Commentators of the Qur’aan: idiotic propaganda against Christianity and Judaism

August 20, 2006 at 5:56 pm (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Languages, Religion, Religions, Theology)

I have always been fascinated by the need, it seems, for Muslim commentators on the Qur’aan to always put down Christians and Jews. It seems that no commentary can be complete without demonstrating how Christians and Jews have strayed off the true path, corrupted their religion, and are in rebellion against God and his truth.

Here is one example that made me chuckle. In his Tafheem ul-Qur’aan (an Urdu commentary on the Qur’aan; the title means “Comprehension of the Qur’aan”), Sayyid Abu al-A’laa Mawdudi says about Jews:

اس حد کو پہنچ چکا تھا کہ وہ اپنا اصل نام “مسلم” تک بھول گۓ تھے، محض “یہودی” بن کر رہ گۓ تھے

…reached this point that they forgot even their real name “Muslim,” entirely styling themselves and remaining “Yahudi” [Jewish]…

Sayyid Abu al-A’laa Mawdudi. Tafhim ul-Qur’aan. Lahore, Pakistan: Idaarah Tarjumaan al-Qur’aan Lahore [Institute for the Translation of the Qur’aan Lahore], 1984, vol. 1, p. 47. Translated from the Urdu by me.

Yes, indeed. Jews forgot they were originally called “Muslim” indeed. I could go on and on regarding how what Mawdudi wrote was utterly ridiculous, but I will assume that this is clear without any pontification on my part.

Abd ul-Majid Daryabadi, another popular and prominent commentator, is interesting in how he mischaracterizes all of Christianity, particularly when it seems he assumes Catholic Christianity is all of Christianity. Although his commentary is not new, it was written in the twentieth century, well after the Protestant Reformation. How Muslims are so utterly ignorant of Christianity and Judaism, which they attempt to eruditely and expertly refute, is amusing if not troublesome. It’s troublesome in that Muslims read what these commentators have written and unquestioningly believe it.

It is possible for Muslims to refute Christianity and Judaism without looking like ignorant idiots. But then part of the problem is how the Qur’aan itself mischaracterizes Christianity and Judaism.


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