The Saabieen

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Q: Some people believe that the followers of the Zaboor were the Sabieen. Is this correct?

A:
The Saabieen are mentioned twice in the Quran: in Surah Baqarah and in Surah Hajj. There are different views among the Ulema as regards to the exact nature and religion of these people. One view shared by Imams of Tafseer Dhahhaak, Ishaaq bin Rahaway, and Suddi is that they were the followers of Zaboor. However, the more preferred view is that they believed in the Oneness of Allah but did not follow any Divine Scripture or Prophet. Allah Knows Best.