Cracking the Qur'an Code
by Lowell Gallin
Cracking the Qur’an Code
I first learned about Bangladesh Muslim human rights and pro-Israel Zionist activist Salah Choudhury from David Ben-Ariel, a Christian Zionist
Jewish Zionists learning about Muslim Zionists from Christian Zionists might seem surprising, but today these contacts are growing. Jews and Israelis often believe that we stand alone in an increasingly hostile world. While it may be true that parts of the world grow increasingly and openly hostile, it is only a partial truth.
In these days of Ends and Beginnings others also come forward, such as Sheikh Palazzi, Salah Choudhury and David Ben-Ariel, to stand with the People of Israel in this Time of Jacob's Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7).
Jewish, Christian and Muslim Zionists share the belief that the outcome of the battle between those who stand with and those who stand against the God, Torah, Land and People of Israel has been foretold. We do not envy the fate of those who play on the losing team.
However, we each must make our own choices and take personal and national responsibility for those choices. The Qur'an says that as Pharaoh was drowning in the Red Sea, he repented and acknowledged that he had sinned against God by oppressing God's People Israel:
"We took the Children of Israel across the sea: Pharaoh and his hosts followed them in insolence and spite. At length, when overwhelmed with the flood, he said: 'I believe that there is no god except Him Whom the Children of Israel believe in: I am of those who submit (to God in Islam)'. (It was said to him): 'Ah now! But a little while before, wast thou in rebellion! And thou didst mischief (and violence)! This day shall We save thee in thy body, that thou mayest be a sign to those who come after thee! But verily, many among mankind are heedless of Our Signs!'"
Qur'an, Sura Yunus ("Jonah"), 10:90-92
Hopefully, the players on the losing team will wake up to what they are doing, and turn back from marching against Jerusalem, before sharing Pharaoh's fate.
In this section we read about the courageous activities of Salah Choudhury in Bangladesh, and of his Jewish friend and colleague Dr. Richard Benkin in the United States.
We are proud to say that both Salah Choudhury and Dr. Benkin serve as R&B Islam-Israel Fellowship Council members.
December 31, 2009
(Excerpt from Cracking the Qur'an Code)