In the article “Not Only Is Freedom of Speech Threatened by Muslims, So Is Religion” published in The Post Chronicle on August 22, the author Vincent Gioia alleges:
This is not what Quran teaches. Mr. Gioia has not only misunderstood Quran's verses but also misrepresented it without providing any evidence. Quran has mentioned a people from amongst the Israelites of old that disobeyed God concerning Sabbath and thus were turned into apes. The verses state:
Quran is not alone in this address, Bible has also mentioned the desecration of Sabbath by Israelites, for instance in Ezekiel 20. Nehemiah is also said to have reminded Israelites about God’s calamity when their forefathers transgressed limits of the Sabbath:
In short, wrath of God having fallen on Israelites is a historical fact that is alluded to in both Bible and Quran.
In another place in Quran, God clarifies that from amongst Jews and Christians, “God turned some to apes and swine.” (Quran 5:60) Whether this turning into apes and swine was physical or it is an application of a linguistic style to indicate that those people lost their intellect is open to interpretation, and scholars have argued for both.
However, to generalize these historical incidents regarding specific people towards all Jews and Christians is an implausible stretch that neither these verses allow nor Quran preaches. If such were the case, then essentially all sins of the people of old could be brought forward to hold their descendants accountable for them, which is against the teachings of the Quran. Quran is very clear that those who committed the sins are the only ones to be held accountable for them.
Not only that, God also commended those Jews and Christians in Quran who were upright, remembered God and performed good deeds – the statement is more general than the one regarding apes and swine:
It should be clear from these verses that God in fact appreciates those Jews and Christians who are dedicated to good in this world. His judgment of people is not based solely on whether they are Jews, Christians or Muslims, but more so on their belief in God and the last day and their actions and deeds. Another verse indicates the following:
At the same time, God’s message in Quran is intense in inviting one to continuously search for truth and accept it irrespective of where it comes from. It is He who sent previous scriptures and it is He who sent a new one. Consequently, His classification is not based on association with existing religious dominations since when the Quran’s revelation started, no one was technically the same as a ‘Muslim’ as we know today. God’s invitation was to Jews, Christians and Polytheists alike, and when He differentiated between various factions and groups, the differentiation was based on their belief in Him, the last day, their actions and, most importantly, their acceptance of truth and resolve to live by it.
What was Allah thinking when saying such things? If a Jew today object on such teachings and say, I will never accept Islam as it teaches other religions with such absurdities, he will have full rights to have this opinion!
Muslims argue to take words of Allah in Quran literally, so can you please explain me how is this possible? Humans turned to apes and swines? I hope you have some good scientific knowledge to back up such claims of Allah.
DNA of the mitochondria, the tiny structures within each cell which generate its energy & they are only transmitted by the mother, indicate that all humans have a common ancestor one women who lived in Africa about 200,000 years ago named Eve. Big bang theory is different. Here we are talking Human race.