Saturday, October 10, 2015

'Dwell in the City'

What do you think is the city this Quran verse refers to?

7:161 -

And [mention, O Muhammad], when it was said to them, "Dwell in this city and eat from it wherever you will 


7:159And among the people of Moses is a community which guides by truth and by it establishes justice.
7:160And We divided them into twelve descendant tribes [as distinct] nations. And We inspired to Moses when his people implored him for water, "Strike with your staff the stone," and there gushed forth from it twelve springs. Every people knew its watering place. And We shaded them with clouds and sent down upon them manna and quails, [saying], "Eat from the good things with which We have provided you." And they wronged Us not, but they were [only] wronging themselves.
7:161And [mention, O Muhammad], when it was said to them, "Dwell in this city and eat from it wherever you will and say, 'Relieve us of our burdens,' and enter the gate bowing humbly; We will [then] forgive you your sins. We will increase the doers of good [in goodness and reward]."

Input (thanks DR):

161. And (remember) when it was said to them: "Dwell in this town (Jerusalem) 

and "the soundest", Jerusalem.

Mohsin Khan (thanks EP)

And (remember) when it was said to them: "Dwell in this town (Jerusalem) 

And from Dr. AT, scholar of Arabic literature:

"אסכנוא הד'ה אלקריה"
הפרשנות המוסלמית המסורתית אומרת שהעיר היא "בית אלמקדס", בית המקדש, כלומר ירושלים. למעשה נראה שהכוונה היא לארץ ישראל כולה. צריך לזכור שירושלים נחשבה למייצגת את הארץ כולה, וגם הכינוי בית אלמקדס בספרות המוסלמית והערבית יהודית מתייחס לפעמים לארץ ישראל כולה.



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