Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves into an explicit and elaborated explanation on the Ayats 135 -141 of Surah Al Baqarah.
And they say: ‘Be Jews or Christians, you will be rightly guided” Say: “Nay! (we follow) the religion of Ibrahim, the upright one, and he was not of the polytheist” (135).
Say: “We believe in Allah and (in) that which has been revealed to us, and (in) that which was revealed to Ibrahim and Isma’il and Ishaq and Ya’qub and the tribes, and (in) that which was given to Musa and Isa, and (in) that which was given to the prophets from their Lord, we do not make any distinction between any of them, and to Him do we submit” (136).
If then they believe in like of what you believe in, they are indeed on the right course, and if they turn back, then they are only in great dissension; so Allah will suffice you against them, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing (137).
(We have received) the dyeing of Allah, and who is better than Allah in dyeing? and Him do we worship (138).
Say: “Do you dispute with us about Allah? and He is our Lord and your Lord, and for us our deeds and for you are your deeds; and we are sincere to Him (139).
Or, do you say that Ibrahim and Isma’il and Ya’qiib and the tribes were Jews or Christians?” Say: “Are you better knowing or Allah? And who is more unjust than he who conceals a testimony that he has from Allah? And Allah is not at all heedless of what you do” (140).
This is a people that have passed away; they shall have what they earned and you shall have what you earn, and you shall not be called upon to answer for what they did (141).
We need to understand that in comparison to Islam, both Judaism and Christianity came much later. Hence, if man’s guidance depends on following Judaism or Christianity, how can Ibrahim AS and other Prophets who are accepted as having been rightly-guided even by the Jews and Christians be considered so when they were born several centuries before the birth of Judaism and Christianity? If they were rightly-guided from whom did they receive their guidance? The answer lies in this thought-provoking lecture and deserves a fair listen.
All the Prophets sent by Allah invited mankind to the Message of Allah and hence, for anyone who is really a lover of Deen, it is necessary that he should recognize all of them to be its bearers and not just believe in one single Prophet.