While Muslims Observe These Religious Rituals, They Are Nonetheless Non Exclusive to Them
Annual Pilgrimage (Hajj) rituals mentioned in the Holy Qu’ran as follow: “Call mankind to the Pilgrimage. They will come to you, on foot, and on every kind of lean camel, by every distant track.” 22:27 and Eid al Adha festivity as also mentioned in Holy Qu’ran as follow: “We have appointed for you the sacrificial camels as one of the symbols set up by God, in which there is much good for you. So invoke God's name over them as you line them up for slaughter, and when they have fallen down dead, feed yourselves and feed the needy those who do not ask as well as those who do. We have thus subjected them to you so that you may be grateful.” 22:36, are not referring to Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Ismael or Isaac. May peace and blessings of Allah (SW) be upon all of them! The sole purpose of these rituals and celebrations is to commemorate the patriarch Abraham’s exemplary faith.
For this reason, it really does not matter much who the intended sacrificial son would’ve been. Holy Qu’ran 37:102 “Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what thy view is! (The son) said: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if God so wills one practicing patience and constancy!" Or Isaac in Genesis 22:1-19
Against the backdrop of the above verses we believe Muslims need to invite other Abrahamic family members during the observance of these rituals as a unifying front in combatting divisive religious extremism. This is to bridge the gap, heal the wound, remove current divisive elements from within and help bring the Abrahamic families closer for the purpose of peaceful coexistence.
The reality is that when we eliminate the divisive, none Divine sources being recited by extremists to justify our differences, we would instantly disable major causes of religious conflicts from within and thus be able to prevent further demonization of each other.
Following are among unifying Qu’ranic Verses we can use to justify our this unity:
“Those who believe (in the Qur'an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in God and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” 2:62
“And certainly, We have honored (the) children of Adam and We carried them on the land and the sea, and We have provided them of the good things and We preferred them over many of those whom We have created.” 17:70
“O mankind! Indeed, We created you from a male and a female and We made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, (the) most noble of you near Allah (is the) most righteous of you Indeed, Allah (is) All-Knower, All-Aware.” 49:13
Sheikh Musa Drammeh
Muslim Media Corporation