This is a challenge that Christian missionaries claim no Muslim can answer. They quote verses of the Qur’an out of context and distort the Arabic language to discredit the authenticity of the Qur’an to prove Christianity true and Islam false.
Today we will explore such examples using the article recently published by Laura Powell titled, The Islamic Dilemma: A Game-Changer for Conversations with Muslims, dated May 5, 2020. The following are excerpts from the article.
From an Islamic perspective, the Jews once had the same truth that Muslims have, but they corrupted it. The Qur’an does not affirm the inspiration, authority, and preservation of the Torah or Gospel that Christians and Jews have in their hands today. We do not believe they are the original scriptures revealed by God, although little truth still remains in them. Nor do we believe Jesus pbuh was sent to all of mankind:
“And [mention] when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, “O Children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah… [61:6]
“O you who have believed, be supporters of Allah, as when Jesus, the son of Mary, said to the disciples, “Who are my supporters for Allah?” The disciples said, “We are supporters of Allah.” And a faction of the Children of Israel believed and a faction disbelieved…” (61:14)
“… And We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, clear proofs and supported him with the Pure Spirit [i.e., the angel Gabriel]. But is it [not] that every time a messenger came to you, [O Children of Israel], with what your souls did not desire, you were arrogant? And a party [of messengers] you denied and another party you killed. And they said, “Our hearts are wrapped.” But, [in fact], Allah has cursed them for their disbelief, so little is it that they believe. (2:87-88)
They have certainly disbelieved who say, “Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary” while the Messiah has said, “O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.” (5:72)
Indeed, this Qur’an relates to the Children of Israel most of that over which they disagree (27:76) , That is Jesus, the son of Mary – the word of truth about which they are in dispute* (19:34). The truth is from your Lord, so do not be among the doubters (3:60)
*The people of falsehood and the people of truth are in disagreement, i.e., those who believed in Jesus pbuh as a true Messenger of Allah and those who disbelieved.
Jesus pbuh was sent to the Children of Israel only (3:45-50). If the Qur’an claimed he was sent to all of mankind to judge by the Gospel (Injeel), it would have been addressed to mankind.
Allah tells His servants among the people of the book that there is no success without belief in all that He has revealed, including the Qur’an (5:68).
Allah gives us the assurance that the Qur’an is uncorrupted and can never be corrupted (i.e., no one can alter His words (6:115 and 18:27). Since the Qur’an was to be the final scripture sent to all of mankind (33:40), Allah promised to preserve it (15:9, 41:42) in a tablet with Him (85:21-22) and also within the hearts (i.e., memorised) of those given knowledge among the Muslims (29:49).
The author presents cherry picked verses from the Qur’an as proof that it is false as it contradicts the Gospel. Prophet Muhammad’s message is universal as evidenced by (7:158) and (34:28), while paying particular attention to the Arabs because they had no warner before. They became the initial recipients of the final revelation of Allah to all of mankind, so the Qur’an needed to be in Arabic (41:44). The Qur’an gives authority to prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to teach (3:164) and make clear (16:44) the Qur’an to them (14:4).
Muhammad pbuh is a warner to the worlds (25:1, 6:19, 68:52, 38:86-87). He is the final prophet for all ages and all people, not just a specific nation as was the case with other prophets (16:36, 10:47, 35:24, 13:38).
I have already written a few articles on some of the corruptions, and Surah Banu Israel, Surah 17, recounted one of the occasions when the Israelite people violated their covenant with Allah. They rewrote the Torah (2:79) to make it permissible for them to lend money on interest (4:160-161) to non-believers yet prohibited intra-Israelite transactions (Deuteronomy, 23:19-20) when Allah made charging interest impermissible (4:161, 2:275-281). Allah responded by sending against them the Babylonian army and had declared He never destroys a people before sending a warning to them (17:15-16) as no one is more unjust than those who invent lies about Allah (6:21).
“… The truth is from your Lord, so whoever wills – let him believe; and whoever wills – let him disbelieve…” [Qur’an, 18:29]