What Does Islam Say About the Ten Commandments?
Name of Counselor Ahmad Kutty
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In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
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The Ten Commandments—with the exception of the fourth one,
which deals with observance of the Sabbath—in essence and spirit constitute an
integral part of the Qur’anic ethics and laws. The Qur’an presents itself as a
book through which Allah has guided humankind to the noble ways of the previous
prophets and messengers, who are to be emulated as the perfect role models of
humanity. (See Qur’an 4:26; 6:90). Also, in a more fundamental sense, the
Qur’an stresses that all the prophets and messengers, speaking different
languages and raised in various times and places, taught essentially the same
perennial religion (core religion called deen), although their precise
promulgation of the laws of religion, responding to extremely divergent
historical circumstances and milieu, assumed different forms. However, these
fundamental commandments, in essence and spirit, belong to the perennial
religion that allows for no abrogation or alteration. Although one hardly finds
these commandments enumerated in a single place in the Qur’an as they are
listed in the Torah, nevertheless, all of them with the exception of the rule
to observe the Sabbath— which, according to the Qur’an, was specific to the
Jews, and, therefore, has only a rather limited significance—are enumerated in
various places with varying emphases in the Qur’an; hence one can safely
conclude that these commandments are of universal relevance meant for all times
and places. Here is a listing of these commandments as enumerated in the Bible
with their parallels in the Qur’an:
Excerpted, with slight modifications, from: www.islam.ca
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