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    Posted: 05 August 2006 at 6:08pm

I have read a lot regarding Muslims, Jews, and Christians being "People of the Book".  A question came to me yesterday.  Maybe someone can answer it.  We are the people of what Book?

 

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Quote ALEH Replybullet Posted: 05 August 2006 at 6:50pm

 

 

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Quote BMZ Replybullet Posted: 06 August 2006 at 8:35am

Hi Patty,

People of the Book means those people who had received Divine messages before, through prophets. they were the people who were aware that there is only One Lord Almighty and they followed all the laws given to them.

When Qur'aan refers to Christians and Jews as the people of the Book, it tells us that they had scriptures and were aware of God and His Commandments, etc.

The Arabs never had received any prophets before, hence they were told that if they did not believe in Qur'aan, they could ask the Jews and Christians, who had received God's Messages and Commandments before. 

In other words, people who knew of God and had heard about God and believed in God, before.

An example: There is only One Lord God Almighty. The Arabs did not believe that and they had Christians and Jews living among them. They were thus asked to check and find out from these people who had received God's Messages. People of the Book also means people with the knowledge about God.

Thus, the Jews and Christians are people of the book, the Torah and the Injeel. Torah of Moses and Injeel, the preaching by Jesus.  



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Quote Cyril Replybullet Posted: 06 August 2006 at 9:06am
I agree with Bmzsp when he says "people of the Book also means people with the knowledge about God". I would add "the One God".

"Book" in the sentence "people of the Book" means the message that God has revealed.

So any people who has received a message from the One God is a people of the Book.
For that reason Zoroastrians are often included in the peoples of the Book, as are Sabeans.
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Quote Patty Replybullet Posted: 16 August 2006 at 10:02am
I see what you say.  But if Muslims believe the Bible is not true, or has been corrupted, of what good is the Bible, and in light of such, why would I, as a Catholic and firm believer that the Bible is NOT corrupt, still be considered a Person of the Book?  Maybe I'm just not understanding this correctly.
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Quote DavidC Replybullet Posted: 16 August 2006 at 3:24pm
Do the Zoroastrians believe in the Zabur as do the Sabeans?
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Quote BMZ Replybullet Posted: 16 August 2006 at 5:51pm

David,

No, the Zoroastrians do not believe in the Zabur. Islam does not consider them as People of the Book.

Zoroastrians believe their God is Mazda, who is represented by fire.

People of the Book refers to Sabeans, Jews and Christians only.

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Quote Cyril Replybullet Posted: 17 August 2006 at 12:20am

Bmzsp

I see that you disagree with Imam Malik Ibn Anas one of Islam's greatest scholars. He included the Zoroastrians as People of the Book.

On the other hand many Muslims consider Christians as polytheists because of the Trinity (and without the Trinity there would be no Christians).
So it is a kind of nonsense to include them among the People of the Book.

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