Friday Focus: Children of Israel—the covenant

The covenant established with children of Israel stands as a testimony that it was more often than not held in breach rather than in implementation.

The covenant established with children of Israel stands as a testimony that it was more often than not held in breach rather than in implementation. What was true of the ages gone by is true in the modern era. As these verses with a profound religious background are studied, it appears that history is unrolling from distant times to the present epoch:

'We made a covenant with children of Israel: 'Worship none but God; and be good to parents, and relatives, and orphans, and the needy; and speak nicely to people; and pray regularly, and give alms. They you turned away, except for a few of you, recanting' (2:83)  

The renunciation, the repudiation of the covenant, its denial was total, except for a few notables. It holds good in the present epoch, as it did in the distant age noted in the Holy Verse.  The renunciation, the repudiation and the denial of the covenant is detailed further in the Ayah Karim that follows the one noted above:

'And We made a covenant with you: 'You should not shed the blood of your own, nor should evict your own from your homes. You agreed, and were all witnesses' (2:84) 

In spite of the covenant established, the Israelis violated it, as stands noted in the subsequent Ayah Karim:

'But here you, killing your own, and expelling a group of you from their homes, conspiring against them in wrongdoing and hostility. And if they come to you as captives, you ransom them, although it was forbidden to you. Is it that you believe in a part of scripture, and disbelieve in part? What is the reward for those among you who do that but humiliation in life? And on the Day of Resurrection, they will be assigned to the most severe torment. God is not unaware of what you do.' (2:85)

What stands noted sinks in as a commentary on the times we are passing through, as well as of the times referred in the Ayah Karim? Bound as Ahl-ul-Kit'ab, the way children of Israel treated Palestinian by expelling them from their home and hearth put a question mark on their belief in scriptures?  

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