Raising the mountain of Tur over the Children of Israel
Q 6: He interprets the raising of Al-Tur Mount over
the Children of Israel
to mean that they (Part No. 3; Page No. 355) were at the foot of the mount, not that the mount rose over them as if it were a canopy?
Allah (Exalted be He) informs us in some Qur'anic Ayahs (verses) that He raised
Al-Tur Mountain over
the Children of Israel to the point that it looked like a canopy. They even thought it was going to fall upon them. Allah (Exalted be He) stated:
And (remember) when We raised the mountain over them as if it had been a canopy, and they thought that it was going to fall on them. (We said): "Hold firmly to what We have given you [i.e. the Taurât (Torah)], and remember that which is therein (act on its commandments), so that you may fear Allâh and obey Him."
Allah also stated:
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-Muttaqûn (the pious - See V.2:2).
In another verse, Allah stated:
And for their covenant, We raised over them the Mount
These various Ayahs confirm one another and affirm that Allah caused the mount to actually rise over the heads of the Children of Israel. This understanding is further strengthened when all the Ayahs are studied in conjunction with one another. There is no clear or hidden indication that warrants further interpretation of these Ayahs. Moreover, the threat of punishment if they refused to hold firmly to the Mosaic law and their feeling that the mount was going to fall upon them provide clear-cut proof that Allah removed the mount from its place and raised it in the way mentioned in the Ayahs. These Ayahs cannot be interpreted otherwise. Whoever interprets the act of raising in the sense that the Children of Israel were at the foot of the mount has interpolated this in Allah's Ayahs and has taken them out of context. Such unwarranted interpretation constitutes (Part No. 3; Page No. 356) deviation from the proper methodology of truth, and regression to falsehood. We seek refuge in Allah from this.