Dr. Jasser's Panglossian Koranic Gloss

Dr. Mohammed Zuhdi Jasser has just released his first book, A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot's Fight to Save His Faith. Dr. Jasser's book is epitomized by his summary comments on the Koran which glibly dismiss multiple verses that sanction the jihad conquest of non-Muslims, including their subjugation and justified humiliation for a myriad of so-called "offenses." The Qur'an...is not actually a text that was written with the idea of conquering those of other faiths. Throughout the Qur'an, the debt to Christians and Jews, for their teachings and prophets, is acknowledged over and over again in their common origin from the God of Abraham. First, Koran 3:67 and its classical exegesis (interpretation) thoroughly debunks Jasser's claim about ecumenical Islamic "indebtedness" to the shared Judeo-Christian ancestry of the Biblical Abraham. The seminal Koranic commentary Tafsir Al-Jalalayn of Suyuti (and al-Mahalli), provides this definitive gloss on verse 3:67 --...(Read Full Article)

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