Common Ancestry of the Crescent, Star and Cross

2013-03-28 05:11

Many will be taken aback to learn that Islam as taught by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the same religion preached by Abraham (PBUH), as well as all other prophets mentioned in the Torah and the Bible.

Muslims honour and revere all the prophets – Jesus, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David and Solomon (Peace be upon them all) among many others. Muslims fully acknowledge, accept and take all the Prophets of Almighty God as their own. Prophet Isa (AS) or Jesus is a key figure in the Muslim faith. He is held in Islam with high esteem as a messenger and prophet from Almighty God.

Christians, Jews, and Muslims believe that the beginning of humans began with Adam (PBUH), who was the first human to receive guidance directly from Almighty God.

It is also quite clear in the divine scriptures that almost every Prophet from Adam to Muhammad lived in close proximity of each other in the Middle East, with the holy land (Palestine) as a sacred place for all.

Moreover, one of the most important beliefs that unite Muslims and Jews is the belief in the One God as the Creator, Sustainer, Nourisher and supreme Law-Giver of the world or creation. Both religions teach the need for establishing the divine law on earth, so that there will be peace, justice, harmony, prosperity and a life of dignity for all.

As Muslims have a Shari’ah (Divine Law) to live by, the Jews have their Halakha (practical application of the commandments) (Wikipedia).

In the Quran, one of the most famous stories is the story of the slavery of the Bani Israel (children of Israel) and their liberation from Egypt’s Pharaoh. Pharaoh is known as “Firown” to Muslims.

The suffering and pain inflicted on the Children of Israel by Pharaoh was absolutely brutal and cruel. Firown (Pharaoh) used every means to suppress, demean and disgrace the children of Israel. They were held in bondage and forced to work for him as bonded labour and got very little to sustain themselves in return.

Almighty God sent His prophets Moses and Aaron (peace be upon them) to caution the tyrant that he should stop the oppression of the Children of Israel and free them.

It was Moses (PBUH), with the help and guidance of Almighty God, who safely led the children of Israel out of Egypt and saved them from their persecutor -Pharaoh.

As the Israelites were fleeing ancient Egypt, Pharaoh and his men were following directly behind in hot pursuit. According to Abrahamic belief their journey would end in the Red Sea, which prevented their escape.

A miracle occurred when Moses struck the water with his staff: The water of the Red Sea parted and the Israelites hurried along the passage between the parted water. Pharaoh and his soldiers followed; but by the time the Israelites reached the other shore, the sea closed in engulfing their pursuers. Thus the Israelites were delivered from bondage, and the Pharaoh and his army perished.

Muslims are in commiseration with the Jewish celebration of the Pesach, as the fast on ‘Ashura’ amply demonstrates. When the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) came to Madinah, he found that the Jews there were fasting on the tenth month of Muharram.

The Prophet (PBUH) enquired why they were fasting on that day; they explained that it was the day that God saved the Children of Israel from Pharaoh, so Moses fasted in thanks on that day as a gesture of gratitude to his Lord.

The Prophet fasted on that day and ordered that Muslims fast on that day but added another day of fasting to it.

The Prophet considered the Jewish community as co-religionists sharing the beliefs of the father of the monotheistic faiths, Prophet Abraham, and thus sympathised with their pain and suffering, in this way keeping up with his Quranic epithet of “a mercy unto the Worlds”.

May I query why with all the biological, geographical and spiritual ties, the three religions have been showing resentment and aggression to each other for decades and still without decrease?

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