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(2:79) Woe to those who write the Book with their own hands

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Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then say:”This is from Allah,” to traffic with it for miserable price!- Woe to them for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby.

The following excerpt is taken from “The Quran with Annotated interpretation by Ali Unal pg. 98:

In addition to interpreting the Book of God according to their wishes, for the sake
of fame, status and worldly gain, the rabbis interpolated into it their own readings of the
Scriptures, stories from their national history, superstitious ideas and fancies, philosophical
doctrines and legal rules, and attributed these to God. This caused what was human and
what was Divine to be confounded. Furthermore, they expected others to believe in whatever there was in the Book, and they regarded rejection of their additions as being identical
with unbelief. As pointed out in verse 78, the common people were unlettered. They tended
to believe in whatever they were told in the name of religion, and thus, they were dragged
along into conjectures and fancies through mere imitation.


Unal, Ali (2006). The Quran with Annotated Interpretation in Modern English. (p. 98)

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