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Al-Azhar Issues Statement Regarding Calls for Merging Abrahamic Religions

Sun 19 Mar 2023 | 03:23 AM
Taarek Refaat

The General Secretariat of the Islamic Research Academy at Al-Azhar Al-Sharif (AIRA) in Egypt issued an official statement Saturday regarding the repeated calls for the merger of the three monotheistic religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism), and the so called Abrahamic Religion.

The General Secretariat said the difference of people in their beliefs and orientations is a cosmic Sunnah and a natural instinct that God created people with, and that if He wanted to create them in one form, or one tongue or one belief, He would have created them in this way, but He wanted that difference to be basis for their freedom to choose their faith.

The statement continued: “The freedom to choose one’s belief does not prevent human communication with followers of other religions; as they are the people of heavenly books, and dealing with them on the basis of justice and mutual respect is what Islam calls for, and it is not permissible to confuse respect for the beliefs of others with belief in them, because that confusion will lead to corrupting religions and encroaching on the most valuable value that God has guaranteed to man, which is freedom of belief."

“The call that haunts people’s ears today with what is said about the unity of religions or what is called the “Abrahamic religion”, has already been raised earlier, and Al-Azhar decided on its matter and explained its danger, and that it does not agree with the origins of any of the heavenly religions or with its branches nor with the nature of creation, which is based on difference."