Russia And Its Orthodox Christianity In the Quran
This is an extract from Sheikh Imran N Hosein’s lecture on ‘Russia And The Great War’ – Editor
لَتَجِدَنَّ أَشَدَّ ٱلنَّاسِ عَدَٰوَةً لِّلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱلْيَهُودَ وَٱلَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا۟ۖ وَلَتَجِدَنَّ أَقْرَبَهُم مَّوَدَّةً لِّلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱلَّذِينَ قَالُوٓا۟ إِنَّا نَصَٰرَىٰۚ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّ مِنْهُمْ قِسِّيسِينَ وَرُهْبَانًا وَأَنَّهُمْ لَا يَسْتَكْبِرُونَYou will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers [to be] the Jews and those who associate others with Allah; and you will find the nearest of them in affection to the believers those who say, “1. We are Christians.” That is because “2. among them are priests” and “3. monks” and because “4. they are not arrogant.” [Quran 5:82]
What Christians is Allah referring to, in this ayah who will be closest in affection to the Muslims?
1. The first description that Allah makes here is that they are a people who are a proud Christians; their religion plays a very important role in their lives, a practicing Christians.
2. Allah has further eased our task so that we can recognise them when the time comes hence He (azzawajal) informs us that these Christians will have the priesthood among them; they hold their priests high, respect them. We can elaborate this and say, they having priests points out that they will also have the institutes of priesthood.
3. The third point that Allah makes of them is that they will also have monks among them so they have monasticism/monkhood, a people who live a monastic way of life, renouncing the worldly pleasures and focusing on spirituality.
The last description that Allah makes here in this ayah is that He (azzawajal) gives us the reason why they are a proud Christians, why they have priesthood and why they have monasticism and says the reason why they have all these is “because they are not an arrogant people.”
So, when we tried to find the people who practice these things mentioned in the ayah, we only found RUSSIA/Orthodox Christians/Eastern Christians, hence we came to the conclusion and recognised that Allah is speaking about the Orthodox Christianity in this ayah, from its people till its president we see them to be a people who have the integrity, people who can’t digest oppression and people who are God-fearing and God-conscious.
We request the audience to do your homework and try to find these people & let us know if you come to a different conclusion. We invite & entertain only a scholarly and an academic approach to our view instead of a schoolboy approach and a juvenile rant!
It’s our view and you don’t have to accept our view unless you are convinced that is correct. However people who critique our view and say we are wrong must come to us with the truth, show us what is right because this is the right approach.