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And remember ye said: “O Moses! We shall never believe in thee until we see Allah manifestly,” but ye were dazed with thunder and lighting even as ye looked on.

The following excerpt is taken from “The Holy Quran in Today’s English” by Yahiya Emerick under the commentary of the above verse:

“The Qur’an is unequivocal in holding that people are not allowed to see God face to face due to His exalted Majesty being far above that (besides the fact that He created the sun and the stars and we would probably go blind seeing Him!)  For the ancient Jews, however, there has been some confusion on this issue, and the call of the Hebrews to Moses to show them God before they would believe is telling.  Exodus 24:10-11 states that the nobles and the regular people of Israel “saw God,” whereas Exodus 33:20 says that no man can see God and live.  Then it says in verse 23 that only His “back parts” can be seen. (Alse dee Deuteronomy 5:4.)  The Qur’an does not accept such anthropomorphisms and merely states that the punishment the Jews received for such insolence was to be thunderstruck with terror.

Thou Shalt Never See Me – Islamic Web Library


Emerick, Yahiya. The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an in Today’s English (p. 829). Unknown. Kindle Edition.

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