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Qur’an 7:155-158 - Injil (Gospel) given to Jesus or not?

There are different answers to the question in the Qur’an:

1. Yes - Qur’an 19:30, 57:27

“[Jesus] said, "Indeed, I am the servant of Allah . He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet” (Qur’an 19:30). “Then We sent following their footsteps Our messengers and followed [them] with Jesus, the son of Mary, and gave him the Gospel” (Qur’an 57:27).

We conclude from the above mentioned verses that the Injil is given to Jesus Christ.

2. No – Qur’an 7:155-158

“And Moses chose from his people seventy men for Our appointment. And when the earthquake seized them, he said, "My Lord, if You had willed, You could have destroyed them before and me [as well]. Would You destroy us for what the foolish among us have done? This is not but Your trial by which You send astray whom You will and guide whom You will. You are our Protector, so forgive us and have mercy upon us; and You are the best of forgivers” (Qur’an 7:155). In this verse, Moses starts to pray for guidance and forgiveness.

“And decree for us in this world [that which is] good and [also] in the Hereafter; indeed, we have turned back to You." [ Allah ] said, "My punishment - I afflict with it whom I will, but My mercy encompasses all things." So I will decree it [especially] for those who fear Me and give zakah and those who believe in Our verses – “ (Qur’an 7:156). In the first part of the verse is the continuation of Moses’ prayer. The second part of the verse is about the answer of Allah. Note that Allah gives a summation of requirements for his people, including following Muhammad.

“Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him - it is those who will be the successful” (Qur’an 7:157). The continuation of the answer of Allah, starting with mentioning Muhammad again, “the Messenger, the unlettered prophet”. Then a reference in both Torah and Gospel about Muhammad, “what they have of the Toran and Gospel”. We see that the direct answer of Allah to Moses mentions “Gospel”. The Gospel is in history after the time of Moses, not before. Jesus was born more than 1000 years after Moses. A misinterpretation of the time of the Gospel and a contradiction with Qur’an 19:30 and 57:27. There is also no “unlettered prophet” in the Torah or Gospel.

“Say, [O Muhammad], "O mankind, indeed I am the Messenger of Allah to you all, [from Him] to whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. There is no deity except Him; He gives life and causes death." So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the unlettered prophet, who believes in Allah and His words, and follow him that you may be guided” (Qur’an 7:158). In Qur’an 7:158, Allah’s answer to Moses’ prayer is finished and a new section starts with Allah’s command to Muhammad to recite to the Arabs that he is “the Messenger, the unlettered prophet” that was mentioned to Moses in Qur’an 7:157. As noticed earlier, the evidence for the prophethood of Muhammad fails, because Qur’an 19:30, 57:27 and other verses show us that that the Gospel is given to Jesus and Moses was born earlier than Jesus. History shows that the Gospel was not published on earth in the time of Moses and the people had to wait for more than 1000 years with the birth of Jesus Christ.

3. Muslim response

Some Muslims say that there is no mention of any prophet or era in Qur’an 7:157 from which you can say that this verse is denying Jesus being given Injil. However, Allah "says" that Muhammad is a prophet in Qur’an 7:157, because he should be in Torah and Gospel. Note that the prayer of Moses starts in Qur’an 7:155, ends in the first part of Qur’an 7:156, and there is an answer of Allah in the second part of Qur’an 7:156 that ends in Qur’an 7: 157. Muhammad was mentioned to Moses in Qur’an 7:157. In the answer of Allah is that statment about Muhammad that he should be in the Torah and Gospel. The Gospel was only available after the birth of Jesus Christ, more than 1000 years later. Therefore we have an incorrect statement about the age of the Gospel and a contradiction with Qur’an 19:30 and 57:27.

4. Conclusion

We can see that in some verses, the Injil is given to Jesus Christ, while in an other verse the Injil is first given to Moses or an earlier person or being. With two different answers there is a contrast about the same question. Therefore we have a difficulty in the Qur’an. The mentioned verses show a contradiction in the Qur’an.