of life, Islam gives the ideal of godliness. This spirit with which this book has been written is one of profound respect for Gautama Buddha.