Christian missionaries often take verses of the Qur’an out of context in order to ‘sell’ Christianity to ignorant and unsuspecting Muslims who lack knowledge in the Islamic faith.
Here is the problem. The Qur’an itself exposes their dishonesty. If you have to resort to lies and deception in order to spread your religion, then your religion is false.
Today’s discussion is about the following video, and this is not the first time this verse has been used to invalidate Islam’s claim to truth. Missionaries often quote 10:94 as proof that the Qur’an confirms the Bible, and Muslims must consult Christians in order to understand the Qur’an or as proof that Muhammad pbuh had doubts about the authenticity of the Qur’an.
This is what is written in the description of the video:
Did the Prophet (pbuh) have doubts about the Qur’an?
He has pointed to this verse in order to prove Muhammad pbuh had doubts about the authenticity of the Qur’an, so Allah swt ordered him to consult the Christians to verify his prophethood.
In the following verses, we clearly see that Muhammad pbuh believed in the Qur’an as the Word of God:
“The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers…” [2:285] “Say [Muhammad], ‘People, I am the Messenger of God to you all, from Him who has control over the heavens and the earth. There is no God but Him; He gives life and death, so believe in God and His Messenger, the unlettered prophet who believes in God and His words, and follow him so that you may find guidance.” [7:158]… “I have believed in what Allah has revealed of scripture [i.e., the Qur’an], and I have been commanded to do justice among you.” [42:15]
So, who are the people Allah was refering to?
The Quraish decided to see help from the Jews who were residing in Madina: “Ask them (the Jews, i.e., the people of the book) about Muhammad; describe him to them and tell them what he says, for they are the first people of the Scriptures and have knowledge that we do not possess about Prophets.”
(The Life of Muhammad – A Translation of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah)
They asked the Rabbis, “How can we tell whether or not Muhammad is indeed a true prophet like Abraham and Moses?”
The Quraish reasoned that since the Jews had experience and vast knowledge about prophets they would be best to advise them concerning the validity of the claim of Muhammad pbuh, because of the long and continuous line of prophets who had come to the Israelites.
Allah swt sent down Surah al-Kahf of the Qur’an in consequence of the response to that question. It recalled two questions posed by the Rabbis 18:83 and 17:85, while the third response is found in Surah Banu Israel 17:85.
(Surah al-Kahf in the Modern Age – Imran N. Hosein)
It was expected that their (i.e., Jewish) pious scholars would testify that the Qur’ans message was the same as that of the Scriptures of the former Prophets. The Qur’an states that there was a witness from among the Children of Israel who testified to the truth of the Qur’an at the time of the Prophet pbuh:
Say, “Have you considered: if it [i.e., the Qur’an] was from Allah, and you disbelieved in it while a witness from the Children of Israel has testified to something similar and believed while you were arrogant…?” [46:10]
This is not a verse Muslims avoid.
What does the the Qur’an say about the Gospel?
The Gospel was revealed to the Israelite people [3:45-50, 61:6], but most of them had rejected him [61:14]. They slandered his mother [4:156] by falsely accusing her of adultery [19:27-28], and called Jesus a bastard, although he was born miracuously to a virgin mother. The Jews) continue to reject him as the Messiah to this day, which you can read for yourself on one of the most popular Jewish sites.
We do not believe Jesus was sent to all of mankind.
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).
Does the Qur’an say the Torah is preserved?
What is the context of this verse?
Allah chastised a group of Jews who abandon what they believed was true in their book, and which they claimed was their eternal law that they were always commanded to adhere to. Yet, they did not adhere to the Torah, but they preferred other laws over it. They came to the Prophet for judgement regarding a certain matter, although they believed that these other laws were not correct and did not apply to them.
Allah is simply making the point that if they were genuinely sincere in coming to the Prophet to follow Allah’s laws, then why did they ignore the Torah, which contained Allah’s commands, in their minds, yet they ignored it?
If they truly believed, what did that show about their sincerity in coming to the Prophet – was it to follow Allah? It was revealed to expose their insincirity when they approached the Prophet. The previous verses make this point very clear:
O Messenger, let them not grieve you who hasten into disbelief of those who say, “We believe” with their mouths, but their hearts believe not… [Qur’an, 5:41-42] Do you (i.e., Rabbis) order righteousness of the people and forget yourselves while you recite the Scripture (i.e., Torah)? Then will you not reason?
These verses are taken out of context by Christian Missionaries to prove Christianity true and Islam false.
The Qur’an does not confirm the preservation of the Torah and Gospel that are in Christians and Jews hands today. We do not believe they are the original scriptures revealed by God, and the Qur’an explicitly states that.