“O Children of Israel, call to mind My favor which I bestowed on you and that I made you excel the nations.” (Qur’an 2:47)
“O Children of Israel, call to mind My favor which I bestowed on you and that I made you excel the nations.” (Qur’an 2:122)
“And We indeed delivered the Children of Israel from the abasing chastisement, From Pharaoh. Surely he was haughty, prodigal. And certainly, We chose them above the nations, having knowledge” (Qur’an 44:30)
“And when Moses said to his people: O my people, remember the favor of Allah to you when He raised prophets among you and made you kings and gave you what He gave not to any other of the nations.” (Qur’an 5:20)
“And certainly Allah made a covenant with the Children of Israel, and We raised up among them twelve princes. And Allah said: Surely I am with you. If you keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate and believe in My messengers and assist them and offer to Allah a goodly gift, I will certainly cover your evil deeds, and cause you to enter Gardens wherein rivers flow. But whoever among you disbelieves after that, he indeed strays from the right way.” (Qur’an 5:12)
“The Lord said to Moses, “Send men to reconnoiter the land of Canaan, which I am giving the Israelites. You shall send one man from each ancestral tribe, all of them princes.” (Numbers 13:1-2)
This article is written so that those who call themselves Jews or people who hold to the faith of Judaism can understand the true position of Islam as concerning Jews and Israel. Islam does not teach racism. Thus Islam does not teach to hate any tribe or race of people.
“O mankind, surely We have created you from a male and a female and made you races and tribes that you may know each other. Surely the noblest of you with Allah is the most dutiful of you. Surely Allah is Knowing, Aware.” (Qur’an 49:13)
Thus Islam does not teach hatred of the Jews.
Let me quote from “The Secret Jews” by Joachim Prinz, pp 20, 21 55:
“While thousands of Jews suffered in the rest of Europe, while the crusaders murdered them in the Rhineland and wherever they carried the cross toward Palestine in their holy war, Spanish Jewry celebrated its Golden Era… But the financial backing essential to the battle had come, as we know, from Abravanel, the Jew, who was now in exile. Not a single believing Jew was left in all of Spain or in the Balearic Islands. The Muslims were defeated. Spain was a purely Catholic country. And on August 3, 1492, another glorious triumph was beginning. Christopher Columbus sailed his three ships towards an unknown world on a voyage which was to fulfill two of the great goals of Spain, gold, and honor”
The following is taken from this web site and written by a Jewish woman Rebecca Weiner
The Golden Age
The situation improved in 711 when Spain fell under the rule of the Muslim Moors. Both and Jews built a civilization, based in, known as Al-Andalus, which was more advanced than any civilization in Europe at that time. Jews were able to coexist peacefully with their neighbors; however, they were still treated as “People of the Book” (Jews and Christians) who are protected under Islamic law. Jews did not have complete autonomy and had to pay a special tax, the jizya, but were able to freely practice their religion.
The era of Muslim rule in (8th-11th century) was considered the “Golden Age” for Spanish Jewry. Jewish intellectual and spiritual life flourished and many Jews served in Spanish courts. Jewish economic expansion was unparalleled. In Toledo, Jews were involved in translating Arabic texts to the romance languages, as well as translating Greek and Hebrew texts into Arabic. Jews also contributed to botany, geography, medicine, mathematics, poetry, and philosophy.
A number of well-known Jewish physicians practiced during this period, including (915-970), who was the doctor for the (leader of). Many famous Jewish figures lived during the Golden Age and contributed to making this a flourishing period for Jewish thought.
Jews lived separately in aljamas (Jewish quarters). They were given administrative control over their communities and managed their own communal affairs. Jews had their own court system, known as the Bet Din. Rabbis served as judges and rendered both religious and civil legal opinions.
Islamic culture also influenced the Jews. Muslim and Jewish customs and practices became intertwined. For example, Arabic was used for prayers rather than Hebrew or Spanish. Before entering the synagogue, Jews washed their hands and feet, which is a practice done before entering a mosque. Arab melodies were used for Jewish songs. Jews wore the clothing style of their Moorish neighbors, although they were not allowed to wear silk or furs.
Jews lived peacefully in Al-Andalus for 400 years. The Golden Age for Jewry in Muslim declined after the Almovarides gained power in 1055 and continued to deteriorate after the Almohads came to power in 1147. Jews continued to work as moneylenders, jewelers, cobblers, tailors, and tanners, however, they had to wear distinguishing clothing, such as a yellow turban.”
It should be noted that the above web site doesn’t always have favorable things to say about Jews under Muslim rule. However, the facts remain that obviously, Islam does not teach annihilation or hatred of the Jews as seen by the example of Muslims who flourished in Muslim Spain and Portugal.
THE BLESSED PROPHET AND HIS RESPECT FOR JEWS
The prophet Muhammed (saw) commanded respect for the Jews in the following example.
“A funeral procession passed in front of us and the Prophet (saw) stood up and we too stood up. We said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle (SAW)! This is the funeral procession of a Jew. He (SAW) said, ‘Whenever you see a funeral procession, you should stand up’.” Source: (Sahih Bukhari, Vol 2, Book 23)
THE QUR’AN MUHAMMED RECIEVED COMMANDS MUSLIMS TO DEFEND SYNAGOGUES!
“Permission (to fight) is given to those on whom war is made because they are oppressed. And surely Allah is Able to assist them. Those who are driven from their homes without a just cause except that they say: Our Lord is Allah. And if Allah did not repel some people by others, cloisters, and churches, and SYNAGOGUES, and mosques in which Allah’s name is much remembered, would have been pulled down. And surely Allah will help him who helps Him. Surely Allah is Strong, Mighty.” (Qur’an 22:39-40)
NOTE: Muslims are to sacrifice not only to stop their own persecution by their opponents and to save their own mosques but to save churches and SYNAGOGUES as well.
MUHAMMED (SAW) MARRIED A JEW AND TOLD HER TO BE PROUD OF HER HERITAGE.
The following is a story about one of the wives of Prophet Muhammed (saw). She was a Jewish woman by name of Safiyyah bint Huyayy.
“It was for these reasons that Huyayy secretly decided to oppose and fight the Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) while in public he and the other leaders of the Jews made peace treaties with the Muslims and the Jews broke as soon as it seemed a favorable time to do so. Although Safiyyah was Huyayy’s daughter, she had a pure heart and had always wanted to worship her Creator and Lord, the One who had sent Moses, to whom she was related, and Jesus, and finally Muhammed (saw).
Thus as soon as the opportunity arose, not only to follow the last Prophet but also to be married to him, she took it. Although Safiyyah had in Muhammed (saw) a kindest and considerate husband, she was not always favorably accepted by some of his other wives, especially when she had first joined the Prophet’s household. It is related by Anas that on one occasion, the Prophet (saw) found Safiyyah weeping. When he asked her what the matter was, she replied that she heard that Hafsah had disparagingly described her as ‘the daughter of a Jew’.
The Prophet (saw) responded by saying, “You are certainly the daughter of a Prophet (Harun), and certainly your uncle was a Prophet (Moses), and you are certainly the wife of a Prophet (Muhammed), so what is there in that to be scornful towards you?” Then he said to Hafsah, “O Hafsah, fear Allah!”
Once the Prophet was accompanied on a journey by Safiyyah and Zainab bint Jahsh when Safiyyah’ s camel went lame. Zainab had an extra camel and the Prophet asked her if she would give it to Safiyyah. Zainab retorted, “Should I give to that Jewess!” The Prophet turned away from her in anger and would not have anything to do with her for two or three months to show his disapproval of what she had said. Some three years later, when Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was in his final illness, Safiyyah felt for him deeply and sincerely. “O Messenger of Allah,” she said, “I wish it was I who was suffering instead of you.” Some of the wives winked at each other which made the Prophet cross and he exclaimed, “By Allah, she spoke the truth!”
WHAT ABOUT ISRAEL?
Does Islam teach hatred of Israel?
Before we get into this discussion we need to know what is Israel (Isra’il) according to the Qur’an and Islam? In every passage of the Qur’an Israel is referred to as a Yaqub (Jacob) or Isr’ail his other name. The Qur’an also refers to Israel as Bani Isra’il which is to say the tribe or offspring of Isra’il (Yaqub).
The Qur’an NEVER EVER makes a statement that Israel is a political state or political entity.
The following should make that abundantly clear.
“And when We made a covenant with the Children of Israel, You shall serve none but Allah. And do good to parents, and to the near of kin and to orphans and the needy, and speak good words to all men, and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate. Then you turned back except a few of you, and you are averse.” (Qur’an 2:83)
“Say: We believe in Allah and that which has been revealed to us, and that which was revealed to Abraham, and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and that which was given to Moses and Jesus, and 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.” (Qur’an 2:136)
“Or do you say that Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes were Jews or Christians? Say: Do you know better or Allah? And who is more unjust than he who conceals a testimony that he has from Allah? And Allah is not heedless of what you do.” (Qur’an 2:140)
“And when Moses prayed for water for his people, We said: March on to the rock with your staff. So there flowed from it twelve springs, Each tribe knew their drinking places. Eat and drink of the provisions of Allah, and act not corruptly, making mischief in the land.” (Qur’an 2:60)
ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE ISRAEL HAD 12 TRIBES
“And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of E’dar. And it came to pass when Israel traveled in that land that Reuben went and lay with Bl’hah his father’s concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zeb-lun: The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin: And the sons of Bil’hah, Rachel’s handmaid; Dan and Naphtali. And the sons of Zillah, Leah’s handmaid: Gad and Asher these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padan-a’ram.” (Genesis 35:21-26)
The following points need to be made:
1) Israel in the above passage refers to Jacob (Yaqub)
2) A nation-state does not ‘pitch a tent’ and a nation-state does not ‘travel’ and a nation-state does not ‘hear’ things.
Israel is a nation in the same way the native Cherokee of the United States is a nation. When the native Cherokee were banished to live in the state of Oklahoma they did not cease to be a nation.
SO WHAT IS THE CONCLUSION ABOUT THE TERM ‘ISRAEL’?
1) Israel/ Jacob (Yaqub) is the name of a prophet of Allah! It is not the name of a nation-state. The Qur’an nowhere recognizes Israel as a nation-state.
2) Israel is not in neither the Torah nor the Qur’an a political state; rather it refers to the 12 tribes/offspring of Jacob who may or may not be obedient to Allah’s will.
DOES ALLAH CURSE THE JEWS IN THE QUR’AN?
YES…BUT READ ON…CONTEXT IS KEY
“But on account of their breaking their covenant, We cursed them and hardened their hearts. They alter the words from their places and neglect a portion of that whereof they were reminded. And you will always discover treachery in them excepting a few of them-so pardon them and forgive. Surely Allah loves those who do good to others.” (Qur’an 5:13)
“Curses were pronounced on those among the Children of Israel who rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of Mary: because they disobeyed and persisted in excesses.” (5:78)
THESE CURSES UPON THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL ARE NOT UNIQUE TO THE QUR’AN.
“And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.” (Exodus 32:19-20)
“That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee. For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, you have been rebellious against the Lord and how much more after my death? Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears and call heaven and earth to record against them. For I know that after my death you will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because you will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.” (Deuteronomy 31:25-29)
“The Lord said to Moses, Tell the Israelites: You are a stiff-necked people. Where I go up in your company even for a moment, I would exterminate you, Take off your ornaments, therefore; I will then see what I am to do with you. So, from Mount Horeb onward the Israelites laid aside their ornaments.” (Exodus 33:5-6)
The above passages from the Qur’an should only be understood in the context of that which both Moses and Allah stated in the Torah.
If the Qur’an is promoting hatred of Jews or Anti-Semitism then so is the Torah. The facts are that Allah is condemning those on account of their breaking their covenant and the Children of Israel who rejected Faith.
This should be understood in light of the following passages that also tell us once again not all the Jews are the same and they are of course not all bad the same with any particular people.
“Not all of them are alike: of the People of the Book are a portion that stands (for the right); they rehearse the Signs of Allah all night long, and they prostrate themselves in adoration. They believe in Allah and the Last Day; they enjoin what is right, and forbid what is wrong, and they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good works: they are in the ranks of the righteous. Of the good that they do, nothing will be rejected of them; for Allah knows well those that do right” (Qur’an 5:113-115)
“Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good, they have their rewards with their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.” (Qur’an 2:62)
The theme stressed time and time again in the Qur’an is that they of all people are particularly troublesome. What is the sincere Jew to do? Cry Anti-Semitism and show animosity towards Muslims? No! The sincere Jew who takes this matter seriously should repent and pray to Allah to open his or her heart and guide them ever more to the truth. This is the same thing anyone should ask for.
ISSUES CONCERNING WHERE THE JEWS AND BANI ISRAEL WENT ASTRAY.
The Qur’an teaches that neither the Jews nor Israel is alone in receiving the blessings of Guidance from Allah. The Jews today cannot claim good standing with God simply on being descendants of Abraham and neither can the Arabs for that matter.
“All Israel have a portion in the world to come” (BT Sanh 90a; cf. Mishnah Sanh 10:1) This statement is from the oral “Torah” of the Jews.
Hagigah 27a (p.171). No rabbi can ever go to hell.
This statement is also from the oral “ Torah” of the Jews. If any Jew or someone from the tribes of Israel makes any of the following claims they are totally unfounded and untrue.
1)”God loves Israel alone of all the nations.”
2)”God will judge the Gentiles with one measure and the Jews with another.”
3)”Abraham sits beside the gates of hell and does not permit any wicked Israelite to go through, any wicked Israelite Abraham will keep out of hell.”
4)”They who are the seed of Abraham according to the flesh shall in any case, even if they be sinners and unbelieving and disobedient toward God, still share in the eternal Kingdom.”
Allah refutes any notion that heritage from Abraham itself makes the Jews saved.
“O Children of Israel, call to mind My favor which I bestowed on you and that I made you excel the nations. And be on your guard against a day when no soul will avail another in the least, neither will any compensation be accepted from it, nor will intercession profit it, nor will they be helped. And when his Lord tried Abraham with certain commands he fulfilled them He said: Sure I will make thee a leader of men. Abraham said: And of my offspring? My covenant does not include the wrong-doers said He.” (Qur’an 2: 122-124)
Allah most high simply states that on Yom Al Qiyyamah (The Day of Judgment) that no one will be able to intercede on behalf of the Children of Israel. It also needs to be understood that when Abraham upon whom be peace asked about his offspring it simply states that his covenant is not with the wrongdoers.
Moses calls God “God of the spirits of all flesh” (Numbers 27:16)
NOT GOD OF ISRAEL BUT LORD OF THE UNIVERSE!
(Bismillah Ir Rahman Ir Raheem)
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!
(Al hamdulillahi rabbil al’ameen) (Qur’an 1:2)
“And messengers We have mentioned to thee before and messengers We have not mentioned to thee. And to Moses Allah addressed His word, speaking (to him).” (Qur’an 4:164)
“And for every nation, there is a messenger. So when their messenger comes, the matter is decided between them with justice, and they are not wronged. (Qur’an 10:47)
“That the people of the Book (Jews and Christians) may know that they control naught of the grace of Allah, and that grace is in Allah’s hand. He gives it to whom He pleases, And Allah is the Lord of mighty grace.” (Qur’an 57:29)
THE SCRIBES OF JUDAISM DID NOT KEEP THE TORAH INTACT.
Muslims believe that Allah Most High had indeed given Moses the Torah to guide the Children of Israel. That this Torah consisted of written documents and oral tradition is confirmed in the following verses of the Qur’an.
“And certainly We gave Moses and Aaron the Furqan and a light and a reminder for those who keep from evil.” (Qur’an 21:48)
Furqan means filter/judgment/discrimination
“And certainly We gave the Children of Israel the Book and Hikmah and prophethood and provided them with good things, and made them excel the nations.” (Qur’an 45:16)
Hikmah means wisdom, discernment.
THE FOLLOWING IS PROOF THAT JUDAISM BELIEVES IN AN ORAL TORAH
This is taken from the following web site http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/Oral_Law.html
The Torah also is silent on many important subjects. We take it for granted that the large majority of couples want their wedding ceremony to be religious, but the Torah itself has nothing to say concerning a marriage ceremony. To be sure, the Torah presumes that people will get married – “Therefore shall a man leave his mother and father and cleave to his wife and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24) — but nowhere in the Torah is a marriage ceremony recorded. Only in the Oral Law do we find details on how to perform a Jewish wedding.
Without an oral tradition, some of the Torah’s laws would be incomprehensible. In the Shema’s first paragraph, the Bible instructs:
“And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart. And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes” (Deuteronomy 6:48)
“Bind them for a sign upon your hand,” the last verse instructs. Bind what? The Torah doesn’t say. “And they shall be for frontlets between your eyes.” What are frontlets? The Hebrew word for frontlets, totafot is used three times in the Torah — always in this context (Exodus 13:16; Deuteronomy 6:8, 11:18) — and is as obscure as is the English. Only in the Oral Law do we learn that what a Jewish male should bind upon his hand and between his eyes are tefillin (phylacteries).
Finally, an Oral Law was needed to mitigate certain categorical Torah laws that would have caused grave problems if carried out literally. The Written Law, for example, demands an “eye for an eye” (Exodus 21:24).
Did this imply that if one person accidentally blinded another, he should be blinded in return? That seems to be the Torah’s wish. But the Oral Law explains that the verse must be understood as requiring monetary compensation: the value of an eye is what must be paid.
For these three reasons-the the frequent lack of details in Torah legislation, the incomprehensibility of some terms in the Torah, and the objections to following some Torah laws literally — an Oral Law was always necessary.
Strangely enough, the Oral Law today is a written law, codified in the Mishna and Talmud. Orthodox Judaism believes that most of the oral traditions recorded in these books date back to God’s revelation to Moses on Mount Sinai. When God gave Moses the Torah, Orthodoxy teaches, He simultaneously provided him all the details found in the Oral Law. It is believed that Moses subsequently transmitted that Oral Law to his successor, Joshua, who transmitted it to his successor, in a chain that is still being carried on (Ethics of the Fathers 1:1).
ISLAM RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ORAL AND WRITTEN “TORAH”
There are many things in the Oral Torah that were transmitted faithfully from Moses through Joshua and the Qur’an agrees with this.
In the standard edition of the Mishnayot, the wording is: “Whoever destroys the life of a single human being [nefesh a`hat mi-bnei adam] … it is as if he had destroyed an entire world, and whoever preserves the life of a single human being … it is as if he had preserved an entire world”.
“For this reason, We prescribed for the Children of Israel that whoever kills a person, unless it is for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he had killed all men. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved the lives of all men. And certainly, Our messengers came to them with clear arguments, but even after that many of them commit excess in the land.” (Qur’an 5:32)
However, there are many things in the Oral “ Torah” Muslims would argue is not from Allah.
Sanhedrin 58b. (p.398). If a heathen (Gentile) hits a Jew (the Gentile must be killed. hitting a Jew is the same as hitting God.
Yebamoth 63a (p.42O). States that Adam had sexual intercourse with all the animals in the Garden of Eden.
Sanhedrin 43a. Says Jesus (“Yeshu” and in footnote #6, Yeshu “the Nazarene”) was executed because he practiced sorcery.
Menahoth 43b-44a. A Jewish man is obligated to say the following prayer every day: Thank you God for not making me a Gentile, a woman, or a slave.
Baba Mezia 59b. (p. 353). A rabbi debates God and defeats Him. God admits the rabbi won the debate.
This one of the reasons the last Prophet Jesus the Son of Mary referred to the Mishnah (“Oral tradition of the elders”) which would later comprise a major portion of the Talmud.
“In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. ” (Mark 7:7)
“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which you have delivered: and many such like things do you.” (Mark 7:13)
Jesus referred to the Mishnah (“tradition of the elders’) which would later comprise a major portion of the Talmud:
“Then spoke Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not you after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at the feast and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi, But be not you called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all you are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 23:1-9)
“But woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer you them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like unto white sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you build the tombs of the prophets and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous. ” (Matthew 23:13,27,29)
There are also many other things written in the Tanach TNCH that the Jews hold sacred that Muslims would not ascribe to Allah.
“Thus said the Lord of the host, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid in wait for him in the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and kill Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. ” (1 Samuel 15:3)
CONTRAST 1SAMUEL 15:3 WITH THE FOLLOWING,
“And it came to pass, as soon as the kingdom was confirmed in his hand, that he slew his servants which had slain the king his father. But the children of the murderers he slew not: according to that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the Lord commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children are put to death for the fathers, but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.”
The above statement is found in Deuteronomy 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children are put to death for the fathers, but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.” (2 Kings 14:5-6)
Whoever ascribed that Allah (swt) would give permission to kill innocent babies and children in warfare made a very serious error in light of what Allah revealed to Moses in the Torah.
Thus Allah says,
“Woe! Unto them to those who write the Book with their hands then say, This is from Allah; so that they may take for it a small price. So woe! to them for what their hands write and woe! to them for what they earn.” (Qur’an 2:79)
This verse is most certainly in reference to the following section of the Torah.
“You may charge a foreigner interest, but not a fellow Israelite, so that the Lord your God may bless you in everything you put your hand to in the land you are entering to possess.”
“If you make a vow to the Lord your God, do not be slow to pay it, for the Lord your God will certainly demand it of you and you will be guilty of sin.” (Deuteronomy 23:20-21)
This particular text which has been engineered by the hands of man has not only perpetuated the economic imbalances of today, it has the focus of so many anti-Jewish tropes around money.
THE TORAH WAS INTRUSTED TO THE JEWS.
“…and the rabbis and the priest (judged according to their Scriptures),
“For to them was entrusted the protection of the book of Allah and they were witnesses to it.” (Qur’an 5:44)
TNCH ( TANACH) AFFIRMS THAT THE SCRIBES HAVE CHANGED THE TORAH.
“How can you say we are wise, and the ‘law of the lord'(Torah) is with us’? But behold, the false pen of the scribes has made it (the Torah) into a lie.”
ALLAH DOES NOT SLEEP OR REST.
It is revealed in the Qur’an that Allah has never slept or has ‘taken a fifteen-minute break’. Such a concept is blasphemous to Allah and it degrades the creator of the universe.
The following is taken from http://www.jewfaq.org/shabbat.htm
In Exodus 20:11, after Fourth Commandment is first instituted, G-d explains, “because, for six days, the L-rd made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and on the seventh day, he rested; therefore, the L-rd blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it.” By resting on the seventh day and sanctifying it, we remember and acknowledge that G-d is the creator of heaven and earth and all living things. We also emulate the divine example, by refraining from work on the seventh day, as G-d did. If G-d’s work can be set aside for a day of rest, how can we believe that our own work is too important to set aside temporarily?
“Allah- there is no god but He, the Ever-living, the Self-subsisting by whom all subsist. Slumber overtakes Him not, nor sleep.” (Qur’an 2:255)
In conclusion, it can be seen that during the time of Moses upon whom be peace Arabs and people of all ethnic backgrounds and tribes would have had a moral obligation to themselves and their creator to accept the divine revelation that Moses had received.
There is nothing Anti-Semitic in admitting the truth that the Arabs and other non-Israelite tribes during the time of Moses were polytheists (idol worshipers) and people of error.
However it now the Bani Isr’ail the Children of Israel who are upon error, and we call them to the Haqq (the undisputed truth).
“Abraham was not a Jew nor a Christian, but he was righteous a Muslim; and he was not one of the polytheists.” (Qur’an 3:66)
Before there was a Jesus or a Christianity Allah had a relationship with humanity.
Before there was Moses or Judaism Allah had a relationship with humanity.
Allah tells us that Abraham was a Muslim.
MuSLiM, SaLaM, iSLaM all come from the Arabic root (SLM) which means Peace, safety, security, surrender, return to wholeness, submission.
Abraham was a submitter to the will of Allah. If 12 tribes can come together and worship Allah then surely the descendants of both Ishaq and Ismail came come together and worship Allah. In fact, all of humanity can come together in worship of our one common creator Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful.
Allah truly spoke through the mouth of Moses and said to the Children of Israel “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:18-19)
For more on prophecies about Muhammed in the Torah please read my article https://primaquran.com/2018/05/05/muhammed-written-about-in-the-bible/
In closing I leave with this following quotation from the Glorious Qur’an to the Jews, the Christians and all would listen to the words of their Lord
“And who forsakes the religion of Abraham but he who makes a fool of himself. And certainly, We made him pure in this world and in the Hereafter he is surely among the righteous. When his Lord said to him, Submit, he said: I submit myself to the Lord of the worlds. And the same did Abraham enjoin on his sons, and Jacob: O my sons, surely Allah has chosen for you (this) religion, so die not unless you are submitting ones. Or were you witnesses when death visited Jacob when he said to his sons: What will you serve after me? They said: We shall serve your God and the God of your fathers, Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac, one God only, and to Him do we submit” (Qur’an 2:130-133)
May the One True God of Abraham guide the children of Israel to the truth
2 responses to “The Truth About The Jews and Israel in Islam Part 1”
Do the words ‘Jew’ and ‘Christian’ mean a specific religion OR socio-religious group?
Word Jew in Arabic is Yahud. Does it refer to the people of Judah?
Christian in Arabic is Nasrani. Does it refer to the people of Nazareth?
I think that both of these words have both ethnic and religious connotations to it.
Those are good observations. I wonder if the term Jew at the period of the Blessed Prophet (saw) was synonymous with all the children of Israel or if the Qur’an is pre-empting the fact that in today’s world it becomes synonymous.
Also, using the term Nasrani-is the Qur’an trying to give Christian archeologist/researchers some clues about their past?