[Surah Al-Qalam 68:4]
“So they who have believed in him honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him - it is those who will be successful”
The People of the Book(s) waited for the Prophet and identified him when they got the news about his arrival. It is expected from them to:
- Believe in him
- Honor him
- Support him
- Follow the light which was sent down with him -
The conditions for the salvation of Ahlul Kitab (People of the Books) are mentioned in the verse. There is no option for them but to believe and honor the prophethood of Muhammad ﷺ . No matter how many good deeds they perform, but belief in the last Messenger is the most important aspect for their success.
Before the advent of Prophet Mohammed ﷺ the rule was that, whoever from the People of the Book obeyed and followed his divine Book, without corrupting his Faith in Touhid, will go to Paradise but after the advent of the last Messenger ﷺ, the rule is to obey him for salvation. This will be the law till the day of Qiyamah.
The Invitation of Islam to the People of the Book(s) is based upon reviving the teachings of previous prophets under the guidance of the teachings of the Last Prophet ﷺ.