Land of Israel and Jewish heritage – 7

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Land of Israel and Jewish heritage

A series from the book written by Naveed Anjum

Qur’anic stories and Israiliyat, cont’d

Hadiths and Source Documents, cont’d

The historical explanation of Israliyyat is necessary, because the rest of the discussion explicitly depends on an understanding of Israliyyat—especially when discussing matters relating to Israel. In this regard, we will consider whether the Bible has been changed according to Islamic traditions and resources or not. Can we believe Bible or not? We will discuss later whether the Hebrew Bible has been altered or not and what the Qur’anic perspective is regarding this issue. After that, we will be able to safely conclude:Partner with us. DONATE HEREPlease donate to
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  • Those Israiliyyat that are non-biblical and in direct contradiction to the Qur’an, we should reject
  • Those Israiliyyat that are non-biblical and neither confirmed nor rejected by Shariah should not be taken seriously
  • However, those Israiliyyat that have been taken directly from the Bible or Biblical verses, even if they are not considered Israiliyyat, we can trust because the Holy Qur’an, itself, confirms the authenticity of the Bible

Here, one more question may arise: How shall we deal with any Israiliyyat that has been taken directly from the Bible, but it is in direct contradiction to the Qur’an? Nonetheless, Muslims believe in the sacredness of the Qur’an. They will reject any such Biblical verse even though the Qur’an authenticates the Bible.  I do not wish to dishearten anyone or injure their feelings; however, I will not engage in the argument of whether Muslims must believe it. I will simply use those traditions to prove the facts that are:

  • Listed in the Qur’an
  • Taken from the Bible and also found in Islamic resources
  • Not contradictory to Islamic Shariah and the Qur’an

None of my points will contradict either the Qur’an or Shariah. Even if my point is taken from the Bible, I will try my best to provide the available Islamic resources.

(To be continued…)

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