Muslims believe in the Holy Qur’an and in all the other revealed books mentioned in it. These are. The Book (Scrolls) of Abraham, The Book of Moses, (Torah – Old Testament), the Psalms of David and the Gospel (Injeel) of Jesus (The New Testament contains four Gospels, according to Mark, Mathew, Luke and John but none according to Jesus Christ). The Holy Qur’an was revealed to confirm the true and original message and to expose the distortions made in earlier messages: “And unto thee (0 Prophet) have we revealed this Divine Writ setting forth the truth, confirming the truth of whatever there still remains of earlier revelations and determining what is true therein”(Qur’an;5:48). Muslims therefore believe in the other revealed books in the light of Qur’an, where ever they differ with what is said in the Holy Qur’an, those contradictions are rejected.
The Scrolls of Abraham:
God has informed us about what is mentioned in the Scrolls of Abraham and is repeated in the Scrolls of Moses: “That no bearer of burdens shall be made to bear another’s burden…” (Qur’an;53:38). “To happiness (in the life to come) will indeed attain he who attains to purity (in this world), and remembers his Sustainer’s name and prays (unto Him). But nay, (O men), you prefer the life of this world, although the life to come is better and more enduring. Verily (all) this has indeed been (said) in the earlier revelations – the revelations of Abraham and Moses. (Qur’an;87:14-18).
The Torah is also a book revealed by God. It contains guidance for people as well as the Divine Commandments: “But how is it that they ask thee for judgement seeing that they have the Torah, containing God’s injunctions”(Qur’an;5:43); “Verily it is we who bestowed from on high the Torah, wherein there was guidance and light”(Qur’an;5:44). “And among the Divine commandments it contains are: And We ordained for them in that (Torah): a life for a life, and an eye for an eye, and a nose for a nose, and an ear for an ear, and a tooth for a tooth, and a (similar) retribution for wounds”(Qur’an;5:45).
The Torah also contains the glad tidings about the coming of our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “Those who shall follow the (last) Apostle, the unlettered Prophet whom they shall find described in the Torah that is with them”(Qur’an;7:151). “And the Torah describes the believers as follows: Muhammad is God’s Apostle; and those who are (truly) with him are Firm and unyielding towards all deniers of the Truth, (yet) full of mercy towards one another. Thou canst see them bowing down, prostrating themselves in prayer, seeking favour with God and (His) goodly acceptance: their marks are on their faces, traced by prostration. This is their parable in the Torah”(Qur’an;48:29).
Allah says: “And so to David We gave the Psalms” (Qur’an;4:163). It is mentioned in the Psalms that the righteous will inherit the earth. God Almighty says in the Holy Qur’an: “Before this We wrote in the Psalms, after the Message (given to Moses): “My servants the righteous shall inherit the earth.”(Qur’an;21:105). The earth in this verse may perhaps mean paradise, as is understood in another verse: And they will exclaim: “All praise is due to God, who has made His promise to us come true, and has bestowed upon us in this land (of bliss) as our portion, so that we may dwell in paradise as we please.’’ (Qur’an;39:74).
The Gospel (Injeel):
The Gospel (Injeel) referred in Qur’an, comprises of the revelations to Prophet Jesus Christ, the son of Mary (peace be upon him). Allah says: “ … and We vouchsafed unto him the Gospel, wherein there was guidance and light, confirming the truth of whatever there still remained of the Torah…”(Qur’an;5:46). And that the Gospel contains the Divine Laws: “Let then, the followers of the Gospel judge in accordance with what God has revealed therein”(Qur’an;5:47). We are also informed that the Gospel comprises the amended laws of the Torah: “And (I have come) to confirm the truth of whatever there still remains of the Torah and to make lawful unto you some of the things which (aforetime) were forbidden to you…” (Qur’an;3:50). The Gospel (Injeel), like the Torah, conveys the glad tidings of the advent of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and a description of the believers. Thus we believe in the books that the Almighty has revealed, and we respect the prophets. May God bless them all.
- Faith in Holy Scriptures
- The Holy Qur’an
- The Epilogue
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Islam-A General Introduction: “Ta’rif-e-Aam bi-Din il-Islam” By: Shaikh Ali Al-Tantawi تعریف عام بدین الاسلام