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  • The Qur'an's Variant Readings and a Refutation of the Enemies of Islam

    THE QUR’AN UNIMPEACHABLE

    INTRODUCTION

    This treatise is in refutation of the booklet, “Evidence for the Collection of the Qur’aan”, written by one Christian missionary, Mr. John Gilchrist. The booklet of Gilchrist is merely a page from the long Christian history of abortive attempts to assail the integrity and authenticity of the Qur’aan Shareef. But, as all previous Christian writers and other enemies of Islam have failed in the attempt to blacken the glory of the Qur’aan’s glittering authenticity, so too, does Gilchrist follow suit. He has miserably failed in his scheme.

    Gilchrist tries to compare the bible with the Qur’aan in regard to authenticity. To say the least, this claim is laughable. This is not the occasion to present arguments for the refutation of this fallacy. If Allah wills, a separate treatise shall be prepared to adequately expose the fallacy of the comparison of the bible with the Qur’aan Majeed.

    Despite his dilatory ramblings directed against the Qur’aan Majeed, Gilchrist is constrained by the I’jaaz and the Divine nature of the Qur’aan Hakeem to droop his head and feebly confess:

    “… whereas the Qur’aan may have been remarkably transcribed, even to the point of inerrancy, from the time of Uthman…”

    Remarkably transcribed even to the point of inerrancy” is indeed a remarkable, if not gracious, confession from a man set out to denigrate the authenticity of the Qur’aan Majeed. Gilchrist is not the solitary soul among the non-Muslim critics of the Qur’aan who have conceded the remarkable authenticity of the Qur’aan Shareef. Many other hostile critics have conceded, albeit reluctantly, the high degree of accuracy and authenticity of the glorious Qur’aan. No book can ever hope to compare with the Qur’aan Majeed in authenticity and in “inerrancy” of transcription.

    No matter how hard the detractors of the Qur’aan blow their trumpets, they cannot achieve their heart’s desire and aim of faulting the authenticity of the Qur’aan. It is for this reason that we find repeated attempts by Christian writers to sully the Qur’aan’s authenticity. But, each time an attempt is made, failure is the result, hence the attempt is renewed by another adversary of the Qur’aan. But, all such attempts are perpetually doomed to failure for the Qur’aan Majeed declares:

    “They desire to blow out the Noor of Allah with their mouths. But, Allah will complete His Noor even though the kaafiroon detest it.” [Qur’aan]

    The treatise is in the link below:

    THE QUR'AN'S VARIANT READINGS
    RELIABLE FATWAS

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    Its interesting how christianity tries to attack Islam for this but if they apply that argument to the authenticity of the bible they would basically have to admit it cant be trusted

    Pointing out an alleged splinter in another's eye whilst ignoring the whole lumber mill In their own
    "My servants, you who have transgressed against yourselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Truly Allah forgives all wrong actions. He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful." (Surat az-Zumar: 53)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by eesa the kiwi View Post
      Its interesting how christianity tries to attack Islam for this but if they apply that argument to the authenticity of the bible they would basically have to admit it cant be trusted

      Pointing out an alleged splinter in another's eye whilst ignoring the whole lumber mill In their own

      I thought Christians accept that the New Testament wasn't written by Jesus (AS) but it was inspired by the Holy Ghost into the Gospel writers. Also they don't claim the Bible it is word for word, letter for letter the same or that it was left by Jesus (AS).

      I thought the issue that Christians are trying to create for Muslims is that we are taught that there is only one Quran in existence. This Quran is word for word and letter for letter the exact same as when it was revealed to the Prophet (pbuh). So they are claiming because variant readings exist where different letters or words are used in different written Qurans like the Hafs and the Warsh. They are saying because of that the Quran doesn't fit the description we as Muslims give it.

      I'm trying to get my head round this at the moment but I saw a webpage which listed 50 textual variants between the Hafs and the Warsh. So on a pure literal level the claim is true. The Hafs and the Warsh are not word for word and letter for letter the same Quran. Does this mean the meaning is different or that it has changed? No, I don't think so.

      The textual variants don't change that Allah (swt) sent the Prophet (pbuh) with the Quran to give us Islam as a protection against the day of judgement and jahanum. Islam is still Islam. The only thing they change is that the narrative we were taught about every letter and word being the same was never true. But then there is nothing in the Quran or the Hadith that says every letter and every word of every Quran is the same.

      In fact the Hadith show that the Sahabah did recite quran differently to each other. This claim that every Quran is word for word and letter for letter the same as every other Quran is a claim made by scholars not by Allah (swt) or his Prophet (pbuh). It is a claim that is easily falsifiable by picking up and comparing a Hafs Quran to a Warsh Quran.

      Why do we keep insisting on this narrative when it's not a core belief of Islam. No wonder the Christians and atheists are all over it.

      At least that is what I have learnt from my reading and watching so far. If I am wrong in anything I would love to be corrected. We are all here to learn Insha Allah.

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      • #4
        Hafs vs. Douri Recitations of Quran: Mistakes or Miracles of Eloquence ?

        The Quranic recitations are a well known fact that has always been accepted by Muslims since the first generation. Through out the centuries, Muslims have always been reciting the Quran in the variant recitations (Qiraat). Books have been written and lectures have been made about them.


        However, many Muslims have lost touch with this important Islamic field and have begun to assume that there is only one recitation. Orientalists and enemies of Islam have used this to their advantage to sptrike doubt into the hearts of Muslims in regards to the preservation of the Quran.


        Farid responds to one of these attacks by showing that these recitation are actually not mistakes, complement one another, add greatly to the eloquence of the Quran, and are therefore, a miracle from Allah the Almighty.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxSb...ture=emb_title
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        And those who disbelieved will then say, " Our Lord, show us those who misled us of the jinn and mankind ,so we may put them under our feet that they will be among the lowest."

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        • #5
          I thought Christians accept that the New Testament wasn't written by Jesus (AS) but it was inspired by the Holy Ghost into the Gospel writers. Also they don't claim the Bible it is word for word, letter for letter the same or that it was left by Jesus (AS).
          This would still be revelation, but it would be revelation given to non-prophets (?!) Ruh al-Quddus (the holy spirit/ghost) is Jibril Alayhis Salam.

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