Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics

(Jacob Rumans) #1

may betray a certain anxiety to rule out

any foreign (or Persian) influence.

[ 15 ]Perhaps these Manicheans disputed

with other Christian groups about the

crucifixion, since the Koran presents its

denial of the crucifixion as the

clarification of a disputed topic: ‘‘And

because of their saying: We slew the

Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s

messenger — they slew him not nor

crucified him, but it appeared so unto

them; and lo! those who disagree

concerning it are in doubt thereof; they

have no knowledge thereof save pursuit

of a conjecture; they slew him not for

certain’’ (Sura 4:157).

[ 16 ]‘‘ ‘O people of the Book! Do ye

disapprove of us for no other reason

than that we believe in Allah, and the

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