In your opinion, is 5:68 directed towards the jews and christians or towards the muslims? That is where I get a little confused, because reading the whole of surah 5 I see most part of it as being directed to those who follow the torah and bible, not the Quran. The followers of the old books must also follow the Quran, but if you follow the Quran then you don't need to follow the old books
5:68 Say: O people of the Book,
you are not upon anything until you uphold the Torah and the Gospel and what was sent down to YOU from your Lord
. And for many of them, what was sent down to you from your Lord will only increase them in transgression and rejection. So do not feel sorry for the rejecting people.
When it is said "...and what was sent down to YOU from your Lord..." that clearly means "...O people of the Book..." also include us.
Or else it could have said like:
5:5 اليوم أحل لكم الطيبت وطعام الذين أوتوا الكتب حل لكم وطعامكم حل لهم والمحصنت من المؤمنت والمحصنت من الذين أوتوا الكتب من قبلكم إذا ءاتيتموهن أجورهن محصنين غير مسفحين ولا متخذي أخدان ومن يكفر بالإيمن فقد حبط عمله وهو في الاءخرة من الخسرين
5:5 Today, the good things have been made lawful to you, and the food of those who have been given the Book is lawful for you, and your food is lawful for them; and the independent females from those who are believers, and the independent females from those who have been given the Book before you
, if you have given them their dowries, to be independent, not for illicit sex or taking lovers. And whoever rejects belief, then his work has fallen, and in the Hereafter he is of the losers.
And the fact remains what Harris pointed out, the bible was written by men long time after Jesus died. So if we are to accept the bible, are we right to accept it as divine even though it may be corrupted?
Bible?? ?? I Don't brother what Bible is? I was talking about Injeel.
AlTauraat remains Torah still
AlQuraan remains Quraan still
But how come AlInjeel became Bible?
Bible is not Injeel.
5:44 إنا أنزلنا التورية فيها هدى ونور يحكم بها النبيون الذين أسلموا للذين هادوا والربنيون والأحبار بما استحفظوا من كتب الله وكانوا عليه شهداء فلا تخشوا الناس واخشون ولا تشتروا بءايتي ثمنا قليلا ومن لم يحكم بما أنزل الله فأولئك هم الكفرون
5:44 We have sent down the Torah, in it is a guidance and a light
; the prophets who have submitted judged with it for those who are Jewish
, and the Devotees, and the Priests, for what they were entrusted of the Book of Allah
, and they were witness over. So do not be concerned with the people but be concerned with Me; and do not purchase with My revelations a cheap price. And whoever does not judge with what Allah has sent down, then these are the rejecters.
Point to be noted brother:
1- Torah was sent and still in it is a guidance and a light.
2- The prophets [plural] judged with Torah for Jewish [not for us].
3- Still it called "The Book of Allah" in AlQuraan.
5:48 وأنزلنا إليك الكتب بالحق مصدقا لما بين يديه من الكتب ومهيمنا عليه فاحكم بينهم بما أنزل الله ولا تتبع أهواءهم عما جاءك من الحق لكل جعلنا منكم شرعة ومنهاجا ولو شاء الله لجعلكم أمة وحدة ولكن ليبلوكم في ما ءاتيكم فاستبقوا الخيرت إلى الله مرجعكم جميعا فينبئكم بما كنتم فيه تختلفون
5:48 And We have sent down to you the Book with the truth, authenticating what is between their hands of the Book and superseding it.
So judge between them by what Allah has sent down, and do not follow their desires from what has come to you of the truth. For each of you We have made laws, and a structure; and if Allah had willed, He would have made you all one nation, but He tests you with what He has given you; so strive to do good. To Allah you will return all of you, and He will inform you regarding that in which you dispute.
In the above translation "superseding" for the word "Muhaiminan" is not the correct translation I hope. Please look at:
59:23 هو الله الذي لا إله إلا هو الملك القدوس السلم المؤمن المهيمن العزيز الجبار المتكبر سبحن الله عما يشركون
59:23 He is Allah; there is no other god besides Him. The King, the Holy, the Peace, the Faithful, the Supreme
, the Noble, the Powerful, the Dignified. Allah be glorified; far above what they set up.
I think that Muhaimin means "Controller" or "Dominant" or "Absolute Master". Someone may correct me if I am wrong here.
May Allah guide us all towards the Truth.
Mohammed M. Khan