Can you tell me which group amongst the Jews believes that Uzair is the Son of God?
As a matter of principle, it should be understood that wherever the Qur’an has referred to any wrong beliefs of any peoples, it is basically of those peoples, which existed and lived in the immediate environment in which the Qur’an was being revealed. Thus, when the Qur’an says that the Jews hold Uzair to be the Son of God, it is basically a reference to some Jewish group in Arabia that held Uzair in great veneration. Unfortunately, the sources of the history and beliefs of these Jewish groups of Arabia, other than the Qur’an itself, are not even fully available. But, obviously, had this allegation of the Qur’an been wrong, the Jews would have objected to it with great fury, as they did so in the case of some of the allegations of the Qur’an which they could not properly understand (e.g. see Al-Taubah 9: 31). But as we know, the Jews, in the particular environment where the Qur’an was being revealed did not and, it seems, could not object to this allegation of the Qur’an, for reasons, which are quite obvious.
23rd January 1998