It is well-known that the Glorious Qur’an was revealed to the Messenger of Allah; Mohammad (PBUH).
Jews in the Quran are the descendants of Prophet Jacob till Prophet Jesus, the Christ, peace be upon them all. Their story occupies a very big space of the verses of the Quran, especially Sura Al-Baqara (the Heifer) and Al-Ma’eda (The Table).
Here we will learn the following:
- 1. Israel meaning in Quran “Prophet Jacob”
- 2. Muslims & Jews In The Quran
- 3. Quran Covers all the Aspects of Jews Religion
- 4. Allah Refers to the Jews as “those who are astray”
- 5. The innumerable blessings of Allah ,The Exalted granted to the Jews
- 6. Jews Responded to These Blessings with worshipping others besides Allah
- 7. Jews deserved Allah’s wrath and punishment in this worldly life
- 8. Jews disobeyed their Prophets and Messengers
- 9. A Minority of righteous Jews were on the Right path
- What Did the Jews do to deserve Allah’s wrath?
- What are the Types of Jews in the Quran
Allah, The Almighty wants Mohammad,the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and all Muslims to know for sure that He always helps and supports the believers and grants them victory.
Even those who win martyrdom in fighting in the way of Allah live eternal life in Paradise after death. Allah, The Almighty wants Muslims to stand firm, constant and patient on the straight path, and not to be like the Jews. In short, their stories in the Quran are moral lessons for the Muslims.
Read the full article about Jews in the Quran: Children of Israel In Quran & In Islam – Full Guide!
1. Israel meaning in Quran “Prophet Jacob”
The word “Israel” in the Quran refers to Prophet Jacob, the father of this nation. This is clear in this verse:
“كُلُّ ٱلطَّعَامِ كَانَ حِلًّۭا لِّبَنِىٓ إِسْرَٰٓءِيلَ إِلَّا مَا حَرَّمَ إِسْرَٰٓءِيلُ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِهِۦ مِن قَبْلِ أَن تُنَزَّلَ ٱلتَّوْرَىٰةُ ۗ قُلْ فَأْتُوا۟ بِٱلتَّوْرَىٰةِ فَٱتْلُوهَآ إِن كُنتُمْ صَـٰدِقِينَ”
All food was lawful to the Children of Israel except what Israel [i.e., Jacob] had made unlawful to himself before the Torah was revealed. Say, [O Muḥammad], “So bring the Torah and recite it, if you should be truthful.” [Quran 3: 93]
This is Israel meaning in Islam and in Quran as well. It doesn’t relate to the modern context of the Jewish entity.
Also, Muslims believe in all Allah’s Prophets and respect them. Muslims believe that the truthful Jews remaining to the time of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) believe in him, like Abdullah ibn Salam.
2. Difference Between Muslims & Jews In The Quran Is The Obedience to Allah
The main difference between the Muslims and the Jews is quite clear. The Jews said, “we hear and disobey” while Muslims say “we hear and obey:
“وَإِذْ أَخَذْنَا مِيثَـٰقَكُمْ وَرَفَعْنَا فَوْقَكُمُ ٱلطُّورَ خُذُوا۟ مَآ ءَاتَيْنَـٰكُم بِقُوَّةٍۢ وَٱسْمَعُوا۟ ۖ قَالُوا۟ سَمِعْنَا وَعَصَيْنَا وَأُشْرِبُوا۟ فِى قُلُوبِهِمُ ٱلْعِجْلَ بِكُفْرِهِمْ”
“And when We took your covenant and raised th
mountain above you ˹saying˺, “Hold firmly to that ˹Scripture˺ which We have given you and obey,” they answered, “We hear and disobey.” [Quran 2: 93]
However, the Muslims always say “We hear and obey”:
“ءَامَنَ ٱلرَّسُولُ بِمَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيْهِ مِن رَّبِّهِۦ وَٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ ۚ…وَقَالُوا۟ سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا ۖ غُفْرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيْكَ ٱلْمَصِيرُ”
“ The Messenger ˹firmly˺ believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, and so do the believers. … And they say, “We hear and obey. ˹We seek˺ Your forgiveness, our Lord! And to You ˹alone˺ is the final return.” [Quran 2: 285]
3. Quran Covers all the Aspects of Jews Religion:
The verses of the Qur’an go round three main topics:
- Jewish Faith and belief in Allah and how they have corrupted their faith.
- Jewish behaviors and characteristics and faults they did.
- Jewish Stories of past events, nations’ Prophets, and Messengers of Allah (peace be upon them all). The story of the Jews (Children of Israel).
4. Allah Refers to the Jews as “those who are astray”
Muslims read this Sura in every prayer, in fact in every Rak’ah. Those who read, recite or study the Qur’an at home, at school, in the mosque or anywhere else, during the day and the night, read “Al- Fatihah. At the end of this Sura, we read :
“صِرَٰطَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ ٱلْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا ٱلضَّآلِّينَ ٱهْدِنَا ٱلصِّرَٰطَ ٱلْمُسْتَقِيم
“Guide us along the Straight Path, the Path of those You have blessed—not those You are displeased with, or those who are astray.” [Quran 1: 6-7]
Now, let’s dig more for knowing about the Children of Israel in the Quran:
5. The innumerable blessings of Allah ,The Exalted granted to the Jews.
Allah gave the jews in the Quran many blessings and unique prestige. These are some of them:
- Allah, The Exalted blessed them, appointed among them Prophets and kings and gave them that which He did not give to any nation in the world at their times.
وَإِذْ قَالَ مُوسَىٰ لِقَوْمِهِۦ يَـٰقَوْمِ ٱذْكُرُوا۟ نِعْمَةَ ٱللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ جَعَلَ فِيكُمْ أَنۢبِيَآءَ وَجَعَلَكُم مُّلُوكًۭا وَءَاتَىٰكُم مَّا لَمْ يُؤْتِ أَحَدًۭا مِّنَ ٱلْعَـٰلَمِينَ “
“And ˹remember˺ when Moses said to his people, “O my people! Remember Allah’s favours upon you when He raised prophets from among you, made you sovereign,1 and gave you what He had never given anyone in the world.” [Quran 5:20]
- Allah, The Exalted preferred them over the worlds at their times.
“يَـٰبَنِىٓ إِسْرَٰٓءِيلَ ٱذْكُرُوا۟ نِعْمَتِىَ ٱلَّتِىٓ أَنْعَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَأَنِّى فَضَّلْتُكُمْ عَلَى ٱلْعَـٰلَمِينَ”
“O Children of Israel! Remember all the favours I granted you and how I honoured you above the others.” [Quran 2:47]
- Allah, The Exalted saved the Jews’ forefathers from the people of pharaoh who afflicted them with the worst torment.
“وَإِذْ نَجَّيْنَـٰكُم مِّنْ ءَالِ فِرْعَوْنَ يَسُومُونَكُمْ سُوٓءَ ٱلْعَذَابِ يُذَبِّحُونَ أَبْنَآءَكُمْ وَيَسْتَحْيُونَ نِسَآءَكُمْ ۚ وَفِى ذَٰلِكُم بَلَآءٌۭ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ عَظِيمٌۭ”
“Remember how We delivered you from the people of Pharaoh, who afflicted you with dreadful torment, slaughtering your sons and keeping your women. That was a severe test from your Lord.” [Quran 2: 49]
- Allah, The Exalted parted the sea to save them and drowned the people of pharaoh.
“وَإِذْ فَرَقْنَا بِكُمُ ٱلْبَحْرَ فَأَنجَيْنَـٰكُمْ وَأَغْرَقْنَآ ءَالَ فِرْعَوْنَ وَأَنتُمْ تَنظُرُونَ”
“And remember when We parted the sea, rescued you, and drowned Pharaoh’s people before your very eyes.” [Quran 2: 50]
- The Children of Israel (the Jews) worshiped the calf, yet Allah, The All- Forgiving, forgave them that major sin.
“وَإِذْ وَٰعَدْنَا مُوسَىٰٓ أَرْبَعِينَ لَيْلَةًۭ ثُمَّ ٱتَّخَذْتُمُ ٱلْعِجْلَ مِنۢ بَعْدِهِۦ وَأَنتُمْ ظَـٰلِمُونَ”
“And remember when We appointed forty nights for Moses, then you worshipped the calf in his absence, acting wrongfully.” [Quran 2: 51]
- Allah, the Exalted, revived them after their death when they dared to ask their Messenger; Moses (peace be upon him) to see Allah plainly with the result that they were seized with thunderbolt while gazing.
“ثُمَّ بَعَثْنَـٰكُم مِّنۢ بَعْدِ مَوْتِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ”
“ Then We brought you back to life after your death, so that perhaps you would be grateful.” [Quran 2: 56]
- Allah, The Exalted made clouds cover them with shade and sent them Manna and qualis.
“وَظَلَّلْنَا عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلْغَمَامَ وَأَنزَلْنَا عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلْمَنَّ وَٱلسَّلْوَىٰ ۖ كُلُوا۟ مِن طَيِّبَـٰتِ مَا رَزَقْنَـٰكُمْ ۖ وَمَا ظَلَمُونَا وَلَـٰكِن كَانُوٓا۟ أَنفُسَهُمْ يَظْلِمُونَ”
“And remember when We shaded you with clouds and sent down to you manna and quails, saying, Eat from the good things We have provided for you.” The evildoers ˹certainly˺ did not wrong Us, but wronged themselves.” [Quran 2: 57]
- Allah, The Exalted, granted them with water when He commanded His Messenger of Allah to strike the stone. Twelve springs gushed from the stone for all tribes of the Children of Israel.
“وَإِذِ ٱسْتَسْقَىٰ مُوسَىٰ لِقَوْمِهِۦ فَقُلْنَا ٱضْرِب بِّعَصَاكَ ٱلْحَجَرَ ۖ فَٱنفَجَرَتْ مِنْهُ ٱثْنَتَا عَشْرَةَ عَيْنًۭا ۖ قَدْ عَلِمَ كُلُّ أُنَاسٍۢ مَّشْرَبَهُمْ ۖ كُلُوا۟ وَٱشْرَبُوا۟ مِن رِّزْقِ ٱللَّهِ وَلَا تَعْثَوْا۟ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ مُفْسِدِينَ”
“And remember when Moses prayed for water for his people, We said, “Strike the rock with your staff.” Then twelve springs gushed out, ˹and˺ each tribe knew its drinking place. ˹We then said,˺ “Eat and drink of Allah’s provisions, and do not go about spreading corruption in the land.” [Quran 2: 60]
- Allah, The Exalted made all food lawful to the Children of Israel except for what Israel (Jacob; the father of all the Jews ” peace be upon him”) had already forbidden for himself.
“كُلُّ ٱلطَّعَامِ كَانَ حِلًّۭا لِّبَنِىٓ إِسْرَٰٓءِيلَ إِلَّا مَا حَرَّمَ إِسْرَٰٓءِيلُ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِهِۦ مِن قَبْلِ أَن تُنَزَّلَ ٱلتَّوْرَىٰةُ ۗ قُلْ فَأْتُوا۟ بِٱلتَّوْرَىٰةِ فَٱتْلُوهَآ إِن كُنتُمْ صَـٰدِقِين”
“All food was lawful for the children of Israel, except what Israel1 made unlawful for himself before the Torah was revealed.2 Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “Bring the Torah and read it, if your claims are true.” [Quran 3: 93]
6. Jews Responded to These Blessings with worshipping others besides Allah
Did they express their gratitude and praise Allah?! Did they worship Allah, The Almighty alone?!
Unfortunately, they were ungrateful. Moreover, they dared and invented lies against Allah, The Exalted and His Prophets and Messengers.
These are some of what they said and did against Allah, The Exalted and His Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them all) :
- Both the Jews and the Christians say that they are the children of Allah and His beloved. It is a big lie because He begets not nor is He begotten. He punishes them for their sins as well as all human beings.
“وَقَالَتِ ٱلْيَهُودُ وَٱلنَّصَـٰرَىٰ نَحْنُ أَبْنَـٰٓؤُا۟ ٱللَّهِ وَأَحِبَّـٰٓؤُهُۥ ۚ قُلْ فَلِمَ يُعَذِّبُكُم بِذُنُوبِكُم ۖ بَلْ أَنتُم بَشَرٌۭ مِّمَّنْ خَلَقَ ۚ يَغْفِرُ لِمَن يَشَآءُ وَيُعَذِّبُ مَن يَشَآءُ ۚ وَلِلَّهِ مُلْكُ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا ۖ وَإِلَيْهِ ٱلْمَصِيرُ”[Quran 5: 18]
“The Jews and the Christians each say, “We are the children of Allah and His most beloved!” Say, O Prophet, “Why then does He punish you for your sins? No! You are only humans like others of His Own making. He forgives whoever He wills and punishes whoever He wills. To Allah ˹alone˺ belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and everything in between. And to Him is the final return.”
- They have taken their scholars (rabbis) and monks as their lords besides Allah. It’s a big lie, too. This shows their disbelief.
“وَقَالَتِ ٱلْيَهُودُ عُزَيْرٌ ٱبْنُ ٱللَّهِ وَقَالَتِ ٱلنَّصَـٰرَى ٱلْمَسِيحُ ٱبْنُ ٱللَّهِ ۖ ذَٰلِكَ قَوْلُهُم بِأَفْوَٰهِهِمْ ۖ يُضَـٰهِـُٔونَ قَوْلَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ مِن قَبْلُ ۚ قَـٰتَلَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ ۚ أَنَّىٰ يُؤْفَكُون”
“ The Jews say, “Ezra is the son of Allah,” while the Christians say, “The Messiah is the son of Allah.” Such are their baseless assertions, only parroting the words of earlier disbelievers. May Allah condemn them! How can they be deluded ˹from the truth?” [Quran 9:30]
“ٱتَّخَذُوٓا۟ أَحْبَارَهُمْ وَرُهْبَـٰنَهُمْ أَرْبَابًۭا مِّن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ وَٱلْمَسِيحَ ٱبْنَ مَرْيَمَ وَمَآ أُمِرُوٓا۟ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوٓا۟ إِلَـٰهًۭا وَٰحِدًۭا ۖ لَّآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۚ سُبْحَـٰنَهُۥ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ”
“ They have taken their rabbis and monks as well as the Messiah, son of Mary, as lords besides Allah, even though they were commanded to worship none but One God. There is no god worthy of worship except Him. Glorified is He above what they associate with Him!” [Quran 9:31]
- They dared against Allah, The Almighty by telling Moses (peace be upon him) that they would not believe him until they saw Allah outright (in person). What happened as a result ?! They were taken by a thunderbolt while they were gazing.
“وَإِذْ قُلْتُمْ يَـٰمُوسَىٰ لَن نُّؤْمِنَ لَكَ حَتَّىٰ نَرَى ٱللَّهَ جَهْرَةًۭ فَأَخَذَتْكُمُ ٱلصَّـٰعِقَةُ وَأَنتُمْ تَنظُرُونَ”
“And remember when you said, “O Moses! We will never believe you until we see Allah with our own eyes,” so a thunderbolt struck you while you were looking on.” [Quran 2:55]
- They also told their Messenger that they would never endure only one type of food; Manna and qualis. So they asked him to call upon His lord to bring forth for them other kinds which are less in Nutritional value (such as cucumber, onion, garlic, beans, etc), what happened to them as a result ?!
“وَظَلَّلْنَا عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلْغَمَامَ وَأَنزَلْنَا عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلْمَنَّ وَٱلسَّلْوَىٰ ۖ كُلُوا۟ مِن طَيِّبَـٰتِ مَا رَزَقْنَـٰكُمْ ۖ وَمَا ظَلَمُونَا وَلَـٰكِن كَانُوٓا۟ أَنفُسَهُمْ يَظْلِمُونَ”
“And remember when We shaded you with clouds and sent down to you manna and quails, saying, Eat from the good things We have provided for you.” The evildoers ˹certainly˺ did not wrong Us, but wronged themselves.” [Quran 2:57]
- They claimed that only the Jews and the Christians will enter the Paradise .This is also a big lie that has no evidence or proof.
“وَقَالُوا۟ لَن يَدْخُلَ ٱلْجَنَّةَ إِلَّا مَن كَانَ هُودًا أَوْ نَصَـٰرَىٰ ۗ تِلْكَ أَمَانِيُّهُمْ ۗ قُلْ هَاتُوا۟ بُرْهَـٰنَكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ صَـٰدِقِينَ”
“The Jews and Christians each claim that none will enter Paradise except those of their own faith. These are their desires. Reply, O Prophet, “Show me your proof if what you say is true.” [Quran 2:111]
- Allah, The Almighty granted the Jews so many blessings and graces ,yet they disobeyed their Messenger and worshiped the calf.
“وَإِذْ أَخَذْنَا مِيثَـٰقَكُمْ وَرَفَعْنَا فَوْقَكُمُ ٱلطُّورَ خُذُوا۟ مَآ ءَاتَيْنَـٰكُم بِقُوَّةٍۢ وَٱسْمَعُوا۟ ۖ قَالُوا۟ سَمِعْنَا وَعَصَيْنَا وَأُشْرِبُوا۟ فِى قُلُوبِهِمُ ٱلْعِجْلَ بِكُفْرِهِمْ ۚ قُلْ بِئْسَمَا يَأْمُرُكُم بِهِۦٓ إِيمَـٰنُكُمْ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ”
“And when We took your covenant and raised the mountain above you saying, “Hold firmly to that Scripture which We have given you and obey,” they answered, “We hear and disobey.” The love of the calf was rooted in their hearts because of their disbelief. Say, O Prophet, “How evil is what your so-called belief prompts you to do, if you actually believe in the Torah!” [Quran 2:93]
- When Moses (peace be upon him) asked them to enter the Sacred Land and Allah, The Almighty would make them victorious, they refused and left him alone to fight the infidels.
“قَالُوا۟ يَـٰمُوسَىٰٓ إِنَّا لَن نَّدْخُلَهَآ أَبَدًۭا مَّا دَامُوا۟ فِيهَا ۖ فَٱذْهَبْ أَنتَ وَرَبُّكَ فَقَـٰتِلَآ إِنَّا هَـٰهُنَا قَـٰعِدُونَ”
“Yet they said, “O Moses! Still we will never enter as long as they remain there. So go—both you and your Lord—and fight; we are staying right here!” [Quran 5:24]
- They always hasten into sins and aggression, and devour what is unlawful. In addition, they dared against Allah, The Exalted by saying,”Allah’s Hand is chained” and “Allah is poor and we are rich).
The following verses tell us about the Jews’ major sins:
“لَّقَدْ سَمِعَ ٱللَّهُ قَوْلَ ٱلَّذِينَ قَالُوٓا۟ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ فَقِيرٌۭ وَنَحْنُ أَغْنِيَآءُ ۘ سَنَكْتُبُ مَا قَالُوا۟ وَقَتْلَهُمُ ٱلْأَنۢبِيَآءَ بِغَيْرِ حَقٍّۢ وَنَقُولُ ذُوقُوا۟ عَذَابَ ٱلْحَرِيقِ”
“Indeed, Allah has heard those ˹among the Jews˺ who said, “Allah is poor; we are rich!” We have certainly recorded their slurs and their killing of prophets unjustly. Then We will say, “Taste the torment of burning!” [Quran 3:181]
“وَتَرَىٰ كَثِيرًۭا مِّنْهُمْ يُسَـٰرِعُونَ فِى ٱلْإِثْمِ وَٱلْعُدْوَٰنِ وَأَكْلِهِمُ ٱلسُّحْتَ ۚ لَبِئْسَ مَا كَانُوا۟ يَعْمَلُونَ”
“You see many of them racing towards sin, transgression, and consumption of forbidden gain. Evil indeed are their actions!”
“لَوْلَا يَنْهَىٰهُمُ ٱلرَّبَّـٰنِيُّونَ وَٱلْأَحْبَارُ عَن قَوْلِهِمُ ٱلْإِثْمَ وَأَكْلِهِمُ ٱلسُّحْتَ ۚ لَبِئْسَ مَا كَانُوا۟ يَصْنَعُونَ”
“Why do their rabbis and scholars not forbid them from saying what is sinful and consuming what is unlawful? Evil indeed is their inaction!”
“وَقَالَتِ ٱلْيَهُودُ يَدُ ٱللَّهِ مَغْلُولَةٌ ۚ غُلَّتْ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَلُعِنُوا۟ بِمَا قَالُوا۟ ۘ بَلْ يَدَاهُ مَبْسُوطَتَانِ يُنفِقُ كَيْفَ يَشَآءُ ۚ وَلَيَزِيدَنَّ كَثِيرًۭا مِّنْهُم مَّآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ مِن رَّبِّكَ طُغْيَـٰنًۭا وَكُفْرًۭا ۚ وَأَلْقَيْنَا بَيْنَهُمُ ٱلْعَدَٰوَةَ وَٱلْبَغْضَآءَ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ ٱلْقِيَـٰمَةِ ۚ كُلَّمَآ أَوْقَدُوا۟ نَارًۭا لِّلْحَرْبِ أَطْفَأَهَا ٱللَّهُ ۚ وَيَسْعَوْنَ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ فَسَادًۭا ۚ وَٱللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلْمُفْسِدِينَ”
“Some among the Jews said, “Allah is tight-fisted.” May their fists be tied and they be condemned for what they said. Rather, He is open-handed, giving freely as He pleases. That which has been revealed to you O Prophet from your Lord will only cause many of them to increase in wickedness and disbelief. We have stirred among them hostility and hatred until the Day of Judgment. Whenever they kindle the fire of war, Allah puts it out. And they strive to spread corruption in the land. And Allah does not like corruptors.” [Quran 5:62-64]
- They committed so many major sins such as breaking the covenant, killing their prophets and saying a great slander against Mary. Besides, they were liars when they said that they had killed the Messiah, Jesus (peace be upon him).
“فَبِمَا نَقْضِهِم مِّيثَـٰقَهُمْ وَكُفْرِهِم بِـَٔايَـٰتِ ٱللَّهِ وَقَتْلِهِمُ ٱلْأَنۢبِيَآءَ بِغَيْرِ حَقٍّۢ وَقَوْلِهِمْ قُلُوبُنَا غُلْفٌۢ ۚ بَلْ طَبَعَ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهَا بِكُفْرِهِمْ فَلَا يُؤْمِنُونَ إِلَّا قَلِيلًۭا”
“They were condemned for breaking their covenant, rejecting Allah’s signs, killing the prophets unjustly, and for saying, “Our hearts are unreceptive!”—it is Allah Who has sealed their hearts for their disbelief, so they do not believe except for a few—
“وَبِكُفْرِهِمْ وَقَوْلِهِمْ عَلَىٰ مَرْيَمَ بُهْتَـٰنًا عَظِيمًۭا”
“and for their denial and outrageous accusation against Mary,
“وَقَوْلِهِمْ إِنَّا قَتَلْنَا ٱلْمَسِيحَ عِيسَى ٱبْنَ مَرْيَمَ رَسُولَ ٱللَّهِ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ وَمَا صَلَبُوهُ وَلَـٰكِن شُبِّهَ لَهُمْ ۚ وَإِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ ٱخْتَلَفُوا۟ فِيهِ لَفِى شَكٍّۢ مِّنْهُ ۚ مَا لَهُم بِهِۦ مِنْ عِلْمٍ إِلَّا ٱتِّبَاعَ ٱلظَّنِّ ۚ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ يَقِينًۢا”
and for boasting, “We killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of Allah.” But they neither killed nor crucified him—it was only made to appear so. Even those who argue for this crucifixion are in doubt. They have no knowledge whatsoever—only making assumptions. They certainly did not kill him. [Quran 4:155-157]
- They used to distort the words of Allah in the Bible (Old Testament; Torah and the New Testament).
“مِّنَ ٱلَّذِينَ هَادُوا۟ يُحَرِّفُونَ ٱلْكَلِمَ عَن مَّوَاضِعِهِۦ وَيَقُولُونَ سَمِعْنَا وَعَصَيْنَا وَٱسْمَعْ غَيْرَ مُسْمَعٍۢ وَرَٰعِنَا لَيًّۢا بِأَلْسِنَتِهِمْ وَطَعْنًۭا فِى ٱلدِّينِ ۚ وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ قَالُوا۟ سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا وَٱسْمَعْ وَٱنظُرْنَا لَكَانَ خَيْرًۭا لَّهُمْ وَأَقْوَمَ وَلَـٰكِن لَّعَنَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ بِكُفْرِهِمْ فَلَا يُؤْمِنُونَ إِلَّا قَلِيلًۭا”
“Some Jews take words out of context and say, “We listen and we disobey,” “Hear! May you never hear,” and “Râ’ina!” [Herd us!]—playing with words and discrediting the faith. Had they said ˹courteously˺, “We hear and obey,” “Listen to us,” and “Unẓurna,” [Tend to us!] it would have been better for them and more proper. Allah has condemned them for their disbelief, so they do not believe except for a few.” [Quran 4:46]
7. Jews deserved Allah’s wrath and punishment in this worldly life.
In the Hereafter life, Jews will suffer a nasty and bitter torment.
Here are some of what they deserved in this world during their lifetime till the Day of Judgment:
- Allah, The Almighty cursed them and made of them the apes, pigs and slaves of Taghut.
“قُلْ هَلْ أُنَبِّئُكُم بِشَرٍّۢ مِّن ذَٰلِكَ مَثُوبَةً عِندَ ٱللَّهِ ۚ مَن لَّعَنَهُ ٱللَّهُ وَغَضِبَ عَلَيْهِ وَجَعَلَ مِنْهُمُ ٱلْقِرَدَةَ وَٱلْخَنَازِيرَ وَعَبَدَ ٱلطَّـٰغُوتَ ۚ أُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ شَرٌّۭ مَّكَانًۭا وَأَضَلُّ عَن سَوَآءِ ٱلسَّبِيلِ”
“Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “Shall I inform you of those who deserve a worse punishment from Allah ˹than the rebellious˺? It is those who earned Allah’s condemnation and displeasure—some being reduced to apes and pigs and worshippers of false gods. These are far worse in rank and farther astray from the Right Way.” [Quran 5:60]
- When they refused to enter the Sacred Land and left their Messenger of Allah; Moses (peace of Allah be upon him) entered it alone, Allah, The Almighty made it forbidden to them for forty years in which they would wander astray throughout the land.
“قَالَ فَإِنَّهَا مُحَرَّمَةٌ عَلَيْهِمْ ۛ أَرْبَعِينَ سَنَةًۭ ۛ يَتِيهُونَ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ ۚ فَلَا تَأْسَ عَلَى ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلْفَـٰسِقِينَ”
Allah replied, “Then this land is forbidden to them for forty years, during which they will wander through the land. So do not grieve for the rebellious people.” [Quran 5:26]
- Allah, The Almighty made the thunderbolt take them while gazing when they asked Moses (peace be upon him) to see Allah plainly.
“يَسْـَٔلُكَ أَهْلُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبِ أَن تُنَزِّلَ عَلَيْهِمْ كِتَـٰبًۭا مِّنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ ۚ فَقَدْ سَأَلُوا۟ مُوسَىٰٓ أَكْبَرَ مِن ذَٰلِكَ فَقَالُوٓا۟ أَرِنَا ٱللَّهَ جَهْرَةًۭ فَأَخَذَتْهُمُ ٱلصَّـٰعِقَةُ بِظُلْمِهِمْ ۚ ثُمَّ ٱتَّخَذُوا۟ ٱلْعِجْلَ مِنۢ بَعْدِ مَا جَآءَتْهُمُ ٱلْبَيِّنَـٰتُ فَعَفَوْنَا عَن ذَٰلِكَ ۚ وَءَاتَيْنَا مُوسَىٰ سُلْطَـٰنًۭا مُّبِينًۭا”
“The People of the Scripture ask you to bring down to them a book from the heaven. But they had asked of Moses [even] greater than that and said, “Show us Allāh outright,” so the thunderbolt struck them for their wrongdoing. Then they took the calf [for worship] after clear evidences had come to them, and We pardoned that. And We gave Moses a clear authority.” [Quran 4:153]
- Allah, The Almighty made them so cowardly that they are unable to fight their enemies face to face unless they are behind fortified townships.
“لَأَنتُمْ أَشَدُّ رَهْبَةًۭ فِى صُدُورِهِم مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ قَوْمٌۭ لَّا يَفْقَهُونَ لَا يُقَـٰتِلُونَكُمْ جَمِيعًا إِلَّا فِى قُرًۭى مُّحَصَّنَةٍ أَوْ مِن وَرَآءِ جُدُرٍۭ ۚ بَأْسُهُم بَيْنَهُمْ شَدِيدٌۭ ۚ تَحْسَبُهُمْ جَمِيعًۭا وَقُلُوبُهُمْ شَتَّىٰ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ قَوْمٌۭ لَّا يَعْقِلُونَ”
“Indeed, there is more fear in their hearts for you ˹believers˺ than for Allah. That is because they are a people who do not comprehend.
Even united, they would not ˹dare˺ fight against you except ˹from˺ within fortified strongholds or from behind walls. Their malice for each other is intense: you think they are united, yet their hearts are divided. That is because they are a people with no ˹real˺ understanding. [Quran 59:13-14]
- Allah, The Almighty declared in the Qur’an that He would send upon them -until the Day of Resurrection- those who would afflict them with the worst torment.
“وَقَطَّعْنَـٰهُمْ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ أُمَمًۭا ۖ مِّنْهُمُ ٱلصَّـٰلِحُونَ وَمِنْهُمْ دُونَ ذَٰلِكَ ۖ وَبَلَوْنَـٰهُم بِٱلْحَسَنَـٰتِ وَٱلسَّيِّـَٔاتِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكَ لَيَبْعَثَنَّ عَلَيْهِمْ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ ٱلْقِيَـٰمَةِ مَن يَسُومُهُمْ سُوٓءَ ٱلْعَذَابِ ۗ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَسَرِيعُ ٱلْعِقَابِ ۖ وَإِنَّهُۥ لَغَفُورٌۭ رَّحِيمٌۭ”
“And remember, O Prophet, when your Lord declared that He would send against them others who would make them suffer terribly until the Day of Judgment. Indeed, your Lord is swift in punishment, but He is certainly All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Quran 7:167]
- The Qur’an also says that Allah, The Almighty has divided them into nations throughout the Earth.
“وَقَطَّعْنَـٰهُمْ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ أُمَمًۭا ۖ مِّنْهُمُ ٱلصَّـٰلِحُونَ وَمِنْهُمْ دُونَ ذَٰلِكَ ۖ وَبَلَوْنَـٰهُم بِٱلْحَسَنَـٰتِ وَٱلسَّيِّـَٔاتِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ”
“We dispersed them through the land in groups—some were righteous, others were less so. We tested them with prosperity and adversity, so perhaps they would return ˹to the Right Path”.
“Then they were succeeded by other generations who inherited the Scripture. They indulged in unlawful gains, claiming, “We will be forgiven after all.” And if similar gain came their way, they would seize it. Was a covenant not taken from them in the Scripture that they would not say anything about Allah except the truth? And they were already well-versed in its teachings. But the eternal Home of the Hereafter is far better for those mindful of Allah. Will you not then understand?” [Quran 7:168]
8. Jews disobeyed their Prophets and Messengers
We can safely say that the Jews disobeyed their Prophets and Messengers of Allah (peace be upon them all), dared against Allah, and invented lies against Him and their Prophets. So they did not deserve Allah’s guidance as they always say “we hear and disobey.
As a result , they deserved Allah’s wrath and punishment here in this life and in that of the Hereafter.
As Muslims, we should and we must not take the Jews as allies because they hate us ,spread corruption everywhere on Earth kindle the fire of war against us and spare no effort to destroy Islam and
“يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ لَا تَتَّخِذُوا۟ ٱلْيَهُودَ وَٱلنَّصَـٰرَىٰٓ أَوْلِيَآءَ ۘ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَآءُ بَعْضٍۢ ۚ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمْ فَإِنَّهُۥ مِنْهُمْ ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يَهْدِى ٱلْقَوْمَ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ”
“O believers! Take neither Jews nor Christians as guardians—they are guardians of each other.1 Whoever does so will be counted as one of them. Surely Allah does not guide the wrong doing people.” [Quran 5:51]
9. A Minority of righteous Jews were on the Right path
On the other side, the Quran tells us about the righteous Jews and Christians who accept the truth and believe in Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as the final Prophet mentioned in their original books:
“وَإِنَّ مِنْ أَهْلِ ٱلْكِتَـٰبِ لَمَن يُؤْمِنُ بِٱللَّهِ وَمَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكُمْ وَمَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيْهِمْ خَـٰشِعِينَ لِلَّهِ لَا يَشْتَرُونَ بِـَٔايَـٰتِ ٱللَّهِ ثَمَنًۭا قَلِيلًا ۗ أُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ لَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ سَرِيعُ ٱلْحِسَابِ”
“And indeed, among the People of the Scripture are those who believe in Allāh and what was revealed to you and what was revealed to them, [being] humbly submissive to Allāh. They do not exchange the verses of Allāh for a small price. Those will have their reward with their Lord. Indeed, Allāh is swift in account.” [Quran 3:199]
What Did the Jews do to deserve Allah’s wrath?
The answer is so simple. Allah, The Almighty, has granted them innumerable blessings. What did they do? Did they express their gratitude to their Lord, Allah, The Exalted?! Did they obey their Prophets and Messengers of Allah (Peace of Allah be upon them all)?!
No, they did not. Moreover, they were audacious and daring, slandered and invented lies against Allah and His Prophets and Messengers.
That is why they deserved Allah’s wrath and His punishment in this worldly life and in that of the Hereafter.
Now let us tackle all these points in detail with the verses from the Glorious Qur’an.
What are the Types of Jews in the Quran?
To conclude, we have two types of Jews mentioned in Quran: the corrupted who insist on disobeying Allah and His Prophets (the major group of them) and the righteous who accept the truth after knowing it. However, this righteous group are very minor.
The qualities of the two groups are so different. Similarly, this comparison may apply to those who know the truth and insist on not following it, compared to those who accept the truth.
Decide now like which group you want to be after knowing the truth?!