What are the differences between Torah and Qur’an?

What are the differences between Torah and Qur’an?

Mohamad Mostafa Nassar


Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions. The common ground between the Noble Qur’an and the Torah is that both are Books revealed by Allah the Exalted through the Archangel Jibreel (Gabriel), peace be upon him.

Yet, the essential differences between these two Books are the following:

1) The Holy Qur’an is preserved by Allah Almighty against interpolation and adulteration, as Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): Verily We: It is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’ân) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption) [15:9]. As for the Torah, it did not escape such interpolation and adulteration.

2) The Holy Qur’an was sent down on Allah’s Messenger, Muhammad, sporadically (in steps) according to separate occasions and events, while the Torah was revealed all at once.

3) The Qur’an constitutes a commanding law whose validity is continuous till Doomsday, whereas the Torah was abrogated by the Qur’an being the last revealed Book and being supremely predominant over all of the previous Scriptures.

Allah Almighty Says: And We have sent down to you (O Muhammad SAW) the Book (this Qur’ân) in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it and Mohayminan (trustworthy in highness and a witness) over it (old Scriptures) [5:48]

Allah knows best.