And so we see in verse Q.2:62 that righteous Muslims (that is, "those who believe") have no greater reward than righteous Jews and Christians and Sabaeans
: "...they [all] have their reward with their Lord, they shall not fear nor should they grieve."
These ruins date back to the time of the Sabaeans
(1500 BC to 600 AD), who were highly skilled hydrologists and formed part of a complex dryland water harvesting system with enough water to irrigate an estimated 50,000 acres (Evenari et al.
One general question to be asked, for instance, is whether Sabaeans
and Qatabanians met on the high plateau, as Stein seems to think in describing some features of Sabaic from the region of Radman (p.
The Mandaean Sabaeans
, a community whose religion draws on pre-Christian gnostic beliefs, numbered approximately 5,000 to 10,000 persons, with members residing primarily in Khuzestan in the southwest.
Taqiyya is also used by many Middle Eastern ruling elites and sects, including the Yezdi, Alaawites (the present Syrian ruling family), Sabaeans
and the Druze whose use of taqiyya dates back to c.
According to some theological experts, the Ismailis have a philosophy in many ways similar to that of the Sabaeans
(star worshippers) combined with elements of Hindu gnosis.
Those who believe, and those who are Jews, and Sabaeans
, and Christians--whosoever believeth in Allah and the Last Day and doth right--they shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve" (V, 69); "There is no compulsion in religion.
Indeed, the Iraqi president recently launched the construction of a new temple in Baghdad for the Sabaeans
. Also called Mandeans, they are the lone remnant of Gnosticism, a competitor to early Christianity fought by the church as a heresy.
Like the Sabaeans
, the Himyars appear to have had an elaborate political system based on alliances with chiefs of tribal confederations.
Although there is no historical evidence for the Queen of Sheba either, the early inhabitants of Aden would have known about the great dam of Marib which was built in the eastern deserts of Yemen by the Sabaeans
around 700 BC.
"I really feel I can touch you even in this darkness when I pray" are powerful words that we might hold onto as we grapple with the senselessness of the deaths of James Foley and Andrew, and as we contemplate the suffering of Christians, Yazidis, Shabaks, Turkomans, Kaka'is and Sabaeans
and others who are being targeted for their beliefs in Iraq and other parts of the world right now.
According to estimates, more than ten Sabaeans
were killed and ten to fifteen Sabaeans
were kidnapped for ransom during the reporting period.