وَأَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ بِالْحَقِّ مُصَدِّقًا
لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ وَمُهَيْمِنًا عَلَيْهِ فَاحْكُم
بَيْنَهُم بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللّهُ وَلاَ تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءهُمْ عَمَّا
جَاءكَ مِنَ الْحَقِّ لِكُلٍّ جَعَلْنَا مِنكُمْ شِرْعَةً وَمِنْ هَاجًا
وَلَوْ شَاء اللّهُ لَجَعَلَكُمْ أُمَّةً وَاحِدَةً وَلَـكِن لِّيَبْلُوَكُمْ
فِي مَآ آتَاكُم فَاسْتَبِقُوا الخَيْرَاتِ إِلَى الله مَرْجِعُكُمْ جَمِيعًا
فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ فِيهِ تَخْتَلِفُونَ
سورة المائدة ٥:
"To thee We sent the Scripture in truth,
confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in
"And unto thee have We revealed the Scripture with the truth,
confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over
The Qur'an states that Allah has
guarded, watched over, and preserved the Scriptures that were written
before the Qur'an, Muslims claims that the Scriptures of the Old and New
Testaments are corrupted. Logically, from a Muslim's perspective, it follows
that Allah has failed to guard His own Holy Word. This is surprising, since the Qur'an clearly
states the opposite. Another translator wrote,
46. Later, in the train (of the prophets), We sent Jesus, son of Mary, confirming the Torah which had been (sent down) before him, and gave him the Gospel containing guidance and light, which corroborated the earlier Torah, a guidance and warning for those who preserve themselves from evil and follow the straight path.
47. Let the people of the Gospel judge by what has been revealed in it by God. And those who do not judge in accordance with what God has revealed are transgressors.
48. And to you We have revealed the Book containing the truth, confirming the earlier
revelations, and preserving them (from change and corruption). So judge between them by what has been revealed by God, and do not follow their whims, side-stepping the truth that has reached you. To each of you We have given a law and a way and a pattern of life. If God had pleased He could surely have made you one people (professing one faith). But He wished to try and test you by that which He gave you. So try to excel in good deeds. To Him will you all return in the end, when He will tell you of what you were at variance.
(Ahmed Ali's translation)
As noted above, the Qur'an confirms that the
prior scriptures were the words of Allah. And in Sura Yunus
(Jonah), it states that the words of Allah cannot be changed.
Yet, many Muslims claim that the Jews changed the words of the
Old Testament scriptures. Apparently, these Muslims are kafirs
and believe that Allah's word can be altered and
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. Sura
Yunus 10:64 (Yusuf Ali's translation)
لَهُمُ الْبُشْرَى فِي الْحَياةِ الدُّنْيَا وَفِي الآخِرَةِ لاَ تَبْدِيلَ لِكَلِمَاتِ اللّهِ ذَلِكَ هُوَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ
سورة يونس ١٠:٦٤
Because Muslims believe that Allah failed to guard and preserve the Holy Scriptures, it is necessary to respond to Muslims and their skeptical challenges
and rejection of the Old and New Testament writings of the
ancient prophets and apostles.
Muslim writes: "Even if the truth is bitter to swallow, Islam says it
like it is. In this day and age of Internet and intellect, all
the evidence one needs in this regard is available and
accessible. There are tens of Christian/Western web sites
which attack the Bible left, right and centre. What was
accepted as God's infallible word for centuries, is now being
questioned and revised continually."
Response: Muslims praise the ancient prophets far and
wide, but then join their critics and skeptics in their attack
against what the prophets wrote. This is why a Muslim's
praise of the ancient prophets is empty and disingenuous. To
praise the name of a prophet while rejecting the
writings of the prophet is, in realty, to reject the
prophet and to mock Allah who sent the prophet with his
message. While it
is appropriate to discredit a false prophet and his writings, it is hypocritical to praise a prophet
of Allah and, then, to reject
his message. To do the latter is to engage in sinful unbelief
and to deny the divine revelation from Allah. And this is exactly the
Muslims: praising the prior prophets but rejecting their
He replied, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: "'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
Mark 7:6 (NIV)
إِذْ تَنَبَّأَ عَنْكُمْ
كَمَا جَاءَ فِي الْكِتَابِ:
هَذَا الشَّعْبُ يُكْرِمُنِي
جِدّاً. مرقس ٧:
The attacks upon the Old and New Testament
are not a new phenomena that has emerged with "the age of
Internet and intellect." Classical Christianity has been
answering objections for the last two thousand years. So, it
is simply not true to claim that God's infallible word has
been accepted unquestioned for centuries. It is not surprising
there are web sites attacking the Bible, attacks that have been
on-going for centuries.
Equally deceptive is the expression,
"Islam says it like it is." There is no intellectual
freedom "to say it like it is" within a Muslim
nation. There is abundant freedom to attack Christianity
within a Muslim country, but there is no
intellectual freedom to question Islam, the Qur'an, or
Muhammad. Muslims must accept Islam on blind faith. To
question Muhammad and his message is life threatening, because
the penalty for disbelief is execution and death for a Muslim.
The sword of Shari'ah law hangs heavy over intellectual
freedom and pursuit of the truth. The consensus of Muslim
jurisprudence is summarized in the classic manual of Islamic
Reliance of the Traveller.
Apostasy from Islam (Ridda).....
When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he
deserves to be killed.
o8.2 In such a case, it is obligatory
for the caliph (A: or his representative) to ask him to repent
and return to Islam. If he does, it is accepted from him, but
if he refuses, he is immediately killed.
o8.4 There is no indemnity for killing
an apostate (o: i.e. or an expiation, since it is killing
someone who deserves to die).
Acts that entail leaving Islam
(2) to intend to commit unbelief, even if
in the future. And the like intention is hesitating whether to
do so or not: one thereby immediately commits unbelief.
(7) to deny any verse of the Koran or
anything which by scholarly consensus (def: b7) belongs to it,
or to add a verse that does not belong to it;
(20) or to deny that Allah intended the Prophet's message (Allah bless him and give him peace) to be
the religion followed by the entire world (dis: w4.3-4)(al-Hadiyya
al-'Ala'iyya (y4), 423-24).)
There are others, for the subject is nearly
limitless. May Allah Most High save us and all Muslims from
So, if a Muslim were to investigate
impartially the claims of Islam, Muhammad, or the Qur'an,
and, then deny some aspect of Islamic dogma, the Muslim would
face execution under Islamic religious law.
From an Islamic perspective, a Muslim
cannot pursue the truth in an
unbiased intellectual manner. Such pursuit of the truth is not
compatible with Islam and its intellectual bondage. A Muslim
cannot "says it like it is."
A Muslim must view all reality in the shadow of Muhammad's
recitals and traditions. Hence, there are no Muslim
institutions of critical religious thinking in any Muslim
nation. So, while a Muslim may brag
about web sites that attack the Bible in Western nations,
their boasts are hollow, because there is no intellectual
freedom to question the Qur'an or Muhammad in any Muslim
nation on the face of the earth. Where are the web sites in Muslim countries that
question the validity of the Qur'an or the moral behavior of
Muhammad? Why are Muslims so afraid of religious liberty and
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