Lesson # 391
Obedience of the Religion of Abraham (peace be upon Him)
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verse – 95 of 200, Section – 10 of 20, (Part – 4)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
95. Say: Allah speaketh truth. So follow the religion of Abraham, the upright. He was not of the idolaters.
95. Qul sadaqAllaah: fattabi-‘uu Millata ‘Ibraa-hiima haniifaa. Wa maa kaana mi-nal-mushrikiin.
After describing about lawful and unlawful including the actual facts about the religion of Abraham (peace be upon him) in the previous verses, God Almighty said to His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him): Say! (O Muhammad – grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him)! Allah speaks the Truth. He has caused to hear you true and pure things besides the lawful and the forbidden things, in respect of Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) and Islam. There is no doubt into them.
Millata ‘Ibraa-hiima haniifaa – (the religion of Abraham, the upright). The word Millat is usually used for a group and a nation (specifically). But in the Arabic language, this word is used for religious nation too besides the above meanings.
Literal meaning of Haniif is “Of one side”, who turns away from all and inclines to one side. It also aims that the person who leans towards only one direction turning from all others and becomes of only One, disconnecting all other relations. Haniif is a title of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) also. His (peace be upon him) life is perfect explanation of this word. He (peace be upon him) left his family, community and country for the Cause of Allah Almighty, was an iconoclast (breaker of idols), turned away from the stars and accepted to fell into the fire (as it is usually said - “Unhesitatingly love plunged into the fire of Nimrud” (Bay khatar kuud parhaa aatishi namruud men ishq). He endured to leave his (peace be upon Him) wife and child in the wilderness, accepted to sacrifice his son (peace be upon them) for the sake of Allah; the Most High. In short, he (peace be upon him) sacrificed for the pleasure of Allah Almighty in all possible respect.
The Jews and the Christians were very proud of being from the race of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him). They also used to claim that the real religion of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) has reached only them heart to heart. Holy Qur-’aan cleared that although the Children of Israel are from the descendants of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), but they are absolutely not his (peace be upon him) followers in the actual religion.
Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) was purely Monotheistic, went never near the polytheism. But the Children of Israel are materialistic. They worship their Prophets (peace be upon them) and the monks, sell their belief due to very ordinary greed, run away from the selflessness and sacrifice, cause to clip from austerity, strive and struggle. In these circumstances, what their relation may be with Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him)?
From above-mentioned arguments, it is obvious that the Muslims are nearer to Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) instead of the Children of Israel. Because they are convinced of the monotheism of one God like Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), are bound of accepting and pleasure. The obedience is their tenet. Therefore, the Jews, who claim verbally that they are followers of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him), they should follow Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) wholeheartedly like the Muslims, giving up polytheism and adopting monotheism. They should acquire belief and faith leaving the evil and mutiny.