Islam on Israel’s Right to Existence

Most ordinary Muslim worshipers do not read the Quran and instead are taught its great message by the wise Islamic scholars and imams in the mosques.

Therefore, their knowledge of Islam’s views on Israel and the Jews are based only upon the spoken words which they hear from the preachers in the mosques.

These teachings can be manipulated and interpreted in ways which differ from the original source according to the opinion of the religious teacher and preacher.

Noor Dahri, an Islamic scholar and Director of Islamic Theology in his article “Islam Supports Israel’s Right of Existence”, cites three Quranic verses to support it.

In the first verse of the Holy Quran, it is written “And We said thereafter to the Children of Israel ‘Dwell securely in the Promised Land’ “ (Quran 17:104).

In the second verse it states “O my people (the Jews) ! Enter the Holy Land which God has assigned unto you”. (Quran 5:21).

And the third verse “And we said to the Children of Israel afterwards, ‘scatter and live all over the world…. And when the end of the world is near we will gather you again into the Promised Land’. (Quran 17:104).

And Dahri adds “These Quranic verses are solid proof that the land was divinely given to the people of Israel and Muslims have no religious or historical claim to possess this land”.

Obviously, Dahri differs from accepted Islamic theology which describes the travel of the Prophet Mohammed on his horse, al-Buraq, to holy Jerusalem (Al Quds).

The Muslim writer, Tarek Fatah, wrote: “Al-Tabari’s medieval commentary on this verse mentions Palestine and Jerusalem as the land of God assigned to the Jews…. The land of Israel, which is mentioned as Canaan in the Holy Quran, referred to the Jews, the people of Israel and the descendants of prophet Isaac, peace be upon him.”

It was the holy Prophet Mohammed himself who referred to the Jews as “ikhla al kitab” the people of the Book. But nowhere in the Holy Quran is there any mention of Palestine or of Jerusalem directly.

Finally, Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi, a member of the faculty at the University of Velletri’s Department of the History of Religion, has written:

“The Quran recognizes the Land of Israel as the heritage of the Jews and it explains that, before the Last Judgment, Jews will return to dwell there.. It was God’s promise to Abraham. This prophecy has already been fulfilled”.

If, then, the interpretations from Holy Quran of Islam accepts that Islam supports Israel’s Right of Existence, the modern Islamic scholars and preachers must vocalize this truth to the millions of Muslims who cannot read the Holy Quran. And one day Islamic salaam and Jewish shalom may embrace one another.

And the children of Abraham (Ibrahim) may dwell together in peace.

Insh’Allah. May God will it !

(source reference: thanks to Wikipedia)

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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