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Religion Or Religions?

“And who believe in what has been revealed to you from your essence (from the depths of your essence to your consciousness) and what was revealed before you, and who, of their eternal life to come, are certain (in complete submission as a result of an absolute comprehension).”[1]


Let's also remember the two verses previously shared:


“Indeed, the religion (system and order) in the sight of Allah is Islam”[2]  


“And whoever seeks a religion (system and order) other than Islam (the consciousness of being in a state of submission) his search will be ineffective!”[3]


Notice in the first verse there is no time condition; it does not address a specific period of time. That is, it denotes that at all times and as long as mankind exists, there is only one system in the sight of Allah, accepted as religion, and that is Islam. This is what religion is. Islam is the religion valid from the time of Nabi Adam until Doomsday.

One may ask, “What about Judaism and Christianity and so on? Are they not classified as religions in the sight of Allah?”

If we understand the meaning of Islam well, we’ll see that Moses and Jesus, among countless others, have all tried to explain the same system, but because the universality of their teachings was not discerned it was reduced to a tribal belief system. Thus, the Jews claim only the Jews will go to heaven and the Christians claim only the Christians will go to heaven, whereas we as Muslims say everyone who accepts the teachings of all the Nabis and Rasuls and who tries to follow their paths will go to heaven, whatever nationality or culture they may be from…

Or, more realistically, anyone Allah wills will go to heaven!

We believe in everything Allah’s Rasul and final Nabi taught us, we also believe in the original teachings of prior Nabis and Rasuls, including Jesus and Moses.

We know they also informed their people of Allah and the religion and the lifestyle most appropriate to their time, according to how it was revealed to them by Allah.

There are two types of revelations in religion:

The first is absolute and not subject to change at any time.

The second is based on the conditions of that particular area and time, teaching the best ways of protection according to that region or time period. These have been updated and changed by different Nabis as times have changed.

So Islam is the absolute religion in the sight of Allah and applies to all times in terms of the absolute truths it discloses, yet in respect to the practical recommendations it makes to people, it is open to new developments.

Therefore, as well as believing in all the Nabis who have all brought the same message, we also confirm the original information contained in the books they brought.

We know that believing in Allah, life after death, the angels and that all deeds are accountable, is common to all faith systems. None of these are subject to change by time. On the other hand, recommendations at the level of social life have obviously changed, but this does not in any way mean that a new religion has come.

[1] Quran 2:4

[2] Quran 3:19

[3] Quran 3:85

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