"Stop and think"
Submitted by Lactantius Jr (United Kingdom), Jan 30, 2009 at 09:32
To Amin Razaque
Don't you believe the Qur'an Mr Razaque, it repeatedly says that it confirms the previous Scriptures, for example Surah 3:3 says that Allah:-
"-----------sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Torah and the Gospels."
There are many, many Qur'anic references to the Judaeo-Christian Scriptures ("The Bible"), and the Qur'an gives them such noble titles as:-
"the book of Allah" " the word of Allah"
"a light and guidance to man" "a decision for all matters"
"a guidance and a mercy" "the lucid book"
"the illumination (al-furqan)"
"the gospel with its guidance and light confirming the preceding law"
"a guidance and warning to those who fear Allah"
Typical of every mention of the Torah and Gospels, there is no word about textual corruption. Surah's 2:97, 2:285; 3:3,7,23,48,65,84,93,184,199; 4:44,47,51,136,162-164 5:15,46,68-69; 6:91&92,154; 10:37; 11:17; 16:43; 17:2; 20:133; 21:7; 23:49; 26:196; 32:23; 35:31; 41:45; 46:10-12; 54:43; 57:25&27; and 87:18-19 all confirm, rather than repudiate or "complete" the Torah and Gospels, with the texts often being referred to as "inspired."
The Qur'an uses, for example, the following words:-
"musadiqalima mahum" (confirming what is with them)
"musadiqalima baina yadih" (confirming what is between their hands)
"musadiqalima makum" (confirming that which is with them)
Surah's 2:41,89; 3:3; 4:47; 5:48; 35:31 and so on.
Surah 5:43-49 for example, starts by saying:-
"But why do they come to thee for decision, when they have the Torah before them? Therein is the plain command of Allah, yet even after that they would turn away
Christians are told to look into their own Scriptures to find Allah's revelation for them:-
"Let the people of the Gospel judge by what Allah hath revealed therein. If any do fail to judge by the light of what Allah hath revealed, they are no better than those who rebel."
and even Muhammad himself at one point, is exhorted to test the truthfullness of his own message, against the contents of the previous Divine revelations to Jews and Christians:-
"If thou wert in doubt as to what we have revealed unto thee, then ask those who have been reading the Book from before thee, the truth hath indeed come to thee from thy Lord, so be in no wise of those in doubt."
Despite giving such massive support and testimony to the Bible, the Qur'an self-destructs by simultaneously confirming it and denying its central teaching, and it was not until around 430 years after Muhammad's death, that the allegation of Bible corruption was first made, when in 1064 AD, Ibn-Khazem, became the first Muslim to allege that the Bible had been corrupted and falsified. This charge was to defend Islam against Christianity, because Ibn-Khazem came upon differences and contradiction between the Bible and the Qur'an. Believing by faith that the Qur'an was true, the Bible must then be false. He said, "Since the Qur'an must be true it must be the conflicting Gospel texts that are false. But Muhammad tells us to respect the Gospel. Therefore, the present text must have been falsified by the Christians after the time of Muhammad."His argument was not based on any evidence or historical facts but only on his personal faith, reasoning, and desire to safeguard the Qur'an. This led him to teach that, "The Christians lost the revealed Gospel except for a few traces which Allah has left intact as argument against them."
Allah's not going to be pleased with you is he Mr Razaque,? when you stand before him with the ugly accusation that the Bible contains "obvious glaring mistakes and contradictions," and that he was unable to protect and preserve his word? telling him he's not powerful enough to prevent humans from altering/changing/corrupting his word?"
If the Bible is good enough for Allah, was good enough for Muhammad and the earliest Muslims, and good enough for Islam's greatest scholars, why isn't it good enough for you Mr Razaque?
With kind regards and best wishes
Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".
Reader comments (143) on this item
Comment on this item
Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum. Daniel J. Pipes