TEHRAN (IQNA) – Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria has declared that the idea of an “Abrahamic religion” is political and unacceptable.
Speaking to a national television show, he noted that the idea was opposed to religious thought and categorically unacceptable, Anadolu agency reported.
Some believe that the source of the divine religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam is Hazrat Abraham (AS) and think like Westerners, but the East has a different opinion, he added.
Religions are like colors and cannot be changed or replaced by innovation or adding false information to the constants of a given religion, he said.
The Middle East is the cradle of religions and the idea of the Abrahamic religion is the product of political thought aimed at breaking the tenets of any religion that preserves human identity.
In similar remarks in November 2021, the head of Egypt’s Al-Azhar Islamic Center, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, criticized attempts to promote the term “Abrahamic religion” in an attempt to integrate Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
He called such attempts an illusion and the confiscation of freedom of conscience. He compared the claim to ones like globalization, the end of history, etc.
Although the invitation to the unity of human society is supposedly aimed at eliminating the causes of discord, it is in reality a confiscation of the most precious possession of mankind, namely the freedom of belief and of conscience and freedom of choice, added al-Tayeb.
All of these freedoms have been guaranteed and emphasized in monotheistic religions, he said.
The cleric also said he believed that a consensus of people on a religion was not possible due to differences in beliefs, intellect, languages and other characteristics.
The term “Abrahamic religion” has been promoted recently with the apparent aim of uniting Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
We hear it especially since certain Arab countries have normalized their relations with the Zionist regime of Israel.