The Belief in the Scriptures


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The Belief in the Scriptures

38. Allah sent down the Scriptures to His Apostles, and being words from Allah, they were free from any imperfection or errors at the time of their revelation. All of the scriptures preceeding the Qur'an have been tampered with and distorted by their people(1), while the Qur'an is protected by Allah from change and tampering(2). It will be kept as such, by means of Allah's bounty, until He removes it from the earth(3).
1- "Do you (O believers) hope that they (the people of the book) will be true to you when a party of them used to hear the words of Allah (their Book), then they knowingly changed it after they had understood it." 2.75

2- "No doubt We have sent down the dhikr (i.e. Qur'an and Sunnah) and surely We will guard it. 15.9

3- Anas narrated: Allah's Apostle said: "It is among the signs of the Last Hour that knowledge would be taken away." This is explained in another hadeeth: "Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people but He takes it away by taklng away the scholars. . ." Muslim p.1404



39. The Qur'an which is revealed to Muhammad(Peace be on Him) is in truth the words of Allah, not a created thing(4). Falsehood cannot be added to it nor can a portion be removed from it. It is a miracle which stands on its own merits, and the like of it in terms of speech, eloquence, meaning and laws could not and never can be produced by any other than Allah(5).


4- Some deviated sects claim that the Qur'an which we read in Arabic contains only the meaning of words of Allah rather than His words themselves.

5- "And if you are in doubt concerning that which We have sent down to our slave (Muhammad(Peace be on Him)), then produce a Surah the like thereof and call your witnesses beside Allah if you are truthful." 2.23



40. Allah has sent down the Qur'an to make manifest everything which He considers to be for the good of the people in this world as well as in the Hereafter, and there is no inconsistency in its verses. Allah approved its recitation as a means of devotion, and considered the best of Muslims to be the one who learns the Qur'an and teaches it(6).


6- cf. Bukhari. Narrated on the authority of Uthman bin Affan. Vol.VI p.502.




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