We strive to guide to the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth, and to warn of the Last Day while keeping our own words to a minimum. Those who speak by their own words speak from their own inclination without knowledge, and they thereby mislead many. Therefore we avoid our own words and rely on the verses of God - whereby He revealed the Torah, then God gave Jesus the Gospel, confirming that which preceded it of the Torah, and to make clear to the Children of Israel over some of that which they differed. So let the People of the Scripture judge by what God has revealed therein in the Torah and the Gospel. Then He revealed the Qur'an, confirming that which preceded it of the Scripture and as a criterion over it. But the people have divided the religion among themselves into sects - each faction rejoicing in the Book that it has.
But whoever disbelieves in His Books - the Book He sent down upon Muhammad, and the Scripture He sent down before, has gone far astray, for indeed this, your religion, is one religion. For God has ordained for us of religion what He enjoined upon Noah and that which He revealed to Muhammad, and what He enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus - to establish the religion and not be divided therein. Therefore we let the verses from all three speak for us by stringing them together in order to tell a story and to prove that indeed it is one religion - the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth. This is done through a series of Topics, each having a thesis as a title and subtitle, where the thesis is an excerpt from a verse, and then the verses beneath serve to prove that thesis. And each Topic has Sections that serve to prove and support the main thesis in like manner.
So for those who seek God with all their heart, they will have no doubt as to the truth of the religion of Abraham. But for those who do not rely on God alone, but rather, those they associate with God, or instead are distracted by the worldly life and rely on assumption and blind faith, they will not be successful. For God created death and life to test us as to which is best in deed, and He will surely test us to make evident those who believe and those who do not believe. And so, only those who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what God has provided for them for His cause, and who believe in what has been revealed to Muhammad, and what was revealed before him, and of the Hereafter they are certain - those are upon guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful.
[Shepherd of Hermas 40:4], Gospel
"Listen," he says. "Those who have never investigated concerning the truth, nor inquired concerning God, but have merely believed, and have been mixed up in business affairs and riches and heathen friendships, and many other affairs of this world - as many, I say, who devote themselves to these things, do not comprehend the parables of God; for they are darkened by these actions, and are corrupted and become barren.
[Shepherd of Hermas 40:5], Gospel
As good vineyards, when they are treated with neglect, are made barren by the thorns and weeds of various kinds, so men who, after they have believed, fall into these many occupations which were mentioned before, lose their understanding and comprehend nothing at all concerning righteousness; for if they hear concerning God and truth, their mind is absorbed in their occupations, and they perceive nothing at all."
Mark 4:18 - 19, Gospel
[For] these are those that are sown among thorns; these hear the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things enter in [and] choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
[So] know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children - like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from God and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion?
[2 Ezra 4:2], Torah
[And thus if] your heart has gone too far in this world, [how do] you think to comprehend the way of the Most High?
[Shepherd of Hermas 40:6], Gospel
"But those who have the fear of God, and investigate concerning deity and truth, and direct their heart towards the Lord, perceive and understand everything that is said to them more quickly, because they have the fear of the Lord in themselves; for where the Lord dwells, there too is great understanding. Cleave therefore to the Lord, and you will understand and perceive all things."
Follow, [O mankind], what has been revealed to you from your Lord and do not follow other than Him any allies. Little do you remember.
3:2 - 3, Qur'an
[For He is] God - there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of existence. He has sent down upon you, the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel.
[So] let the People of the Gospel judge by what God has revealed therein. And whoever does not judge by what God has revealed - then it is those who are the defiantly disobedient.
[And] indeed, We sent down the Torah, in which was guidance and light. The prophets who submitted [to God] judged by it for the Jews, as did the rabbis and scholars by that with which they were entrusted of the Scripture of God, and they were witnesses thereto. So do not fear the people but fear Me, and do not exchange My verses for a small price. And whoever does not judge by what God has revealed - then it is those who are the disbelievers.
[And] indeed, We have revealed to you the Book in truth so you may judge between the people by that which God has shown you. And do not be for the deceitful an advocate.
[So] O you who have believed, believe in God and His messenger and the Book that He sent down upon His messenger, and the Scripture which He sent down before. And whoever disbelieves in God, His Books, His messengers, His angels, and the Last Day has certainly gone far astray -
[For] He has ordained for you of religion what He enjoined upon Noah and that which We have revealed to you [O Muhammad], and what We enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus - to establish the religion and not be divided therein. Difficult for those who associate others with God is that to which you invite them. God chooses for Himself whom He wills and guides to Himself whoever turns back [to Him].
4:162 - 163, Qur'an
[Thus] those firm in knowledge among them and the believers believe in what has been revealed to you, and what was revealed before you. And the establishers of prayer [especially] and the givers of charity and the believers in God and the Last Day - those We will give a great reward. Indeed, We have revealed to you [O Muhammad], as We revealed to Noah and the prophets after him. And We revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the [twelve] tribes [of Israel], Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David We gave the Book [of Psalms].
23:52 - 53, Qur'an
"[So] indeed this, your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so fear Me." But the people divided their religion among them into sects - each faction, in what it has, rejoicing -
2:135 - 137, Qur'an
[For] they say, "Be Jews or Christians [so] you will be guided." Say, "Rather, [we follow] the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth, and he was not of the polytheists." Say, "We have believed in God and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the [twelve] tribes [of Israel] and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are in submission to Him." So if they believe in the same as you believe in, then they have been [rightly] guided; but if they turn away, they are only in dissension, and God will be sufficient for you against them. And He is the Hearing, the Knowing.
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35:24 - 25, Qur'an
Indeed, We have sent you [O Muhammad] with the truth as a warner and a bringer of good tidings. And there was no nation but that there had passed within it a warner. And if they deny you - then already have those before them denied. Their messengers came to them with clear proofs and written ordinances and with the enlightening Scripture.
22:42 - 45, Qur'an
[So] if they deny you, - so, before them, did the people of Noah and 'Aad and Thamud deny, and the people of Abraham and the people of Lot and the inhabitants of Midian. And Moses was denied, so I prolonged enjoyment for the disbelievers; then I seized them, and how [terrible] was My reproach. [So] how many a city did We destroy while it was committing wrong - so it is [now] fallen into ruin - and [how many] an abandoned well and [how many] a lofty palace?
Jude 1:5, Gospel
I will therefore put you in remembrance, though you once knew this, how the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
2 Peter 2:5 - 6, Gospel
And [God] did not spare the old world, but saved Noah, the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example to those after that should live ungodly -
Luke 17:29, Gospel
[Whereby] the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all.
[But] never would your Lord have destroyed the cities until He had sent to their mother [city] a messenger reciting to them Our verses. And We would not destroy the cities except while their people were wrongdoers.
That is because your Lord would not destroy the cities for wrongdoing while their people were unaware.
26:208 - 209, Qur'an
And [so] We did not destroy any city except that it had warners as a reminder; and never have We been unjust.
And [so] We did not send any messenger except speaking in the language of his people to state clearly for them, and God sends astray [thereby] whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And He is the Almighty, the Most Wise.
And for every nation is a messenger. So when their messenger comes, it will be judged between them in justice, and they will not be wronged.
And for every nation is a [specified] term. So when their time has come, they will not remain behind an hour, nor will they precede [it].
Then do you wonder that there has come to you a reminder from your Lord through a man from among you, that he may warn you and that you may fear God so you might receive mercy?
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[Those to whom We gave the Scripture and authority and prophethood] are the ones whom God has guided, so from their guidance take an example. Say, "I ask of you for this message no payment. It is not but a reminder for the worlds."
23:72 - 74, Qur'an
Or do you ask them for payment? But the reward of your Lord is best, and He is the best of providers. And indeed, you invite them to a straight path. But indeed, those who do not believe in the Hereafter are deviating from the path.
[So] follow those who do not ask of you [any] payment, and they are [rightly] guided.
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