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Is Quran anti-Semitic?

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Submitted by Ansar Raza (Canada), Mar 30, 2005 at 11:40

The allegation of anti-Semitism on the Quran shocks me for two reasons; one that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was a Semite himself. Alleging the Quran being anti-Semitic is like labeling it to be anti-Muhammad (Peace be upon him) which is completely unimaginable.

Second reason being, the admonishment doesn't necessarily mean hatred or detestation of the person being admonished. Parents admonish their children to mend their behavior and to help them become good persons in their lives.

Similarly, the Quran admonished the Jews for their committed crimes and sins but also at the same time it mentions their high status, as a matter of fact the highest status amongst all the people. God is enraged when these "Chosen People" became indifferent to God's commandments and committed sins and crimes.

The Quran is not alone in reprimanding the Jews. Both old and new testaments have rebuked the Jews in very harsh terms for their sins and violating the laws of Torah. Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) called the Pharisees as "Sons of Snake" and censured the contradiction between their sayings and deeds. Therefore, the allegation of anti-Semitism fits more appropriately over the Bible. The Quran is just following suit.

It's not that only the Jews were violating the divine law and broke the sanctions of God. The Muslims and other nations have been doing the same deserving the wrath and punishment of God.

I believe that hatred for the Jews amongst the Muslims is unfair and inappropriate. It is I think a guilty conscience in the Muslims which they try to cover-up by blaming the Jews for every infliction, because they see their own faces in the mirror Quran has made for the Jews.
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