Prophets, greatest teachers, philosophers, have left us with profound teachings. Unfortunately, ego, and personal greed prevent followers of these teachings from seeing that they all serve the same core purpose.
We need to overcome pre-conceived hatred and prejudices, embedded in our minds by our upbringing, culture, and environment.
If we can study these texts with an open-mind, and a pure heart, we will see that all teachers have taught us the same fundamental lesson – Happiness and well-being of all creation.
The chronology of these teachings, as given below, is positively fascinating. If someone reads these texts with this timeline in mind, the completeness of The Quran’s teachings becomes crystal clear.
For a moment let us assume that philosophies like Buddhism, and Taoism, were at least divinely inspired. With this assumption, one could see that all religions, and inspired texts, were an evolution of understanding, which concluded in the form of God’s final message – The Holy Quran.
Chronology of greatest religions, and philosophies
Moses (c. 1400 BC)
Siddhartha Gautama Buddha (c. 563 BC)
Confucius (Kongzi) (551 BC)
Lao Tzu (Laozi) (c. 490 BC)
Ashoka (c. 250 BC)
Jesus Christ (c. 4 BC)
Marcus Aurelius (c. 121 AD)
Muhammad (c. 570 AD)
The following four texts do not fall into the category of religion, philosophy, or school of thought – but they do deserve mention on this page. They were all master strategists, and their writings serve as an invaluable resource for many walks of life. A must read for businessmen, negotiators, war-mongers, and even couples who are looking for a more harmonious relationship.
Sun Tzu (c. 544 BC)
Kautilya Vishnugupta Chanakya (c. 440 BC)
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 AD)
Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1645 AD)
The Author of The Book of Five Rings