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Qur’an 5:21 - Moses said to occupy the Holy Land Israel or not?

There are different answers to the question in the Qur’an about the occupation of the Holy Land:

Moses said to occupy the Holy Land – Qur’an 5:21

“O my people, enter the Holy Land which Allah has assigned to you and do not turn back [from fighting in Allah ’s cause] and [thus] become losers." (Qur’an 5:21) Moses said the Children of Israel to occupy the Holy Land. The verse doesn’t mention the location of the Holy Land. However, the Previous Scriptures have the answer. It is in Numbers 13:1-33.

Holy Land was inherited – Qur’an 7:137

“And We caused the people who had been oppressed to inherit the eastern regions of the land and the western ones, which We had blessed. And the good word of your Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel because of what they had patiently endured. And We destroyed [all] that Pharaoh and his people were producing and what they had been building.” (Qur’an 7:137) The Holy Land is inherited by God in contradiction to Qur’an 5:21. Note that the Qur’an has many verses about the migration of the Children of Israel to Israel. From Qur’an 7:137 it becomes clear that the promised land is Egypt and not Israel.


There is an issue about two Qur’an verses that Moses said to occupy the Holy Land. The Qur’an verses support Qur’an 10:94 to read the Previous Scriptures, the Bible.


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