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Shaykh ʿAbd Allāh Al-Ḍhufayrī on 'Abrahamic Faiths'

Posted by Abu Iyaad
Monday, Mar 27 2023
Filed under Religions

Shaykh ʿAbd Allāh al-Ḍhufayrī (حفظه الله) tweeted today:[1]

There is a verse in the Qurʾān which completely eradicates the claim of the kufrī doctrine that is called the Abrahamic House [of Worship], where they make a mosque with a church and synagogue by its side. Allāh, the Exalted said: “Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was one inclining toward truth, a Muslim [submitting to Allah]. And he was not of the polytheists.”[2]


There are many verses in the Qurʾān in which the disbelief (kufr) and associationism (shirk) of Ahl al-Kitāb is explicitly stated, [Note: This does not mean that good conduct and justice cannot be shown to them or that they can be wronged in any way].

Here are references:

01  Judgement of disbelief upon them for: ascribing divinity to Jesus (عليه السلام) (5:17-), speaking with the trinity (5:73-), speaking with sonship (9:30-), disbelief in Allāh’s signs (3:112-) and (2:61-), disbelief in the Messengership of Muḥammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) (2:89-), their disbelief stated absolutely (2:88-) and (98:1-).

02  And for: their disbelief in Allāh’s signs, violating their covenant, killing prophets, the sealing of their hearts for their disbelief, their slander against Maryam (عليها السلام) and their boasting of having killed ʿĪsā (عليه السلام) (4:155-) (4:156-) (4:157-).

03  Judging them with associationism (shirk) and worshipping others besides Allāh: They took their priests and rabbis as lords besides Allāh (9:31-).

04  Judging them with misguidance (in religion): (5:77-).

05  Judging them with defiance through disobedience (fisq): (5:59-).

06  Judging them with eternity in Hellfire: (98:6-). The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “By Him in whose hand is the soul of Muḥammad, no one from this nation [of humanity] hears of me, be he a Jew or Christian, and then dies without believing in what I was sent with, except that he will be from the inhabitants of the Fire.”[3]

07  Judging with the abrogation of their religion and law: (3:85-) and (5:48-). Ibn Kathīr (رحمه الله) said about the word (مهيمناً عليه): “The word ( مهيمن ) comprises all of this [in meaning], for it is a guardian, witness and judge over every book prior to it.”

Note: When Abraham son of Maimonides[4] (13th century CE) showed some inclination towards the Islāmic Sharīʿah in Ayyubid Egypt (in 1237 CE), the Jews accused him of innovation and heresy and raised his affair to the Muslim ruler (for wronging them in their religion). He had called for mimicking the Muslims in aspects of their prayer and taking care of mosques because of what it comprises of humility and respect in contrast to what was found with the Jews in their synagogues. He was made to apologise and announce his repentance for what was to the Jews, innovating heresy into their religion.

Thus, the religious Jews are most fervent in protecting their religion and even the slightest accommodation of anything foreign (in simple matters of worship) brings accusastions of innovation and heresy. What then do you think about nearness and unity of religions in their view? When that is the case, and they have the zeal and fervor they have—while they are upon a dīn that is altered, distorted, abrogated (muḥarraf, mubaddal, mansūkh)—then how can any Muslim entertain this idea?

1. https://twitter.com/abdulahaldafiri/status/1640191885179232259
2. Sūrah Ibrāhīm (3/67).
3. Related by Muslim in his Ṣaḥīḥ.
4. Maimonides is Mūsā bin Maymūn (d. 1204 CE) he, was a Sephardic Jewish philosopher and is a highly regarded and influential Torah scholar of the Middle Ages. He is referred to as “Rambam” by the Jews.

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