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Why Did Allah Specify Following the Millah of Ibrahim?

Posted in Bakr Abu Zayd on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…Allah specified His Prophet, Ibrahim, that the religion of Islam – in its general meaning – is his millah, such as is mentioned in His Saying: {“Say: ‘Allah has Spoken the truth. So, follow the millah of Ibrahim, purely.'”} [Al ‘Imran; 95] for the following reasons:

First: Ibrahim faced a great deal of hardship in the course of establishing Tawhid and destroying shirk, and being given victory from Allah in doing this, as mentioned by Allah throughout the Qur’an.

Second: Allah – the Exalted – placed the Book and Prophethood in his progeny, and this is why he is referred to as “father of the Prophets,” and this is why Allah Said: {“…the millah of your father, Ibrahim…”} [al-Hajj; 78]

And he – peace be upon him – is the origin of seventeen Prophets that Allah mentioned in His Book as being from his progeny, and they are:

– his son Isma’il, from whose progeny came Muhammad;

– his son Ishaq, from whose progeny came Ya’qub, Yusuf, Ayyub, Dhu al-Kifl, Musa, Harun, Ilyas, al-Yas’, Yunus, Dawud, Sulayman, Zakariyyah, Yahya, and ‘Isa;

Third: to answer the claims of the Jews and Christians that they are upon the millah of Ibrahim, as Allah has showed them to be liars in this, Saying: {Or say you that Ibrahim, Isma’il, Ishaq, Ya’qub, and the twelve sons of Ya’qub, were Jews or Christians? Say: ‘Do you know better, or does Allah? And who is more unjust than he who conceals the testimony he has from Allah? And Allah is not unaware of what you do.’} [al-Baqarah; 140]…”

[From Bakr Abu Zayd’s ‘al-Ibtal’; p. 32]