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To see the rest of the series from the 10 part course, please see this link:

Muslim Brotherhood: Course in 10 Parts

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Harry Potter star,  Afshan Azad, badly beaten by her father  Abdul Azad, and his son Ashraf attempted honor killing  earlier this month because of her relationship with a Hindu man.

Aasiya Hassan had her head chopped off by her “moderate” Muslim husband.

More honor killings.

 

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Aiya Altemeemi, aged 19, suffered a punishment last February that none of her schoolmates in Phoenix, Arizona could have imagined: her father cut her throat with a kitchen knife. When she escaped to her bedroom, her mother and sisters followed, tied her to her bed, taped her mouth shut, and beat her. And this was not the first time: previously, when Aiya had expressed reservations about marrying the 38-year-old man her parents had chosen as her husband, her mother had shackled her to the same bed and burned her with a hot spoon. Despite such treatment, Aiya, who arrived from Iraq with her parents around three years ago, soon after announced to stunned reporters that she understood why her mother had assaulted her: “Because I talked to a boy, and that is not normal with her, that is not my religion. My religion says no talking to boys.”

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The young girl’s mother said its normal to do so.

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List of Islamic Terror Attacks For the Past 30 Days

Date Country City Killed Injured Description
2012.07.19 Nigeria Maiduguri 2 0 Two traders at a market are murdered in cold blood by Boko Haram gunmen.
2012.07.19 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A 52-year-old leader of the Ahamdi minority is shot in the head by defenders of mainstream Islam.
2012.07.19 Egypt Sheikh Zweid 2 0 Bearded Islamists in robes machine-gun two local soldiers along a city street at point blank range.
2012.07.19 Afghanistan Faryab 8 6 A woman and child are among eight civilians ripped to pieces by a Taliban bomb.
2012.07.18 Pakistan Spai 14 0 Eight members of one family, including women and young children, are disassembled along with six others by a bus bomb attack on Shia pilgrims deemed ‘enemies of Islam.’
2012.07.18 India Kerala 1 2 Campus Islamists stab three Hindu students, one of whom bleeds to death.
2012.07.18 Pal. Auth. al-Shati 1 0 A 17-year-old girl is strangled by her father and brother over a moral issue.
2012.07.18 Bulgaria Burgas 7 30 A Shahid suicide bomber detonates on a bus carrying Israeli tourists, killing seven and injuring dozens more.
2012.07.17 Afghanistan Washer 9 7 Sunni radicals stage an ambush that leaves nine Afghans dead.
2012.07.17 Nigeria Jos 1 0 A 10-year-old boy dies from splinter injuries from a Boko Haram RPG attack on his home.
2012.07.16 Somalia Mogadishu 7 5 Proponents of Sharia detonate a bomb under a car that decapitates the driver and leaves six others dead.
2012.07.16 Yemen Taez 4 4 A 5-year-old girl and her father are among four people gunned down in a brutal attack.
2012.07.15 Iraq Diyala 3 10 A 3-year-old girl is among three Iraqis taken down by Mujahideen attacks.
2012.07.15 India Kerala 1 0 A Hindu activist is attacked and murdered by Muslim radicals.
2012.07.15 Pakistan Sheehan 4 1 Three children between the ages of 2 and 9 are torn apart in their home by shrapnel from a Lashkar e-Islam mortar shell.
2012.07.14 Afghanistan Aybak 23 60 A Fedayeen suicide bomber detonates at a packed wedding, sending nearly two dozen souls to Allah.
2012.07.14 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 Lashkar Jhangvi kidnap, torture and murder a 16-year-old Shiite.
2012.07.14 Pakistan Haripur 1 0 A 21-year-old mother is beaten to death by her conservative brother on suspicion of an affair.
2012.07.14 Iraq Rashidiyah 5 2 Sunni militants machine-gun five local cops at point-blank range.
2012.07.14 Pakistan Baddar 3 5 Tehreek-e-Taliban militants murder three people.
2012.07.14 Syria Muhrada 4 0 Two woman and a child are among four people torn to shreds by a Shahid suicide bomber.
2012.07.14 Thailand Pattani 1 0 A 41-year-old man is gunned down in a Muslim drive-by.
2012.07.14 Somalia Mogadishu 1 3 Militant Islamists kill a civilian with a roadside bomb.
2012.07.13 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A Shiite father of three is murdered by Sipah-e-Sahaba gunmen.
2012.07.13 Pakistan Quetta 7 22 Islamic ‘extremists’ are suspected in a blast at a rally that leaves seven dead, including a 7-year-old girl.
2012.07.13 Iraq Baghdad 1 1 A woman is killed in her own home by Islamic ‘insurgents’.
2012.07.13 Indonesia Bogor 0 4 A Sunni mob attacks Ahmadi minorities with knives and machetes.
2012.07.13 Nigeria Maiduguri 5 6 A Boko Haram suicide bomber murders five bystanders outside a mosque.
2012.07.13 India Baghpat 0 2 Two policemen are beaten by an enraged mob of Muslims after arresting two clerics.
2012.07.13 Afghanistan Laghman 1 2 A women’s ministry official bleeds out following a Taliban bombing of her family vehicle.
2012.07.12 Thailand Yala 1 0 A 40-year-old man is shot six times in the torso by Islamic ‘separatists’.
2012.07.12 Pakistan Lahore 10 8 Tehreek-e-Taliban fundamentalists enter a barracks and shoot ten sleeping policemen to death.
2012.07.12 Pakistan Quetta 1 0 A Shiite boy is shot to death by Wahhabis.
2012.07.12 Pakistan Jaffarabad 1 0 A Hindu is shot to death by drive-by Jihadis.
2012.07.12 Iraq Mosul 5 3 Terrorists take down five Iraqis.
2012.07.11 Afghanistan Zhari 4 2 Taliban infiltrators shoot four local cops to death in their sleep.
2012.07.11 Pakistan Karachi 1 23 One person is killed when terrorists attempt to blow up a bus carrying space agency employees.
2012.07.11 Yemen Sanaa 22 24 An al-Qaeda suicide bomber targets a police academy, slaughtering about two dozen young aspirants.
2012.07.11 Philippines Tumahubong 6 27 Six rubber plantation workers are shredded by Abu Sayyaf bombers while on their way to work.
2012.07.11 Pakistan Karachi 2 0 A man and his 2-year-old son are gunned down by sectarian Jihadis.
2012.07.11 Pakistan Mian Gundi 2 0 A prayer leader is among two Shiites kidnapped and beheaded by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Sunnis.
2012.07.11 Syria Aleppo 17 0 Seventeen Palestinians are kidnapped and murdered by Sunni terrorists.
2012.07.10 Iraq Ramadi 4 4 A shocking attack and brutal by Mujahideen on a police checkpoint leaves four officers dead.
2012.07.10 Iraq Baghdad 3 14 Sunnis bomb a bus carrying Shiites, killing three and injuring fourteen.
2012.07.10 Philippines Sumisip 0 8 An Abu Sayyaf bomb injures eight local soldiers.
2012.07.10 Pakistan Shamsabad 1 0 A teacher is shot dead on the way to work on the same day that Taliban militants blow up two schools.
2012.07.09 Pakistan Gujrat 8 4 Hardline Islamists open fire on a group of security personnel, killing eight.
2012.07.09 Afghanistan Kandahar 5 30 Two children are among five people pulled into pieces by three Shahid suicide bombers.
2012.07.09 Iraq Samarrah 2 0 Two Iraqis are shot to death by al-Qaeda.
2012.07.09 Saudi Arabia Awamiya 2 1 Sunni cops are accused of firing randomly at Shiites, killing two.
2012.07.09 Iraq Mosul 7 7 Seven Iraqis are murdered by Islamic ‘insurgents’.
2012.07.09 India Gaziabad 1 0 A Hindu man is the victim of a targeted killing by Muslims.
2012.07.08 Afghanistan Musa Qala 5 0 Sunni fundamentalists massacre five local cops with a roadside bomb.
2012.07.08 Afghanistan Arghistan 18 30 Eighteen civilians, including women and children, are torn to shreds by Taliban bombers.
2012.07.08 Nigeria Barkin-Ladi 23 1 Two politicians are among twenty-three Christians, including women and children, slaughtered by Muslims during a funeral for other victims of Islamic terror.
2012.07.08 Pakistan Kot Ghulam 1 0 A Christian laborer is pulled out of his truck and shot point-blank by a Muslim.
2012.07.07 Pakistan Karachi 2 1 Two brothers are murdered by sectarian Jihadis.
2012.07.07 Afghanistan Chora 6 1 Three children are among six civilians blown to bits by Sunni hardliners.
2012.07.07 Afghanistan Gereshk 1 1 A child is dismantled by a Taliban bomb.
2012.07.07 India Pampore 1 1 Islamic militants gun down a local security officer.
2012.07.07 Nigeria Kushen 80 300 Muslim terrorists attack twleve Christian villages and massacre eighty innocents, including fifty taking refuge in a church.
2012.07.07 Somalia Shabelle 4 3 al-Shabaab militants open fire on a passenger bus, killing at least four.
2012.07.07 Pakistan Tiyarza 4 3 Four local police officers are blown to bits by Islamic militia.
2012.07.07 Thailand Narathiwat 1 3 Muslim ‘separatists’ set off a bomb that kills a local soldier and leaves three others badly wounded.
2012.07.07 Afghanistan Farah 1 26 A Taliban rocket attack on a residence leaves one dead.
2012.07.07 Pakistan Peshawar 1 3 A policeman bleeds to death from shrapnel injuries following a Religion of Peace bombing.
2012.07.07 Pakistan Buggan 1 0 Sunni hardliners assassinate a pro-government tribal leader.
2012.07.07 Pakistan Sharifabad 1 0 A 55-year-odl Shiite is brought down by Sunni snipers.
2012.07.07 Kosovo Pristina 2 0 A middle-aged Christian couple is found shot to death in their home in what is presumed to be a targeted attack by members of the Muslim majority.
2012.07.07 Iraq Ramadi 10 38 A suicide bomber detonates in the house of a family member, killing ten relatives, most of whom were women.
2012.07.06 Pakistan Sariab 1 0 A religious scholar is assassinated by devout rivals.
2012.07.06 Egypt Giza 0 4 Fundamentalists enter a pool hall and shoot four people after telling them to stop playing and start praying.
2012.07.06 Iraq Hit 3 6 Terrorists kill three policemen outside a mosque.
2012.07.06 Iraq Anbar 5 9 An entire family of four, including two children, bleed to death following a suicide attack on their home.
2012.07.05 Iraq Mosul 5 20 A Shahid suicide bomber detonates inside a barber shop, sending at least five others to Allah.
2012.07.05 Iraq Baqubah 1 2 An al-Qaeda bomb leaves one person dead.
2012.07.05 Nigeria Maiduguri 2 0 Sharia advocates slit the throats of two people.
2012.07.04 Kenya Mandera 1 0 Somali militants shoot a 16-year-old girl several times in the chest.
2012.07.04 Afghanistan Marjeh 1 3 A woman is taken out by a Taliban roadside bomb.
2012.07.04 Pakistan Bahawalpur 1 0 A mentally-ill man is tortured, doused with petrol and burned alive by a mob angered over reports that he burned a Quran.
2012.07.04 Afghanistan Ghazni 3 0 An honor killer beheads his ex-wife and two children.
2012.07.04 Iraq Zubaidiyah 8 37 One child and two women are among eight dead when Sunnis detonate a bomb at a Shiite market.
2012.07.04 Pakistan Kuchlak 3 0 Lashkar-e-Jhangvi gunmen murder three Religion of Peace rivals.
2012.07.04 Iraq Baghdad 3 0 Terrorists assassinate three people in separate attacks.
2012.07.04 Iraq Mosul 3 1 A woman is among three Iraqis taken down by Mujahideen bombers.
2012.07.04 Nigeria Borno 2 0 Two employees at a housing complex are chased down and murdered by Boko Haram radicals.
2012.07.04 Pakistan Pasrur 2 3 A pregnant woman and her baby are shot to death by Wahhabis because they were Shia.
2012.07.04 Pakistan Jamrud 1 0 A young women’s rights activist is gunned down in a targeted attack.
2012.07.03 India Pulwama 2 0 Muslim terrorists shoot an off-duty policeman and a traffic cop to death at close range.
2012.07.03 Pakistan Bara Kamangra 1 4 Islamic militants kill one person with a remote-controlled bomb.
2012.07.03 Thailand Yala 1 0 A 49-year-old Buddhist is dismantled by Muslim bombers while on his way home.
2012.07.03 Iraq Karbalah 8 54 Eight Shiite worshippers are sent straight to Allah by Sunni bombers at a vegetable market.
2012.07.03 Iraq Diwaniya 40 75 Sunnis set off a powerful bomb near a Shiite mosque, taking down at least forty Religion of Peace rivals.
2012.07.03 Iraq Taji 3 15 Muslim bombers kill three Iraqis.
2012.07.02 Afghanistan Kandahar 7 23 A Shahid suicide bomber detonates near the entrance of a university, killing seven students and staff.
2012.07.02 Pakistan Lalu Ali 2 0 Sipah-e-Sahaba cadres capture and behead two brothers for being Shia.
2012.07.02 Egypt Suez 1 0 A 20-year-old engineering student is stabbed to death by religious police for walking with his girlfriend.
2012.07.02 Yemen Sanaa 1 0 A Yemeni is killed by a suspected al-Qaeda car bomb.
2012.07.02 Iraq Baghdad 1 8 Jihadi bombers take out a traffic cop.
2012.07.01 Iraq Beaver Ridge Canaan 3 4 Terrorists kill three people including a judge.
2012.07.01 Afghanistan Ghazni 5 11 Five women and children are ripped apart when the Taliban bomb their bus.
2012.07.01 Dagestan Khasavyurt 1 0 An off-duty cop is gunned down in a Muslim drive-by.
2012.07.01 Pakistan Faisalabad 0 1 A man is beaten and ‘severely tortured’ by a mob for ‘defaming’ prophet Muhammad with remarks.
2012.07.01 Kenya Garissa 18 66 Muslims throw grenades into two churches and then shoot fleeing Christians. Some eighteen die in the massacre, including three children..
2012.07.01 Nigeria Maiduguri 9 0 Nine Christian construction workers have their throats cut by Islamists in a ‘gruesome’ killing.
2012.07.01 Afghanistan Helmand 3 0 A Taliban disguised in police uniform murders three British soldiers.
2012.06.30 Thailand Yala 1 0 A 60-year-old man is murdered in front of his home by suspected Muslim ‘separatists’.
2012.06.30 Iraq Mosul 4 5 Four Iraqis are sent to Allah by Mujahideen bombers.
2012.06.30 Yemen Zinjibar 8 0 al-Qaeda landmines take down eight more civilians.
2012.06.30 Iraq Baaj 2 0 Terrorists gun down two civilians.
2012.06.30 Iraq Samarra 7 3 A Shahid suicide bomber take down seven Iraqis.
2012.06.30 Afghanistan Paktia 2 0 A Taliban bomb kills two people outside a bank.
2012.06.30 Iraq Abu Ghraib 1 2 A woman and child are among the casualties of a terrorist bomb attack on their home.
2012.06.30 Afghanistan Qimchok 1 0 Fundamentalists pump five rounds into an accused adulteress’s chest before a crowd cheering ‘long live Islam.’
2012.06.29 Kenya Dabaab 1 4 Islamists shoot a driver and kidnap four humanitarian workers.
2012.06.29 Iraq Baqubah 4 4 Four Iraqis are shot to death at a checkpoint by al-Qaeda.
2012.06.29 Iraq Balad 7 50 Jihadis take down seven patrons with two market bombs.
2012.06.29 Afghanistan Kamdesh 10 16 Four women are among ten innocents slain by a Shahid suicide attack.
2012.06.29 Algeria Ouargla 1 3 A suicide car bomber manages to take out one other person.
2012.06.29 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 Sipah-e-Sahaba shoot a young Shia man to death at a bus stop.
2012.06.29 Egypt El Sharqiya 2 0 Two Christians are reported murdered by Muslim Brotherhood activists.
2012.06.29 Thailand Pattani 2 0 Two village guards are machine-gunned by Muslim terrorists.
2012.06.28 Mali Gao 17 41 The Movement for Oneness and Jihad assaults a small town, killing at least seventeen defenders.
2012.06.28 Iraq Taji 4 20 Twin sectarian car-bombings leave four Iraqis dead.
2012.06.28 Pakistan Quetta 18 30 A Fedayeen attack on a bus carrying Shia pilgrims leaves at least eighteen dead.
2012.06.28 Iraq Baghdad 8 30 Islamic bombers successfully kill eight patrons at a marketplace.
2012.06.28 Iraq Fallujah 2 4 A Holy Warrior sends to security guards to Allah.
2012.06.28 Pakistan Bara 8 3 Taliban militants murder eight local soldiers with a remote-controlled bomb.
2012.06.28 Iraq Samarrah 2 0 Two Iraqis are gunned down at close range by al-Qaeda.
2012.06.28 Pakistan Ziauddin 2 0 Islamists dismember two guards and blow up a primary school.
2012.06.28 Somalia Baidoa 3 3 At least three people are killed during an al-Shabaab ambush.
2012.06.28 Nigeria Gulak 5 3 Five policemen are ambushed and killed by Boko Haram.
2012.06.28 Dagestan Karamakhi 2 0 Islamists shoot an anti-extremist imam and one other to death in his mosque.
2012.06.28 Syria Homs 6 0 A university professor is shot to death in her home along with five family members, including three children.
2012.06.28 Iraq Baqubah 6 51 Sectarian Jihadis set off a bomb near shops and cafes frequented by Shiites. At least six are killed.
2012.06.27 Pakistan Quetta 8 35 At least eight are killed when Muslim terrorists bomb a commuter train.
2012.06.27 Iraq al-Wahda 3 0 Two children are among three people slain when terrorists bomb a house through the air conditioning system.
2012.06.27 Pakistan Dera Ismail Khan 1 0 A woman is murdered by her family for marrying by choice.
2012.06.27 Afghanistan Musa Qala 4 0 Four policemen investigating an earlier bombing are sent to Allah by Taliban bombers.
2012.06.27 Syria Damascus 7 11 Seven employees at a television station are butchered by Sunni terrorists.
2012.06.27 Iraq Madain 8 10 A vicious double bomb attack kills eight Iraqis.
2012.06.27 Iraq Baghdad 3 2 ‘Insurgents’ blow up a family home, killing three women.
2012.06.27 Pakistan Bazidkhel 4 0 Four people are kidnapped and brutally executed by Islamic militants.
2012.06.27 Yemen Jaar 39 24 An additional thirty-nine people are reported dead from al-Qaeda landmines.
2012.06.27 Afghanistan Ghoryan 6 2 Six Afghan police are killed in an ambush and roadside bombing.
2012.06.26 Thailand Yala 1 14 A separate shooting and bombing by militant Muslims leaves one dead and fourteen injured.
2012.06.26 Nigeria Kano 1 0 Islamic extremists shoot a prison guard to death.
2012.06.26 Dagestan Makhachkala 1 0 A Islamist drive-by leaves one cop dead.
2012.06.26 Iraq Ramadi 1 1 Terrorists kill a doctor and seriously injure his daughter.
2012.06.25 Iraq Baqubah 2 3 Two people lose their lives to a terrorist bomb.
2012.06.25 Thailand Pattani 3 0 A 17-year-old is among three innocent victims pulled out of a car and machine-gunned in cold blood by Islamic ‘separatists’.
2012.06.25 Dagestan Shauri 1 0 A local cop is shot in the head by Muslim ‘separatists’.
2012.06.25 Iraq Hillah 9 32 ‘Insurgents’ set off a bomb near a soccer field, killing nine young Shiites..
2012.06.25 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 Sipah-Sahaba snipers pick off a Shiite with a shot to the head.
2012.06.24 Kenya Mombasa 3 3 At least one person is killed when religious extremists throw a hand-grenade into a bar showing a soccer game.
2012.06.24 Pakistan Lahore 1 0 A 40-year-old Shiite is murdered by members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
2012.06.24 Pakistan Shareefabad 1 0 Sipah-e-Sahab cadres shoot a 46-year-old Shiite to death.
2012.06.24 Egypt Alexandria 1 0 A pregnant woman is beaten to death by her husband for not voting Muslim Brotherhood.
2012.06.24 Pakistan Upper Dir 13 5 Muslim hardliners murder six border guards. Seven others are captured and beheaded.
2012.06.24 Pakistan Quetta 4 0 Islamists are suspected of shooting four local police officers in a drive-by attack.
2012.06.24 Nigeria Bauchi 0 9 A 3-month-old baby is among the casualties of a Boko Haram blast at a beer garden.
2012.06.24 Pakistan Karachi 2 0 Two sisters are poisoned by their brothers on suspicion of sexual activity.
2012.06.24 Afghanistan Jalalabad 2 2 Fundamentalists bomb a market selling music, killing two participants.
2012.06.23 Yemen Zinjibar 35 12 Thirty-five people are killed in a series of al-Qaeda landmine blasts.
2012.06.23 Thailand Yala 1 0 A 42-year-old is shot off of his motorcycle by Jihadi gunmen.
2012.06.23 Pakistan Quetta 8 1 Islamic militants are suspected in the target killing of eight men at a laundry mat.
2012.06.22 Iraq Baghdad 14 106 ‘Insurgents’ set off a nail bomb at a crowded market, killing at least a dozen innocents and leaving over a hundred more injured.
2012.06.22 Iraq Baghdad 3 0 Three young police officers are machine-gunned at point-blank range by Islamic terrorists.
2012.06.22 Pakistan Liaqatabad 1 0 A Shiite walking near a market is exterminated by Sunni gunmen.
2012.06.22 Pakistan Karachi 2 0 Two seminary teachers are assassinated by Religion of Peace rivals.
2012.06.22 Pakistan Laddah 7 0 Fundamentalists capture and behead seven local soldiers.
2012.06.22 Afghanistan Noghi 2 0 A father and son are kidnapped by Taliban in uniforms and executed in captivity.
2012.06.22 Pakistan Khra Shah 2 2 Terrorists kill two people with a landmine
2012.06.22 France Rennes 1 0 A 16-year-old is violently killed by a Muslim classmate in what is regarded as a ‘racist’ attack. Other Muslims have shown solidarity with the killer.
2012.06.22 Iraq Samarrah 1 10 A Sunni suicide bomber takes out a Shiite pilgrim.
2012.06.21 Syria Damascus 1 1 A Shiite cleric is gunned down by sectarian rivals.
2012.06.21 Pakistan Quetta 2 17 Religion of Peace rivals bomb a mosque, killing two worshippers.
2012.06.21 Pakistan Pakhtunkhwa 3 21 Two very young children are among the dead when Islamists bomb a Sufi shrine.
2012.06.21 Afghanistan Qargha Lake 20 50 At least twenty people are massacred by fundamentalists at a hotel serving alcohol.
2012.06.21 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A spiritualist is shot to death in a suspected targeted attack over his faith.
2012.06.20 Iraq Kirkuk 3 9 A powerful ‘insurgent’ bomb leaves at least three Iraqis dead.
2012.06.20 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A Shiite prayer leader is shot to death by Sunni rivals.
2012.06.20 Afghanistan Logar 8 4 Four children and two women are among eight innocents torn apart by a Religion of Peace bomb.
2012.06.20 Afghanistan Khost 21 32 Mostly civilians are victimized by a Fedayeen suicide blast that leaves at least twenty-one dead.

 

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Surah 4:46 is a  proof text Muslims use to try to establish that the Quran teaches the Bible has been corrupted.  Here I provide three English translation of this passage, though afterwards all citation of the Quran will be from Yusuf Ali’s translation:

Sahih International

Among the Jews are those who distort words from their [proper] usages and say, “We hear and disobey” and “Hear but be not heard” and “Ra’ina,” twisting their tongues and defaming the religion. And if they had said [instead], “We hear and obey” and “Wait for us [to understand],” it would have been better for them and more suitable. But Allah has cursed them for their disbelief, so they believe not, except for a few.

Yusuf Ali

Of the Jews there are those who displace words from their (right) places, and say: “We hear and we disobey”; and “Hear what is not Heard”; and “Ra’ina”; with a twist of their tongues and a slander to Faith. If only they had said: “What hear and we obey”; and “Do hear”; and “Do look at us”; it would have been better for them, and more proper; but Allah hath cursed them for their Unbelief; and but few of them will believe.

Shakir

Of those who are Jews (there are those who) alter words from their places and say: We have heard and we disobey and: Hear, may you not be made to hear! and: Raina, distorting (the word) with their tongues and taunting about religion; and if they had said (instead): We have heard and we obey, and hearken, and unzurna it would have been better for them and more upright; but Allah has cursed them on account of their unbelief, so they do not believe but a little.

As one Muslim apologist expounded,

So as you can see, the Jews intentionally miss-interpreted what they were given and made several things up, so their book is indeed corrupt, they have added their own desires into the Torah.

But does this verse really teaches that the Jewish Scripture has been corrupted?  Let’s take a closer look.

Establishing the Context:  Surah 4 is titled “The Women.”  It is a long chapter in the Quran that addresses many social issues such as sex, marriage, inheritance, etc.  Verse 46 is situated in a section beginning at verse 43 which instructs how to pray righteously, with the attention then turning to the Jews as contrast with their wicked ways (v.44-46) followed by a direct appeal to unbelieving Jews to repent and turn to Allah (v.47-49).

Exegesis

It is clear that the Jewish Scripture is in view here.  The crux of the matter rests with the Arabic verb that is translated “displaced” by Yusuf Ali, “alter” by Shakir and “distort” in Sahih International.  It seems that the action done does not refer to the tampering of the actual written text of the Jewish Scriptures (and that, at a global scale) for the following reason:

(1) Even if one were to grant the Muslim that the verbs does refer to the tampering of the text of Scriptures itself, note that this verse does not support a global corruption, since the action were done only by some of the Jews as the beginning of verse 46 states,  “Of the Jews there are those who…”  This point is important because if some of the Jews were wicked to tamper and attempted to corrupt the text of Scriptures, there are the other subset of Jews that were not doing so.  Thus, there cannot be a global textual corruption of the Bible.

(2) Note that this verse has nothing to do with “writing.”  This verse cannot be the basis of proving that the written transmission of Scripture has been textually corrupted since it does not even address the topic of writing.

(3) Verse 46 even suggests that the distortion of the Word of God has to do more with what was verbally said rather than what has been written down as Scripture with the phrase, “with a twist of their tongues.”  That is, the distortation is by means of spoken words rather than by means of written words.  Shakir’s translation makes it more explicit that the tongue is the instrument of distortion  at view here, with the translation, “distorting (the word) with their tongues.”

(4) That the distortion has to do with spoken words rather than written text of the Scriptures finds further support when the verse states that the Jews “say: ‘We hear and we disobey’; and ‘Hear what is not Heard.'”  Note the focus on what is spoken audibly, as indicated by the verb “hear” and “heard” being mentioned a total of three times in this phrase and  a total of five times in the entire verse.

(5) Apparently, the Scripture could not have been textually corrupted or otherwise verse 46 could not go on to say about the Jews, “If only they had said: ‘What hear and we obey’; and ‘Do hear’; and ‘Do look at us’; it would have been better for them, and more proper;”  What the Jews can hear is good enough for them to follow and actually obey, which this verse even deem as “better” and “proper.”  This suggests very strongly that the verse is talking about not practicing the Scriptures they have and heard, rather than the Scriptures being textually corrupted.

(6) If this verse teaches that the Jewish Scripture has been corrupted, how could “Allah hath cursed them for their Unbelief?”  For Allah to curse them for their willful unbelief presupposes that the Jews had access to the truth for them to believe in the first place and since this verse is talking about the Jewish Scripture (and not the Quran), it indicates that the truth of the Jewish Scripture has been preserved.
(7) In the same line of reasoning, if this verse teaches that the Jewish Scripture has been corrupted, how could any Jews believe in the truth?  And yet verse 46 teaches “and but few of them will believe?”  No matter how few, the fact that any can “believe” in the truth reveals that they had access to the truth in the first place, and that truth can be found in the Jewish Scripture since this verse is talking about the Jewish Scripture and not the Quran.
(8) The next verse, verse 47, reinforces the view that Surah 4:46 is not teaching that the written text of Scripture has been corrupted.  Note the verse goes on to say, “O ye People of the Book! believe in what We have (now) revealed, confirming what was (already) with you, before We change the face and fame of some (of you) beyond all recognition, and turn them hindwards, or curse them as We cursed the Sabbath-breakers, for the decision of Allah Must be carried out.”  Of course, Muslims would expect that the Quran would appeal to the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) to believe “in what We have (now) revealed,” ie., Islamic revelation.  But the verse goes on to say to the People of the Book, that this Islamic revelation would be “confirming what was (already) with you.”  That is, the claim here by the Quran itself is that Islamic revelation would confirm with the Scriptures already possessed by the people of the book.  It would be strange for verse 47 to say “confirming what was (already) with you” if the Bible was already textually corrupted!
Thus, Surah 4:46 does not establish that the Bible has been corrupted as Islamic apologists might want to claim.

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