Who are the People of the Book mentioned in the Quran?
The title refers to the Jews and Christians who were given scripture beforehand via the prophets Moses and Jesus; peace be upon them both.
The Jews and Christians had previously been gifted original scriptures of divine origin from Allah; the Torah to Moses (PBUH) and the Injeel to Jesus (PBUH), but over centuries they had strayed from the teachings.
Approximately 600 years after Jesus, Allah sent his last messenger Muhammad (PBUH) and revealed to him The Quran which reached out in particular to the People of the Book as they had previously been given scripture.
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