Question: Allah the Almighty emphasizes that He is the lord of all creation. But in the 47th verse of chapter Baqara, He says to Jews “Children of Israel! Remember what I bestowed upon you and that I exalted you above all creation”. As far as it seems, Jews are supposed to be exalted, superior to all of other creation. Is this like it seems?
The Arabic word “alam” is derived from the root “ilm” which means the sign, trace or signature of something. Everything that shows the existence of the Creator is “alam”. Lord of all creation (rabbu’l-alameen) means the owner of all creation.
As for the same word that passes in 2:47, it comes to the meaning of “nations”, “people”. So the true translation should be: “Children of Israel! Remember what I bestowed upon you and that I exalted you above all the peoples of the world”. The verse reminds people of Hebrew origin (not only Jews) the choosing of them for sending books and messengers. It does not mean that they are superior to any.
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