Monotheistic religions communicate among others, two important principles beneficial to humanity so that humans can live in peace and harmony in the world.
First is the greatness of God, the Absolute Reality, the Creator, the Sustainer and the Protector of the world. Second is the harmonization and universalization of social life.
Monotheistic tradition is based on the supremacy, sovereignty and suzerainty of Allah (God), their manifestations in human life and His operation in this world.
The crux and the fundamental basis of the message and guidance of the Lord of the universe are the complete obedience and submission to His will, following His commandments in every sphere of life, living in peace and harmony with other fellow human beings, sharing what is righteous and virtuous and thus, making this earth worth living.
The same message has been revealed in all Divine books and conveyed to humanity through all the messengers of the Lord from Adam, the first messenger to Muhammad, the last as well as others, including Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon and Jesus (peace be upon them all). All of them were men of high abilities and virtues and dedicated to the mission that the Lord assigned to them and conveyed truth to mankind. These are, in fact, the Prophetic mission and tradition which they conveyed to humanity at different span of time and different periods of history. The Qur’an exhorts:
We have sent thee inspiration, as We sent it to Noah and the messengers after him: We sent inspiration to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes, to Jesus, Job, Aaron, and Solomon and to David We gave the Psalms
It is further said that the message brought by the messengers of the Lord is righteous and lead to the path of truth and piety. Those who follow and hold fast the rope of the Lord get the utmost benefit.
The Lord addresses: “O mankind! Verily there hath come to you a convincing proof from your Lord: for We have sent unto you a light (that is) manifest. Then those who believe in Allah, and hold fast to Him… soon will He admit them to Mercy and guide them to Himself by a straight Way
(Qur’an, 4: 174-175).
The Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) strengthened the monotheistic tradition by his utmost commitment and dedication to the will of the Lord as well as by the manifestation and establishment of His superiority through his struggle and sacrifice in the world. This is the reason that his acts and his entire life are considered as an excellent example for those whose hope is in God and in the Last Day
(Qur’an, 60: 4 and 6).
Monotheistic tradition teaches us that all men are the progeny of the same father and mother. They are created by the Lord from the same material and for the same purpose. Their nature and mission are the same. The difference of colour and some physiological traits are due to the environment and physical surrounding.
Their birth in different groups and clan is only for identification. They are not the matters of any superiority of one over the other. The superiority lies in righteousness, piety and dedication to the divine system of life
The identification of the Absolute Reality that is none other than God acquaints us with a comprehensive system of norms to follow in living with others and in interaction with animate and inanimate objects.
The characteristic of the norms is that they are not generated by individuals and groups but revealed by the Lord of the universe and in the best interest of humanity. Revealed norms always establish a close link between truth and goodness.
They are not what the majority of people practice but what is desirable for human being to lead a moral and virtuous life. It, further establishes a balance between human aspiration and societal needs. It checks human aspiration in case it destroys the very fabric of society.
All these show that men are equal, their footing and foundation are the same; they share close common bonds of physiological, spiritual, ideological and social nature with their fellow beings.
Similarly, the monotheistic religions based on Abrahamic tradition also share the common ideology and cardinal principles that govern the world and human life as well. The principle is the manifestation and inception of the sovereignty of the Absolute Reality on earth and in human life.
The adherents of these religions have the foremost duty to join hands of each other and establish the sovereignty of God.
They should develop righteousness and piety, avoid vice and evil and live in peace, tranquillity and harmony with fellow human beings.
They should resolve differences, conflict and confrontation if any. Instead, they should help each other to promote goodness and virtues and to create an altruistic society where people can live in peace and harmony with honour and dignity.
This will be a great contribution to humanity, and it will also give a message to the world that peace on the earth can only be established when we establish Divine system and follow the norms revealed by the Lord of the universe.