I read Surah Al-Anbiya (The Prophets) today and what I found really interesting was that after mentioning a series of incidents and stories from the lives of the Prophets, including Moses, Aaron, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon….and others who weren’t named but alluded to such as Mary and Jesus, the Quran then says:
“Indeed this, your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so worship Me.
And [yet] they divided their affair among themselves, [but] all to Us will return.
So whoever does righteous deeds while he is a believer – no denial will there be for his effort, and indeed We, of it, are recorders.” (21: 92-94)
After reading all the stories in succession and then coming to the conclusion that this religion is ‘one religion’ left me with the feeling that perhaps the divisions in religions are made too pronounced by people and we get too caught up in the differences rather than the commonalities. Looking at it holistically as “one religion” that was started with Adam & Eve and went on till Muhammad with hundreds of thousands of Prophets in between pronouncing the same message also makes one think that perhaps sometimes we give way too much importance to rituals and the minutiae of ‘practiced religion’ rather than the spirituality and the universal themes that most of the world’s religions refer to.