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In one way or another, the Gospel and the Quran are also extensions of the Jewish faith. But we need to remember, Abrahamic faiths are not the only ones in the world. (Image: hopenothate.info)

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Recently, the United Arab Emirates has announced a new project, the Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi, which will be a collection of three religious holy places: a mosque, a synagogue and a church. The house will serve as a community for inter-religious dialogue and exchange, nurturing the values of peaceful co-existence and acceptance among different beliefs. This initiative from the United Arab Emirates may just be a colorful portrait of the future.

Most of the world’s population nowadays adheres to several religions, including heavenly faiths, positivism, materialism, etc.  At the same time, it is safe to say that the most inspirational faith to Abrahamic religions is the first of the three, the Jewish faith. Cherished by Christianity and Islam is the story of Prophet Moses and the revelation of the Tablets of the Torah to him in which there is mercy and light for the believers, and the Torah is held high by both the Islamic and Christian faiths.

In one way or another, the Gospel and the Quran are also extensions of the Jewish faith. But we need to remember, Abrahamic faiths are not the only ones in the world. There is also Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Buddhism, Taoism, etc.

Over time, in the twentieth century, many man-made religions and denominations have appeared, most of them in the Western hemisphere. Many of those were more materialistic in concept, such as the Church of Scientology and others.

There is no shortage of faiths in this age. But we should stop for a moment to think about the religions before Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad. Yes, there were other religions before the Abrahamic faiths. Also, do the three monotheistic faiths stem from the same source?

The answer should be yes: All three religions have come from the Prophet Abraham; The source is one, branched out by his sons and grandsons around the world, all agreeing on one goal, which is: the worship of the One God.

Let’s take a quick look at the conditions of the world and its sectarian and ethnic conflicts; we will find that the world is torn apart because of these conflicts between the people within each and every sect by itself, not to mention the people of the various sects around the world

Christianity is divided into Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Maronite, Protestant, etc. Islam is in the same situation as it has been branched off,  torn into several sects: Shiite, Sunni and Ahmadiyya, and under each sect Islam has branched out into smaller branches of Ash’ari, Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafi’i, Maliki, Ibadi, Nusayrism, Ismaili, etc.

Every adherent of a “madhhab”, which is Arabic for sect, believes that he or she is the surviving sect, and everyone else is either misguided, or worse, a disbeliever in what God has revealed. Hence, the global conflicts were mainly religious and sectarian, be it the Crusades against the East; or the conflict between Shiites and Sunnis.

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With the modern era and the entry of the world into the age of enlightenment, or what is also called aquarian age, it is no longer palatable or unacceptable that there are many rivalries between the children of one nation, let alone neighboring countries, because of the multiplicity of religions and sects.

In reality, all religions are seeking to worship a higher being, while in the case of the Abrahamic religion; they are originally from one source, which is: the Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him.

I believe that calling for a unification and collaboration of religions could bring a new world order under whose umbrella the people of different religions, with all their sects, are to be as compatible and not rivals. 

With the upcoming political and social system on which the world is evolving into; peace and harmony must prevail in the world. Only such harmony could bring peace and prosperity.  

Ahmed Shaheen is an Egyptian lawyer, academic and an astrologist who is a frequent guest on Arab TV networks.

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