From time to time I hear the questions about whether the Injil has been changed or corrupted. This is why some Muslims are so shy and hesitant to read the Holy Injil.
What does the Quran say?
The Injil is Trustworthy
According to the Quran the Injil is to be trusted and studied. The Quran says that the books of Moses (the Torat), the Psalms (Zabur), and the gospel (Injil) were all given by God.
About the Torat – (Qu’ran, Sura Al Baqarah 2:87)
We gave Moses the Book and followed him up with a succession of messengers
About the Psalms / Zabur – (Qu’ran, Al Nisa 4:163)
We have sent thee inspiration, as We sent it to Noah and the Messengers after him: we sent inspiration to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes, to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and solomon, and to David We gave the Psalms
About the Gospel / Injil – (Qu’ran, Sura Al Imran 3:3)
It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgment between right and wrong).
Also, Sura Ma’idah 5:46 helpfully explains:
And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah
We see that the Quran states that the Torat, the Zabur and the Injil were all given by God.
If anyone – Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Athiest or anybody else – claims that the Injil is corrupted, then it would seem they do not believe the word of Allah, since the Qu’ran says that the Word of God cannot be altered.
The Injil Cannot be Changed
“Rejected were the messengers before thee: with patience and constancy they bore their rejection and their wrongs, until Our aid did reach them: there is none that can alter the words (and decrees) of Allah. Already hast thou received some account of those messengers” (Qu’ran Al An’am 6:34).
“The word of thy Lord doth find its fulfillment in truth and in justice: None can change His words: for He is the one who heareth and knoweth all,” (Qu’ran Al An’am 6:115).
“For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present and in the Hereafter; no change can there be in the words of Allah. This is indeed the supreme felicity,” (Qu’ran, Sura Yunus 10:64).
When Muhammed (pbuh) was alive, he claimed to receive the revelation of the Qu’ran from Allah. This means that at that time the Bible, which was in existence, could not have been corrupted because the Qu’ran states that God’s word cannot be corrupted.
Muhammed Trusted the Injil
Surah 7:157 reads,
“Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (Scriptures) – in the Law and the Gospel … it is they who will prosper”.Surah 7:157 (Yusuf Ali Translation)
The Qur’an instructs people in the 7th century to read the Gospel accounts, for in them are prophecies about Muhammad. This means the Gospels are available and trustworthy in Muhammad’s day.
Also, we read ninth Quran that if and when Mohammed had doubts or questions, he should ask Christians for guidance.
Muhammed to Get Advice from Christians
When Muhammad experiences doubts about his revelations, Allah instructs him to seek confirmation from the “People of the Book,” an Islamic term for Jews and Christians.
Surah 10:94 explains:
“But if you [Muhammad] are in doubt as to what We have revealed to you, ask those who read the Book before you; certainly the truth has come to you from your Lord, therefore you should not be of the disputers”.Surah 10:94 (Shakir)
But how could Muhammad do such a thing? It means that 7th century Jews and Christians had an intact and reliable “Book” with them. They they were trustworthy.
Allah’s Words do not Change
Authority. Surah 18:27 states, “And recite what has been revealed to you of the Book of your Lord, there is none who can alter His words; and you shall not find any refuge besides Him” (Shakir).
Islam teaches that no one can corrupt Allah’s revelations.
Then how is it possible for anyone – including Jews and Christians – to change the unalterable words of Allah? This is an idea that we must seek forgiveness for and forever bury.