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Is the Qur'an a gateway to the Bible?

The Qur’an confirms the Bible as the Previous Scriptures. The Qur’an recommends the Bible in many verses for further study. Therefore the Qur’an can be used as a bridge to the Bible.

1. Qur’an asks to follow the former prophets

The Qur’an asks Muslims to believe in the Previous Scriptures revealed by God to Abraham, Moses and all other prophets. This belief in the prophets is including faith in all the prophets in the Qur’an:

“Those are the ones to whom We gave the Scripture and authority and prophethood. But if the disbelievers deny it, then We have entrusted it to a people who are not therein disbelievers” (Qur´an 6:89-90).

Therefore Muslims must follow the guidance of the Previous Scriptures.


2. Qur’an says God’s Word cannot be changed

There is no change in God’s Word:

"Rejected were the messengers before thee: with patience and constancy they bore their rejection and their wrongs, until Our aid did reach them: there is none that can alter the words (and decrees) of Allah. Already hast thou received some account of those messengers," (Qur’an 6:34).

"[Say], ‘Then is it other than Allah I should seek as judge while it is He who has revealed to you the Book explained in detail?’ And those to whom We [previously] gave the Scripture know that it is sent down from your Lord in truth, so never be among the doubters. The word of thy Lord doth find its fulfillment in truth and in justice: None can change His words: for He is the one who heareth and knoweth all," (Qur’an 6:114-115).

This means that it is not possible that God’s Word is changed.

"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" (Qur’an 10:64).

“And recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book of your Lord. There is no changer of His words, and never will you find in other than Him a refuge” (Qur’an 18:27).


3. Qur’an asks to believe in the Previous Scriptures

Muslims must believe in the Holy Books:

“And do not argue with the People of the Scripture except in a way that is best, except for those who commit injustice among them, and say, "We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is one; and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him.” (Qur’an 29:46).

The Qur’an gives instructions to Muslims to believe in the Bible and "argue" in the best way.

“O you who have believed, believe in Allah and His Messenger and the Book that He sent down upon His Messenger and the Scripture which He sent down before. And whoever disbelieves in Allah , His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day has certainly gone far astray” (Qur’an 4:136).

“And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith]” (Qur’an 2:4).

“Say, [O believers], "We have believed in Allah and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him” (Qur’an 2:136).

“The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers, [saying], "We make no distinction between any of His messengers." And they say, "We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination. (Qur’an 2:285).

Therefore it is important for a Muslim to read the Previous Scriptures, including the Bible. There is a call in the Qur’an to believe in the Bible. When a Muslim really believes in Moses and Jesus, he has to read about them in the Bible.


4. Qur’an asks to judge by what has been revealed before

“But how is it that they come to you for judgement while they have the Torah, in which is the judgement of Allah ? Then they turn away, [even] after that; but those are not [in fact] believers. Indeed, We sent down the Torah, in which was guidance and light. The prophets who submitted [to Allah ] judged by it for the Jews, as did the rabbis and scholars by that with which they were entrusted of the Scripture of Allah , and they were witnesses thereto. So do not fear the people but fear Me, and do not exchange My verses for a small price. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed - then it is those who are the disbelievers. And We ordained for them therein a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds is legal retribution. But whoever gives [up his right as] charity, it is an expiation for him. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed - then it is those who are the wrongdoers. And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous. And let the People of the Gospel judge by what Allah has revealed therein. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed - then it is those who are the defiantly disobedient” (Qur’an 5:43-47).

“And if only they upheld [the law of] the Torah, the Gospel, and what has been revealed to them from their Lord, they would have consumed [provision] from above them and from beneath their feet. Among them are a moderate community, but many of them - evil is that which they do. O Messenger, announce that which has been revealed to you from your Lord, and if you do not, then you have not conveyed His message. And Allah will protect you from the people. Indeed, Allah does not guide the disbelieving people. Say, "O People of the Scripture, you are [standing] on nothing until you uphold [the law of] the Torah, the Gospel, and what has been revealed to you from your Lord." And that which has been revealed to you from your Lord will surely increase many of them in transgression and disbelief. So do not grieve over the disbelieving people. Indeed, those who have believed [in Prophet Muhammad] and those [before Him] who were Jews or Sabeans or Christians - those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness - no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve” (Qur’an 5:66-69).

“So if you are in doubt, [O Muhammad], about that which We have revealed to you, then ask those who have been reading the Scripture before you. The truth has certainly come to you from your Lord, so never be among the doubters.” (Qur’an 10:94)

This means that the Qur’an says that a Muslim has to ask a Christian for answers when he has doubts.


5. Quran says all former messengers are inspired by God

“And before thee also the apostles We sent were but men, to whom We granted inspiration: if ye realize this not, ask of those who possess the Message” (Qur’an 16:43).

“Before thee, also, the apostles We sent were but men, to whom We granted inspiration: If ye realize this not, ask of those who possess the Message” (Qur’an 21:7).

The Qur’an provides strong evidence that God inspired the former messengers and gives instructions to Muslims to read and understand their writings. All above mentioned Qur’an verses don’t have the intention for Christians to argue with Muslims. For a Christian only the Holy Spirit is able to share the message of Jesus Christ. Therefore a Christian needs to be humble to discuss with a Muslim. Although the Qur’an verses are a gateway to the Bible, it is the privilege of the Most High to guide a Muslim to him.


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