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Versus From The Quran-Salah:3

Submission (Islam): Abraham’s Religion

(Surah Al-Baqarah 2:135) emphasizes the continuity of the religion of Abraham, asserting that it is a form of monotheism and predates the distinctions of Judaism or Christianity.

 

Let's break down the key points:

  1. Religion of Abraham:

    • [2:135] "They said, 'You have to be Jewish or Christian, to be guided.' Say, 'We follow the religion of Abraham — monotheism — he never was an idol worshiper.'"
    • The verse responds to the claims that one has to adhere to Judaism or Christianity to be guided. It clarifies that true guidance is found in following the religion of Abraham, characterized by monotheism and the rejection of idol worship.
  2. Practical Scripture of Submission:

    • [2:135, Footnote] "Abraham received a practical 'scripture,' namely, all the duties and practices of Submission [the Prayers (Salah), the obligatory charity (Zakat), the fasting of Ramadan, and the Hajj pilgrimage]."
    • Abraham is mentioned as having received a practical scripture encompassing the fundamental practices and duties of Submission, which includes Salat, Zakat, fasting during Ramadan, and the Hajj pilgrimage.
  3. Prophet Muhammad as a Follower of Abraham's Religion:

    • [2:135, Footnote] "Prophet Muhammad was a follower of Abraham’s religion, as we see in 16:123; he delivered this Final Testament, the Quran."
    • The footnote clarifies that Prophet Muhammad followed the religion of Abraham and delivered the final testament, the Quran, which encapsulates the principles and practices of Submission.
  4. Proof of Authenticity:

    • [2:135, Footnote] "The third messenger of Submission delivered the religion’s proof of authenticity (see 3:81 and Appendices 1, 2, 24, & 26)."
    • The authenticity of the religion of Submission is mentioned, with references to specific verses and appendices that provide further details and proof.

This verse underscores the idea that Islam, as presented in the Quran, is a continuation and confirmation of the monotheistic religion practiced by Abraham. The core principles of this religion, including the acts of worship like Salah and the moral code encapsulated in Zakat, are seen as consistent throughout history and revealed to different messengers.

 

Read the previous blog on Versus From The Quran-Salah:2