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Juz’ 6 – Jesus and the Scriptures

Today’s Juz’ covers Al-Nisa’ [4]:148 to Al-Ma’ida [5]:81.
The themes discussed in these ayat include (1) the humanity of Jesus; (2) dietary laws; (3) prayer rituals; (4) corporal and capital punishment; (5) monotheism; and (6) relationship with Abrahamic faiths.

 

Ramadan Mubarak.

The ayat I have chosen provide another demonstration of the important role of Jesus in the Qur’an.

“We sent Jesus, son of Mary, in their footsteps, to confirm the Torah that had been sent before him: We gave him the Gospel with guidance, light, and confirmation of the Torah already revealed—a guide and lesson for those who take heed of God. So let the followers of the Gospel judge according to what God has sent down in it. Those who do not judge according to what God has revealed are lawbreakers.” (Al-Ma’ida [5]:46-47)

In these ayat, Jesus is depicted as the one who was sent to “confirm” the earlier revelation through the Torah. The Injil(New Testament) contains the following summation of the continuity between the Torah and the Gospel: “The law was given through Moses and grace and truth (the Gospel) came through Jesus Messiah.” (John 1: 17). In another place, we read the words of Jesus Messiah himself.

 

Listen:

“Don’t think that I have come to destroy [the writings of] the law or the prophets; I have not come to destroy but to fulfill. Truly I say to you, until heaven and earth have passed away, neither a tiny letter nor punctuation mark will pass from the law, until everything has been accomplished. Whoever violates even a little commandment and teaches the same to others, he will be called little in the Kingdom of Heaven (in other words, he will be denied entrance). But whoever practices and teaches the commandment, will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-20)

Prayer:

In the name of God the merciful and compassionate, I thank You for sending the Torah and the Gospel to serve as a guide and a lesson of Your will to all humanity. In Your holy name I pray, amen.