Saturday 16 November 2019

Scholars' Viewpoint: Which is the Oldest Religion?

Which is the oldest religion? - a question most often sought from Muslim scholars by the followers of other faiths and Divine religions that "seemingly" came before Islam. Thinking, that since Islam is hardly 1400 years old religion, the Islamic scholars will be found wanting for a convincing and plausible answer.

But in doing so, if they are not followers of a true faith, they forget that all Divine religions are in fact continuation of the religion that was revealed onto one of the specially picked messengers by Allah. The message with Prophet Adam (peace be upon him) descended the earth after been expelled from the heavens, was the same message that was revealed onto Prophet David (Daud, (peace be upon him)) in the form of Psalms, Prophet Moses (Musa, (peace be upon him)) in the form of Torah and Prophet Jesus (Eesa, peace be upon him) in the form of Bible (Injeel). 

Why there was need to send a book after the other is obvious from te history as each people following a book made its teaching corrupted and interjected many invocations to suit their mood and requirements. Thus it is generally believed that none of the earlier three Divine books are in their original form today. 

It may also be noted that in the Qur'an, the last revealed Divine guidance on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), there is a mention of 25 prophets only, whereas the Prophet of Allah has been quoted as saying that there have been 124,000 prophets that preceded him. That means there may have been many Divine scriptures that may have been revealed on to people around the world that got lost or corrupted to an extent that none is available today as authentic compilation.

It is only Qur'an, the revered book of Muslims and Islam, that still stands today uncorrupted for the resewn that after Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) there is to be no more prophets and Qur'an is to serve as the only authentic, complete and uncorrupted scripture for the entire mankind till the Day of resurrection.

And Islam is the same religion that Prophet Adam (peace be upon him) propagated right from day one and will be the religion till the last day this universe stands. 

A similar question was asked to Dr Zakir, an eminent Muslim scholar, by a Hindu woman and he so convincingly explained to him the entire journey of religions, including Hinduism, that she accepted Islam at the end of the session.

Please watch this enlightening video below in which Zakir Abdul Karim Naik, an Islamic televangelist and Islamic preacher, explains the subject very impartially, yet giving concrete references to the originality and finality of Islam. Dr Zakir is the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation. He is also the founder of the Peace TV:
Author's Note: The views expressed in the video above are that of the concerned scholar . We have shared these view as added information in better understanding of Islam. The reader may or may not agree with the view owing to their own perception. If any one differs with the material contained in this post, one may consult the references and their authors.  If someone has more material about the subject, he/she is most welcome to share in the comments box to make the post all encompassing.

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