Are Christians and Jews Saved?
By Sami Zaatari
Christians claim there is a contradiction in the Quran concerning whether Jews and Christians are disbelievers or not, their confusion stems from this verse which reads:
YUSUFALI: Those who believe (in the Qur'an), those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Sabians and the Christians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness,- on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
The Christian reads this and concludes that Christians and Jews are going to heaven according to the Quran. Sadly, such a conclusion is a conclusion based on ignorance, and based on a lack of understanding on the Quran and Islam in general, and we really cant blame the Christian for that, since Islam is not their faith and they do not extensively study about it hence they make honest ignorant mistakes.
Now as for the verse, this passage is referring to the true Christians and Jews, when I say the true Christians and Jews I am referring to the ones who believe in the prophet Muhammad, the Quran, and the ones who followed all prophets and the instructions of Jesus. For instance, a true Jew would believe in Jesus, and all prophets that were sent to them, any Jew who does not believe in this is not a true Jew. And as we all know many Jews reject Jesus, hence this passage is not referring to those Jews. Now at the same time both the Jews and Christians must also accept the prophet Muhammad as their last and final prophet, because their own books told them that the prophet Muhammad would come and that they would have to believe in him. In fact the Quran records Jesus as saying:
YUSUFALI: And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: "O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad." But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said, "this is evident sorcery!"
So as you can see, Jesus spoke of the prophet Muhammad, hence any Christian who does not believe in the prophet Muhammad is not a true Christian. So therefore this in itself proves that surah 5:69 is not speaking about the present day Christians and Jews who reject God's messengers even when they were commanded to accept them, hence how are they true believers?
Secondly, not only do the Christians and Jews have to believe in their prophets, they must also follow the instructions of their prophets and the books they were given, we know for a fact that the Jews don't follow the torah; they have disregarded several of the laws that have been given to them in their book, hence they are not true believers. As for Christians, the true Christians are the ones who take Jesus as a prophet only, any who take him as God are false Christians and are not the ones being referred to in the Quranic passage, we can quote countless verses from the Quran condemning the worship of Jesus, so obviously the Christians mentioned in surah 5:69 are not the present day Christians.
Last but not least, if one were to check the Islamic commentaries, one would see that the Islamic scholars explained that this verse was referring to the Christians and Jews alive during the time when the Gospel and Torah was available to them, and it was referring to the Christians and Jews who would follow the instructions given in those 2 books, since those 2 books have been corrupted and lost and have been replaced by the Quran, this then means verse 5:69 is once again not referring to present day Christians and Jews.
The Quran shows us what the message of Jesus was, and present day Christians are at complete odds with it, hence present day Christians are not the ones mentioned in surah 5:69, so no matter which angle you look at it the present day Christians have no case with surah 5:69, the only remaining true Christians in the present day are the ones who become Muslim, the same goes for the Jews.
And Indeed Allah Knows Best!