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And cover not Truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when ye know (what it is).

Asad writes:

“By “overlaying the truth with falsehood” is meant the corrupting of the Biblical text, of
which the Qur’an frequently accuses the Jews (and which has since been established by objective
textual criticism), while the “suppression of the truth” refers to their disregard or
deliberately false interpretation of the words of Moses in the Biblical passage, “The Lord
thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren like
unto me; unto him ye shall hearken” (Deuteronomy xviii, 15), and the words attributed to
God Himself, “I will raise them up a prophet from among thy brethren, like unto thee, and
will put My words in his mouth” (Deuteronomy xviii, 18). The “brethren” of the children
of Israel are obviously the Arabs, and particularly the musta’ribah (“Arabianized”) group
among them, which traces its descent to Ishmael and Abraham: and since it is to this group
that the Arabian Prophet’s own tribe, the Quraysh, belonged, the above Biblical passages
must be taken as referring to his advent.” (The Message of the Quran pg. 23)


Asad, Muhammad (1980). The Message of the Quran.

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