It all started from this verse of Qur’an:
So woe to those who write the “scripture” with their own hands, then say, “This is from Allah ,” in order to exchange it for a small price. Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn.[ Quran 2:79]
Now,following are the questions Christians ask Muslims it’s been said that their scripture is corrupted-:
When was it corrupted? [Before or after Muhammad]?
Who did it ?
Where was it done? [city, country, …?]
What parts of the text were changed?
How was it done [i.e. without leaving traces of it]?
Why was it done?
Dear Muslims if you ponder upon those 5 questions of Christians mentioned above you will learn that how ignorant many Christians are regarding Islam’s stance towards the Christian and Jewish scriptures.You can also see that Christians think that Islam teaches that there was once an originally inspired Bible and then that Bible over time became corrupted.So that would imply that Muslims believe that there was once an originally inspired Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John or book of Corinthians, Ephesians, etc. and then these books became corrupted over time.This is absolutely false. This is not what Muslims believe.Islam simply states that there originally were inspired revelations sent down to Prophets David, Moses, Jesus, etc. (peace be upon them all) (see Surah 2:136-137) and that these revelations were distorted over time either by misinterpretation or by textual corruption by mixing the true inspired words with false ones.
As we read in Qur’an:
And indeed, there is among them a party who alter the Scripture with their tongues so you may think it is from the Scripture, but it is not from the Scripture. And they say, “This is from Allah ,” but it is not from Allah . And they speak untruth about Allah while they know.[3:78]
So, that’s it.The verse says it all.
Once and for All lets understand the term “INJEEL” in Qur’an briefly.
The term Injeel, in the Quran, the equivalent of the Gospel (in the singular form) should not be equated with the four Gospels. The Quran speaks of the word of God, not the word of Mark, Luke, Matthew, and John. That is not the word of God, that’s their own biographies.What the Quran speaks of is the revelation given to Prophet Jesus, peace be upon him, something that he was guided by divine revelation.The main problem with Christians is that they fail to identify and understand how the Qur’an uses the terms ‘Torah’ and ‘Gospel’ in the Qur’an. When the Qur’an talks about the Torah and Gospel, one of its intentions is to speak about the original revelations sent to Moses and Jesus peace be upon them both respectively. So,One needs to understand how the Qur’an uses the word “Gospel” and needs to bear in mind the fact that the early Muslims did not believe or understand the Qur’an to be saying that the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John are inspired. So the Qur’an is quite clear regarding the fact that the divine Gospel was one REVEALED TO Jesus (peace be upon him) and not books WRITTEN ABOUT Jesus (peace be upon him). Popularly understood four Gospels in the New Testament are not the same Injîl revealed by Allâh to ‘Isâ(jesus).So, Muslims believe that al-Injeel (the gospel) was revealed to Jesus Christ. By Injeel we mean the collection of revelations received by Jesus Christ from God. And Nowhere does the Qur’an refer to the Injeel revealed to Jesus (peace be upon him) as some sort of documented book. They were not and they are not available now in the form of a book. What we have is a collection of twenty seven books called the New Testament. The first four books of the New Testament are called the Gospels.
Thus, the definition of Gospel or Torah in the Islamic perspective is different from the Christian’s all together. Also, there is no Christian that believes the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John were revealed to Jesus, but only written after his death. Therefore, Muslims are clearly speaking about other revelations than what Christians have in mind.
To understand the term Injeel in detail click here.
So Muslims do not believe that there originally were inspired Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and that they then became corrupted over time.But,we believe in the original Gospel revealed to Jesus (peace be upon him), however some of his true teachings found their way into these Gospels written by people after him. The same applies to Moses (peace be upon him).What we have now in Bible is remnants of original Injeel. Nowhere does the Qur’an refer to the Injeel revealed to Jesus (peace be upon him) as some sort of documented book. Rather, they were the teachings (revealed of course) of Jesus (peace be upon him) of which some of them could have found their way to the four gospels and possibly even other documents unknown to us today. Moreover Gospels were not written duing the lifetime of Jesus.And, Jesus never ordered his disciples to write it down on .Thus, we believe that true parts of the word of God are in the Bible because they found their way there to be present in them. In order to distinguish what is true and false we use the Qur’an and authentic Prophetic traditions as our criterion.
Christians also need to stop thinking that they are somehow ‘scoring points’ when Muslims don’t present to them earlier Biblical manuscript evidence that shows that the ‘true Bible’ is different than theirs. We don’t even believe that the majority of the Biblical authors are inspired to begin with.
Muslims won’t even care if Christians have the original manuscripts of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. We don’t even know who these people are in the first place (in the sense that we are not sure of the reliability of the authorship of these Gospels)
So,that’s it folks.