We decreed in the Book for the tribe of Israel: “You will twice cause corruption on Earth and you will reach [a degree of] great haughtiness. When the promised first time came, We sent against you servants of Ours possessing great force, and they ransacked your houses, rampaging right through them. It was a promise that was fulfilled. Then once again We gave you the upper hand over them, supplied you with more wealth and children, and made you the most numerous group.” (Qur’an, 17:4-6)
As these verses reveal, the Children of Israel were to cause two corruptions over the world. After the first one, during which they adopted a very high level of haughtiness, Allah sent a powerful army against them. Indeed, when the Jews killed Prophet Yahya (as) and set a trap to kill Prophet ‘Isa (as) (“reaching to a degree of great haughtiness”), they were exiled shortly afterwards from Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 and wandered all over the world.
When that verse was revealed to the Prophet (saas), the Jews were living under very difficult conditions in various countries and had no state of their own. Yet, Allah told the Children of Israel that one day they would recover their strength.
At that time, however, there seemed to be almost no chance that this would really happen. Many centuries later, however, the Jews returned to Palestine and established the State of Israel in 1948. Subsequently, the attitudes of some racist Zionists living in Israel led to disorder in the Middle East. Such attitudes are still laying the foundations of acts of terror.
This current state is a sign of the Children of Israel’s second “corruption.” However, it is important to note that this wicked behaviour certainly does not apply to all Jews, for many Jews are individuals of good conscience and common sense who do not agree with such behaviour. Certain racist and radical Zionists need to “take to forgiveness” (Qur’an, 7:199), as recommended by our Lord. If they follow this path, then it is clear that, by Allah’s will, an environment of peace and brotherhood can again be established, for the Qur’an states:
A good action and a bad action are not the same. Repel the bad with something better and, if there is enmity between you and someone else, he will be like a bosom friend. (Qur’an, 41:34)
In these verses in the Surat al-Isra’, we notice that almost no one could believe that such things would ever come about. But Allah willed their fulfilment, and thereby provided believers with more proof that the Qur’an is a miraculous book revealed by Him for their benefit.