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Posted on Jul 02, 2007 at 05:52 AM

Blogging the Qur?an: Sura 2, ?The Cow,? verses 75-140posted at 9:00 am on June 24, 2007 by Robert Spencer Send to a Friend | printer-friendly The next segment of Sura 2, verses 75-105, continues the Qur?an?s criticism of the Jews. When you read statements by Hamas leaders or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about Israel, remember that they view Israel and Jews through a Qur?anic prism. They have learned, if they have studied the Qur?an at all, that the Jews are the most perverse and guilty ? as well as the craftiest and most persistent ? enemies of Allah, Muhammad and the Muslims. In verse 75 Allah asks the Muslims how they can hope that the Jews will come to believe in Islam, since ?a party of them used to listen to the word of Allah, then used to change it, after they had understood it, knowingly?? In his Tafsir Anwar al-Bayan, the twentieth-century Indian Mufti Muhammad Aashiq Ilahi Bulandshahri notes that some commentators ?have mentioned that the verse refers to the adulteration of the Torah. The Jewish scholars used to accept bribes from people to alter certain injunctions to suit their desires.? Expanding on this in connection with verse 79, Bulandshahri says that the Jews ?commit a dual sin by altering Allah?s scripture and by accepting bribery as well.? This is a traditional view: the Tafsir al-Jalalayn says that the Jews ?altered the description of the Prophet in the Torah, as well as the ?stoning? verse, and other details, and rewrote them in a way different from that in which they were revealed.? In their arrogance they also think they will only be in hell for a few days (verse 80). Bukhari recounts that after Muhammad conquered the Jews of Khaibar, an Arabian oasis, they roasted a sheep for the Prophet of Islam ? and poisoned it. Sensing their stratagem, he summoned and questioned them. In the course of this, they told him, ?We shall remain in the (Hell) Fire for a short period, and after that you [Muslims] will replace us.? Muhammad responded indignantly: ?...

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