CULT is both a noun and an adjective:
- a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
- an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.
- the object of such devotion.
- a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
- Sociology. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.
- a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader.
- the members of such a religion or sect.
- of or pertaining to a cult.
- of, for, or attracting a small group of devotees
UNIVERSAL is also both an adjective and noun with one notion : general, common and applicable to or acknowledged by all people, all beings, the entire existence everywhere.
ISLAM in the Arabic language is a noun with a meaning. It is not a title or a proper name of any kind of entity. That noun describes a state of mind of ANYONE or ANY BEING that senses total submission and devotion towards a specific entity. In a spiritual perspective, such devotion and submission is felt towards God, the Creator of all beings and things, all the seen and unseen.
The above facts shed the light on the limitation of what a cult is and how it is in perfect opposition to what to be described as universal. A cult is bound by certain specifications, details, sub-classifications and restrictions vs all that promotes generalization and commonality as being universal.
Furthermore, with the above definitions (cult, universal and Islam/submission), one could easily understand that, within or outside the spiritual scope, there ARE NOT ANY restrictions or limitations whatsoever that would interfere with considering Islam/submission a state of mind that could be adopted or acknowledged by mankind, universally.
Reading through Quran, one easily recognizes that the defined state of mind of Islam basically spells out God’s ONE and ONLY message He has delivered to man-kind through all of His messengers since Noah; worship God alone and avoid idolatry. We, thus, safely conclude, within the spiritual perspective, that the message of Islam or Submission has been in existence way before the time of prophet Muhammad and way before Quran. It has been confirmed by all previous prophets and messengers, contained within all previous scriptures and is meant to be in existence for as long as there is life on earth; UNIVERSAL MESSAGE.
[81:27] This is a message for all the people.
[81:28] For those who wish to go straight.
The following verses from Quran clearly confirm the concept of the INCLUSIVE & UNIVERSAL message of Islam. We could also recognize at the same time, within the same verses, how God is denouncing the limitation introduced by sick idol worshipers and hypocrites through generations converting what is divinely authorized to be UNIVERSAL & INCLUSIVE into CREEPY & CRIPPLED CULTS.. The manual being used by these sick souls over the years, generation after another has been one and the same : MAN-MADE DOCTRINES.. MAN-MADE WORDS...MAN-MADE RITUALS...MAN'S OPINIONS...MAN'S INTERPRETATIONS & INNOVATIONS...MAN'S PERSONAL WISHES & STANDARDS...details and specifications that were never authorized by God... loads of contradictions, flaws and nonsense...volumes of defected logic....mixing up tradition and culture with divine practices and rites... A wicked and contaminated manual that has been leading to cults and disgrace... nothing but cults and disgrace...
Please read and reflect:
[21:25] We did not send any messenger before you except with the inspiration: "There is no god except Me; you shall worship Me alone."
[16:36] We have sent a messenger to every community, saying, "You shall worship God, and avoid idolatry....."
[10:71] Recite for them the history of Noah. He said to his people, "O my people, if you find my position and my reminding you of God's revelations too much for you, then I put my trust in God. You should get together with your leaders, agree on a final decision among yourselves, then let me know it without delay.
[10:72] "If you turn away, then I have not asked you for any wage. My wage comes from God. I have been commanded to be a submitter."
[2:133] Had you witnessed Jacob on his death bed; he said to his children, "What will you worship after I die?" They said, "We will worship your god; the god of your fathers Abraham, Ismail, and Isaac; the one god. To Him we are submitters."
[3:52] When Jesus sensed their disbelief, he said, "Who are my supporters towards God?" The disciples said, "We are God's supporters; we believe in God, and bear witness that we are submitters."
[2:62] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who (1) believes in God, and (2) believes in the Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.
[21:92] Your congregation is but one congregation, and I alone am your Lord; you shall worship Me alone.
[21:93] However, they divided themselves into disputing religions. All of them will come back to us (for judgment).
[21:94] As for those who work righteousness, while believing, their work will not go to waste; we are recording it.
[42:13] He decreed for you the same religion decreed for Noah, and what we inspired to you, and what we decreed for Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: "You shall uphold this one religion, and do not divide it." The idol worshipers will greatly resent what you invite them to do. God redeems to Himself whomever He wills; He guides to Himself only those who totally submit.
[42:14] Ironically, they broke up into sects only after the knowledge had come to them, due to jealousy and resentment among themselves. If it were not for a predetermined decision from your Lord to respite them for a definite interim, they would have been judged immediately. Indeed, the later generations who inherited the scripture are full of doubts.
[42:15] This is what you shall preach, and steadfastly maintain what you are commanded to do, and do not follow their wishes. And proclaim: "I believe in all the scriptures sent down by God. I was commanded to judge among you equitably. God is our Lord and your Lord. We have our deeds and you have your deeds. There is no argument between us and you. God will gather us all together; to Him is the ultimate destiny."
[23:51] O you messengers, eat from the good provisions, and work righteousness. I am fully aware of everything you do.
[23:52] Such is your congregation - one congregation - and I am your Lord; you shall reverence Me.
[23:53] But they tore themselves into disputing factions; each party happy with what they have.
[23:54] Therefore, just leave them in their confusion, for awhile.
[2:136] Say, "We believe in God, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus, and all the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters."
[2:137] If they believe as you do, then they are guided. But if they turn away, then they are in opposition. God will spare you their opposition; He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.
[3:19] The only religion approved by God is "Submission." Ironically, those who have received the scripture are the ones who dispute this fact, despite the knowledge they have received, due to jealousy. For such rejectors of God's revelations, God is most strict in reckoning.
[3:85] Anyone who accepts other than Submission as his religion, it will not be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter, he will be with the losers.
[3:102] O you who believe, you shall observe God as He should be observed, and do not die except as Submitters.
[3:103] You shall hold fast to the rope of God, all of you, and do not be divided. Recall God's blessings upon you - you used to be enemies and He reconciled your hearts. By His grace, you became brethren. You were at the brink of a pit of fire, and He saved you therefrom. God thus explains His revelations for you, that you may be guided.
[31:21] Those who submit completely to God, while leading a righteous life, have gotten hold of the strongest bond. For God is in full control of all things.
[2:112] Indeed, those who submit themselves absolutely to God alone, while leading a righteous life, will receive their recompense at their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.
May God continue to support His devoted worshipers to maintain the UNIVERSAL trait of His one message to mankind by disowning all that is man-made and embracing the authentic and divine word of God.
Peaceful Friday, salaam and God bless.