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The Case against Bani Israel
By:Mike Ghouse, WDC
Date: Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 9:05 pm

The Case against Bani Israel
Abstract
The Quran on the Bani Israel, the chosen people, and their responsibility regarding The Torah, as per the covenant they ratified with God, and the consequences.

ظَهَرَ الْفَسَادُ فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِي النَّاسِ

لِيُذِيقَهُم بَعْضَ الَّذِي عَمِلُوا لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ

Has appeared the corruption in the land and the sea for what have earned (the) hands (of) people,
so that He may let them taste a part (of) that which they have done so that they may return.
[Al-Quran 30:41]

The Quran is a divine revelation, and so are the scriptures revealed before it. They contain guidance for those who wish to keep their duty. Among the qualities of such people is their believe in all the scriptures. The Quran begins with a prayer for guidance, a description of the believers and the rejectors, and then attention is drawn to the corrupters:

وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمْ لَا تُفْسِدُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ قَالُوا إِنَّمَا نَحْنُ مُصْلِحُونَ

أَلَا إِنَّهُمْ هُمُ الْمُفْسِدُونَ وَلَٰكِن لَّا يَشْعُرُونَ

When they are told, "Do not cause corruption in the land," they say, "But we are reformers!"
They are truly corrupters and do not realize it.
[Al-Quran 2:11-12, Translation: Safi Kaskas]

Our Creator does not like corruption of His creation. Human activities have wreaked much havoc on this planet, destroying many species, and harming many others, including our own selves. Divine revelations are meant to guide us away from all that we do wrong, so that we can return to God, repenting from our sins, our ignorant and unjust ways, and seeking forgiveness. God, in His Mercy, promises to forgive us, reform us and grant us The Gardens of Eternity as an inheritance.

The Chosen People
The Quran reminds the Bani Israel of their covenant:

يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ اذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتِيَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ

وَأَوْفُوا بِعَهْدِي أُوفِ بِعَهْدِكُمْ

وَإِيَّايَ فَارْهَبُونِ

O CHILDREN of Israel! Remember those blessings of Mine with which I graced you,
and fulfil your promise unto Me, [whereupon] I shall fulfil My promise unto you;
and of Me, of Me stand in awe!
[Al-Quran 2:40, Translation: Muhammad Asad]
Note: عَهْدِ means covenant, a formal, binding, solemn agreement

Continue reading: https://signsandscience.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-case-against-bani-israel.html

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