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Can I follow the Torah too as a Muslim

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Assalamu alaikum,

If we go with the idea that the text of the Torah is not the issue (but rather the misinterpretation of it by Jews) then should we as Muslims who believe the Torah is from Allah (swt) follow it’s teachings too, including the hundreds of commandments like not mixing dairy and meat?

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Shalom aleichem,

The 613 commandments of the Torah are generally considered to be for the children of Israel alone as a sign of obedience to their covenant. The Torah has 7 moral laws that apply to all humans, called the seven Noahide laws. These are;

The prohibition of idolatry.
The prohibition of murder.
The prohibition of theft.
The prohibition of sexual immorality.
The prohibition of blasphemy.
The prohibition of eating flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive.
The requirement of maintaining courts to provide legal recourse.

More info here: http://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/62221/jewish/Universal-Morality.htm

As a muslim, you already follow these and more. Many of Islam’s laws (circumcision, no pork) can be found in Judaism, though they are less restrictive (making observance much easier for a wider audience).

According to the Torah, muslims, as Sons of Noah, need to only follow the Noahide Laws. But of course they must also follow the laws of the Quran as they are muslims.

Following the 613 commandments is a big undertaking, and though it’s not technically proscribed as mandatory, a non-Jew observing all of the Law is considered to be very wise and honorable. Jews in the Second Temple Era called the Romans who followed Jewish laws “G-d fearers”.

613 commandments: http://www.jewfaq.org/613.htm

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assalaamu 3alaykum,

From My perspective as Muslim (Alhamdulillah) who does consider the today’s text of the Miqra (Tora) authoritative, we don’t need to abide as Muslims to the commandments in the Tora. The reason is because unlike Judaism, in Islamic science of Law, we have the doctrine of naskh (abrogation). According to the four Islamic schools of law even within the quran there are ayas abrogated by other ayas. So what to say about holy books other than the quran?

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Oh my gosh, both Judaism and Islam can be pretty restrictive religions. Many things forbidden to me as a Jew, the Quran allows, and many things forbidden to you as a Muslim the Torah allows. If you were to try to combine both sets of restrictions, you would probably set yourself up for a difficult existence. If you were to try to combine what both allow but the other doesn’t for a more permissive religion, you’d be starting a new religion from either of them and miss a lot that is beautiful in the reasoning for what is restricted.

From another consideration, if you are Muslim I believe your faith considers the Quran the most up to date and most authoritative revelation from G-d, and as a Jew I believe the Torah and Oral Law to be His only revelation, so there is no need for either of us to try to be more restrictive and try to put them both together.

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