THANK YOU Ather Sunar for your invaluable contribution towards The Upright Deen. Don’t worry about the negative vibes. Some people on this forum are in the habit of throwing out the baby with the dirty water in the bathtub.
Islam is adDeeni Haneefan for two important reasons: Firstly, because it is based on the natural Laws of the universe that do not change with time and space. And, secondly because it determines the Truth and Reality of our Universe over all time and place. And, anyone going against that Truth and Reality will incur retribution both in this world and in the hereafter.
The reason why adDeeni Haneefan is so seriously connected with Abraham is because he was the only who found his way to the Deen by logic and reason and not by revealed knowledge? And because the Deen of Allah is reflected by secular and scientific nature of His creations (3:83), Allah made him “His Friend” and a “model and leader” for mankind.
Before I continue, allow me to make just one important comment about the translation of the Deen. It is not a Religion because it is based on the secular and scientific laws of the creation, which has nothing to with Religion although all Religious beliefs must adhere to it not to lose sight of Reality. Therefore, the correct translation of adDeeni Haneefan is the “The Upright Deen”, not “The Upright Religion”.
Hence, the Upright Deen is a comprehensive way of life, which determines from the natural Laws of the creations that there is a Creator and Designer of it, free of all dogmas and doctrines of religion, and that its secular and scientific nature and path is not Godless.
Abraham used it to establish the Post-Modern way of life, which superimposed the knowledge of science, religion, culture, politics, etc, without creating any boundaries within and between them that made them separate and exclusive.
God used it to establish the same Deen for all the descendants of Abraham by stating that all Prophets should interpret His Word that was revealed to them in the context of His Work in the Signs and science of the creations and in the history of the deen and not to say or do anything in the deen that was not revealed to them.
Hence, those Muslims who do not see any Truth in previous Scriptures and in the traditions of their follower are misguided.
Likewise, not to follow “the millat of Ibrahim” is foolish because it explains the ideology without which Muslims have no direction as is the case today.
AK Sayed (South Africa).