WHAT IS COMPARATIVE RELIGION?
“Comparative religion is the branch of the study of religions concerned with the systematic comparison of the doctrines and practices of the world’s religions. In general the comparative study of religion yields a deeper understanding of the fundamental philosophical concerns of religion such as ethics, metaphysics, and the nature and form of salvation. Studying such material is meant to give one a richer and more sophisticated understanding of human beliefs and practices regarding the sacred, numinous, spiritual and divine.
In the field of comparative religion, a common geographical classification of the main world religions includes Middle Eastern religions (including Zoroastrism and Iranian religions), Indian religions, East Asian religions, African religions, American religions, Oceanic religions, and classical Hellenistic religions.” (Source : Wikipedia)
Comparative Religion is categorized under education and also religion being that it is a field of study as regards the former and it is about religion as in the latter.
It is only in Islam that we have sets of misguided, ignorant and uneducated entities who have become critics of Comparative religion. Why? Because they think comparative religion is a ‘Muslim only’ thing that was invented by Muslims as a primary and only means of Da’wah.
Another of their headache is that studying comparative religion or being a comparator makes you ignorant or have no knowledge about Islam. This article is the preamble, we will get to refutations later,In shaa Allah. While we await refutations, let us ask a question…
A Muslim comparator that has no knowledge about Islam, what does he want to compare?
(In some people’s voice, a comparator that lacks Islamic knowledge, is that one a comparator?
Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman
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