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Why the "millat of Ibrahim"?
By:A Sayed (South Africa)
Date: Thursday, 12 July 2018, 9:45 am

On a number of occasions, the Qur’an commands us to “follow the millat of Ibrahim (a system of life based on the creeds of Abraham).” Some of the verses of the Qur’an to this effect are as follows:

• 2:135 -They say, “Be Jews or Christians, then you will be guided.” Say, “Nay! Ours is the Creed of Abraham the upright. He turned away from all that is false, and he was not an idolater in any sense.”
• 3:95 -Say, “God has declared the truth. Follow, then, the Creed of Abraham, the upright who shunned all falsehood. He was not of those who choose authorities besides God.”
• 4:125 Who has a better Deen (System of Life) than the one who submits completely to God, and thus becomes a benefactor of humanity? Such a person is, in fact, following the way of Abraham the Upright whom God chose for friend.
• 6:161 -Say, “As for me, my Lord has guided me to a straight path, the perfect Deen (way) of Abraham, the upright, who was no idolater in any sense.”
• 16:123 -We have revealed to you this message (O Prophet), “Follow the creed of Abraham who turned away from all that is false.” (2:125). He was, by no means, of the idolaters.
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The Creeds of Abraham are a set of beliefs based on observations, not on supposition and assumptions, thus distinguishing the Truth and Reality of our Deen from the Falsehood most people, Muslims and non-Muslims attach to it.

For example, Abraham observed that his father was wrong in creating and worshipping idols. Likewise, he observed that it was wrong for his father to follow tradition, which was based on blind faith, against reason and logic.

Hence, he did not solve the problem of his father’s religion by assumptions or suppositions, that religion was conjecture and there was no God.

He used another set of observations when God “showed him the natural laws of the different dominions of the heavens and the earth”.

From it he observed that there was a Creator, Designer, Sustainer, Protector, etc, of the Universe, free of all dogmas and doctrines of religion, and that he had to follow a secular and scientific path of the creation without being Godless.
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Moses, Jesus and Mohammad (s) were not founders of any Religion. They all explained the Deen of Islam by following “the Creeds of Abraham”.

Thus, the Deen of Islam is not an ideology based on assumption and supposition. It is highly philosophical because it is based on observation, which uses the “natural laws of the different dominions of the heavens and the earth” according to the knowledge of the Qur’an to explain the prescribed system of human life that relates to all the creations in our Universe.

In 3:19, the Qur’an states:
“The Deen with Allah is Islam”.

In 3:83 –Allah explains that the nature and the creation of our Universe reflect His Deen.
In 3:84 –All Prophets that descended from Abraham followed his deen, which was founded on his observations of God’s Work in Nature.
In 3:85 –Allah states that He will not accept any other deen except Islam.

According to the above:

Deen of Allah = millat of Ibrahim = Islam.

Understanding Creeds of Abraham gives proper and true knowledge of Islam.
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In “millat of Ibrahim”, the mission of the Qur’an is to establish a Standard way of life (AdDeeni Haneefan) based on the “natural laws of the different dominions of the heavens and the earth” as observed by Abraham? Hence, some of the important observations of the Deen in Nature, which are relevant to the “millat of Ibrahim”, are as follows:

• That all of God’s creations “serve” Him according to the purpose for which they are created. Hence, there is no “worship” of God among the different creations in Nature.
• That all of God’s creation function according to the methodology of ilm-ul-yaqin (certainty of knowledge by inference and reasoning), ayn-ul-yaqin (certainty of knowledge by seeing and observing) and haqq-ul-yaqin (absolute knowledge, like this is a computer, etc) is true. Hence, there is no blind following of religion and tradition in Nature. Likewise, there is no “science based” and “evidence based” knowledge in Nature that deny the existence of God.
• That there is no racism, religion, caste system, etc, in Nature. For example, in the animal kingdom, it is natural for a male and female to get attracted to one another and make a home. Hence, there is no honor killing, Hindu Muslim riot, severing relationship with families and friends, etc. Much needed spirituality in building of a home is found in God as Creator, Designer, Sustainer, Protector, etc, of the Universe.
• That there exists male dominance and polygamy in Nature is not something that we can deny. Hence, in keeping with the “natural laws of the different dominions of the heavens and the earth”, the Qur’an is not against such a dominance of the male over the female altogether. It tries to soften this stance to a large extent by spelling out the rights and responsibilities of both the male and female in our worldly affairs.
• There are only two sexes, male and female, in Nature. All other divisions of the sexes like LGBT are conjecture. Hence, Diversity and Democracy is confined to the “natural laws of the different dominions of the heavens and the earth”, not to laws made by man.
• That Asexual reproduction exists as a natural law of reproduction in our Universe both in plant and animal life is distinct. Hence, to state that it is unlike God to bless Mary with a child without a husband is absurd.
• In the “millat of Ibrahim”, as observed by Abraham, the dichotomy of the secular and religious does not exist. Hence, all extremists and fundamentalists teachings and practices of the secular and religious, which make them separate and exclusive, are man-made based on pure conjecture. Muslims who are not aware of this have grossly deviated from “the straight path”.
• Sometimes some of the observations of Nature, such as Evolution, constitute an illusion. The Qur’an argues against this in every detail.
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In keeping with the Creeds of Abraham, the cardinal teaching and essence of Islam is Tawhid (an Arabic word for unity and universality).

In simple form, these teachings include the Unity of God; unity in the teachings of all the Books and Prophets of God; unity between the Word of God and the Work of God in the Signs and science of Nature and in the history of religion; unity between the Word of God and the sayings and doings of the Prophets; unity between the world of God and the world of Caesar; and so on.

In a more complex form, these teachings establish unity between the Seen and the unseen; the secular and the religious; the individual and the community; the national and the international; this world and the hereafter; and so on.

All Prophets used these teachings of Tawhid (unity and universality) to establish one Standard system of life for all of humanity over all time and space no matter what language they spoke, what culture they practiced, etc.
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Prophet Muhammad (s) was only one in history who was “most extremely successful in both the secular and religious levels”, (Dr Michael H Hart).

Majority of the Muslims are not aware of the fact that Islam is not an ideology based on assumptions and suppositions. Politician and clergies are using this to manipulate the Deen for their own interests. It would be better if we taught the people the Creeds of Abraham instead of teaching them Hadith and the Arabic language to understand the Qur’an.

Best Regards,
AK Sayed (South Africa).

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Why the "millat of Ibrahim"?
A Sayed (South Africa) -- Thursday, 12 July 2018, 9:45 am
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Friday, 13 July 2018, 7:51 am
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A Sayed (South Africa) -- Saturday, 14 July 2018, 10:53 am
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A Sayed (South Africa) -- Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 7:07 am
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A Sayed (South Africa) -- Thursday, 19 July 2018, 8:43 am
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