The Quran contains very negative and insulting myths about Jews and Christians.
Three of the Quranic verses that reflect these myths are-
2:63 - 65, 5:60, and 7:166.
2:63 - 65 And (O Children of Israel, remember) when We took your covenant and We raised above you the Mount (saying): "Hold fast to that which We have given you, and remember that which is therein so that you may become Al-Muttaqun. Then after that you turned away. Had it not been for the Grace and Mercy of Allah upon you, indeed you would have been among the losers. And indeed you knew those amongst you who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath.We said to them:
"Be you monkeys, despised and rejected."
#79 The punishment for breach of the Sabbath under the Mosaic law was death. "Every one that defieth it (the Sabbath) shall surely be put to death; for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people." (Exod. xxxi. 14). There must have been a Jewish tradition about a whole fishing community in a seaside town, which persisted in breaking the Sabbath and were turned into apes; cf. vii. 163-166. Or should we translate in both these passages. "Be as apes", instead of "Be apes"? This is the suggestion of Maulvi Muhammad Ali on this passage, on the authority of Mujabid and Ibn Jarir Tabari. The punishment would be, not for the breach of the Sabbath in itself, but for their contumacious defiance of the Law#
*** For once, the interpreter is CORRECT.
Yet once again does MuhammadPlagiariseand Pervert a traditional Jewish story and inserts it in his Quran to make it look original.
The above story is a different version of a Rabbinic original - one among many to be found in Ginzburg's: Legends of the Jews, Vol. 6, p85 - in which ONEShabbathbreaker was turned into an ape by Moses - notAllah***
5:60 Say (O Muhammad to the people of the Scripture): "Shall I inform you of something worse than that, regarding the recompense from Allah: those (Jews) who incurred the Curse of Allah and His Wrath, those of whom (some) He transformed into monkeys and swines, those who worshipped Taghut (false deities); such are worse in rank (on the Day of Resurrection in the Hellfire), and far more astray from the Right Path."
7:166 So when they exceeded the limits of what they were prohibited, We said to them: "Be you monkeys, despised and rejected." (It is a severe warning to the mankind that they should not disobey what Allah commands them to do, and be far away from what He prohibits them).
*** In the case of 5.60 mentioned above, Allah turned ONLY those who worshipped Taghut into monkeys and swine and no one else.
In the cases 2.63-66 & 7.166,Allah only SAID"Be you monkeys, despised and rejected" and ONLY to those who broke the Sabbath Rule.
No where in all these verses is there either an assertion or an implication that ALL JEWSare Descended from Apes and Swine.
These false and anti Jewish insults were deliberately and mendaciously made by Muhammadan exegetes over the centuries of calumny and insults towards All JEWS, because of the Hatemongering and Warmongering Quranic and Hadiths verses against them ***
Additionally, we read that the historical 'Islamic scholars' and commentators agreed with the literal interpretation of this verse:
Allah transformed these Jews into apes because they disobeyed His commandment and went to catch fish on a Saturday. These Jews inhabited a coastal city (refer to Chapter 2:65).
The Qur'an says:
"And you know of those of you who broke the Sabbath, how we said unto them,
'Be apes, despised and hated!"'
The interpretation of the expositors of the Qur'an is in full agreement with the content of these verses .
(Refer to the Baydawi, page 14; Jalalan, pages 10, 11; Zamakhshari, part 1, page 286).
The same hatemongering 'scholars of Islam' deliberately and very conveniently ignore similar Hadiths indicating that SOME MUSLIMS WILL BE TURNED INTO PIGS AND APES AS WELL.
Narrated Abu 'Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash'ari:
that he heard the Prophet saying, "From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful. And there will be some people who will stay near the side of a mountain and in the evening their shepherd will come to them with their sheep and ask them for something, but they will say to him, 'Return to us tomorrow.' Allahwill destroy them during the night and will let the mountain fall on them, and He will transform the rest of them into monkeys and pigs and they will remain so till the Day of Resurrection."
Abu Dawud, Book 32, Number 4028:
Narrated Abu Amir or Abu Malik:
AbdurRahman ibn Ghanam al-Ash'ari said: Abu Amir or Abu Malik told me--I swear by Allah another oath that he did not believe me that he heard the Apostle of Allah say: There will be among my community people who will make lawful (the use of) khazz and silk. Some of them will be transformed into apes and swine.
*** Some Muhammadans would turn to the lusts of the world and fornicate, wear silk, drink alcohol, and listen to music.
Their punishment (FOR HAVING ANY KIND OF FUN & PLEASURE) is that Allah would supernaturally destroy some and others would be transformed intomonkeys and pigs.
Hence, using EXACTLY the same 'logic' as that of the Muhamnmadan'scholars',ALL the FOLLOWERS of MuhammadALSO, are descended from APES & SWINE ***
There are more infantile references to various animals* in 'Islamic traditions'; the above are sufficient to make the point:
The cult of Muhammadan Islam is filled with superstitions and the poor 'Muslims' are INDOCTRINATED and plagued by these superstitions to this day.
Perhaps Muhammad didn't know better.
He did not grow up in a very scientific culture.
But people today, especially 'Muslims', who have unlimited access to all types of information, should acknowledge Muhammad's zoological errors and realize that he was neither knowledgeable,nor a prophet.
* NOTE: Look up Muhammad & Animals in the Definitions Section.