[3:18] God bears witness that there is no god except He, and so do the angels and those who possess knowledge. Truthfully and equitably, He is the absolute god; there is no god but He, the Almighty, Most Wise.
Based on the teachings of God's final scripture, we understand that there is only one universal message from God that has been communicated with the human race through all of His messengers whether these messengers are humans, scriptures or angels. That message is the message of Submission to Him ALONE. The Submission to Him ALONE implies the recognition and appreciation of Him ALONE as the only Initiator & Creator, conditioned by the validation of that appreciation; leading a life full of reverence of His laws and ethics:
[21:25] We did not send any messenger before you except with the inspiration: "There is no god except Me; you shall worship Me alone."
[16:36] We have sent a messenger to every community, saying, "You shall worship God, and avoid idolatry....."
[21:92] Your congregation is but one congregation, and I alone am your Lord; you shall worship Me alone.
[3:19] The only religion approved by God is "Submission.".....
[3:85] Anyone who accepts other than Submission as his religion, it will not be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter, he will be with the losers.
[3:102] O you who believe, you shall observe God as He should be observed, and do not die except as Submitters.
Moreover, and way before our descent to earth or receiving any guidance from God, such monotheistic message/religion has been graciously placed in our hearts, all of us, humans, with no exceptions.. It was characterized by God, and only God as "Strict Monotheism" and the attribute of its perfection and superiority (Al-Deen Al-Qayyem/The Perfect Religion) was granted to it by God and only God:
[30:30] Therefore, you shall devote yourself to the religion of strict monotheism. Such is the natural instinct placed into the people by God. Such creation of God will never change. This is the perfect religion, but most people do not know.
[7:172] Recall that your Lord summoned all the descendants of Adam, and had them bear witness for themselves: "Am I not your Lord?" They all said, "Yes. We bear witness." Thus, you cannot say on the Day of Resurrection, "We were not aware of this."
[7:173] Nor can you say, "It was our parents who practiced idolatry, and we simply followed in their footsteps. Will You punish us because of what others have innovated?"
Despite the monotheistic instinct we are created with, the divine teachings, proofs and warnings, the majority of the human race have been validating nothing but their unappreciative convictions and disbelief.. Over the centuries, those who have received the guidance from God have been committing idol worship through divisions that dictate countless, flawed, man-made laws & doctrines :
[21:93] However, they divided themselves into disputing religions. All of them will come back to us (for judgment).
[30:31] You shall submit to Him, reverence Him, observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and - whatever you do - do not ever fall into idol worship.
[30:32] (Do not fall in idol worship,) like those who divide their religion into sects; each party rejoicing with what they have.
[3:19] The only religion approved by God is "Submission." Ironically, those who have received the scripture are the ones who dispute this fact, despite the knowledge they have received, due to jealousy. For such rejectors of God's revelations, God is most strict in reckoning.
[6:159] Those who divide themselves into sects do not belong with you. Their judgment rests with God, then He will inform them of everything they had done.
[42:14] Ironically, they broke up into sects only after the knowledge had come to them, due to jealousy and resentment among themselves. If it were not for a predetermined decision from your Lord to respite them for a definite interim, they would have been judged immediately. Indeed, the later generations who inherited the scripture are full of doubts.
Persisting on their commitment to the blasphemous path of idol worship, the majority has been even going way over the board trying viciously to monopolize the one universal and dignifying message of God. The different existing groups and subgroups have been unjustly claiming special connections and relationships with the Almighty God that He has never authorized and is High above honoring:
[5:17] Pagans indeed are those who say that God is the Messiah, the son of Mary. Say, "Who could oppose God if He willed to annihilate the Messiah, son of Mary, and his mother, and everyone on earth?" To God belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them. He creates whatever He wills. God is Omnipotent.
[5:18] The Jews and the Christians said, "We are God's children and His beloved." Say, "Why then does He punish you for your sins? You are just humans like the other humans He created." He forgives whomever He wills and punishes whomever He wills. To God belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them, and to Him is the final destiny.
[2:111] Some have said, "No one will enter Paradise except Jews or Christians!" Such is their wishful thinking. Say, "Show us your proof, if you are right."
[2:112] Indeed, those who submit themselves absolutely to God alone, while leading a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.
[2:113] The Jews said, "The Christians have no basis," while the Christians said, "The Jews have no basis." Yet, both of them read the scripture. Such are the utterances of those who possess no knowledge. God will judge them on the Day of Resurrection, regarding their disputes.
[9:30] The Jews said, "Ezra is the son of God," while the Christians said, "Jesus is the son of God!" These are blasphemies uttered by their mouths. They thus match the blasphemies of those who have disbelieved in the past. God condemns them. They have surely deviated.
Along the same lines of blasphemies, there has been this claim that the traditionally practiced, so-called "Christianity" , "Judaism" and "Islam" are exclusively the three Monotheistic Abrahamic Religions! There have been false claims that prophet Abraham is the prophet who originated such religions. The so-called Christians claim he is Christian. The so-called Jews claim he is a Jew. The so-called Muslims share the same exact claim (22:78).. All these three existing man-made groups started the competition of ancestry and came up with that notion of three Abrahamic Religions! It is a fact that prophet Abraham was the chosen prophet to pass on the rituals of worship of God's one religion for all subsequent generations (2:127-128).. This however, doesn't mean that Abraham was the only deliverer of the universal message of strict monotheism. The irony is that non of those traditionally practiced, disputing, man-made religions, "Christianity, "Judaism" or "the existing traditional Islam", is actually adopting a monotheistic path yet claiming they are all "three Abrahamic & Monotheistic" ones!
God in Quran have shed enough light on Abraham's monotheistic path, religion and identity, nullifying the above claims:
[3:65] O followers of the scripture, why do you argue about Abraham, when the Torah and the Gospel were not revealed until after him? Do you not understand?
[3:66] You have argued about things you knew; why do you argue about things you do not know? God knows, while you do not know.
[3:67] Abraham was neither Jewish, nor Christian; he was a monotheist submitter. He never was an idol worshiper.
[3:68] The people most worthy of Abraham are those who followed him, and this prophet, and those who believe. God is the Lord and Master of the believers.
[2:120] Neither the Jews, nor the Christians, will accept you, unless you follow their religion. Say, "God's guidance is the true guidance." If you acquiesce to their wishes, despite the knowledge you have received, you will find no ally or supporter to help you against God.
[4:125] Who is better guided in his religion than one who submits totally to God, leads a righteous life, according to the creed of Abraham: monotheism? God has chosen Abraham as a beloved friend.
[16:120] Abraham was indeed an exemplary vanguard in his submission to God, a monotheist who never worshiped idols.
[16:121] Because he was appreciative of His Lord's blessings, He chose him and guided him in a straight path.
[16:122] We granted him happiness in this life, and in the Hereafter he will be with the righteous.
[16:123] Then we inspired you (Muhammad) to follow the religion of Abraham, the monotheist; he never was an idol worshiper.
[2:127] As Abraham raised the foundations of the shrine, together with Ismail (they prayed): "Our Lord, accept this from us. You are the Hearer, the Omniscient.
[2:128] "Our Lord, make us submitters to You, and from our descendants let there be a community of submitters to You. Teach us the rites of our religion, and redeem us. You are the Redeemer, Most Merciful.
The existing traditional Muslims have their share in this whole confusion about Abraham and the myth of that title, an Abrahamic Religion, one, two or three..They, too, wanted to participate in the historical game of monopoly misinterpreting 16:123 and claiming the title "Islam", exclusively, for themselves based on a narrow vision and poor perception of 3:19, 3:85 and 3:102. Additionally, there has been a crucial misinterpretation of 22:78 that has lead them for centuries to propagate a false claim that it was Abraham who named them "Muslims". 22:77-78, in Arabic clear text, state that it has been God, all along, who named THE BELIEVERS as SUBMITTERS/MUSLIMS. Please read and pay attention to the red text in parenthesis which replicate and explain what the original Quran text states in flawless Arabic:
[22:77] O you who believe, you shall bow, prostrate, worship your Lord, and work righteousness, that you may succeed.
[22:78] You shall strive for the cause of God as you should strive for His cause. He has chosen you and has placed no hardship on you in practicing your religion - the religion of your father Abraham. He is the one who named you "Submitters" originally [min qabl wafi hatha; ALL ALONG AND IN THIS - That is what the original text is stating - "Orginally" should be translalted as ALL ALONG or PREVIOUSLY- "AND IN THIS" is totally missing in the English translation which is significantly pointing at the document of Quran]... Thus, the messenger shall serve as a witness among you, and you shall serve as witnesses among the people. Therefore, you shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and hold fast to God; He is your Lord, the best Lord and the best Supporter.
In 22:78, the statement "AND IN THIS" , pointing at Quran, is missing and is not compensated in the English translation. The Statement, "AND IN THIS", proves beyond doubt, that all the pronouns, "He", in the above verse, with no exceptions, are referring to God Almighty. If it was true, as most of us have been understanding, that Abraham named us submitters, how could he have the authority to write or document that IN THIS QURAN as the verse states? Was Quran revealed to him and dictated to him day and night? Was he even around then? Even if that was the case, and he was around documenting, would that give him any authority to name us any thing? Who is the author, God or Abraham? It is God, and only God who have documented our name as Submitters in Quran as He is the only author of Quran. God named all the BELIEVERS as Submitters all along, since Noah, AND IN THIS. That is what 22:78 states.
It is noteworthy that 22:77 commands God's worshipers and allies to observe the rituals of Submission and adopt the path of righteousness and for that Abraham was declared as "the father" of believers as he was the one who delivered those rituals of Submission.. But no traditionally-practiced and existing religion, sub-religion, sect or group has any legitimacy in considering itself "Abrahamic" and Abraham was not different from all the other monotheistic prophets and messengers, before and after him:
[10:71] Recite for them the history of Noah. He said to his people, "O my people, if you find my position and my reminding you of God's revelations too much for you, then I put my trust in God. You should get together with your leaders, agree on a final decision among yourselves, then let me know it without delay.
[10:72] "If you turn away, then I have not asked you for any wage. My wage comes from God. I have been commanded to be a submitter."
[2:133] Had you witnessed Jacob on his death bed; he said to his children, "What will you worship after I die?" They said, "We will worship your god; the god of your fathers Abraham, Ismail, and Isaac; the one god. To Him we are submitters."
[3:52] When Jesus sensed their disbelief, he said, "Who are my supporters towards God?" The disciples said, "We are God's supporters; we believe in God, and bear witness that we are submitters."
In Conclusion, there is only one universal message that is authorized by God and has been preached all along by all of His messengers since Noah.. That message is the message of Submission to God ALONE on a strict monotheistic path. Prophet Abraham preached that same one message of monotheism just as all prophets and messengers before and after him. Prophet Abraham had never claimed any specific religions as Abrahamic for himself..He delivered the rituals of worship of the religion of Submission for all subsequent generations and for that he is called "our father" as worshipers and allies of God almighty..The monopoly of God's message or claiming its title, Submission, to belong with a specific group here or there is a game of idol worship that is constantly introduced by Satan. There are no specific one, two or three religions that have been exclusively belonging with or delivered through prophet Abraham. It is God, and only God, who authorized His one religion and message of Submission to all people and it is God, and only God who named His worshipers all along, and since Noah as SUBMITTERS. All believers and worshipers of God ALONE, generations after Abraham and until the Day of Judgement, are expected to follow the rituals of Submission that were once taught and delivered through prophet Abraham.
Peaceful Friday, salaam and God bless.