Land of Israel and Jewish heritage
A series from the book written by Naveed Anjum
Arrival of Abraham in Canaan, cont’d
We can discern another fact from reading the above Qur’anic verse. Whenever God discusses the Holy land, He associates with it the names of Isaac and Jacob. This fact is highly significant. The Qur’an does not mention the immigration in detail, so we are dependent upon the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) to discover those details.
As I mentioned earlier and will discuss in detail in Chapter 7, the Holy Qur’an legitimizes the contents of the Hebrew Bible, and Muslims can believe it where it does not contradict the Qur’an or Shariah. In addition, Muslim scholars believe Biblical contents explain the stories in the Qur’an. How else could they know the wife of Joseph was Zuleikha? However, the Bible does not mention Zulekiha. She is found in the Talmud, which are the Jewish traditions. Nevertheless, Muslims believe it. Moreover, how would Muslims know that the place where Abraham migrated to was Canaan? Obviously, they believe the Hebrew Bible and the Jewish Talmud in these instances, because the Qur’an does not provide that information.
Now we need to know who the people of Canaan were at that time, and whether they were lawfully residing in Canaan. At the time of his arrival in Canaan, Abraham was yet to discover its land was to become his appointed estate that he would pass on as an inheritance to his heirs. Nonetheless, he rejoiced when he reached it.
(To be continued…)