The Integrity of the Bible according to the Qu’ran

In reading the best English interpretations of the Qu’ran I see many
surahs honoring the Tawrat and the Injil, which Christians refer to as
the Old Testament and the New Testament. For example:


    “He hath revealed unto thee (Muhammed) the Scripture with truth, confirming
    that which was (revealed) before it, even as He revealed the Torah and
    the Gospel aforetime, for a guidance to mankind; and hath revealed the
    Criterion (of right and wrong). Lo! those who disbelieve the revelations
    of Allah, theirs will be heavy doom. Allah is Mighty, Able to Requite (the
    wrong) (3:3,4).

Obviously then, since the Scriptures before the Qu’ran were revelations
from God, every muslim should take heed to also be aware of what the Scriptures
of the Bible say and believe them. Those who disbelieve in these revelations,
‘theirs will be heavy doom’, the Qu’ran warns us.

The Qu’ran speaks of itself in this way:


    “And lo! it is a revelation of the Lord of the Worlds, which the True
    Spirit hath brought down upon thy heart, that thou mayest be one of the
    warners, in plain Arabic speech. And lo, it is in the Scriptures of
    the men of old
    . Is it not a token for them that the doctors of the
    Children of Israel know it? (26:192-197).

According to the Qu’ran, the revelation God gave to Muhammed can be found
in the earlier Scriptures, those of the children of Israel. If this is
so, surely the Old Testament should be read by all muslims seeking further
confirmation of the truth of the Qu’ranic revelation. Regrettably however,
it is rare to meet a muslim who has actually read the Tawrat and the Injil.

Perhaps the reason for this is that many muslims feel that the Scriptures
of the Jews and Christians have now been corrupted. There is disagreement
as to when this happened amongst muslims. Some say the Injil (the Gospels)
was taken to heaven with Jesus. Others say it has been abrogated (i.e.
it no longer applies). Others believe that Christians changed it in order
to hide some important truths. But is this what the Qu’ran itself says?

The Qu’ran DOES reprimand Jews and Christians for hiding and not proclaiming
some of what was revealed to them.

    “And with those who say: “Lo! we are Christians”, We made a covenant,
    but they forgot a part of that whereof they were admonished. Therefore
    We have stirred up enmity and hatred among them till the Day of Resurrection
    when Allah will inform them of their handiwork.


    “O People of the Scripture! Now hath Our messenger come unto you, expounding
    unto you much of that which ye used to hide in the Scripture, and forgiving
    much. Now hath come unto you light from Allah and a plain Scripture.” (Surah
    5:14,15)

    Here it says that the Christians forgot some of God’s warnings. It says
    that the People of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) used to hide some
    of the things revealed to them. Did they hide a corrupted or an uncorrupted
    Scripture? Surely they would not be rebuked for hiding something that was
    corrupted!


    Should muslims be angry at Christians for proclaiming what God has revealed
    to them through the Injil? Should we hide what our Lord has revealed to
    us?


    Actually, historically it is true that by the time of Muhammed much
    of the visible church had forgotten many of the basic teachings of the
    Injil, and had become occupied with ornate furnishings, statues, various
    forms of idolatry and the quest for more political power. Truly much of
    the teaching, purity and power of the first century church life and doctrine
    had been forgotten by the 7th century.


    In another place, the Qu’ran says of Jews and Christians:


      Those unto whom We have given the Scripture, who read it with the right
      reading, those believe in it. And whoso disbelieveth in it, those are they
      who are the losers. (2:121).

    How could they read the text with a right reading if the text itself was
    corrupt? How could the Qu’ran confirm a corrupted text in their possession?
    (2:89)

    On the contrary, the weight of Qu’ranic evidence is in favor of the
    proposition that the People of the Scriptures at the time of Muhammed had
    the true Scriptures. This is interesting as we have today manuscripts of
    the Tawrat and Injil that date to BEFORE the time of Muhammed. Therefore
    our Holy Bibles should not be too readily dismissed by muslim seekers after
    truth.


    As one muslim said to me, ‘The Bible is really my book. I’m ashamed
    that I’ve never read it.’

    Surah 5:43 is interesting.


      How come they unto thee for judgement when they have the Torah, wherein
      Allah hath delivered judgement (for them)? Yet even after that they turn
      away. Such folks are not believers.

    This verse implies that the Jews around Medina should have looked to their
    own Torah (law) for judgement, but they did not believe it. Allah would
    not have wanted the Jews to turn to a corrupted Torah for judgement. This
    and other passages in the Qu’ran imply that the Jews had the right text,
    but they were not honest in reading it, speaking it out truly.

    According to the Qu’ran, there were some Jews who did corrupt the text
    at times.


      Therefore woe be unto those who write the Scripture with their hands
      and then say, “This is from Allah,” that they may purchase a small gain
      therewith. Woe unto them for that their hands have written, and woe unto
      them for that they earn thereby. (2:79).

    By the time this Surah was written, the text of the Tawrat had been around
    for many centuries, scattered throughout most of the known world in various
    Jewish communities. Even if the Jews at Medina had corrupted some parts
    of the Tawrat, this by no means implies that Jews all over the world had
    conspired simultaneously to corrupt the Scriptures.

    Normally jewish scribes took great pains to maintain the accuracy of
    their manuscripts as they were copied. If they made one mistake they would
    generally start again on a fresh scroll, such was their meticulous devotion
    to precise transmission of their revelations from God. Even if some corrupt
    Jews did misreport and even corrupt part of the Tawrat for profit, this
    hardly implies a general corruption of the text throughout all nations
    where the Jews were dispersed.


    It is important not to read too much into the Qu’ran that it does not
    actually say. There are many passages which imply that the text of the
    Scriptures in the time of Muhammed was reliable.


    The Qu’ran further assumes the existence of the other Scriptures in
    that it appeals to the Arabs who deny the revelation of Muhammed to seek
    confirmation for the validity of his message from the People of the Book.


     

      And lo, it is in the Scriptures of the men of old. Is it not a token
      for them that the doctors of the Children of Israel know it? (26:196,197).

    In the event of doubt Muhammed himself is to appeal to the Scriptures of
    the people of the Book.

     
      And if thou (Muhammed) art in doubt concerning that which We reveal
      unto thee, then question those who read the Scripture (that was) before
      thee.  Verily the Truth from thy Lord hath come unto thee. So be not
      thou of the waverers (10:95).

       

    In the face of this evidence, it is difficult to see how a muslim faithful
    to the Qu’ran and its teachings could really believe that the former Scriptures
    had been abrogated, textually corrupted or taken into heaven. If something
    like that was the case, how could the Qu’ran enjoin upon doubters and unbelievers,
    indeed how could the Qu’ran enjoin upon Muhammed himself, if he were to
    waver, to refer to the People of the Book or to the former Scriptures.
    Clearly, the People of the Book can measure the validity of the Qu’ran
    with true Scriptures only, not with corrupted Scriptures.

    This is no small issue. The Qu’ran actually enjoins belief in the former
    Scriptures to all true muslims. And we have seen that these Scriptures
    were available in the time of Muhammed. We have texts from before that
    time in the original hebrew and Greek. Therefore muslims must believe what
    the Bible says.


    A true muslim, faithful to the teaching of the Qu’ran has nothing to
    lose by following the teaching of his own Scriptures in this matter of
    believing the former Scriptures.


    O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His messenger and the Scripture
    which He hath revealed aforetime.
    Whoseo disbelieveth in Allah
    and His angels and His Scriptures and His messengers and the Last Day,

    he verily hath wandered far astray.

     

    This article is therefore an urgent call to all
    muslims to read and believe in the Tawrat and the Injil –
    the Holy Bible
    . Read it and find the truth of the Lord therein.

     


    Michael Fackerell


     

    For further reading: “The Integrity of the Bible according to the Quran
    and Hadeeth”, Earnest Hahn MA; STM; Dr Gayasudeen Adelphi MA PhD. 

    Published by MARKAZ UL BISHARAH Manjeri – 676 121 Kerala, India

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