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Does Allah like the Arabs? He cannot make up his mind as usual

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in response to reader comment: Historicism = Histrionics

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jul 26, 2015 at 07:03

PP you wrote

(3:110) which brazenly declares: "You (the Arabs) are the Greatest of people and were put on this Earth as an exemplary model for the rest of Mankind." (my translation)

I really disagree with your translation the verse is as follows

كنتم خيرامة اخرجت للناس

Or You were the best nation that was produced for the peoples

Who are the "you"? The Qur'an does not tell us so we have to turn to al-Tabari who quotes Abi Hurayra and here is the quote from al-Tabari

أَبِي هُرَيْرَة " كُنْتُمْ خَيْر أُمَّة أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ " قَالَ : تَجُرُّونَ النَّاس بِالسَّلَاسِلِ إِلَى الْإِسْلَام

Or Abi Hurayra (is quoted as) saying that "You were the best nation that was produced for the people" means: You drag people into Islam

So the subject here is not really the Arabs in the 3rd century of Islam when al-Tabari was writing his exgesis and it was Muslims but if you account for Q14:4 then the suject of the verse could very well be the Arabs

Now if we turn to Q9"97 it says

The Arabs are the worst in unbelief and hypocrisy and the ones that cannot learn the limits of what Allah sent to his messenger

It seems that Allah cannot make up his mind as usual


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