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Is the Quran Preserved? - By Khaled

Is the Quran Preserved? - By Khaled

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The Qurancontradicts these previous Revelations in many essential points. That means that the Quran isa false message which cannot be from God since God is not the author of confusion. He couldnot reveal a message that contradicts his previous Messages.
The Qurancontradicts these previous Revelations in many essential points. That means that the Quran isa false message which cannot be from God since God is not the author of confusion. He couldnot reveal a message that contradicts his previous Messages.

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Is the Quran Preserved?
Khaled The Quran makes this claim:Verily, we have sent down the Reminder, and, verily, we will guard it. Q15:9  According to Muslim commentators like Ibn Kathir,this Reminder is the Quran since just a few verses before that we read in the same Surah:
But they say, ‘O thou to whom the Reminder has been sent down! verily, thou art possessed.’
Muslims say that, “O thou to whom the reminder has been sent down,” refers to Muhammad
and therefore the Reminder spoken about here must be the Quran. Muslims conclude that this
is Allah’s promise that the Qur'
an cannot be corrupted and is accurately preserved to this day.
Some Christian apologists make the argument that the Reminder refers to all of Allah’s
messages including the one revealed in the Bible. Muslims usually reject this claim and saythat Allah guards only the Quran. Taking into account everything that the Quran says aboutthe Scriptures of the Jews and the Christians, one can make a solid argument that the Quran
 presupposes that the Jews and Christians indeed possess God’s authentic and uncorrupte
drevelation (see these articles
 
). However, since Muslims often do not accept those arguments,the purpose of this paper is to show that their position leads to a set of logical problems.
Thus, for argument’s sake I will go along with these Muslim claims, and explore where this
interpretation will lead us when taken together with some other Muslim convictions.In other places, the Quran makes the claim to be impeccable:falsehood shall not come to it, from before it, nor from behind it - a revelation from the wise,the praiseworthy One. Q41:42  Do they not meditate on the Qur'ran? if it were from other than God they would find in itmany a discrepancy. Q4:82  At the same time, Muslims believe that there are verses in the Quran which say that theprevious Revelations have been corrupted:O thou Apostle! let not those grieve thee who vie in misbelief; or those who say with theirmouths 'We believe,' but their hearts do not believe; or of those who are Jews, listeners to alie, - listeners to other people, but who come not to thee. They pervert the words from theirplaces and say, ' If this is what ye are given, take it; but if ye are not given it, then beware!'but he whom God wishes to mislead, thou canst do nothing with God for him; these are thosewhose hearts God wishes not to purify, for them in this world is disgrace, and for them in thenext is mighty woe, Q5:41;check also Q3:78, Q2:79, Q4:46 and Q5:13.  Still, the Quran commands the Muslims to believe in the previous Revelations:
 
who believe in what is revealed to thee (Muhammad), and what was revealed before thee, andof the hereafter they are sure. Q2:4  The Apostle (Muhammad) believes in what is sent down to him from his Lord, and thebelievers (Muslims) all believe on God, and His angels, and His Books, and His apostles,- wemake no difference between any of His apostles,- they say, 'We hear and obey, Thy pardon,O Lord! for to Thee our journey tends. Q2:285  Say (O Muslims), 'We believe in God, and what has been revealed to thee, and what wasrevealed to Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and what was givento Moses, and Jesus, and the prophets from their Lord,- we will make no distinction betweenany of them,- and we are unto Him resigned. Q3:84  These previous Revelations include the following:We did reveal the
Torah
(Tawrat), wherein is guidance and a light ... Q5:44  And already have we written in the
Psalms
(Zabur) after the reminder that the earth shall myrighteous servants inherit.' Q21:105  Subsequent to them, we sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the previous scripture, theTorah. We gave him the
Gospel
(Injil), containing guidance and light, and confirming theprevious scriptures, the Torah, and augmenting its guidance and light, and to enlighten therighteous. Q5:46  Let us summarize the claims that were presented so far:1.
 
The Quran is preserved.2.
 
God’s Revelations which preceded the Quran include the Torah, the Psalms, and the
Gospel.These Books make up a large portion of the Holy Bible.3.
 
The Quran, the Torah, the Psalms, and the Gospel are all the Word of Allah.4.
 
God's Word does not change.5.
 
The revelations that came before the Quran have become corrupted.6.
 
Although Muslims should believe that these previous Books are the genuineRevelations from God,they have to trust only the Quran as the final revelation and the only one that ispreserved.We now have to deal with this logic:A.
 
The Quran, the Torah, the Psalms and the Gospel are all Allah’s Word.
B.
 
The current Torah, Psalms and Gospel are corrupted.C.
 
The final word of Allah, the Quran is preserved.
1st Conclusion: Some of Allah’s Words are corrupted
 
2nd Conclusion: Some of Allah’s Words are preserved.
 Based on the above generalizations we can construct these deductive arguments:
 
Major premise: Some of Allah’s Words are corrupted.
 
Minor premise: The Quran is Allah’s Word.
 Conclusion: The Quran could be corrupted. Or we could do it another way:
Major premise: Some of Allah’s Words are preserved.
 Minor premise: The Torah,
the Psalms, and the Gospel are Allah’s Words.
 Conclusion: The Torah, the Psalms, and the Gospel could be preserved. 
The Main Problem
 Since Allah allowed his previous Revelations to be corrupted by weak human people, thisleads to one of the following assumptions about Allah:1.
 
Allah is a
weak
god; he could not protect his previous Revelations. He also gainsmore power and might throughout time, because he supposedly is now able to protecthis last revelation, the Quran.2.
 
Allah does not care about people being misled by counterfeit revelations. And yet hewill still punish individuals with hell fire because they follow a corrupted Messageeven though they may have not come to the realization that Allah had allowed it to becorrupted. That means Allah is
unjust
.In light of the above, how can we trust that the Quran is preserved if these three Revelationsare corrupted? How can a person trust that Allah did not fail to protect his so-called finalrevelation, the Quran, when he was too weak to prevent people from tampering with hisprevious Messages?Maybe Allah needs to a send a fifth revelation? Perhaps he has already sent down this fifth
 book, and that is actually the revelation given to Baha’ullah the founder of the Baha’i
faith?
More importantly, how do Muslims reconcile their position with Allah’s claim in the Quranthat “there is no changing the words of God”?
 Muslims, you have to make a decision and choose one of these alternatives:1.
 
The Quran is preserved and the earlier Revelations are corrupted 
. In that case, Allahis either weak or he is unjust. That is the only explanation for his preservation of theQuran and letting people corrupt his previous Revelations.2.
 
The Quran is corrupted like the other Revelations
. Then you should either not read itsince you do not read other corrupted Revelations, or maybe you should read theseother corrupted Revelations just as you insist on reading the corrupted Quran.3.
 
The Quran is preserved, and the previous Revelations have also been preserved 
. Thatmeans then you should read these authentic Revelations (the Bible) for yourself.4.
 
The Quran is corrupted but the earlier Revelations are preserved.
Obviously, youshould then abandon the Quran and read the Bible.
Just a second, I’m not f 
inished yet.

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