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(2:91) The Israelites killed their prophets

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When it is said to them, “Believe in what Allah Hath sent down, “they say, “We believe in what was sent down to us:” yet they reject all besides, even if it be Truth confirming what is with them. Say: “Why then have ye slain the prophets of Allah in times gone by, if ye did indeed believe?”

Yusuf Ali writes:

C96. Even the race argument is often flimsy and hollow
Did not the Jews reject Prophets of their own race who
told them unpleasant truths?
And do not other nations do likewise?
The real trouble is selfishness, narrowness, a mean
dislike of anything which runs counter to habits, customs
or inclinations.


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (Surah 2 verse 91). Microsoft Word – 002 Baqarah.doc (

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