The Abrahamic Religion has raised eyebrows and has definitely caused a stir in recent times.
This is a new theology that claims all religions and theological beliefs from all self-identifying Jews, Christians, and Muslims are valid and true.
Whatever the aims and objectives of this new false ideology might be, it is definitely something to be wary about and all Muslims must be on their guard against it. It is basically a trap for Muslims designed to rob them of their faith and accept everything that was wholeheartedly opposed before.
If we look into history, we find that many modern ideologies we face now have precedent in the past. We find two cases in the rich history of Islām where ideologies resembling this modern-day Abrahamic Religion had come up.
Case 1: The Evil Religion of Pir Kaleja during the Ottoman Empire Rule
Muhammad Chalabi was the fifth ruler of the Ottoman Empire. He ruled from 1413 CE to 1421 CE. It was during his time that a terrible fitnah, resembling the Abrahamic Religion, had arisen.
Badr-ud-Dīn Mahmūd was a judge in the army of Prince Mūsā – the brother of Muhammad Chalabi. He was exiled to Iznik due to his role in an uprising against the Ottoman state. While in exile, he organized another revolt. To strengthen the popularity of the revolt, he invented a new religion. In this religion, Christians were accepted as equal believers to Muslims. In this way, he was able to rally many Christians against the Ottoman state.
Badr-ud-Dīn most significant work is titled Varidat, in which he writes:
“This world and the next, in their entirety, are imaginary fantasies; heaven and hell are no more than the spiritual manifestations, sweet and bitter, of good and evil actions.”
A significant number of principles of this religion were founded in Mazdakism, an offshoot of Zoroastrianism.
Later, Pir Kaleja had joined Badr-ud-Dīn Mahmūd and began propagating this religion. In a short while, a large number of ignoramuses were caught in its trap. In short, his followers became so many that they posed a threat to the Ottoman Empire. The followers would refer to Pir Kaleja as Dādā Sultān.
Muhammad Chalabi came to know about this, so he sent the governor of Bulgaria to deal with the situation. The governor of Bulgaria was Sīsmīn. He had happily embraced Islām. However, he was defeated and subsequently killed in the battle against Pir Kaleja.
Bāyazīd Pāshā took the Turk army and went out against Pir Kaleja. Pir Kaleja was captured and many of his followers were killed. Maulānā Sa’īd, a student of Taftāzānī rahimahullāh, had issued a fatwā about this religion and through it, this fitnah was ended.
Case 2: Dīn-e-Ilāhī
During the late 16th century (1582), the Mughal Emperor, Akbar, formulated his own religion. It borrowed heavily from Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Catholicism. Its members were handpicked by Akbar and it had no scriptures or priestly hierarchy. The ideas of Akbar led to the creation of the ‘Ibādat Khāna, to which priests and scholars of all religions were invited.
In this case too, it was the scholars of Islām that rose to the occasion to refute this fitnah. The celebrated scholar of Islām, Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi rahimahullāh dealt this fitnah a heavy blow. He was later known as Mujaddid Alf-Thānī for his tremendous work done for the preservation and protection of pristine Islām.
Aurangzeb, a later righteous ruler, had a strong link and connection with the genuine Muslim scholars of the day. Aurangzeb ruled for 49 years and had established the Islāmic Sharī’ah fully in the area under his jurisdiction.
Through His wisdom, Allāh Ta’ālā tests us. It is His will to sift the true from the false, the genuine from the fake, and the believer from the hypocrite.
Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried? But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allāh will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars. [Sūrah Al-‘Ankabūt: 2-3]
And Allāh will surely make evident those who believe, and He will surely make evident the hypocrites. [Sūrah Al-‘Ankabūt: 11]
The religion of Islām has been revealed to blot out falsehood and guide humanity to the worship of one Allāh. This reality has proven itself repeatedly throughout history. Hence, with every new wave of fitnah, the religion of Islām will still overpower the hearts and minds; it will never be subdued in totality. The promise of Allāh Ta’ālā is true; the Muslims must stand up with the truth they have and use it to defend Islām from the modern-day onslaught of the proponents of perennialism and the Abrahamic Religion.
It is He who sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to manifest it over all religion, although those who associate others with Allāh dislike it. [Sūrah As-Saff: 9]
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1. Tārīkh e Millat vol.3 p.72