A Word about the Previous Revelations prior to the Glorious Quran
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
Why it is IMPOSSIBLE for Prophet Muhammed or teams of people to fabricate the Quran
The Glorious Holy Qur’an is the final testament from Allah Exalted he that was revealed to the last and final messenger of Allah before Judgement Day, hence there the title of our beloved Prophet Muhammed is the Seal of Prophets and messengers.
Allah Exalted He promised to preserve the final and last testament which is the Glorious Holy Quran from any corruption. As per the noble Quranic verse:
“It is certainly We Who have revealed the Reminder, and it is certainly We Who will preserve it.” Quran (15:9)
The Books that the Jews and Christians possess today, which they call Torah, Gospels, and the Psalms (or Bible collectively) may contain some of the original revelations. It should be noted here, however, that they have been distorted and that countless changes, additions and deletions have been made into them over the centuries.
Hence, to believe in the Tawrah=Torah of Prophet Moses peace be upon him, for example, does not mean that a Muslim believes in the first five books of the present- day Old Testament. The two are different books altogether. The Old Testament, however, may contain some of what was originally revealed in the Tawrah=Torah.
All the previous revelations have been abrogated by the final revelation — the Glorious Qur’an. There is no need for any Muslim to turn to the remnants of any of the previous revelations for guidance. Everything that he needs for his guidance is contained in the Qur’an. It is not permissible to act in accordance with any ruling mentioned in the previous revelations unless it is approved by the Qur’an.
One of the greatest blessings of Allah Exalted He is that He sent revelations for the guidance of mankind. In fact, He sent specific and different revelations according to the needs and conditions of different peoples over time.
This mercy of Allah continued until the Qur’an was revealed. Indeed, the Qur’an contains all the guidance that people need from the time of Allah’s Messenger Muhammed peace be upon him until the Last Day. Because the Qur’an provides guidance for all places and times until the Day of Resurrection. Allah has undertaken to protect the Qur’an from any tampering or distortion.
What is the Qur’an?
1. (Definition of the Qur’an, Part-1)
The Qur’an is the Arabic Speech of Allah which he revealed to Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him Quran (47:2) through Angel Jibreel peace be upon him, in its precise meaning and exact wording. It is the literal, uncreated Word of Allah. The word ‘Qur’an’ is frequently mentioned in the Glorious Book itself (See for instance 2:185, 10:37, 10:61 and 17:106).
The Qur’an clearly states to whom, when, in what language, how and why it was revealed: It was revealed in the month of Ramadan (2:185) on the Night of Power or Decree ‘Laylat-ul-Qadar’ (97:1): We revealed it on a blessed Night.’ (44:3)
It was revealed in the Arabic language: ‘Surely, we have made it in the Arabic language so that you may be able to understand it.’ (43:3)
It was revealed in portions, each of which was written and committed to memory as soon as it was revealed, and its revelation was spread over twenty-three years of the Prophet’s life, during which time he was occupied solely with the spread of its message.
“It is a Qur’an which We have divided [into parts from time to time] so that you may recite it to the people at intervals; and We have revealed it by stages.” (17:106)
2. The Qur’an is the Highest Form of Revelation:
Although the Gracious Qur’an was revealed piecemeal, the entire revelation is one whole. It is the Word of Allah revealed through the Angel Jibreel peace be upon him. Revelation takes place in three forms: ‘It is not fitting for any human being that Allah should speak to him except by revelation, from behind a veil or by sending a messenger that reveals– by His permission– whatever Allah will.’ (42:51).
The first of these modes is called wahy=revelation, which is used here in its literal sense of al- Isharaarah as-saree’ah, that is to say, a quick suggestion into the mind of man.
The Qur’an is unique. It is inimitable and is protected by Allah from all forms of corruption. The word Qur’an is a verbal noun which means ‘the reading’ or ‘recitation’.
The Qur’an is Protected by Allah from Corruption:
Previous revelations had been corrupted intentionally, but the Qur’an’s final message to the entire humanity is the same in its present form as it was revealed to Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him more than 1400 years ago.
The Divine Scriptures that were revealed before ISLAM lost their original forms overtime; they are either incomplete or not fully accurate. In the case of the Qur’an, however, Allah placed revelations into our Prophet’s memory.
In addition, after he received each revelation, Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him told his numerous companions to write them down, thereby ensuring the Qur’an’s preservation in its original textual form.
Caliph Abu Bakr (632-634) had the Qur’an compiled into a single copy, and Caliph Uthman (644-656) had copies of it sent to important Islamic cities. The following verses explain how the Prophet of ISLAM Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him, tried to remember the revelations, and how Allah helped him do so:
Do not move your tongue trying to hasten it. Its collection and recitation are Our affair. So when We recite it , follow its recitation. Then its explanation is Our concern. (Qur’an, 75:16-19).
As the verses maintain, our Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him remembered the Qur’an in a unique way, for Allah implanted its verses in his mind. As his companions wrote it all down while he was still alive, in compliance with His promise, each of its letters has remained unaltered since the beginning of its revelation over 1400 years ago. Therefore, Allah’s revelation has survived intact to our day.
The text of the Qur’an will remain as it was revealed until the end of time. It is protected by Allah Himself.
Allah says in the Qur’an:
“Truly, We Who have sent down the Reminder (ie the Qur’an) and We will assuredly preserve it [from corruption]. Qur’an, 15:9.
Allah All Mighty also says about it:
“It is an honourable, inimitable Book; falsehood cannot come to it from before it or from behind it; [It is] sent down by the All-Wise, Worthy of all praise. “
(Noble Qur’an, 41:41-42).
Questions such as why Allah allowed for the previous scriptures to be corrupted, or what evidence from the Quran to confirm that previous scriptures had been corrupted or Didn’t Allah advice Muslims to ask people of the previous scriptures if they are in doubt about the Quran etc. all these questions and more are answered in the below articles that appears at the end of this page.
Allah knows Best.