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al-Isra'ileyat or الاسراءيليات

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Dec 20, 2016 at 11:15

Dr Pipes

Very interesting topic It is no secret that Islam is part of the Judeo-Christian tradition and the borrowings went both ways

Now here is the definition of the word الاسرائيلياتor al-Isra'ileyat


And it means Akbar اخبار or news/traditions that Muslims "share" with Jews and surprisingly enough Christian traditions included. I believe that these traditions got into Islam via the so called Muslim Rabbis as well as Syro-Arabic Christianity

Early on al-Mufasereen had no hesitation to tell readers that a certain tradition is regarded as Isra'ileyat But later on the Ulama viewed such traditions with great suspicion

The Qur'an makes it clear that Allah is the author of the Five Books of Moses the Gospels and Psalms of David So any Quranic material that one can find in them it was regarded as part of the Qur'an

Does this mean that the Qur'an does not have any Isra'ileyat? The answer is it does. Example? Q5:32 a verse very often quoted by Muslim apologists Obama included where it says that Allah says that Jews should not kill others and it is a loan verse from Talmud Sanhedrin

The Islamic tradition never claimed that Allah had anything to do with the Talmud This is why this verse Q5:32 is Isra'ileyat

Other traditions not included in the Qur'an but is now very Islamic is male circumcision And I know of one brave Muslim who regarded male circumcision as Isra'leyat but he ended by having a Fatwa of takfir issued against him


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