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Why faking the Qur’an is a mission impossible

By SAYYID QUTB

Summary: Unlike the Bible and the (Jewish) Torah that are counterfeits of their original, Islam’s holy book has not had even a single word changed in it since its revelation 14 centuries ago. Allah said, “Verily We: It is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur'an) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption).”

Author Biography: Sayyid Qutb is the author of In the Shade of the Qur’an, a famous 20th Century commentary on the Qur’an from which this article is extracted.

When we look today, after the passage of many centuries, at the fulfillment of God’s promise to preserve the Qur’ān, we see a great miracle testifying to the fact that it is God’s book. We see that the circumstances and situations that it has endured over the centuries could not have left it intact, suffering no change of even a single sentence or a single word, without the interference of a superior power.

That power, which is greater than all situations, factors and circumstances, has preserved this book and kept it pure from change or distortion.

There was a time when many sects and groups sought to find support for their ideas in the Qur’ān and the Hadith [Hadith refers to the teachings of the Prophet, and these are not part of the Qur’an].  The resulting conflict was fuelled by the Jews, the diehard enemies of this faith, and by those who advocated nationalism. These were known in Islamic history as Shu`ūbiyyīn.

These groups sought to introduce foreign elements into the Sunnah (i.e Hadith).  Only the colossal efforts of scores of bright, pious and meticulous scholars, over several decades, purged the Hadith from that which did not belong to it.

In times of conflict and strife, such sects deliberately misinterpreted Qur’ānic verses, twisting Qur’ānic texts so that they could cite them in support of their views and rulings. But they were all, even in the darkest and hardest circumstances, totally unable to introduce a single change into the text of the Qur’ān, the book God has guaranteed to preserve.

Its text has remained exactly as it was revealed by God, providing a challenge to every would-be perpetrator of distortion. This is irrefutable testimony to the fact that this Qur’ān is God’s own book and He is the One who guarantees its preservation.

A guarantee for all time

Muslims generally have gone through a time, which we continue to endure these days, when they have been too weak to defend themselves, or their faith, way of life, land, honour, property, moral values or even their reasoning and intellectual faculties. Their enemies have managed to replace every moral value, sound belief, virtuous practice, and legal standard they have had with something foul and alien.

They have tempted Muslims to accept loose morality and shameless behaviour. What is more, such behaviour has been given attractive titles such as progress, advancement, secularism, freedom, breaking one’s shackles, revolution and innovation, etc. Muslims have thus become Muslims only by name. They have retained practically nothing of their profound faith. Hence, their power has been sapped, and they have become little more than the scum that floats on the surface of a river.

Yet in spite of all their attempts, the enemies of this religion have not been able to change the text of the Qur’ān, or to distort it. This is not due to any lack of motive.  They would indeed have loved dearly to alter its text if that were at all possible. But try as hard as they might, they have been unable to achieve their goal.

The enemies of this faith, particularly its Jewish elements, have utilized their great expertise, stretching over four thousand years, in scheming against the divine faith. Indeed, they have even been successful in many ways. For example, they succeeded in introducing some foreign elements into the Sunnah and the history of the Muslim nation.

They have been able to falsify events and even implant their own people within the Muslim community so that they could play roles they could not otherwise do. They managed to destroy states, communities, systems and laws, and to dress some of their traitors in a heroic guise so that they continued their destructive work against the Muslim community. Although they have done this throughout history, they have been more successful in modern times.

One thing, however, they have not been able to achieve, although circumstances appear to make it seem easy, is tamper with this preserved book, which receives no protection from people who allege to believe in it. This is yet further evidence, if any were needed, that this is God’s book. The fact that it has remained free of all distortion in spite of these conditions testifies to the fact that it was revealed by God Almighty.

At the time of the Prophet, this promise to preserve the Qur’ān intact sounded a mere promise. Today, however, after all these great events and long centuries, it is indeed a great miracle confirming the indisputable fact that it is God’s revealed book. No one disputes this fact except a stubborn, ignorant fool.  “Verily We: It is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur'an) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption).”(Q15:9)

God certainly tells the truth.

 

This is the author’s commentary on Q15:9 extracted from Vol. 10 of his IN THE SHADE OF THE QUR’AN.

 

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0 #1 Philip 2013-03-14 14:34
So allah language is Arabic and other laguages are not chosen??
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