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New Book: Qur'an Backs Jewish Claims to Land of Israel

A new book shows in detail how the Qur’an (Koran) and Islamic tradition actually affirm links between Jews and the Land of Israel.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 4/21/2010, 11:25 AM / Last Update: 4/21/2010, 5:43 PM

A new book shows in detail how the Qur’an (Koran) and Islamic tradition actually uphold the Divine nature of the bonds between the Land of Israel and the Jewish People.

Lowell Gallin, founder and President of the Root & Branch Association, is the author of the work, entitled "Cracking the Qur'an Code." It shows that the Qur'an and Islamic Tradition affirm G-d's three covenants with Israel, involving the Land, the Torah and the People.

While it may not succeed in turning the Muslim world on its head, some Muslims have given rave reviews of the book and its premise. Dr. Navras Jaat Aafreedi, co-founder and co-chairman of the Indian R&B Pathan-Israel Fellowship, says it “brings to the fore the real meaning of the Qur'anic references to Jews and Israel, through their correct interpretations by the most knowledgeable Qur’anic commentators and translators. It sees misinterpretation of the Qur’an as the real basis for Muslim antagonism towards Jews and Israel.”

Standing Against Jihad
The book is based on the teachings of Dr. Asher Eder of Jerusalem and Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi of Rome, both of whom co-founded and co-chair the Islam-Israel Fellowship of the Root and Branch Association, Ltd.

“Let this book play an important role in letting people stand against jihad, the murder of innocent people and Holocaust denial,” says journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, who faces charges of sedition and the like in his native Bangladesh for his pro-Jewish work. He authored a book last year entitled Inside Madrassa, in which he provides extensive and little-known information on education in madrassas [Moslem schools], the Jihadist orientation, hate speech and radical Islam taught there.

John J. Loftus, President of Intelligence Summit, calls the new book a “seminal text in Islamic-Judeo relations… It reminds us all that we once stood upon the old common ground, where Christians, Jews and Muslims respected each other.”

Rewarding the Children of Israel
The book shows how the Deity in the Qur'an commands Muslims to honor His three covenants with Israel, concerning the Land, Torah and People. The first chapter of the book’s Section Three, for instance, provides 103 pages of quotes and commentaries from the Qur’an affirming the Divine land covenant with Israel.

Verse 137 of Sura 7, for instance, states, “We enabled the oppressed people [Israel] to inherit the land, east and west, and we blessed it. The blessed commands of your Lord were thus fulfilled for the Children of Israel, to reward them for their steadfastness, and we annihilated the works of Pharaoh and his people and everything they harvested.”

Author Gallin provides a translation of this verse by Professor Abdullah Yusuf Ali, with Gallin's own explanatory notes in brackets: "And We [the Lord] made a people [Children of Israel] considered weak (and of no account) inheritors of lands in both East and West [east and west banks of the Jordan], lands whereon We sent down Our blessings. The fair promise of thy [Muhammad's and Muslims'] Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel, because they had patience and constancy, and We leveled to the ground the great Works and fine buildings which Pharaoh and his people [Egyptians] erected (with such pride)".

The book, published in print, download and e-book editions, can be purchased here: http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=3743146.