This is the biggest challenge Christians impose on Muslims. If the Bible is corrupt, what has been corrupted and what evidence do we have to support this claim in the Qur’an?
What do we believe was corrupted?
After the death of Solomon (as), the Israelites corrupted the Torah by rewriting it several times in several different versions.
- They removed all references in the Torah to the temple (or masjid) built by Abraham (a.s) and Ishmael (a.s) in Arabia.
- The Kaaba and the Hajj are no longer found in the Torah.
- They substituted all references to Ishmael (a.s) as the son of the sacrifice with the name of his brother Isaac (a.s), even though Isaac (a.s) was not even born when the trial of the sacrifice took place.
- They substituted Arabia with Palestine as the place of the sacrifice.
- Zam Zam, the miraculous spring of water that sprang from the desert sand when Gabriel rubbed his heel on the sand, now became a well in Palestine.
- They demonised Ishmael (a.s) in the Torah as “a wild ass of a man”.
- They distorted the prohibition against interest and consumption of alcohol.
- The concept of Jesus (a.s) as God, Son of God and the trinity.
In Confessions of a British spy and British enmity against Islam (free Ebook) that the British applied a twenty-one-article destruction plan, which they had prepared in order to annihilate Islam, some of these points need to be considered.
It says in the Qur’an that Abraham (a.s) was a Muslim and along with his son Ishmael (a.s), they built the Kaaba. According to the Bible, Abraham (a.s) never went to Mecca.
Muslims do not believe that there are any contradictions between the Qur’an and the original Torah and Gospel because they are all divinely revealed books that were sent down from Allah. There can’t be any contradiction or conflict between them, as Allah says (4:82).
You can read The detailed story of how the Kaaba was built by Abraham and his son Ishmael on the answering Christianity site.
And [mention] when Abraham was raising the foundations of the House and [with him] Ishmael, [saying], “Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing.” (2:127)
“Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Makkah – blessed and a guidance for the worlds. In it are clear signs [such as] the standing place of Abraham. And whoever enters it shall be safe. And [due] to Allah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House – for whoever is able to find thereto a way. But whoever disbelieves – then indeed, Allah is free from need of the worlds.” (3:96-97)
The Bible mentions the valley of Bakka:
“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs (i.e., Zam Zam); the autumn rains also cover it with pools. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand (elsewhere).” [Psalms 84:5-6, 10]
There’s no valley on earth called Bakka that contains a house of worship and a spring of water (Zamzam), in which one prayer is better than a thousand prayers offered anywhere else other than Mecca.
Muslims regard the Paran of Mecca to be where Hagar cried for water for her son Ishmael (a.s), and the well of Zam Zam in Mecca as the miraculous well that saved Ishmael’s life and consider it sacred for that reason.
The Torah also falsely proclaims that the Holy Land was given to the seed of Abraham through Isaac, Ishmael being falsely excluded as legitimate seed, and the Israelite claim to the title deed of the Holy Land remains valid regardless of whether or not they are righteous in conduct [Deuteronomy, 9:6].
Misunderstandings took place not only concerning the word ‘Father’, but also in the word ‘Son’, after unknown scribes corrupted the text of Isaiah to declare that the Messiah would not only be born as a child (and hence be a human being), but that he would also be God. Thus, the corrupted text portrayed the Messiah as both man and God [Isaiah, 9:6].
Allah describes the Qur’an as ‘confirming’ the Books that came before it, and that which confirms something, can’t contradict or conflict with it (3:3).
We see contradictions in the copies of the Torah and Gospel that exist today because they have fallen prey to distortion and alteration, with things being taken away, added and changed. The Qur’an affirms that previous scriptures were changed by corrupt men.
An excerpt from Confessions of a British spy and British enmity against Islam:
Christian agents were sent fourth to all countries:
As a result of their desire to eliminate all references to anything that is proven in the Qur’an, such distortions have occurred.
Hadiths about Ishmael (a.s), which describes everything except the sacrifice, shows that whoever wrote the story wrote it so Muslims would believe the son to be sacrificed was Isaac (a.s) which proves the hadith was invented after the death of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) because he would never tell stories that contradicted the Qur’an.
As there is only one God, there can only be one True religion. The Qur’an contradicts the Bible that people have in their hands today. Either the Qur’an is true and the Bible is false or the Bible is true and the Qur’an is false.