The Quran: Israel’s Right to Exist

July 31, 2009 at 11:14 pm 5 comments

Given how many Muslims are confused about the Quran’s stance on Israel and the fact that there are clerics who still advocate violence against the Jews of Israel, a reexamination of the Quran is worthwhile.

The Jewish Homeland

Quran 5:20-21 Remember Moses said to his people: “O my people! Call in remembrance the favour of Allah unto you, when He produced prophets among you, made you kings, and gave you what He had not given to any other among the peoples. O my people! Enter the holy land which Allah hath assigned unto you, and turn not back ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin.”

Quran 17:104 And We said thereafter to the Children of Israel, “Dwell securely in the land (of promise)”: but when the second of the warnings came to pass, We gathered you together in a mingled crowd.

Direction of Prayer: The Qibla Changes from Jerusalem to Mecca

Quran 2:144 We see the turning of thy face (for guidance to the heavens: now Shall We turn thee to a Qibla that shall please thee. Turn then Thy face in the direction of the sacred Mosque: Wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction. The people of the Book know well that that is the truth from their Lord. Nor is Allah unmindful of what they do.

Quran 2:145 Even if thou wert to bring to the people of the Book all the Signs (together), they would not follow Thy Qibla; nor art thou going to follow their Qibla; nor indeed will they follow each other’s Qibla. If thou after the knowledge hath reached thee, Wert to follow their (vain) desires,-then wert thou Indeed (clearly) in the wrong.

Al-Aqsa Mosque
At the time of the Prophet, no actual mosque existed in Jerusalem and Jerusalem was not under Muslim-rule.

Verses Twisted by Those Claiming the Jewish Homeland for Themselves

Quran 2:89 And when there comes to them a Book from Allah, confirming what is with them,- although from of old they had prayed for victory against those without Faith,- when there comes to them that which they (should) have recognized, they refuse to believe in it but the curse of Allah is on those without Faith.

Quran 9:30 The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!

Verse 2:89, rendered in its Arabic form, does not refer to a curse placed on “all Jews.” Verse 9:30 is referring only to Jews who called ‘Uzair (Ezra) a son of God. Verse 9:30 does not say that it was a widespread belief amongst the Jews and it is logical to assume that the Jews referred to therein were from the Arabian Peninsula.

Fighting for Arab Nationalism Can Run Contrary to Islam

Quran 2:190 Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors.

There is No Abrogation in the Quran

Quran 2:106 None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things?

Quran 10:64 For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present and in the Hereafter; no change can there be in the words of Allah. This is indeed the supreme felicity.

Quran 2:85 After this it is ye, the same people, who slay among yourselves, and banish a party of you from their homes; assist (Their enemies) against them, in guilt and rancour; and if they come to you as captives, ye ransom them, though it was not lawful for you to banish them. Then is it only a part of the Book that ye believe in, and do ye reject the rest? but what is the reward for those among you who behave like this but disgrace in this life?- and on the Day of Judgment they shall be consigned to the most grievous penalty. For Allah is not unmindful of what ye do.

Recommended: “Zionism, the Qur’an, and the Hadith.” Authored by Khaleel Mohammed

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  • 1. The Day In Israel: Sat Aug 1st, 2009 : Israellycool  |  August 1, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    […] in his latest blog post, Ali contends that “many Muslims are confused about the Quran’s stance on Israel.” […]

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  • 2. Isy  |  August 1, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Just a question: While Ezra (together with Nehemiah) were pretty famous prophets, and were mainly known for their preaching for social justice and building the second temple, they aren’t all that important in Judaism. The most famous and important figures in Judaism are Moses and Eliyahu and maybe some other figures. In any case none are regarded as “the son of God”, at least not in the literal sense. So why is it said that “The Jews call Uzair a son of Allah”?

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    • 3. alioali  |  August 2, 2009 at 12:56 am

      That’s a fair question. First off, no one in their right mind would claim that any Jews of today call Ezra a Son of God. The question is, were there any Jews of the Arabian Peninsula that did hold such a belief?

      Response from a Muslim scholar: “The verse to which you refer, and which you seek to interpret, is based on your understanding that we KNOW all forms of Judaism that have existed. The truth is different to that assumption. Indeed, we are not sure even of the types of Judaisms that existed in the Arabian peninsula. The Torah tells us that some Hebrews worshipped the golden calf. Is it possible that some Jews, away from Rabbinic authority, could have said this thing?”

      Full document: http://www.forpeoplewhothink.org/Answers/Questions-On-Islam-and-Judaism.html

      I hope that addresses your question.

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    • 4. alioali  |  August 2, 2009 at 1:11 am

      The reason verse 9:30 is mentioned is because some Muslims attempt to use the verse as a way of saying, “look, we inherited what the Jews had.” From all that I’ve studied and read (in Arabic), I did not come to that conclusion (especially if all the verses are looked at together).

      The most interesting to me is the Al-Aqsa claim. There was no “mosque” in Jerusalem at the time of Muhammad and Jerusalem is never referred to by name (only “Al-Aqsa Masjid”). In addition, the Quran doesn’t use a generic term for houses of worship (it identifies them individually for the different faiths in 22:40).

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  • 5. quranlearningreadingquran  |  August 28, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Mashallah Good keep it up your site is very good source to find different thing about Quran i have seen an other site where people can learn quran online its http://www.learningquranonline.com http://www.learningquranonline.com

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