Quran 3 - 183 & 184 (Lesson – 494)
Improper arguments of the Jews
Surah ‘Aali- ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran -3),
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
183. (The same are) those who say: Lo! Allah hath ordained us that we believe not in any messenger until he bring us an offering which fire (from heaven) shall devour. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Messengers came unto you before me with miracles, and with that (very miracle) which ye describe; why then did ye slay them? (Answer that) if ye are truthful!
184. And if they deny thee, even so did they deny messengers who were before thee, who came with miracles and with the Scriptures and the luminous Book.
183. ‘Allaziina qaaluuu ‘innal-laaha ‘ahida ‘ilaynaaa ‘allaa nu’-mina li-Rasuulin hattaa ya’-ti-yanaa bi-qurbaanin- ta’-kuluhun-Naar. Qul qad jaaa-‘akum rusulum-min-qablii bil-Bayyinaati wa billazii qultum falima qatal-tumuu-hum ‘in- kintum saadiqiin.
184. Fa-‘in- kazza-buuka faqad kuzziba rusulum-min- qablika jaaa-‘uu bil-Bayyinaati waz-Zuburi wal-Kitaabil-Muniir.
Qurbaanin – (an offering, a sacrifice), during the ancient times, some Messengers (peace be upon them) were given this miracle that when they used to offer or sacrifice anything in the Name of Allah Almighty, at that time a fire (from heaven) used to devour that particular thing. That devouring of the thing by the fire was considered a sign of acceptance of the offering or sacrifice by Allah Almighty. An event which belonged to Prophet Solomon (peace be upon him) like this has been recorded in the present Bible. The Jews caught an evasion from it and said to the Messenger of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) that Allah Almighty has told them that they should not believe in that Prophet (peace be upon him), who does not have this miracle.
It was a false evasion of the Jews. There was no order of this type in any Scripture. Neither it exists today, nor can it be proved in respect of every Prophet (peace be upon him). Allah Almighty has bestowed the miracle to every Prophet (peace be upon him) separately, which were suitable according to his circumstances respectively. Therefore, Messenger of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) said to the Jews, “If you are true to your promise and you do not believe in any Prophet (peace be upon him) till the time that you do not see this miracle in to him, then tell me ‘why did you slay those ancient Prophets (peace be upon them), who had brought the tokens of their truth, and they had also this specific miracle? The condition, which is being stipulated by you, that is only a pretense and trick”.
Allah Almighty satisfied His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) that he would not be sad and sorrowful due to those people’s absurd reasoning and perverseness. Many Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them) were sent before you, who were falsified by the people.