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SCRIPTURE, People of the

Ar: Ahl Al-Kitab.

see also SCRIPTURE. People of the Book (al-Anbiya' 21:7) = learned men of Taurat and Injil (Jalaluddin). "This is given as a reply to the speech of the Quraysh -- 'what! Is this any other than a mortal like ourselves?' God directs them to ask the people of the Book regarding the character of the ancient prophets." (Al-Baidhawi). Another title for them are the "People of Rememberance" (an-Nahl 16:43).


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