V.SURA XXXIX., v. 64[-65].
Say:ah! do ye command me to worship any other than God? Oh ye
and verily it hath been revealed to thee, and to those before
thee, that if thou dost associate others with God, verily I will render
vain thy work, and thou shalt surely be amongst the lost.
This pure doctrine, it is said, was revealed "to those before
him," as well as to Mahomet himself:that is, to the former
prophets;أي من الرسل Baidhâwi.
This is a testimony to the purity of the doctrines revealed to the
Prophets before Mahomet, as declared in their books extant in his time.
VI.SURA LIV., v. 42.
أَكُفَّارُكُمْ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أُوْلائِكُمْ أَمْ لَكُم بَرَاءةٌ فِي
Are your unbelievers
(Ye Meccans) better than those, (i. e.
of the days of Noah, Lot, Moses, &c., just referred to;) or is
there an immunity for you in the Scriptures?
The Scriptures. "The Books,"
heavenly, or divine books,"
TESTIMONY TO THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
Baidhâwi. The expression apparently points to existing
Scriptures, to which the citizens of Mecca are referred as showing that
there is no immunity in any of the inspired books for the unbeliever, or
idolater. The passage is not important, but is introduced for
VII.SURA XXXIV., v. 6.
The Knowledge, means acquaintance with the previous Revelations.
"Those to whom knowledge hath been given," i.e.,
believers from amongst the Jews and Christians;
مؤمنوا أهل الكتاب
And those, to whom knowledge
hath been given, see that what hath been
revealed unto thee from thy Lord, is truth, and guideth unto the
straight and blessed way.
The meaning of the verse, confirmed by numerous similar passages to
be quoted hereafter, is that those who possessed the inspired revelation
contained in the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, recognized, by the
divine knowledge derived therefrom, the Corân to be also a true