Misconception: The Quran reject previous scriptures(e.g. The Bible)
The Quran mentions previous scriptures and
regards itself as a continuation in this line of
revelation. It is the final and ultimate guard/criterion
over previous scripture:
And We sent in their footsteps
Jesus, son of Mary, authenticating what was present with
him of the Torah. And We gave him the Injeel/Gospel, in
it is a guidance and a light and authenticating what was
present with him of the Torah, and a guidance and an
admonition for the righteous.
And let the people of the Injeel/Gospel judge with what
God has sent down in it. And whoever does not judge with
what God has sent down, then these are the wicked.
And We have sent down to you the decree with the truth,
authenticating what is between your hands of the decree
and as a guardian/superintendent over it. So judge
between them by what God has sent down, and do not
follow their desires, when has come to you of the truth.
For each of you We have made a law and an open way; and
if God had willed, He would have made you all one
nation, but He tests you with what He has given you; so
strive to do good. To God you will return all of you,
and He will inform you regarding that in which you
It states that SOME of the
followers of previous revelations became misguided due to
distorting/adding parts to what was revealed to them
[2:75, 2:79], and following some parts and not others
[2:78, 5:15, 5:43-44].
For example the doctrine of Trinity is not explicitly taught in
The Bible and is a later addition, please see the following
entry (and research 'Comma Johanneum'):
However, The Quran clearly states that some
remained true to the original message in the previous scriptures
and they still contain truth [3:113-115, 5:43, 5:65-66, 32:23].
For example, it speaks about what was given to Moses in a
But when the truth came to them from Us,
they said: "If only he (the messenger)
was given the same that was given to Moses!" Had they not
rejected what was given to Moses before? They had said: "Two
magicians assisting one another." And they said: "We reject
all these things."
Say: "Then bring forth a decree/book from God that is better
than both of them* in
guidance so I may follow it, if you are truthful."
[28:48-49] *i.e. the scriptures given to prophet Moses and prophet
Summary: A recurrent theme in The Quran
is that the human being is oft forgetful, thus periodic reminders
(e.g. Torah/tawrat, Gospels/injeel, Psalms/zaboor, Quran) are sent
to reaffirm the covenant with God. This gives us a
pluralistic/inclusive perspective in which to view all revelations
from God - every scripture revealed to mankind on earth is
ultimately a recognition, renewal, and continuation of this