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» 2nd March 2011
Surah al-Baqarah, Verse 87
وَلَقَدْ آتَيْنَا مُوسَى الْكِتَابَ وَقَفَّيْنَا مِنْ بَعْدِهِ بِالرُّسُلِ

وَآتَيْنَا عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ الْبَيِّنَاتِ وَأَيَّدْنَاهُ بِرُوحِ الْقُدُسِ

أَفَكُلَّمَا جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ بِمَا لَا تَهْوَىٰ أَنْفُسُكُمُ اسْتَكْبَرْتُمْ

فَفَرِيقًا كَذَّبْتُمْ وَفَرِيقًا تَقْتُلُونَ

"And, indeed, We gave Musa the Book, and after him We sent messengers, one following the other; and We gave clear signs to Isa, the son of Mariam (Jesus, the son of Mary), and supported him with the Holy Spirit. Then, how is it that every time a prophet came to you with what does not meet your desire, you grew arrogant? So, you falsified a group (of the messengers) and killed others."

The Qur'an again reminds the Israelites how Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) in His mercy forgave them their transgressions again and again, and provided them with all the means of guidance. First of all, He gave them a Divine Book, the Torah, through Sayyidna Musa (Moses - عليه السلام); then, sent them a number of prophets; and, at the end of this line, sent down Sayyidna 'Isa (Jesus - عليه السلام) along with clear and irrefutable evidences of his prophethood, like the Evangel and miracles, and appointed the Archangel Jibra'il (Gabriel - عليه السلام) to give him support.

The Archangel Jibra'il (عليه السلام) has often been called "Ruh al-Qudus" (the Holy Spirit) in the Noble Qur'an and the Hadith. For example, in Verse 16:102: "Say: the Holy Spirit has brought it (the Noble Qur'an) down;" or in a couplet of the poet and blessed Companion Hassan ibn Thabit (رضي الله عنه), reported in the Hadith: "Jibra'il, the messenger of Allah, comes to us; he is the Holy Spirit, the incomparable."

Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) helped and supported Sayyidna 'Isa (عليه السلام) through Jibra'il (عليه السلام) in several ways. (1) He was conceived through the breath of the Archangel. (2) Jibra'il (عليه السلام) protected him against being touched by Satan at the time of this birth. (3) The Archangel always accompanied him in order to defend him against the hostility of the Jews. (4) It was through him that Sayyidna Isa (عليه السلام) was raised to the heavens.

In spite of all these divine favours, the Jews persisted in their rebellion. They were so stubborn in the worship of their desires, that whenever the prophets brought to them certain divine injunctions which did not please them, the Jews would deny the prophets -- they denied even Sayyidna Isa (عليه السلام) - or would kill them outright -- for example, they dealt in this vile manner with Sayyidna Zakariyya (Zachariah - عليه السلام) and Sayyidna Yahya (John the Baptist - عليه السلام). (Ma'ariful Qur'an)

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