The Quran is not just for belief and faith. There is also practice which can be viewed as similar to Scientology in its emphasis on leading a better life. Obviously there are the ritual practices of the individual churches, which may not be the same, as the Scientology religion is obviously not the Islamic religion. However, both philosophies have doctrines and works that are designed to assist a person lead a better life outside their respective churches and mosques. These include moral and ethical codes of conduct that members may benefit by if followed. Both have their own justice codes.

As an example of a compatible moral code, we could refer to the practice of the exclusion of alcohol on Islam’s behalf, while for Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard wrote of alcohol in The Way to Happiness: “People who take alcohol are not alert. It impairs their ability to react even when it seems to them they are more alert because of it. Alcohol has some medicinal value. It can be grossly overestimated. Don’t let anyone who has been drinking drive you in a car or fly you in a plane. Drinking can take lives in more ways than one. A little liquor goes a long way; don’t let too much of it wind up in unhappiness or death. Deter people from excessive drinking.” Obviously the two views on alcohol are not identical, but many Scientologists do not drink alcohol and would be very much at home in a Muslim alcohol-free environment.

This is simply an example of a code in life that both religions share in some degree, and observe so their fellow man can better survive. In this respect they have compatibility.

However, the main practice of Scientology is the practice of auditing, which is a practice to raise one to the spiritual state of Clear and OT. Of course there are no written claims by Scientology that one could in fact contact the state of Ghaib where the Imam Zamam exists. To attain such a spiritual state in Islam it is said one would have to fast and pray, but this state is not considered the same as Clear or OT by Scientologists.

The state of Clear, and above it, OT, is attained through auditing. Auditing is the practice whereby, with the assistance of one who is well-trained, known as an auditor (meaning one who listens, from the Latin audire, to listen), Scientology addresses the actual spiritual being, or thetan as it is called in its own terminology. The person, who is the thetan, with help from the auditor and his years of patient study and skill, is able to locate in the person’s memory times when he has lessened himself as a spiritual being, reduced his ability and perception as a spiritual being and thus reverse what is termed the downward spiral of existence. Initially it will be found that much of what has reduced a spiritual being’s (or thetan’s) abilities is occluded from memory and appears lost. This is the case of most people. However, with the aid of the auditor, the person who is receiving auditing is soon able to recount his past and regain otherwise lost memories and spiritual abilities and begin the upward passage on The Bridge to Total Freedom. It is this Bridge, which is also represented diagrammatically as an awareness and gradation chart of a person’s passage to full OT (Operating as a Thetan) which shows the relative position of each person as he travels this spiritual path to greater abilities. As a thetan, a being is able to regain otherwise lost awarenesses, perceptions and abilities. On The Bridge to Total Freedom each step is clearly marked out with the expected return of each ability written beside each level. The results of travelling up this Bridge are known beforehand and thoroughly predictable.

It is with this increased perception and awareness that this writer can expect that the state of Imam Zamam can be reached. From the study of both religions this writer can expect that the Imam Zamam is directly accessible through Scientology auditing.

VII. The Appearance of the Mahdi—Its Relationship with the Aims of Scientology