We will discuss following verses:
Sura 98 Ayas 4–5: The Essence of Religion
And those to whom scripture was given did not become divided into sects until after evidence had come to them.
But they were enjoined nothing more than to worship God, be sincere in religion and be regular in prayer and give charity, for this is the essence of religion.
The Quran, the Hadith, and all other books of scripture in the world contain parables, stories, advice, and prescriptions on a large number of topics. People in ancient times derived detailed rules of social, moral, and economic living from scripture and mandated obedience to all these rules as religion. This became the doctrine of Fundamentalism. Different people came up with different rules. In this way, schisms and sects were formed, and they have been the source of strife in human history ever since.
These ayas point out that the requirements of religion are few and simple: faith in God, prayer, and charity, with the condition that we be sincere. How the insights of these ayas manifested in the evolution of Muslim history will be discussed in our meeting.