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Qur’an 2:41 - Should we read the Qur’an or the Bible?

We can find two answers to this question in the Qur’an:

We should read the Qur’an - Qur’an 2:41, 2:89

“And believe in what I have sent down confirming that which is [already] with you, and be not the first to disbelieve in it.” (Qur’an 2:41) “There came to them a Book from Allah confirming that which was with them” (Qur’an 2:89)

We should read the Bible – Qur’an 5:46-49, 5:66, 5:68, 10:94

“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.” (Qur’an 5:46-49) The verse is a clear instruction to use the Bible as guidance and light to glorify God. Also in many other verses, the Qur’an is telling us that God gave the People of Israel and the Christians revelations in the past: “He has sent down upon you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel” (Qur’an 3:3). “Say, ‘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’” (Qur’an 29:46). Although all prophets received the Scriptures, only Moses, David and Jesus have books specified by name: Torah, Psalms and Gospel, the books of the Bible [1]. The Bible is not only for Jews and Christians, but also for Muslims: “If you (Mohammed) doubt what we have revealed to you ask those that have read the Scriptures before you” (Qur’an 10:94).


There is a contradiction in the Qur’an to read the Qur’an or the Bible.


  1. Ibrahimkhan O. Deshmukh, The Gospel and Islam, GLS, Mumbai, 2011, 167.


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