Early Muslim scholars uphold Bible integrity

wallpapers-religious-christian-bible-light-book-abstract-photography-desktop-backgrounds-upwallpaperFor hundreds of years after the death of Muhammad, many of the well-known Muslim scholars upheld the integrity of the Bible. At Tabari was a former Christian whose life was marked by his defense of Islam before the Jews and the Christians while he was at Baghdad (capital of the Muslim world in his time). He wrote under the direction of the reigning Abbasid Caliph Mutawakkil (847–861 ad). At no time did he charge the Jews or the Christians with corrupting their Scriptures. He acknowledged that the authentic Torah and Gospel remained in the hands of the Jews and the Christians. He wrote a famous book called, The Book of Religion and Empire, in which he wrote: “As to the Gospel which is in the hands of the Christians, the greater part of it is the history of the Christ, His birth and His life.”

They replied, “We abide by what is in our hands {The Torah}; we follow the truth and the guidance and we do not believe in you nor do we follow you”.

Here we see that Muhammad admits that the Torah is God’s truth but accuses the Jews of concealing its teaching.

Another scholar, Al-Ghazzali (1058–1111 ad), is considered one of the greatest Muslim theologians in the history of Islam. In his writings he never challenged the Bible’s integrity. He even wrote treatises on the Trinity in which he quoted many passages from the Bible, without questioning the trustworthiness of the text.

Many traditions (Ahadith)  record that when Muhammad was asked to judge on some disputes, he asked for the Torah to be read aloud to him. These traditions are further evidence that Muhammad considered the Torah to be uncorrupted.

For example, I read in the most acknowledged biography on Muhammad’s life, by Ibn Hisham, a story about a man and a woman who were caught in adultery.  In that story, the people asked Muhammed to be the judge.  Muhammad would ask a rabbi to read the passage that talks about adultery.

As the rabbi started reading from the Torah, Abdullah B. Salam struck the rabbis hand saying, “This, oh prophet of God, is the verse of stoning which he refuses to read to you.”  Muhammad then said, “Woe to you Jews!  What has induced you to abandon the judgment of God which you hold in your hands?”

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