The Bible in the Quran:…Why the Holy Bible is not a fake
Although they say curiosity killed the cat, I can’t help being a curious person. So I set off looking into this claim, not because I actually doubted the veracity of the Holy Bible…but because I was curious to know where people would come up with this idea!! I thought about whether to publish what I found or not, finally deciding that because my faith and my Bible definitely qualify for “things I’m passionate about” status, and that I don’t intend any offence to anyone, nor do I intend to prove that “my religion is better than yours”…that I will publish it after all.
I have refered in my search to the following websites:
and I focused on how Allah refers to the scriptures delivered before the Quran. None of the explanations are my own, rather they are "tafseer" (explanation) of such Muslim scholars as Al Tabari, Al Qurtobi, and Ibn Katheer (see first link above).
Q1) Do you believe that the Quran is the unaltered word of Allah?
Q2) Do you abide by all the teachings of the Quran?
Q3) Do you believe that Allah is capable of protecting His Holy Books?
If you answered yes to any/all of the above please consider the following Quranic verses.
1) 4:136 O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His Messenger, and the scripture which He hath sent to His Messenger and the scripture which He sent to those before (him). Any who denieth Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messenger., and the Day of Judgment, hath gone far, far astray.
Al Qortobi explains that the scripture sent before the Quran refers to all scripture given to previous prophets. AlTabari explicitly refers to these scriptures as the Torah and Injil.
2) 57:27 Then, in their wake, We followed them up with (others of) Our apostles: We sent after them Jesus the son of Mary, and bestowed on him the Gospel; and We ordained in the hearts of those who followed him Compassion and Mercy
3) 5:46 And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah.
In 2) and 3) Allah clearly says that He gave Issa (Jesus) the Injil (the Gospels), to light the way for people and confirm al torah (Al Tabari)
4) 10:94 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.
In the explanation of Al Qortobi, he explains that those who read the books before thee are the Jews. This is corroborated by the explanation of Ibn Katheer and Tabari.
5) 29:46 And dispute ye not with the People of the Book, except with means better (than mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong (and injury): but say, "We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one; and it is to Him we bow (in Islam)."
AlTabari again explicitly says that the people of the book are the Jews and Christians.
6) 5 :43 But why do they come to thee for decision, when they have (their own) law before them?- therein is the (plain) command of Allah. yet even after that, they would turn away. For they are not (really) People of Faith.
In AlTabari’s explanation he says that this means why the Jews would go to Mohammad and accept his judgment when they can find resolution in the book that I gave to them. So a clear admission that the Torah is the Book of God
7) 21:7 Before thee, also, the apostles We sent were but men, to whom We granted inspiration: If ye realise this not, ask of those who possess the Message.
Those who possess the message or Ahl Althikr are the people of the Torah and Injil according to Al Tabari’s tafseer.
8) 10:37 This Qur'an is not such as can be produced by other than Allah. on the contrary it is a confirmation of (revelations) that went before it, and a fuller explanation of the Book - wherein there is no doubt - from the Lord of the worlds.
So, from the above we learn that:
• Allah gave Jesus and Moses the Torah and Injil (which constitute the Holy Bible)
• The Quran is a confirmation of what Allah has delivered beforehand (Torah and Injil)
• Allah advises Mohammad that if he is in doubt, he should refer to the people of the Book (torah and injil)
• Therefore Muslims must believe in the Torah and Injil as well as the Quran
Ok, now for another set of questions:
1) Was the Bible falsified before or after Islam/Quran?
If it was falsified before the coming of Islam, then no doubt Allah would have known that. Why is Allah telling Mohammad all these great things about it if it has been corrupted? Why refer him to books that He knows are false?
Whether before or after Islam and the Quran: if you claim that today’s Bible is false, surely you must have compared it with what you believe is an original. Where is the original unaltered copy that this claim is based upon??
2) What of the copies of the Holy Bible in museums al around the world from different eras in many languages?
If someone wanted to corrupt the Bible, wouldn’t that have been found out already by comparing the corrupt version with the older versions displayed or kept in many locations around the world? or have they all been corrupted too? and how is that feasible?
3) Who falsified the Bible, Christians or Jews?
The Holy Bible consists of the Old Testament which we the Christians share with the Jews, and the New Testament which belongs to the Christians only.
If the Christians wanted to alter the Bible, is it reasonable to believe that the Jewish scholars let it slide?? And the opposite is true, if the Jews wanted to corrupt the Torah, wouldn’t the Old Testament in the Christian Bible be different to the Torah today? Is it reasonable to believe that the Church let it slide?
Unless the Jews and Christians corrupted it together? But how does that make sense when the very essence of Christianity is the belief in Jesus Christ as the Messiah, which our Jewish brothers and sisters are still waiting for?
4) There have been many councils in the history if Christianity, to discuss and quell heresies and preserve the faith of the church. Wouldn't there have a council also to stop the falsification ofthe Bible?
Furthermore, when the church split into Orthodox and Catholic, it was mainly over the translation of ONE word in the creed....is it then reasonable to believe that a falsification of the Holy Bible would have gone unnoticed by either church??
5) Last but not least; how would God allow His word to be altered?
Did He not say in sura 10:64
10:64 For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present and in the Hereafter; no change can there be in the words of Allah. This is indeed the supreme felicity.
And in Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Surely God the Almighty would have protected His word from the hands of misguided men. Surely God keeps His promises.
Injil= Gospel in Arabic