By Harun Yahya
The three revealed faiths sent down as a blessing by our Lord through true prophets and true scriptures, Islam and the uncorrupted, genuine forms of Christianity and Judaism, share many common beliefs. Although the Torah and the Injil were gradually corrupted over the course of time, the essence and moral values of the true faith are still to a large extent preserved in these books sent down from the Presence of Allah.
These uncorrupted parts can clearly be seen when looked at using the Qur’an and the hadith as a guide. These three revealed faiths all believe in the absolute existence of Allah, that He is eternal, that He created the universe from nothing and that He rules all matter with His almighty power. Muslims, Christians and Jews also oppose the same intellectual errors. They share the same intellectual struggle against atheism, irreligion, racism, fascism and moral degeneration.
All three faiths strive to preach the existence of Allah in the same way. Members of all three faiths aim for a world full of justice in which everyone will know Allah, sincerely believe in and submit to Him, and live in peace and compassion. Members of all three faiths act out of a fear and love of Allah, follow in the path of His messengers and abide by His revelation. fear and love of Allah, follow in the path of His messengers and abide by His revelation.
In essence, the members of these three faiths believe in and worship the same, one Allah. Our Almighty Lord has revealed His power and might, His creative artistry, His sublimity, that He is the Lord of the worlds, that He is All-Powerful and the sole Creator of all things in all three faiths. He is the Lord of the heavens and the earth and all things belong to Him, He knows all, is Almighty and is the Possessor of all. His might, sublime power and majesty pervade all things and all places. He is unfettered by any flaw or deficiency, though He is needed by all beings.
Our Almighty Lord revealed His faith with the religion of the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him):
We revealed to you: “Follow the religion of Abraham, a man of pure natural belief. He was not one of the idolaters.” (Surat an-Nahl, 123)
The word “haneef” means “someone who believes in and serves only Allah.” This is the attribute of the Prophet Abraham (pbuh) that is emphasized in the Qur’an as being “haneef,” for he believed in and submitted to Allah as the one and only. This devout servant of Allah distanced himself from his tribe's superstitious beliefs and turned solely to Him. He also called on his tribe to abandon their pagan beliefs and idolatry, and to believe in Allah.
The true religion revealed by Allah to the Prophet Abraham (pbuh) was kept alive by other prophets from his line and by true believers. This is revealed in the Qur’an as follows:
Who would deliberately renounce the religion of Abraham except someone who reveals himself to be a fool? We chose him in the world and in the Hereafter he will be one of the righteous. When his Lord said to him, “Become a Muslim!” he said, “I am a Muslim who has submitted to the Lord of all the worlds.” Abraham directed his sons to this, as did Jacob: “My sons! Allah has chosen this religion for you, so do not die except as Muslims.” Or were you present when death came to Jacob and he said to his sons, “What will you worship when I have gone?” They said, “We will worship your God, the God of your forefathers, Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac – one God. We are Muslims submitted to Him.” (Surat al-Baqara, 130-133)
The Prophet Abraham's (pbuh) “haneef” religion is common to Muslims, Jews and Christians. He was a sincere prophet who believed in one God alone, Allah, who praised Him, and who served Him genuinely and with all his heart. Our Lord praises those who follow the pure faith of the Prophet Abraham (pbuh) in the Qur’an:
Who could have a better religion than someone who submits himself completely to Allah and is a good-doer, and follows the religion of Abraham, a man of pure natural belief? Allah took Abraham as an intimate friend. (Surat an-Nisa’, 125)
The pure faith of the Prophet Abraham (pbuh), whom Allah praised and sent as a guide for mankind, and the belief in the one Allah that forms the basis of that faith are common values shared by true faiths that were sent down later—Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Therefore, the members of all three faiths have a responsibility to worship Allah, the one Lord of all, He Whose All-Powerful might pervades all things and all places, the Creator of all things.
This common value requires the members of all three revealed faiths to come together in a single monotheistic belief and to act together for a common purpose. People with true faith, who abide by the religion of the Prophet Abraham (pbuh) and believe in the one Allah must combine their strengths, grow deeper in faith and grow even stronger in unity in order to wage an intellectual struggle against the atheist, Darwinist system that is trying to rule the world. Rather than waging an artificial struggle against one another, they must be aware of the real danger, that is the atheistic, Darwinist system of the antichrist (dajjal), and must not ignore those forces that are striving to set believers against one another. They must act together to spread belief in Allah across the world and must preach the religion of the Prophet Abraham (pbuh) together. By Allah’s leave, that will lead to the greatest force that will totally eradicate the system of the antichrist that now rules the world and will cause atheism to collapse entirely.
Almighty Allah will bestow a great reward from His Presence on those who genuinely strive in His name, who unite and praise monotheistic belief and who combine forces in order for belief in Allah to rule the world. And He will make His religion rule the world. By His leave, that powerful dominion will definitely come about in the time of the coming of the Prophet Jesus and Hazrat Mahdi (peace be upon them). That time is now imminent. The coming of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), as revealed in hadith by our Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) and in the statements by religious scholars, has already happened. Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) is currently unrecognized, but he is among us. As for the second coming of the Prophet Jesus (pbuh), according to the information in the hadith, the indications in the verses of the Qur’an and statements by Islamic scholars, this will take place in the next 10 to 20 years. This will be the Golden Age, when the system of the antichrist is completely defeated and when well-being, peace, security, brotherhood, wealth and friendship rule the world entirely. In that time, belief in Allah will rule the world and people will live by the “haneef” faith of the Prophet Abraham (pbuh) in all its majesty and beauty. All believers have a duty to prepare for this age, when Muslims, Jews and Christians will live together as brothers under the leadership of the Prophet Jesus and Hazrat Mahdi (peace be upon them). For that reason, all believers in the world must seek to praise the name of Allah together, in feelings of love and brotherhood, and establish a fine and powerful union against irreligion.
Belief in the One Allah Was Gradually Misinterpreted in Christianity
ACCORDING TO THE TRUE INTERPRETATION OF THE INJIL, belief in Allah in Christianity is the same as that in Islam and Judaism. However, certain passages in the Injil have been interpreted differently from their genuine meanings, and certain descriptions and ideas stemming from a failure to properly appreciate the might of our Lord have entered Christian belief. That false belief is the error of the trinity.
The error of the trinity adopts a false view of our Almighty Lord and is a totally mistaken and corrupt belief that ascribes divine status (surely Allah is beyond that) to the Prophet Jesus (pbuh), whom Allah sent to mankind as a prophet. Despite its many internal contradictions and anti-monotheistic nature, it assumed a very important place in Christian belief. So much so that someone who does not believe in the error of the trinity, therefore who does not believe that the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) is the son of Allah (surely Allah is beyond that) is not regarded as a true Christian by those who espouse trinitarian belief.
Although the trinity is a false belief in total opposition to the monotheistic belief, the true one in the Presence of Allah, and preached by the Prophet Jesus (pbuh), and EVEN CONTRADICTS VARIOUS PASSAGES IN THE INJIL, it gradually came to be an obsession that Christians must never deny. History shows that those people and communities who rejected this erroneous belief and maintained that the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) was merely a human being and a prophet of Allah have been dealt with harshly. The evidence that such people produced from the Injil and the life of the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) was always ignored, and people were forbidden to discuss such matters. For that reason alone, the proponents of monotheistic belief were branded “infidels,” “heretics,” or “enemies of the faith” by the Christians in question, and those who supported them elicited the same reactions. Some were exiled for that very reason, and others were hanged or burnt alive by the Inquisition's courts within the history. Through this repression, BASED NOT ON THE INJIL BUT ON MISINTERPRETATIONS, the artificial belief in the trinity came to reign supreme through force and imposition and became a component of Christianity. Many sincere Christians, unaware of this policy of imposition, are still blindly devoted to belief in the trinity, imagining that they are abiding by the Injil. They are unaware of their error. They do not know this belief is a total contradiction of the belief in Allah revealed in the Qur’an, Torah and the Injil. This is a most grave error.ignored, and people were forbidden to discuss such matters. For that reason alone, the proponents of monotheistic belief were branded “infidels,” “heretics,” or “enemies of the faith” by the Christians in question, and those who supported them elicited the same reactions. Some were exiled for that very reason, and others were hanged or burnt alive by the Inquisition's courts within the history. Through this repression, BASED NOT ON THE INJIL BUT ON MISINTERPRETATIONS, the artificial belief in the trinity came to reign supreme through force and imposition and became a component of Christianity. Many sincere Christians, unaware of this policy of imposition, are still blindly devoted to belief in the trinity, imagining that they are abiding by the Injil. They are unaware of their error. They do not know this belief is a total contradiction of the belief in Allah revealed in the Qur’an, Torah and the Injil. This is a most grave error.
One of the most noteworthy aspects of this subject is that TRINITARIAN BELIEF DOES NOT APPEAR IN THE BIBLE ITSELF. It appears neither in the Old Testament, the holy book of the Jews, nor in the Injil, the Christian holy text. Rather, it is based on misinterpretations of a few Injil passages, and the word itself was only used for the first time by Theophilus of Antioch at the end of the second century. Acceptance of the belief took place much later. Therefore, NO BELIEF THAT IS NOT PRESENT IN THE INJIL, AND WHICH WAS THUS UNKNOWN TO THE EARLY CHRISTIANS, CAN REPRESENT THE BASIS OF CHRISTIANITY. This is a grave error that came about after the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) and under the influence of the established Greek culture.
The Prophet Jesus (pbuh) is completely unfettered by this false belief artificially developed in Christianity. Like all the prophets, the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) is a servant created by Allah. He is a sincere and noble prophet who worships Allah with all his heart and seeks to earn His approval. He is a chosen, honored messenger of high esteem (Surah Al ‘Imran, 45). Allah reveals the following about the Prophet Jesus (pbuh):
The Messiah would never disdain to be a servant to Allah nor would the angels near to Him. If any do disdain to worship Him, and grow arrogant, He will in any case gather them all to Him. (Surat an-Nisa’, 172)
As revealed in the verse, the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) is a very genuine human being eager to discharge the duty of being a servant to Allah and who has completely submitted to Him. All the statements made about his supposed claim to divinity are all nonsense produced subsequently. Our Lord has absolute sovereignty over all beings. APART FROM OUR LORD HIMSELF, EVERYTHING ELSE NEEDS HIM IN ORDER TO EXIST AND SURVIVE. The Prophet Jesus (pbuh) of course appreciated this reality and spent his life striving with all his heart to be the servant of Almighty Allah.
In the verses of the Qur’an, Allah reveals that there is no other Deity but Him using very wise clarifications:
Everyone in the heavens and the earth belongs to Him. Those in His Presence do not consider themselves too great to worship Him and do not grow tired of it. They glorify Him by night and day, without ever flagging. Or have they taken deities out of the earth who can bring the dead to life? If there had been any deities besides Allah in heaven or earth, they would both be ruined. Glory be to Allah, Lord of the Throne, beyond what they describe! He will not be questioned about what He does, but they will be questioned. Or have they taken other deities besides Him? Say: “Produce your proof! This is the message of those with me and the message of those before me.” But most of them do not know the truth, so they turn away. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 19-24)
It Is Stated in the Injil that Allah Is One
While the error of the trinity ascribes divine status (surely Allah is beyond that) to the Prophet Jesus (pbuh), the oneness of Allah and His infinite dominion over all things is set out in great detail in the Injil. People are called to monotheistic faith in both the message of the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) to his people and followers, and in the words of his disciples. In the Injil, THE PROPHET JESUS (pbuh) constantly makes it clear that EVERYTHING HE DOES IS THE RESULT OF ALLAH’S INFINITE POWER AND MIGHT, THAT IT IS ALLAH WHO CAUSES HIM TO SAY EVERYTHING HE SAYS, AND THAT HE PERFORMS THESE MIRACLES ONLY BECAUSE ALLAH WILLS THEM TO OCCUR. He also invites those who elevate him to elevate Allah instead, remember His infinite might, and submit to Him.
Such statements by the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) calling people to belief in the one Allah are still to be found in the otherwise corrupted Gospels of the New Testament. For instance, according to the Gospel of Saint Mark, the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) gave the following reply to a Jew who asked him which commandment was the most important:
"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”(Mark 12:29-30)
The following passage again from the Gospel of Saint Mark shows that far from ascribing divine status to himself, the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) even prevented himself being praised:
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered.“No one is good—except God alone.” (Mark 10:17-18)
By refusing praise and emphasizing that only Allah is worthy of it, the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) makes it clear he is just a servant of Allah.
Those who set up other deities together with Allah are called on to accept monotheism in many passages of the Injil. Some of these read as follows:
… answered Jesus, "the Lord our God, the Lord is one”… "Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is One and there is no other but Him.” (Mark 12: 29-32)
… God is one. (Galatians 3:20)
And exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—Who is forever praised. ... (Romans 1:23-25)
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