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Belief In The Books Of Allah

One must believe that Allah revealed Heavenly Books to His Messengers to convey them to mankind. These Books, during their times, contained nothing but the truth. All these Books call people to worship Allah alone, and that He is the Creator, Proprietor and Owner, and to Him belong the beautiful Attributes and Names. Allah says:

لَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَا رُسُلَنَا بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ وَأَنزَلْنَا مَعَهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْمِيزَانَ لِيَقُومَ النَّاسُ بِالْقِسْطِ وَأَنزَلْنَا الْحَدِيدَ فِيهِ بَأْسٌ شَدِيدٌ وَمَنَافِعُ لِلنَّاسِ وَلِيَعْلَمَ اللَّهُ مَن يَنصُرُهُ وَرُسُلَهُ بِالْغَيْبِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ قَوِيٌّ عَزِيزٌ

“Certainly We sent Our Messengers with clear proofs and We sent down with them the Scripture and the Balance that may establish the people justice. And We sent down [the] iron, wherein (is) power mighty and benefits for the people, and so that Allah may make evi (he) who helps Him and His Messengers, unseen. Indeed, Allah (is) All-Strong All-Mighty.” (Surah Al-Hadid 57:25 )

Being a Muslim it is our belief that Allah Almighty sent down divine holy books for the guidance of mankind on different Prophets. Allah Almighty revealed these holy books on His messengers to convey the message of Allah to mankind. Allah says:

وَإِنَّهُ لَكِتَابٌ عَزِيزٌ لَا يَأْتِيهِ الْبَاطِلُ مِن بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَلَا مِنْ خَلْفِهِ تَنزِيلٌ مِّنْ حَكِيمٍ حَمِيدٍ

“And there is no doubt that it is a mighty scripture. Falsehood can reach it neither from in front of it nor from behind it. It is a revelation from a wise and glorious God.” (Quran, 41:41-42)

All of these divine holy books contained nothing but the truth of their time. These books call people to worship Allah alone and that He is the Creator, Proprietor, and Owner of this world and the Hereafter. Allah Almighty says in Noble Quran which is the fourth sacred holy book: Allah says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ آمِنُواْ بِاللّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَالْكِتَابِ الَّذِي نَزَّلَ عَلَى رَسُولِهِ وَالْكِتَابِ الَّذِيَ أَنزَلَ مِن قَبْلُ وَمَن يَكْفُرْ بِاللّهِ وَمَلاَئِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلاَلاً بَعِيدًا (136:4)

“Believers! have faith in God and His prophet, in the Book, He has revealed to His prophet, and also in the books, He has previously revealed and [remember that] he who denies God, His angels, His books and His prophets and the Last Day has strayed far.” (Quran, 4:136)

As Muslims, we must accept and believe in all of the Books of Allah. It is a required part of our faith. Only one of Allah’s books is still in its original form. Only one book is still in its original language. And only can be traced back, word for word, chapter for chapter, to the prophet it was revealed to.

This book is, of course, the Quran.

There is nothing worthy of worship except Allah.

Let’s examine the different revelations.

  • Tawrat – This is the revelation that Allah sent to Musa (Moses), peace be upon him.
  • Zabur – This is the revelation that Allah sent to Daud (David), peace be upon him.
  • Injeel – This is the revelation that Allah sent to Eesa (Jesus), peace be upon him.
  • Quran – This is the revelation that Allah sent to Muhammad, peace be upon him.

Some Of The Books Are:

THE SCRIPTURES OF IBRAHEEM (s) (Abraham) and Musa (a) (Moses):

The Quran has given a brief insight into the religious fundamentals found in these scriptures. Allah (y) says: Or, has he not been informed of what is in the scriptures of Musa? And (of) Ibraheem, who fulfilled [the commandments]: That no bearer of burden shall bear the burden of another; and that man shall have nothing but what he strives for; and that his striving shall soon be seen. Then shall he be rewarded for it with the fullest reward; and that to your Lord is the goal. (Quran, 53:36-42)

وَأَنزَلَ مَعَهُمْ الْكِتَابَ بِالْحَقِّ لِيَحْكُمَ بَيْنَ النَّاسِ فِيمَا اخْتَلَفُوا فِيهِ 

“And with these [Prophets], He sent down His Book as the decisive truth so that it may settle these differences between people.” (Quran, 2:213)

Of the holy books, four find mention in the Quran: the Sahifa, scrolls given to Abraham; the Tawrat, the revelations made to Moses; the Zabur, the Psalms are given to David; the Injil, the teachings given to Jesus. A Muslim believes that each of these (as well every other Book sent by God to His Prophets) was originally a complete revelation. Allah says:

نَزَّلَ عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ بِالْحَقِّ مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ وَأَنزَلَ التَّوْرَاةَ وَالْإِنجِيلَ

“He revealed to you the Book in [the] truth confirming that which (was/among) before it, and He revealed the Taurat and the Injeel.” (Surah Al-Imran 3:3)

Facts and Figures about The Holy Quran:

  1. How many Sura are in Holy Quran? 114
  2. How many parts of the Holy Quran ? 30
  3. How many Verses are in Holy Quran? 6666
  4. How many Raque are in Holy Quran? 1000
  5. How many words are in Holy Quran? 77701
  6. Which sura is called ‘Aroos-ul-Quran? Sura Rehman
  7. The names of 25 prophets are mentioned in the Qurân
  8. Which is the shortest Sura of the Holy Quran? Quasar
  9. Macci Sura was revealed in how many years ? 13 years 
  10. Which sura is on the name of one metal? Sura Hadeed
  11. Which sura does not start with Bismillah? Sura Tauba
  12. The most disliked thing by God though Halal is? Divorce
  13. Which sura is in the name of one Holy war? Sura Ahzaab
  14. Which sura is having the laws about marriage? Sura Nesa
  15. In which sura the law of inheritance is mentioned? Sura Nesa
  16. In which Sura the 27 Attributes of God are mentioned? Sura Hadeed
  17. In which sura the Hegira of the Holy Prophet is mentioned? Sura Infall
  18.  In which sura the creation of human beings is mentioned? Sura Hijr V-26
  19. In which sura the regulations for prisoners of war is mentioned? Sura Nesa
  20. Which sura, if its name is reversed, becomes the name of one bird? Sura Room
  21. In which sura the story of the worship of cow of Bani Esra’iel is mentioned? Sura Taha

The Four Books of Allah

Allah Almighty sent many books on different messengers but below we will discuss the major four divine books of Almighty Allah. Most of Allah’s revelations have been lost or altered. They have been combined with legend, folklore, and personal desires to create something very much unlike what Allah originally revealed. The only book which is in its original form till now and will be till the Day of Judgment is the Holy Quran. Below we will discuss the 4 revealed holy books in Islam.

The Tawrat

This is the revelation sent down by Almighty Allah to Prophet Musa (AS). The Tawrat is usually indicating the “Law” in the Quran. Specifically, the Law of Moses. Many people associate the Tawrat with the Torah of the Jewish faith or the Old Testament of the Christian faith. The actual text of this holy book has been lost Muslims believe that Tawrat is the holy book in which true commands are revealed on Prophet Musa (AS) by Allah Almighty.

وَقَفَّيْنَا عَلَىٰ آثَارِهِم بِعِيسَى ابْنِ مَرْيَمَ مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَآتَيْنَاهُ الْإِنجِيلَ فِيهِ هُدًى وَنُورٌ وَمُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَهُدًى وَمَوْعِظَةً لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ

“And We sent on their footsteps Isa, son (of) Maryam, confirming what (was) before him of the Taurat, and We gave him the Injeel, in it (was) Guidance and light and confirming what (was) before him of the Taurat and a Guidance and an admonition for the God-conscious.” (Surah Al-Ma`idah 5:46)

The Quran calling the Towrah a book of ‘guidance and light’ testifies that God had revealed it as the Law for the Jews. When the Quran uses the expression ‘People of the Book’, it always means all the three communities: the Jews, the Christians, and the Muslims: Allah says:

يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ لِمَ تُحَاجُّونَ فِي إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمَا أُنزِلَتِ التَّوْرَاةُ وَالْإِنجِيلُ إِلَّا مِن بَعْدِهِ أَفَلَا تَعْقِلُونَ

“O People (of) the Book! Why (do) you argue concerning Ibrahim while not was revealed the Taurat and the Injeel except after him? Then why don’t you use your intellect?” (Surah Al-Imran 3:65)

According to the Quran, the Towrah, the book that God revealed to Moses for the guidance of the Children of Isreal (Bani Israel), did, contain guidance and God’s commands, admonition and a clear explanation of many things of the world, and of God’s mercy. There are many verses regarding the granting of a book to Moses in which the Towrah is mentioned although not by name. The tablets (always) are also mentioned and they mean the same scripture: Allah says:

وَكَتَبْنَا لَهُ فِي الْأَلْوَاحِ مِن كُلِّ شَيْءٍ مَّوْعِظَةً وَتَفْصِيلًا لِّكُلِّ شَيْءٍ فَخُذْهَا بِقُوَّةٍ وَأْمُرْ قَوْمَكَ يَأْخُذُوا بِأَحْسَنِهَا سَأُرِيكُمْ دَارَ الْفَاسِقِينَ

“And We ordained (laws) for him in the tablets – of everything, instruction and explanation for everything, “So take them with firmness and order your people (to) take (the) best of it. I will show you (the) home (of) the defiantly disobedient.” (Surah Al-Araf 7:145)

The Towrah, as originally revealed to Moses, must have been in the Hebrew language. But there is no copy of the original Book given to Moses extant today. As a matter of fact, during their long turbulent history, the Jews repeatedly lost their revealed books. According to the Quran, they also failed to maintain the standards prescribed by their scriptures. They made it ‘into (separate) sheets for the show’ and concealed much of its content. Allah says:

وَلَمَّا سَكَتَ عَن مُّوسَى الْغَضَبُ أَخَذَ الْأَلْوَاحَ وَفِي نُسْخَتِهَا هُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلَّذِينَ هُمْ لِرَبِّهِمْ يَرْهَبُونَ

“And when was calmed from Musa the anger, he took (up) the tablets and in their inscription (was) guidance and mercy for those who [they] (are) fearful of their Lord.” (Surah Al-A`raf 7:154)

Therefore differences have arisen among them, as they have distorted and changed God’s word and its meaning. The Old Testament is considered by today’s Jews as the Book revealed by God. But it cannot simply be equated with the Towrah mentioned in the Quran. The reason for this is that the Old Testament contains also the Zabur, the book of guidance given to the Prophet David. The Zabur is mentioned in the Quran as a revelation separate from the Towrah.


The term Zabur is the Arabic equivalent of the Hebrew word ‘time’, which is usually translated into English as ‘psalm’. It was the book of revelation given to the Prophet David or Daud. In the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, it is a part of the Old Testament. David was a prophet, but he was also a great ruler and singer of the divinely inspired hymns praising God and His creation, which form the Zabur. In the Quran, the Zabur is mentioned by name only three times: Allah Almighty says:

إِنَّا أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ كَمَا أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَىٰ نُوحٍ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ مِن بَعْدِهِ وَأَوْحَيْنَا إِلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِسْحَاقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ وَالْأَسْبَاطِ وَعِيسَىٰ وَأَيُّوبَ وَيُونُسَ وَهَارُونَ وَسُلَيْمَانَ وَآتَيْنَا دَاوُودَ زَبُورًا

“Indeed, We have revealed to you as We revealed to Nuh and the Prophets after him, and We revealed to Ibrahim and Ismail, and Ishaq and Yaqub, and the tribes, and Isa and Ayyub, and Yunus, and Harun and Sulaiman and We gave (to) Dawood the Zaboor.” (Surah an-Nisa 4:163)

David, to whom God revealed the Zabur, was gifted with great eloquence and a beautiful voice. All gifts were given to the prophets according to the needs of the world and the times in which they lived. The Psalms were intended to be sung for the worship of God and the celebration of God’s greatness. Allah says:

وَرَبُّكَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَن فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَلَقَدْ فَضَّلْنَا بَعْضَ النَّبِيِّينَ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ وَآتَيْنَا دَاوُودَ زَبُورًا

“And your Lord (is) most knowing of whoever (is) in the heavens and the earth. And verily We have preferred some (of) the Prophets to others. And We gave Dawood Zaboor.” (Surah Al-Isra` 17:55)

The Psalms are still extant and have been incorporated into the Bible. However, their present form may be different from the original. Nonetheless, to a great extent, the Psalms retain their original state. Allah says:

وَلَقَدْ كَتَبْنَا فِي الزَّبُورِ مِن بَعْدِ الذِّكْرِ أَنَّ الْأَرْضَ يَرِثُهَا عِبَادِيَ الصَّالِحُونَ

“And verily, We have written in the Scripture after the mention, that the earth – will inherit it My slaves, the righteous.” (Surah Al-Anbiya` 21:105)

Thus the Quran, and also the traditions, very clearly confirm the Muslim belief in four heavenly books. The Quran mentions no other such heavenly books, though it mentions many prophets, some of them by name, and attributes many divine revelations to them.


The Injeel is the holy book of Allah Almighty that was revealed to Prophet Eesa (Jesus, AS). Injeel means Gospel Book or it is often just translated as The Gospel and it occurs twelve times in the Quran. Like the Tawrat, many people make the mistake of stating that Injeel is the new testimonial of the Bible. But that is far from the truth. Like many other Books of Allah, the actual text of Injeel is no longer available. That’s why Muslims are not allowed to read the holy books that have been altered. Just like other holy books of Allah, the message of the Injeel is also preserved in the message of the Holy Quran. In Quran Allah Almighty says:

وَقَفَّيْنَا عَلَىٰ آثَارِهِم بِعِيسَى ابْنِ مَرْيَمَ مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَآتَيْنَاهُ الْإِنجِيلَ فِيهِ هُدًى وَنُورٌ وَمُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَهُدًى وَمَوْعِظَةً لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ

“And We sent on their footsteps Isa, son (of) Maryam, confirming what (was) before him of the Taurat, and We gave him the Injeel, in it (was) Guidance and light and confirming what (was) before him of the Taurat and a Guidance and an admonition for the God-conscious.” (Surah Al-Ma`idah 5:46)

In Muslim belief, Isa or Jesus, the son of Mary, is considered to be the prophet immediately preceding the Prophet of Islam. His birth was miraculous and by the grace of God, he was endowed with a life-giving spirit. Both he and his pious mother, Mary, are mentioned in the Quran many times. Allah says:

“We sent after them Jesus, the son of Mary, and bestowed on him the Gospel; and We ordained in the hearts of those who followed him compassion and mercy.” (Quran, 57:27)

This particular verse of the Quran very clearly states that the Prophet Jesus was given the real Injil, which stressed the compassion and mercy of God. Most of the time, whenever mentioned in the Quran, Injil is coupled with the Towrah or the law given to Moses. But there is always emphasis on the continuity of revelation and its culmination with the final revelation that is the Quran. Allah says:

مِن قَبْلُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَأَنزَلَ الْفُرْقَانَ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ وَاللَّهُ عَزِيزٌ ذُو انتِقَامٍ

“Before (this), (as) guidance for mankind. And (He) revealed the Criterion. Verily, those who disbelieve[d] in (the) Verses of Allah, for them (is) a punishment severe. And Allah (is) All-Mighty, All-Able (of) retribution.” (Surah l-Imran 3:4)

The Injil mentioned in the Quran is not exactly what the Christians today consider their scripture, the Gospel of the Bible. The Injil was the book revealed to the Prophet Isa himself and it is that book, which is mentioned in the Quran. The Gospel of the Christians is a compilation made one hundred years after the prophethood of Isa and was written down in Greek. Allah says:

“And God will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Towrah and the Gospel.” (Quran, 3:48)

Besides the Gospels attributed to the four apostles (John, Luke, Mark, and Matthew), it contains letters of Paul and Peter to the early Christian communities, as well as other written material. That is why the Quran and the traditions often refer to the corruption of the original scriptures. All heavenly books were sent by God for the guidance of mankind and to enable their adherents to judge all issues according to the divine laws as outlined in these Books.

THE NOBLE QUR’AN: One must hold the following beliefs concerning it:

One must believe that the Qur’an is the Speech of Allah which Jibreel (Gabriel) (a) brought to Muhammad (s) in a clear Arabic language. Allah says: The Trustworthy Spirit has brought it down, Upon your heart, [O Muhammad] – that you may be of the warners – In a clear Arabic language.. (26:193-195)
One must believe that the Qur’an is the last of the Heavenly Books, which confirms the previous Books concerning the Message of Tawheed and the obligation to worship and obey Him. All previous Books were abrogated by the Qur’an. Allah (y) says: [It is] He has sent down upon you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel. Before, as guidance for the people. And He revealed the Qur’an. Indeed, those who disbelieve in the verses of Allah will have a severe punishment, and Allah is exalted in Might, the Owner of Retribution. (3:3-4)
One must believe that the Qur’an contains all divine laws. Allah says: This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as a religion. (5:3)
One must believe that it was revealed to mankind at large; not to a specific nation, as were previously revealed in Heavenly Books. Allah says: And We have not sent you except comprehensively to mankind as a bringer of good tidings and a warner. But most of the people do not know. (34:28)
One must believe that Allah has preserved the Qur’an from all distortions, adulterations, additions, or impairments. Allah says: Indeed, We have sent down the revelation and surely, We shall guard it [from distortion]. (15:9)

The Holy Quran

The Quran, the Book of God, enshrines teachings, which were the same as were to be found in previously revealed scriptures. But these ancient scriptures are no longer preserved in their original state. Later additions and deletions have rendered them unreliable, whereas the Quran, preserved in its original state, is reliable. Allah says:

وَأَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ بِالْحَقِّ مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ وَمُهَيْمِنًا عَلَيْهِ فَاحْكُم بَيْنَهُم بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللّهُ وَلاَ تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءهُمْ عَمَّا جَاءكَ مِنَ الْحَقِّ

And [O Prophet!] We have revealed to you the Book with the truth in confirmation of the Book before it and standing as a guardian over it. Therefore, give judgment among men according to the guidance revealed by God and do not yield to their whims by swerving from the truth revealed to you. (Quran, 5:48)

The Quran has 114 chapters. Its contents, in a nutshell, our a belief in one God, and considering oneself answerable to Him; the firm belief that the guidance sent by God through the Prophet Muhammad is the truth and that man’s eternal salvation rests thereon. The Quran is a sacred book sent by the Lord of all creation. It is a book for all human beings because it has been sent by that Divine Being who is the God of all of us. Allah says:

Say: “What thing is most weighty in evidence?” Say: “(Allah) is a witness between me and you; This Qur’an hath been revealed to me by inspiration, that I may warn you and all whom it reaches. Can ye possibly bear witness that besides Allah there is another Allah?” Say: “Nay! I cannot bear witness!” Say: “But in truth, He is the one Allah, and I truly am innocent of (your blasphemy of) joining others with Him.” (Surah Al-Anam, 19)

The position of the Quran is not just that it is one of the many revealed scriptures but that it is the only authentic divine Book. All the other Books, due to human additions and deletions, have been rendered historically unreliable. When a believer in the previously revealed scripture turns to the Quran, it does not mean that he is rejecting his own belief but rather amounts to his having rediscovered his faith in an authentic form. Allah says:

“This Qur’an is not such as can be produced by other than Allah. on the contrary, it is a confirmation of (revelations) that went before it, and a fuller explanation of the Book – wherein there is no doubt – from the Lord of the worlds.” (Surah Yunus, 37)

The Quran is no new heavenly scripture. It is only an authentic edition of the previous heavenly scriptures. In this respect, the Quran is a book for all human beings, of all nations. It is the expression of God’s mercy for one and all. It is a complete message sent by God for every one of us. The Quran is a light of guidance for all the world just as the sun is the source of light and heat for all the world. Allah says:

“O ye who believe! Ask not questions about things which, if made plain to you, may cause you trouble|. But if ye ask about things when the Qur’an is being revealed, they will be made plain to you, Allah will forgive those: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Forbearing.” (Surah Al-MaÂ’ida, 101)

According to the Quran, Islam means submission. The religion of Islam is so named because it is based on obedience to God. A true believer in Islam is one who subordinates his thinking to God, who follows God’s dictates in all aspects of his life. Islam is the religion of the entire universe, for the entire universe and all its parts are functioning by the law laid down by God. But when Our Clear Signs are rehearsed unto them, those who rest not their hope on their meeting with Us. Allah says:

Say: “Bring us a reading other than this, or change this,” Say: “It is not for me, of my own accord, to change it: I follow nought but what is revealed unto me: if I were to disobey my Lord, I should myself fear the Penalty of a Great Day (to come).” (Surah Yunus, 15)

Such behaviour is also desired of man. A man should also lead his life as God’s obedient servant just as the rest of the universe is fully subservient to God. The only difference is that the universe has submitted to God compulsorily, while man is required to submit to the will of God by his own choice. When man adopts Islam, first of all, it is his thinking which is affected by Islam, then his desires, his feelings, his interests, his relations, his love, and his hatred. All are coloured by his obedience to God’s will. Allah Almighty says in Quran:

وَأَنزَلْنَا مَعَهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْمِيزَانَ لِيَقُومَ النَّاسُ بِالْقِسْطِ 

“And with these [Messengers] We sent down Our Book which is the Judge [between the right and the wrong] so that [through it] people can adhere to justice [regarding religion].” (Quran, 57:25)

We can list the importance of Holy Books as follows:

  1. Allah sent books to balance the declines and downfalls
  2.  Allah guide men to the right path and the true direction
  3. Allah granted men a lot of organs and feelings
  4. Allah sent books to balance the falls and rises
  5. Allah offers abundant gifts and grants
  6. Allah created  food for the stomach
  7. Allah laid blessings for each organ
  8. Allah created the sun for the eyes
  9. Allah created the air for the lungs
  10. Allah grants the man a nafs (soul)
  11. Allah is the attribute of speech
  12. Allah’s protection from Satan
  13. Allah has endless generosity
  14. Allah has endless blessings
  15. Allah is the Eternal Speaker
  16. Allah is Most Gracious
  17. Quran is the last Holy Book
  18. Quran is ‘Huda’, the guiding light
  19. Quran is the word of Allah directly
  20. Quran is a material and spiritual guide 
  21. Quran contains all kinds of principles
  22. Quran translated the book of the universe
  23. Quran is a pearl of the Holy Book wisdom
  24. Quran focuses divine light on every object 
  25. Quran contains all creed, deeds, and ethics
  26. Quran is accomplished by dint of knowledge
  27. Quran separating thereby the right from the wrong
  28. Quran is a miracle in terms of its words and meaning
  29. Quran told us about His attributes, names, and deeds
  30. Quran informed about humans and described our Lord
  31. Quran is the whole of not only meaning but also words
  32. Quran was revealed into the heart of the Prophet (PBUH)
  33. Quranic context, knowledge, carries a great significance

Allah’s Holy Books develop and improve spirits, give light and direction to minds and give happiness to life. Truth and falsehood. This means divine guidance, which leads a man out of the darkness of the wrong path and puts him in the light of the straight path. In this way, God has arranged for the guidance of man through His messenger. Allah says:

“We do relate unto thee the most beautiful of stories, in that We reveal to thee this (portion of the) Qur’an: before this, thou too was among those who knew it not.” (Surah Yusuf, 3)

But God’s guidebook can provide guidance in the real sense only when a man is anxious about his fate in the Hereafter. This anxiety makes him so serious that he attaches more importance to Truth and righteousness than to any other thing. Allah says:

“Had We sent down this Qur’an on a mountain, verily, thou wouldst have seen it humble itself and cleave asunder for fear of Allah. Such are the similitudes which We propound to men, that they may reflect.” (Surah Al-Hashr, 21)

There is a need for prophets to show the right path and heavenly books to teach men the truth and reality. Allah sent books to balance the falls and rises and the declines and downfalls and also to guide men to the right path and the line of true direction. Allah gave the books to the prophets and explained people the mystery of this world through the prophets and answered the questions of the creation.

Allah Almighty says in The Holy Quran:

  • “Allah Most Gracious!” (Surah Ar-Rahman, 1)
  • “Day, this is a Glorious Qur’an.” (Surah Al-Buruj, 21)
  • “It is He Who has taught the Qur’an.” (Surah Ar-Rahman, 2)
  • “It is for Us to collect it and to promulgate it” (Surah Al-Qiyama, 17)
  • “That this is indeed a Qur’an Most Honourable.” (Surah Al-Waqia, 77)
  • “By the Glorious Qur’an (Thou art Allah.s Messenger..” (Surah Qaf, 1)
  • “It is We Who have sent down the Qur’an to thee by stages.” (Surah Al-Insan, 23)
  • “What then is the matter with them, that they believe not?” (Surah Al-Inshiqaq, 20)
  • “And he swore to them both, that he was their sincere adviser.” (Surah Al-Araf, 21)
  • “And when the Qur’an is read to them, they fall not prostrate.” (Surah Al-Inshiqaq, 21)
  • “(So also on such) as have made Qur’an into shreds (as they please).” (Surah Al-Hijr, 91)
  • “We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an, so that ye may learn wisdom.” (Surah Yusuf, 2)
  • “A.L.R.These are the Ayats of Revelation,- of a Qur’an that makes things clear.” (Surah Al-Hijr, 1)
  • “But when We have promulgated it, follow thou its recital (as promulgated).” (Surah Al-Qiyama, 18)
  • “We have explained (things) in various (ways) in this Qur’an, so that they may receive admonition, but it only increases their flight (from the Truth)!” (Surah Al-Isra, 41)
  • “Our Lord! We have wronged our souls: If thou forgive us not and bestow not upon us Thy Mercy, we shall certainly be lost.” (Surah Al-Araf, 23)
  • “When thou dost recite the Qur’an, We put, between thee and those who believe not in the Hereafter, a veil invisible.” (Surah Al-Isra, 45)
  • “When thou dost read the Qur’an, seek Allah’s protection from Satan the rejected one.” (Surah An-Nahl, 98)
  • “And We have bestowed upon thee the Seven Oft-repeated (verses) and the Grand Qur’an.” (Surah Al-Hijr, 87)
  • “(Of just such wrath) as We sent down on those who divided (Scripture into arbitrary parts).” (Surah Al-Hijr, 90)
  • “Verily this Qur’an doth guide to that which is most right (or stable), and giveth the Glad Tidings to the Believers who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a magnificent reward.” (Surah Al-Isra, 9)

The Merits Of Belief In Allah’s Books

  • One would realize the mercy and love Allah has for His servants; since He revealed to them Books that guide them to the path which leads to His pleasure. He safeguarded man from confusion and the evil of Shaytaan.
  • One would realize the great wisdom of Allah; since He gave each nation a set of laws that suited them during their times.
  • To distinguish true believers from those who are not. It is incumbent upon one who believes in his Book to believe in the other Heavenly Books.
  • To increase the good deeds of the believers; for the one who believes in his Book and the Books that came after his Book, would receive his reward twice. Allah (y) says:

إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ

“It was We that revealed the Reminder, and shall Ourself preserve it.” (15:9)

Being a Muslim we must believe in all the heavenly books and also believe that they are from Allah Almighty. It is not lawful for him to accept by its laws since these divine books were revealed to certain nations at certain times. It is necessary for those who believe in the Holy Quran to believe in the other Heavenly Books. But we should remember one thing the belief of the Muslims in the “Books of Allah” refers solely to the ‘original guidance’ received by their Prophets, and not to the present-day version of these Holy Books except the Holy Quran:

وَجَعَلْنَا عَلَىٰ قُلُوبِهِمْ أَكِنَّةً أَن يَفْقَهُوهُ وَفِي آذَانِهِمْ وَقْرًا وَإِذَا ذَكَرْتَ رَبَّكَ فِي الْقُرْآنِ وَحْدَهُ وَلَّوْا عَلَىٰ أَدْبَارِهِمْ نُفُورًا

“And We have placed over their hearts coverings, lest they understand it, and in their ears deafness. And when you mention your Lord in the Quran Alone, they turn on their backs (in) aversion.” (Surah Al-Isra, 17:46)

Man, as the Quran tells us, is God’s servant. Indeed, the only proper way for man to live in this world is to live as the servant of God. Islam is another name for this life of servitude to God. Where the Islamic life is devoted to the service of God, the un-Islamic life unashamedly flouts the will of God. Islam teaches a man to lead an obedient life and surrender himself completely to the will of God. It is people who do so who will share God’s blessings in the next world. This is the essence of the teachings of the Quran.