Despite my limited time, I am constrained to write these few lines to dispel the impressions created by Br. Jawaid and folks like him that somehow “creed or religion of Ibrahim” is not part of the Quran. The claim by these brothers is simply untenable, amounts to neglecting very clear and unambiguous verses of the Quran, and is based on poor understanding of the language and style of the Quran. For me such notions are laughable and can be summarily dismissed because such notions, ideas, inferences are not in line with the language, grammar, context, tasreef, etc. I am writing these lines for those who want to ponder and think about such crazy and erroneous notions as espoused by Br. Jawaid and people like him.
First, let us look at the lexicon definition of the these words. The word in Arabic is Millat Ibrahim = Religion of Ibrahim, sometimes translated as Creed of Ibrahim in English. This word is derived from mīm lām lām and is used 18 times in quran. This term is translated as follows by two leading lexicons:
Lane, p. 382, supplement: Millat- a religion, a way of belief and practice in respect of religion.
Allama Parwez, p. 1559: In Quran the word Millat is used to describe method of deen. Islam is called Millat-e-Ibrahim meanings that method/way Ibrahim adopted in line with revelations from God.
1. Thus, one can very clearly see Millat in Arabic is used to describe belief and religious practices related to and in line with that belief. These meanings are unambiguously clarified in 22:78.
[22:78]: And strive for Allah with the striving due to Him. He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the DEEN (way of life – religion) any difficulty. [It is] the MILLAT (Creed) of your father, Abraham. Allah named you “Muslims” before [in former scriptures] and in this [revelation] that the Messenger may be a witness over you and you may be witnesses over the people. So establish prayer and give zakah and hold fast to Allah. He is your protector; and excellent is the protector, and excellent is the helper.
2. In 22:78, we clearly see DEEN (way of life) is equated with the Millat, Creed of Ibrahim, both termed as Islam because these are fundamentally one and the same thing. It is further clarified that Salat and Zakah are related practices of this Deen and Millat.
3. Quran has used exactly the same definition when it informs the prophet himself in “[2:120]: And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you FOLLOW their MILLAT (religion/way of life in respect of religious practices)….” Please note the word “tattabiʿa = you follow” in 2:120. This Arabic word means “to walk behind, after, following someone or something”. Thus, making the meanings of Millat abundantly clear as “following religious practices.”
4. Exactly, the same word “following someone/something” is used in “[3:95]: Say, " Allah has told the truth. So Follow the Millat (religion/Creed) of Abraham, inclining toward truth; and he was not of the polytheists." Please note the reference to “polytheists” here. Who were polytheists at the time of the revelation of these verses? These were precisely the pagan Arabs who descended from Ibrahim/Ismael and it included the tribe of Quraish, the chief component.
5. Further, “[4:125]: And who is better in DEEN (religion/way of life) than one who submits himself to Allah while being a doer of good and FOLLOWS the MILLAT (religion/Creed/religious practices) of Abraham, inclining toward truth? And Allah took Abraham as an intimate friend.” Please note once more, DEEN is = to following the Millat of Ibrahim and this comes after the belief, submission to God.
Prophet Ibrahim and Ismael asking/supplicating to God in [2:128]: “Our Lord, and make us Muslims [in submission] to You and from our descendants a Muslim nation [in submission] to You. And show us our RITES (Manasiks) and accept our repentance. Indeed, You are the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.”
[2:130]: “And who would be averse to the religion of Abraham except one who makes a fool of himself. And We had chosen him in this world, and indeed he, in the Hereafter, will be among the righteous.”
6. Thus, RITES related to Ibrahim/Ismael are the religious practices associated with Millat of Ibrahim, and Muslims are commanded to follow them.
Therefore, it is a misleading and erroneous claim that “Millat Ibrahim = Creed of Ibrahim, religious way/practices of Ibrahim” is somehow an alien concept to Islam. Proponents of this erroneous view know it to be so very well, yet they continue to insist on error.