إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالنَّصَارَى وَالصَّابِئِينَ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
Those who beleive (in that which is revealed unto thee, Muhamman), and those who are Jews, Christians and Sabeans whoever beleiveth in Allah and the Lat Day and doeth right surely their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.
I was reading this verse, and it caught my attention. Sabeans are totally different from the Abrahamic religious. So,,, who are the Sabeans? I found an article about them in Wikipedia, it was informative, but I felt it was a bit complicated for me. Here is the part I was able to digest well, and hopefully I will have time to find more info from other sources about them and their book The Zabuur…
Sabians (Arabic: صابئين, Greek: σεβεοι/σεβομενοι, Yiddish: תושבים) are adherents of religions derived from the beliefs of a community which was based in the area of ancient SubarTu…. The Sabian faith is also known as Seboghatullah, meaning “submersion in the divine mystery”.
The Sabians existed before Muhammad, and are said to have read from a book called the Zabuur (i.e. the Psalms)….
Under sharia, the Sabians form a protected religious group (along with Christians and Jews).
Many Islamic writers from the period of about 650 CE onward gave further descriptions of the Sabians. They wrote that the Sabians lived in Iraq around Sawad, Kutha and Mosul and they “wash themselves with water” and had “long hair” and “white gowns”. They had a monotheistic faith with religious literature (the Zabuur) and acknowledged the prophets. Their theology resembled that of Judaism and Christianity yet were neither, nor were they Magians.
According to Islamic scholars, they did not reject the Prophets of Islam but neither did they regard it as obligatory to follow them. According to the Hanif Sabians, whoever followed (the Prophets) may be blessed and saved, but whoever follows a path similar to that of the Prophets by virtue of one’s own reasoning is also blessed and saved, even if one did not follow the Prophets in specific terms. In their view the call of the Prophets was true but there was no one specific route to salvation.
(I tried to find any picture of them but wasn’t successful 😦 )