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Jews Being Condemned as Apes and Pigs?
« on: March 16, 2013, 12:28:31 AM »
Peace Joseph,

What does the Qur'an mean in verse 5:60 when it refers to Jews being condemned as apes and pigs?

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Re: Jews Being Condemned as Apes and Pigs?
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2013, 12:37:12 AM »
May peace be with you.

There were a group of people (not all) at a point in ancient history that transgressed the matter of the Sabbath for which they were punished (7:166 and 2:65 5:60).

Some read the punishment described by the Quran as a metaphorical reading and some literal (i.e. that they were physically transformed). 

From a Quranic perspective, I have no reason to deny either interpretation or a combination of both especially when threats of plagues and destruction are found in the Bible for transgressing Israelites. (Numbers 14:11-12).

I hope that helps, God willing.
Joseph.
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Re: Jews Being Condemned as Apes and Pigs?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 02:30:26 AM »
UPDATE:

As-salam alaykum

Please see article below which shares my humble perspectives in the form of an analysis on this matter.

THE SABBATH BREAKERS: APES & SWINE - A METAPHORICAL OR LITERAL READING?
http://quransmessage.com/articles/sabbathbreakers%20FM3.htm

Regards,
Joseph
'During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act' 
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