God’s consented decrees pre-Qur’anic period

Verse 9:107 describes the masjid (or the consented decree) which was corrupted during the time of the previous messengers. By corrupting it, the people were directly abusing God’s consented decrees, which the Quran calls masa-jidil-lah.

  • When the Torah was revealed to Moses, his people were enjoined to uphold the same deen revealed to Noah and Abraham. But the religionists corrupted the fundamental commandments consented by God to create a new religion. They introduced Judaism, an entity unknown to Moses.
  • Jesus, the son of Mary, was sent to the Children of Israel to confirm what was given to Moses. His own followers plotted against him and ignored the original decree which Jesus wanted them to restore. Instead they created a new religion in his name. Jesus did not call any of his followers Christians, Catholic or Protestants.
  • Similarly, when the Quran was revealed confirming the decrees given to Moses the Arabs corrupted the words in it – cunningly replaced it with the Arab religion. They have prevented others from God’s consented decree or masa-jidil-lah.

    This is how the consented decree was abused. Their common intention was to destroy God’s consented decrees (masa-jidil-lah) as stated in 2:114.

    One can hardly overlook the historical references to the Children of Israel, which are found throughout the Reading. For example, when they first received the Scripture they were warned that they would transgress on earth twice. When the first instance took place, God punished them through His servants who possessed great strength to invade their homeland. When the tide was turned in their favour, it was accompanied by another warning which said that if they worked righteousness, it would be for their own good, but if they worked evil they would suffer the consequences.

    When the second transgression takes place, their opponents will neutralize them and they will enter the masjid the way they entered it the first time. Here we see the word masjid is attributed to the Children of Israel and it clearly does not refer to a physical building called a mosque. It simply means that long before the time of Muhammad, the Children of Israel consented themselves to the masjid (or consented decree). Thus, we can positively say that the Children of Israel were not inside any physical mosque.

    The Children of Israel transgressed God’s laws. They distorted the Scripture and rebelled. Out of His Mercy, God sent Jesus to confirm what was revealed to Moses:

    We gave Moses the Scripture, and subsequent to him We sent messengers, and We gave Jesus the son of Mary profound signs and supported him with the Holy Spirit1 (ruHul qudus). Whenever a messenger came to you with commandments contrary to your wishes you became arrogant, you rejected some, and you killed some. (2:87)

    They rejected Jesus the son of Mary and transgressed. God says if they worked righteousness it would be for their own good, but if they worked evil they would suffer.

    Many years later, God revealed Scripture to a man who was not from among them. Nevertheless, the message of the Reading is the same as that given to Moses. The Reading gives special attention to the Children of Israel in the early part of the Reading (from 2:40 through to 2:123) telling them they should not be the first to reject the Book. They are assured that the Book confirms what was given to them. If the Children of Israel would read the Reading they would discover the truth – even about their own race.

    The first portion of the second surah of the Reading is can be summarised thus:

    1. 2:1-5 People who accept God’s Scripture
    2. 2:6-7 Those who disbelieve
    3. 2:8-20 The hypocrites
    4. 2:21-29 The message is addressed to the whole human race
    5. 2:30-39 The history of a man who lived by God’s guidance
    6. 2:40-123 The message to the Children of Israel
    7. 2:124-134 The history of a monotheist
    8. 2:135-141 Resistance by the old guard
    9. 2:142 Q: Why the Reading is sent to the non-Israelite?
    10. 2:143 A: As a test for those who want to follow His messenger
    11. 2:144-147 They knew it was the truth; they recognised it
    12. 2:148-152 Focus on the sanctions consented by God or masjidil-Harami revealed to the Prophet. Everyone should focus their attention on it.

    Although the Reading was revealed to a non-Israelite, the message in the first major surah is predominantly addressed to them. It may shock the readers that – the truth is: The message of the Reading was meant for the Children of Israel – not for the Arabs. Nowhere in the Reading has any verse addressed to the Arabs except to admonish them in the strong terms with the exception of some verses addressed to the messenger as a prophet. That is the reason why God says, the Children of Israel recognized what was sanctioned in the Reading like their own children. 2:124-131 reminds them about the history of Abraham who was committed to God’s system, and the manner in which he and Ishmael established their commitments from God’s system. The choice was given to them either to accept or to reject the revelation. It was revealed to a gentile prophet as a test for them in order to distinguish those among them who would follow the messenger without being prejudicial of racial origin – from those who would turn back on their heels. God emphasizes in 2:143: “It is a difficult test indeed – but not for those guided by Him – and He will not put your faith to waste“.

    Many people were oblivious to the essence of the message about the Children of Israel in the Reading. The details of the sanctions of God’s consented decree were prescribed in the Torah, but the Israelites had distorted and abused them. They had already entered into agreement with God or consented to uphold the tenets of the Torah the first time around, but they abused it. History does not record any Israelites entering any mosques.

    If we read 17:7 with care we see that:

    in-naa ahsan-tum   if you do good
    ahsan-tum          it is good for you
    li-anfusikum       for yourselves
    wa-ain asa'tum     and if you work evil
    falaha             it is bad for you
    faiza              therefore, when
    ja'a wa'dul        the promise comes
    akhirah            finally
    li-yasuu'u         they will disgrace
    wuju-hakum         your faces
    wali-yad-khulu     and they will enter/ inherit
    masjida            the consented decrees
    mama               the same way
    da-qolu            you entered
    au-wala mar-rotin  the first time
    wali-yutab-biru    and they control
    ma                 what
    a'lu tat-bi-ror    they will get a full control of

    They are reminded that they had entered the masjid earlier. This was when they received the Torah. Da-qolu auwala mar-rotin means which you entered the first time. It implies that they consented to God’s decree after making a covenant with Him. That is the period when they entered their agreement or gave their consent to God’s instructions. Obviously, the Children of Israel did not built any mosque.


    1 In spite of the unique quality in Jesus it didn’t work wih the Children of Israel. Later, people who believed Jesus started to think he was God. They cannot imagine it is God’s will he was created with God’s words and the Holy Spirit.

    Bayti-ya in the Reading

    This word appears in the Reading three times, in 2:125 and 22:26 (which refers to God’s system) and in 71:28. In 71:28 it refers to Noah’s way of life, a system different from his folks.

    In the scriptural account of the prophet Noah, everything was totally destroyed when God sent down the Great Flood. The rising waters eventually drowned even a young man, who Noah thought was his son, who had refused to believe when he had decided to escape the flood by climbing up a hill. In 71:26 Noah says:

    “Lord do not leave on earth a single disbeliever.”

    Once Noah was saved, God destroyed everything in his area: all the people in his community including the livestock and their properties.

    Most of the Jews, Christians and Muslims are familiar with the story of Noah. Noah lost his house during the flood. Everyone lost their houses during the flood. When on the ark, he implored God:

    My Lord forgive me and my parents and anyone who enters my system (bayti-ya) as a believer and all the believing men and believing women. And do not increase the wicked except to destroy. (71:28)

    Clearly, Noah was not referring to his physical house, but to the system (bayti-ya) to which God had guided him. There were no houses left because everything had been destroyed. Noah was afloat on the ark when he made this request to God.

    Noah asked God to forgive those who were with him in his system – or his bayti-ya – those who believed in God and not those who entered his home. There is no indication in the Reading that God can forgive a person just by entering a physical house belonging to a prophet of God.

    In the Reading al-bayta means the system and bayti-ya means my system. Every one of us knows the unseen God does not live in a physical house and He does not need a house to live in.

    The Arabs in Palestine changed the name of the old city of Jerusalem to Baytul-mu-qadis very recently. When they used the word baytul for Jerusalem they did not say the meaning here was house but city: baytul-muqadis meaning the Sacred City. The word muqadis is derived from the root qudus, which means sacred. The prefix mu before the root indicates a state of being.

    There are also prefixes appended to the word bayta in the Reading signifying the state of the verb:

    • baytul-ateeq in 22:29 (the original system)
    • baytal-Harami in 5:2 and 5:97 (the system sanctioned)
    • baytika-muHarami in 14:37 (the sanctions in the system to be observed by Abraham’s progeny)

    The religionists say all these words refer to house. This is for no other reason than to justify their invented Arab religion and to make their followers focus their worship on their stone.

    Those who read the Qur’an to understand it have been instructed:

    Rule number one: Ignorance can buy you a ticket to Hell.

    We have assigned for Hell multitudes from the jinn and humans, for them hearts that do not understand, and for them eyes that do not see, and for them ears that do not hear. (7:179)

    Rule number two: Ignorance is not bliss.

    Surely the worst creatures by God are the deaf, the dumb without common sense. (8:22)

    Rule number three: Do not be dogmatic. Verify your facts.

    Do not accept whatever of which you do not have any knowledge. You are given the hearing, the eyes and the brains. (17:36)

    Rule number four: The foolish do not think.

    And it will not be for anyone to believe except by the will of God. God has assigned filth upon those without common sense. (10:100)

    Those who have read the Qur’an should know the prime commandment in the Reading:

    You shall not associate anything with God’.

    A house is a building in which people live, usually people belonging to one family. To associate a man-made rock structure like the cubical stone house which the religionists call Ka’aba in Mecca with the Almighty God inflicts violence against our reason and our common sense.

    The followers of the Arab religion should ask why they associate a stone cube with God. To grasp the essence of God’s Scripture we need only a normal dose of common sense. This will lead us to the conclusion that the religionists have fabricated a convenient lie for their own cultural and material ‘well-being’. They say it is God’s house, but in the same breath, they also say God does not reside in that house. The next time you meet an Arab priest, ask him exactly what it is they want us to understand about God’s house here on earth. Ultimately, they intend us to think that it is God’s house but that He does not live there.

    However, having built the house, they would have it that the structure is sacred. Ask the religionists:

    • At what point did the rocks from the mountains become sacred?
    • If they were sacred before they were taken from the mountains, did the Arabs not defile the mountains by taking them?
    • If neither of these points results in a clear conclusion, what exactly are they trying to say?

    In truth, the religionists have no answers to these questions. Their grand plan was – and still is – to conspire against Islam and to destroy the peacefulness of a way of life revealed by God to the Last Prophet. First, they put up the idols. Then they got the gullible to believe in them. Next, they- corrupted the common people’s understanding of God’s words in the Scripture to justify the conspiracy. Then they set themselves up as the keepers of the faith and language. The religionists have also misrepresented and misstated the words baytil-Harami and baytul-muHarami. They say that the words mean ‘sacred house’. The next time you meet an Arab priest ask him since when the word prohibited or restricted (Haram) began to mean sacred? Along the same lines, what has happened to the word baytul-muqadis? Does not Jerusalem mean ‘sacred house‘ because they say bayta is a house and qudus is sacred? The retort will probably be in the negative. Since it is not in Arabia, it does not mean the same thing.

    No Arab is willing to clarify any of these points, even the most qualified priest of the Arab religion. Since none is forthcoming, let us just use a higher authority, the Reading.