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Study Tour of Mrs. Shaheena Khatib
May/June 2005

Bani-Israel, Not JEWS

“O children of Israel! Remember those blessings of MINE with which I graced you, and I favored you above all other people;”

(From Holy Qur'an 2/47)

The Final Testament, Holy Qur’an, in the beginning addresses the Bani-Israel, first with reference to your great past and then goes on recounting the favors of GOD on you in taking you to the exalted heights. The chain of Prophets was there in Bani-Israel to guide you as and when it was needed. Almighty GOD withdrew HIS favor when the Bani-Israel faltered totally from the Doctrine of Abraham the monotheist. But the same Doctrine, Almighty GOD revealed and said in the Final Testament chapter 16 verse 123:

“And lastly, WE have inspired you O Muhammad: ‘Follow the Doctrine of Abraham, who turned away from all that is false, and was not of those who ascribe divinity to aught beside The One GOD.”

(From Holy Qur'an 16/123)

Precisely speaking, I request you all to study the Holy Revelations directly in its heavenly language, without any Muslim interpretation. I hope Insha-Allah; the same greatness shall knock on your doors as happened in the past.

More often in the Qur’an, you are addressed as Bani-Israel and Ahlal Kitab, means Children of Israel or People of the Book. Now which Book is it any way? The Qur’an says in chapter 5 verse 44:

“Verily, it is WE who bestowed from on high the Torah, wherein there is Divine Guidance and Light. On its strength did the Prophets, who had surrendered themselves unto ALLAH, deliver judgment unto those who followed the Jewish faith; and so did the Godly persons and the rabbis……. , O children of Israel, hold not men in awe, but stand in awe of ME; and never barter away MY messages for a trifling gain…..”

(From Holy Qur'an 5/44)

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There are many verses appreciating the followers of Moses in glowing words. In chapter 7 verse 159:

“And among the people of Moses, there are people who take guidance from the Truth and act justly in its light.”

(From Holy Qur'an 7/159)

The Qur’an does not condemn the Bani-Israel as a whole but appreciates the submission of God-fearing people among them in chapter 3 verse 113:

“The people of The Book are not all alike: among the followers of earlier revelations there are upright people, who recite GOD’s messages throughout the night, and submit themselves to HIM”

(From Holy Qur'an 3/113)

The gates of lost glory are still wide open for you. The Qur’an has a universal message for you and for all the people of the Book. It states in chapter 5 verse 69:

“Those who are Muslims, who are Jews, the Sabeans, the Christians – all who worship One and Only God, and are conscious of accountability, and conduct themselves righteously, on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.”

(From Holy Qur'an 5/69)

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Once again I would request you all to study the Holy Qur’an in its heavenly language directly. The Arabic language is quite alive as well, and the Qur’an is historically in its original form till date. There are many Jew scholars of Arabic in Israel and other parts of the world. I believe, no Heavenly Revelation preaches enmity and hatred. The Holy Qur’an has no mythology, no superstition. It does not preach faith, but appeals to human intellect and reason. However, I regret to say that some Muslims interpret it to tarnish the image of other communities while glorifying themselves. And that is a different story.

The lost glory of Bani-Israel and God’s favor can be retrieved, if the Jews of today study the Last Revelation objectively which comes from the same source as came The Tablets, The Torah, The Psalms and The Gospel. The only effective way I believe is, to deprive the haters the use of their most successful tool – misinterpretation of the Qur’an. You can re-present them in its letters and spirit. The lost glory will knock at your doors and politics of hatred will come to an end, Insha-Allah. I hope my words will be taken in good spirit.