10-08-07

Perverse conduct of the Jewish Tribe

PERVERSE CONDUCT OF THE JEWISH TRIBE

Initially, Musa directed his struggle against Pharaoh. Before Musa

came, his people, the children of Israel, were languishing in slavery. It was

for that reason when, as soon as Musa had devised the plan to flee, the

entire tribe willingly followed him and left Egypt. However, this in no way

implied sincere faith on their part. Among them were people who joined

merely out of tribal loyalties. Most probably, the majority saw Musa as a

political leader who offered the possibility of release from oppression.

Therefore, rather than submitting themselves to the path of righteousness,

many of them seized every opportunity to return to their idolatrous

practices. Thus, they constantly defied Musa and resisted the true religion

brought by him.

First, God commanded Musa to divide the children of Israel into

twelve separate tribes:

We divided them up into twelve tribes—communities. We revealed to

Musa, when his people asked him for water: "Strike the rock with your

staff." Twelve fountains flowed out from it and all the people knew

their drinking place. (Qur'an, 7: 160)

The majority of the children of Israel failed to develop a deep-seated

faith in their hearts. They dared to ask Musa to show them God, even to

the point of declaring insolently that they would not believe unless he

complied with such a wish:

And when you said, "Musa, we will not believe in you until we see God

with our own eyes." So the thunderbolt caught you while you were

(all) looking on. (Qur'an, 2: 55)

Apparently, the traits of this nation were greed and ungratefulness. As

sustenance for the children of Israel, at one point, God prepared food

miraculously for them. This food, referred to as "manna and quails" in the

Qur'an, failed to please the children of Israel, though it had been a favour

from God:

And We shaded you with clouds and sent down manna and quails to

you: "Eat of the good things We have provided for you." They did not

wrong Us; rather it was themselves they were wronging. (Qur'an, 2:

57)

And when you said, "Musa, we will not put up with just one kind of

food so ask your Lord to supply to us some of what the earth

produces—its green vegetables, cucumbers, grains, lentils and

onions," he said, "Do you want to replace what is better with what is

inferior? Go back to Egypt, then you will have what you are asking

for..." (Qur'an, 2: 61)

This was yet another clear sign of the great ingratitude of the children

of Israel.

The Story of Cow

The people of Musa clearly at no point seem to have had a grasp of

true faith. As pointed out earlier, they probably followed Musa, not

because they wanted to earn the good pleasure of God, but because they

saw him as a powerful and determined leader.

In an attempt to tailor the divine religion to their own desires and to

their ancient religious practices, they made deliberate distortions to it. In

total disregard for the simple and clear nature of the religion, they

rendered it complicated and difficult to practice. They were inclined to

worship idols rather than God, and altered the religion into a series of

rituals.

Their tendency to needlessly complicate the religion is best explained

in a story related in the Sura Baqara. In this story, God commands the

children of Israel to sacrifice a cow. The command, conveyed by Musa to

his tribe, is a very simple one. However, the children of Israel complicated

this plain and easy command, and concerned themselves with all sorts of

trivial details which were not required. In fact, they went so far as to tell

the messenger of God: "Are you making a mockery of us?":

And when Musa said to his people, "God commands you to sacrifice a

cow," they said, "What! Are you making a mockery of us?"

He said, "I seek refuge with God from being one of the ignorant!"

They said, "Ask your Lord to make it clear to us what it should be like."

He said, "He says it should be a cow, not old or virgin, but somewhere

between the two. So do as you have been told."

They said, "Ask your Lord to make it clear to us what colour it should

be."

He said, "He says it should be yellow, a rich yellow, a pleasure to all

who look."

They said, "Ask your Lord to make it clear to us what it should be like.

Cows are all much the same to us. Then, if God wills, we will be

guided."

He said, "He says it should be a cow not trained to plough or irrigate

the fields—completely sound, without a blemish on it."

They said, "Now you have brought the truth."

So they sacrificed it - but they almost did not do it. (Qur'an, 2: 67-71)

As related in the above account, the tribe of Musa constantly raised

objections against the commands of God. Only when the command

became almost non-practicable, due to the petty details they begged for,

they relented. In fact, the command was quite plain: sacrifice a cow.

A scrutinizing look into Judaism today will reveal this same stubborn

rationale among the Jews. The Talmud, the body of traditional Jewish

teaching, includes perplexing details pertaining to daily life and prayers.

For instance, from milking an animal, to the use of burning incense, one

will find countless details seemingly irrelevant to religion. In Judaism, a

person's meticulousness in observance of these details, in his daily life and

prayers, is thought to be determinant of his piety. The true essence of

piety, on the other hand, that is, faith in God and the day of Judgement, is

wholly neglected. As such, Judaism has been changed into a body of

rituals with no relevance to the fundamentals of faith, such as

remembrance of God, mercy of God, and love for Him.

Rebellion of the Children of Israel Against

the Command of God

Upon the departure of the children of Israel from Egypt, God

promised them a homeland in which to dwell. Much has been said about

the objections raised against Musa during this journey in the previous

pages. This tendency of theirs persisted until the time they arrived in the

Promised Land:

Remember when Musa said to his people, "My people! Remember

God's blessing to you when He appointed Prophets among you and

appointed kings for you, and gave you what He had not given to

anyone else in all the worlds! My people! Enter the Holy Land which

God has ordained for you. Do not turn back in your tracks and so

become transformed into losers."

They said, "There are tyrants in it, Musa. We will not enter it until they

leave. If they leave it, then we will go in." (Qur'an, 5: 20-22)

God's help had always been with the children of Israel. God saved

them from Pharaoh by parting the sea and then gave them a land.

Furthermore, He promised a definite victory, provided they waged a war

against the tyrannical tribe dwelling there. They should have put their trust

in God and followed His messenger. Instead, they did not heed Musa's

warnings and were fearful. Only two among the lot of them stated that

they would put their trust in God and enter the land:

Two men among those who were afraid, but whom God had blessed,

said, "Enter the gate against them! Once you have entered it, you will

be victorious. Put your trust in God if you are believers." (Qur'an, 5: 23)

Despite such warnings, the children of Israel opposed the messenger

of God, and addressed him disrespectfully:

They said, "We will never enter it, Musa, as long as they are there. So you

and your Lord go and fight. We will stay sitting here." (Qur'an, 5: 24)

The insolence of the people of Musa became aggravated to such an

extent that they began to actually ignore the words of their prophets and

openly objected to them. Therefore, Musa pleaded his Lord and asked Him

to save him and his brother Harun from this insolent people:

He (Musa) said, "My Lord, I have no control over anyone but myself

and my brother, so make a clear distinction between us and this

deviant people."

He (God) said, "The land will be forbidden to them for forty years

during which they will wander aimlessly about the earth. Do not waste

grief on this deviant people." (Qur'an, 5: 25-26)

As mentioned here, the children of Israel were prohibited from the

Promised Land for forty years, due to their insolence towards God and His

messenger.

For much of his life, Musa had tried to communicate God's message

to them. He strove to save his tribe from the worship of idols and guide

them to the true religion. His aim was merely to warn people and save

them from the torment of Hell, a mission which he carried solely to earn

the good pleasure of God. To this purpose, he had confronted Pharaoh

and had attempted to rid his people's beliefs of superstition. Nevertheless,

he became the object to the cruelties of Pharaoh, as well as his own

people. However, he was a noble servant, who lived merely to attain the

good pleasure of God, and his Lord saved him from all difficulties inflicted

upon him.

There are lessons to be drawn from the ingratitude of the children of

Israel, a people who did not follow in their prophets' footsteps, who

turned their backs to the religion entrusted to them, and so perverse as to

say, "you and your Lord go and fight." God has warned mankind against

succumbing to the insolence of the children of Israel towards their

prophet:

You who believe! Do not be like those who abused Musa. God absolved

him of what they said and he was highly honoured with God. (Qur'an,

33: 69)

Perverse Conduct of The Jewish Tribe

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boring with all respect and love of course but stil it's very boring

Gepost door: Duvel | 10-08-07

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