What we see on Arab TV channels – depicting Jews as pigs and apes or showing such transformations in animated cartoons – is based entirely on outright hate-propaganda and such propaganda has no basis in the Qur’an.
As the Prophet Moses was one of the greatest prophets and received a divine revelation – the Torah – the errors of his community are mentioned on many occasions. Within this context – giving examples of faults and flaws – God says that when people rebelled against Him and insisted on doing something they should not, He despised them as apes. (Qur’an, 7:165-166; Qur’an, 2:65-66)7
These verses in question refer to the humiliation visited upon those who disobeyed the commandments of God during the time of the Prophet Moses; these are not explanations that are inclusive of all Jews. God does not despise people unless they rebel against His commandments, but some Muslims fail to understand this and therefore say Jews are all humiliated like apes. However, this is not for all Jews, not for all time and certainly not hereditary punishment. The “despised” refers to specific people in a specific time and place,8 although the verses are valid for all times as a reminder of God’s threat. In addition, nowhere in the Qur’an are Jews ever called or compared to pigs.9
It is also important to remember that if a Muslim stands in denial, then he is cursed as well. To present this as a curse on all Jews and for all generations or calling them all apes is against the Qur’an; most of those who say such things are mistaken and they expound on these verses falsely.
Furthermore, from an Islamic perspective, one cannot make generalized judgments based on one verse. The Qur’an is a whole, and every verse expounds upon another; therefore, any verse from the Qur’an should be interpreted within the spirit of the Qur’an. God informs Muslims that some Jews shall have their reward in the Hereafter (Qur’an, 2:62). There are many verses that can be cited to show that God discriminates most scrupulously and praises those good ones among the Jews and the Christians just as He does among Muslims.
For example, in one of the passages of the Qur’an, God praises Jews as such:
Not all of them are alike: Of the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) are a portion that stand (for the right): They rehearse the Signs of God all night long, and they prostrate themselves in adoration. They believe in God and the Last Day; they enjoin what is right, and forbid what is wrong; and they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good works: They are in the ranks of the righteous. Of the good that they do, nothing will be rejected of them; for God knoweth well those that do right. (Qur’an, 3:113-115)
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