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5:44 The Torah and the Jewish Scholars

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It was We who revealed the law (to Moses): therein was guidance and light. By its standard have been judged the Jews, by the prophets who bowed (as in Islam) to Allah’s will, by the rabbis and the doctors of law: for to them was entrusted the protection of Allah’s book, and they were witnesses thereto: therefore fear not men, but fear me, and sell not my signs for a miserable price. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) Unbelievers.

Torah was a Divine Revelation and provided “light and guidance
(It was intended for the children of Israel, and
was never meant to have universal validity. This verse does not offer
evidence of the purity of the text of the scripture in what we read
today, or that this “light and the guidance” were kept intact throughout
the ages. The Rabbis and those learned in their law were required to
guard their scripture. However, scholars among the Jews (and
Christians) know that major alterations were made and are still being
made by human hands to their holy scriptures, which they claim are
from God. The alteration of these books is clearly referenced in the
Holy Qur’ân in 2:75-79. The light and guidance also refer to the
Divine teachings and the prophecies about the advent of Jesus and the
Holy Prophet (pbuh). It is the duty of the learned to inform their
people about the true teachings and the prophecies and these verses
warn against trying to conceal or modify them.


NOORUDDÎN ,ALLÂMAH. (2015). Exegesis of The Holy Qur’ân Commentary and Reflections.

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