Who focuses on context?

Paul Williams exhorted me to look at Bassam Zawadi’s article here:

Ken get yourself up to speed on the primary sources:

here  (at Bassam Zawadi’s “Call to Monotheism”)

Here is what I noticed about he treated Surah 2:79:

Bassam Zawadi on

Surah 2:79

Allah says in the glorious Qur’an…

  1. Surah 2:79

    Ýæíá ááÐíä íßÊÈæä ÇáßÊÇÈ ÈÇíÏíåã Ëã íÞæáæä åÐÇ ãä ÚäÏ Çááå áíÔÊÑæÇ Èå ËãäÇ ÞáíáÇ Ýæíá áåã ããÇ ßÊÈÊ ÇíÏíåã ææíá áåã ããÇ íßÓÈæä

    [ I don’t know why Bassam Zawadi leaves this as is, as one can get the Arabic and paste it.

    I will even supply that here:

    فَوَيْلٌ لِّلَّذِينَ يَكْتُبُونَ الْكِتَابَ بِأَيْدِيهِمْ ثُمَّ يَقُولُونَ هَٰذَا مِنْ عِندِ اللَّهِ لِيَشْتَرُوا بِهِ ثَمَنًا قَلِيلًا ۖ فَوَيْلٌ لَّهُم مِّمَّا كَتَبَتْ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَوَيْلٌ لَّهُم مِّمَّا يَكْسِبُونَ

    ]

    Therefore woe be unto those who write the Book with their hands and then say, “This is from Allah,” that they may purchase a small gain therewith. Woe unto them for that their hands have written, and woe unto them for that they earn thereby.

    Here we clearly see that Allah is warning those (Jews) who wrote the scripture from their own selves and then claimed that it was from God. A clear charge of TEXTUAL corruption. The verse is clear is clearly stating that whatever the Jews wrote, they claimed it was from God.

    Some Christians say that the Qur’an is only talking about a specific group of people and that else where in the Qur’an it speaks about the People of the Book positively…

    Zawadi is not very credible on this verse, because he left the context of Surah 2:75 – “a party of them” = a specific group; and he left out verse 78, which tells us important information that affects how we interpret verse 79.
    I am the one sticking to context.

    أَفَتَطْمَعُونَ أَن يُؤْمِنُوا لَكُمْ وَقَدْ كَانَ فَرِيقٌ مِّنْهُمْ يَسْمَعُونَ كَلَامَ اللَّهِ ثُمَّ يُحَرِّفُونَهُ مِن بَعْدِ مَا عَقَلُوهُ وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ

    SAHIH INTERNATIONAL
    Do you covet [the hope, O believers], that they would believe for you while a party of them used to hear the words of Allah and then distort the Torah after they had understood it while they were knowing?

    Surah 2:75

    وَمِنْهُمْ أُمِّيُّونَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ الْكِتَابَ إِلَّا أَمَانِيَّ وَإِنْ هُمْ إِلَّا يَظُنُّونَ

    SAHIH INTERNATIONAL
    And among them are unlettered ones who do not know the Scripture except in wishful thinking, but they are only assuming.

    FARSI
    و برخی از آنان بیسوادانی هستند که کتاب خدا (تورات) را جز یک مشت خیالات و آرزوها نمی دانند، و تنها به پندارهایشان دل بسته اند.

    Surah 2:78

    PICKTHALL
    Among them are unlettered folk who know the Scripture not except from hearsay. They but guess.

    They are just hearing things, not reading, not knowing, not focusing on the text; which is what seems to have happened to Muhammad himself.

    Therefore, Zawadi is refuted at the beginning of his article, since he left out the main context information, and jumps to other verses in other Surahs and avoided immediate context.

    I looked at his comments at 2:79 and he never even addressed 2:75 or 2:78, which are in the context; after that I scrolled through the whole article and there is nothing in their about the immediate context. He jumps to 3:113-114 and 3:199; and the rest are quotes by scholars and a few Hadith, but totally avoided 2:75 and 2:78, both important to immediate context.

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I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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One Response to Who focuses on context?

  1. Fawaz says:

    The faction which made the alterations are the learned ones.

    The illiterate refers to the masses. It is obvious that illiterate people cannot write books.

    So the learned ones added distortions in the text. This is simple to understand.

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