The Angel Gabriel and Allah’s Message Continued
As verse 97 insinuates, it was Gabriel who revealed the words of Allah to Mohammed. This, as we see here, “had been revealed before.”
Again and again these verses emphasize both that God has already revealed his message in previous books and that some people continue to reject this new message, which is quite obviously a continuation of the first. What’s more, God is the enemy of these people. My first question is, if God is the enemy of those who deny the continuation of his message, and Jews fall under this rubric, how come Jews are given the status of dhimmi in Muslim societies which would seem to accept their decision not to believe in God’s latest message? Do the Jews fall into two groups here, as we’ve discussed before?
Verses 102 and 103
Why did the sorcerers of Solomon’s time explicitly say that they were trying to deceive people? It seems like a silly question but at the same time, I can’t help but think that it’s a silly statement that I’m sure has been thought about, and answered, by others.
There is a tone in this verse that I don’t know if I’ve sensed before. I think I’m generally having trouble understanding this verse. Can anybody shed some light on it? Hmm, and the next one. What’s really going on here?
This Quran Read-A-Long post definitely has more questions than answers but I found it difficult to understand and more than a little confusing. What are your thoughts and reflections about these verses?
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The Cow 97-103
97. Say: “Whosoever is the enemy of Gabriel who revealed the word of God to you by the dispensation of God, reaffirming what had been revealed before, and is a guidance and good news for those who believe, – 98. Whosoever is the enemy of God and His angels and apostles, and of Gabriel and Michael, then God is the enemy of such unbelievers.” 99. We have sent clear signs to you, such as none can deny except those who trangress the truth. 100. And every time they made a pledge some of them pushed it aside, and many of them do not believe. 101. When a messenger was sent to them by God affirming the Books they had already received, some of them put (His message) behind their backs as if they had no knowledge of it. 102. And they follow what devilish beings used to chant against the authority of Solomon, though Solomon never disbelieved and only the devils denied, who taught sorcery to men, which, they said, had been revealed to the angels of Babylon, Harut and Marut, who, however, never taught it without saying: “We have been sent to deceive you, so do not renounce (your faith).” They learnt what led to discord between husband and wife. Yet they could not harm any one without the dispensation of God. And they learnt what harmed them and brought no gain. They knew indeed whoever bought this had no place in the world to come, and that surely they had sold themselves for something that was vile. If only they had sense! 103. Had they come to believe instead, and taken heed for themselves, they would surely have earned from God a far better reward. If only they had sense!