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ISLAMIC SCHOLAR - ISRAEL BELONGS TO THE JEWS

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An Islamic scholar in Italy and another in the United States state that the Quran teaches that Israel belongs to the Jews. Several months ago I read about an Islamic scholar who believed that Israel belonged to the Jews. Now a scholar in America is saying the same thing

The scholar in Italy and Khaleel Mohammad, an assistant professor of religions studies at San Diego State University have caused quite a stir with their comments that according to the Quran, Islamís holiest book, Moses was told that Israel belonged to the Jews.

In the Quran Moses is a central figure. According to Khaleel the Quran pants Moses as "Godís Revolutionary" who "leads a people despised and tormented for no other reason than that they worshipped God out of bondage to the Promised Holy Land."

Quoting from the Quran Chapter 5:20 - 21, Moses said, "O my people! Remember the bounty of God upon you when He bestowed upon you, and made you kings and gave you that which had not been given to anyone before you amongst the nations. O my people! Enter the Holy Land which God has written for you, and do not turn tail, other wise you will be losers."

As Mohammad points out the reference to the Holy Land is a place where God has "written: for the Israelites. This term carries the idea of. "finality, decisiveness, and immutability."

Professor Mohammad comments, "If God has written Israel for the people of Moses who can change it?"

Both scholars have publicly stated that Israel belongs to the Jews and that the idea that Israel is not a Jewish state is a more modern concept.

It appears this concept began after Israel was reformed as a nation in 1948. Up to that point the land was called Palestine, a name dating back to the Roman period when Rome occupied much of the Middle East. Palestine continued to be the name of the land located between Syria and the Negev Desert of Egypt. Palestine was the home to Arab Christians, Muslims and a minority of Jews for many centuries. All three groups got along well, until 1948, when Palestine was annexed by the United Nations and became Israel. From that moment the Islamic perception of Palestine changed. It became viewed as an Islamic country that was being occupied by Jews. Since the Jews considered Jerusalem as their historic capitol the fire of controversy raged and Jerusalem was the wood for the fuel. Resting on the Mountain the Jews call Moriah, is a 1200 year old Islamic mosque. Having Jews and Christians surround the sacred compound became a thorn in the sides of the Islamists.

When the Israeli army re-united Jerusalem as the undisputed capitol of Israel, the surrounding Islamic nations began a united effort to destroy the Jewish state and the Jewish people. Israel has fought five wars since 1948 and been a victor in all five.

It will be interesting to see the reaction to this statement in the Quran, since Muslims believe the Quran is the final word from God and had no errors.

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