As days roll on and years passing by, I get to hear bizarre claims from frustrated Christian missionaries and bigots against Qur’an. Today a Christian bigot said to me that the Qur’an 2:2 endorses Bible. He went to say further that the Arabic word ‘ZALIKA’ means ‘That’ not ‘This’ and hence it is a mis-translation. And therefore correct translation is, ‘That is the book which there is no doubt’ and hence this refers to Bible. And he concluded by saying that Bible is the book where there is no doubt.
Such an outlandish and bizarre claim!! I am sure that this person is very dishonest, cheap and ignorant and has never tried to understand Qur’an. This a clear proof that when one’s heart is closed, the truth will have no impact on it. Well let’s analyze and refute his claim. So the verse in Hand is:
“This is the Book about which there is no doubt,…..” [Qur’an 2:2]
Well I agree with him that Arabic Word ‘Zalika’ means “that,” and not “this. But, that doesn’t means this verse is referring bible. In this particular verse Quran refers to itself as “that” rather than “this” to give a sense of its position with regard to the reader. It’s in a higher position. Allah has referred to His Quran using the word “Zalik” (that), since it is considered lofty and exalted in the hearts of the believers. This is what is called subtle indication. Moreover the Christian failed to see beyond the one Verse, and made a wrong claim that ZALIK AL-KITAB refers to Bible. This is absolutely wrong. As the verse continues further and went on to say:
“a guidance for those conscious of Allah”
Now, the arabic word used here is ‘MUTTAQIN’,which is derived from singular form of noun called ‘MUTTAQUN’. “Al-Muttaqun” appears 41 times in 41 verses in Quran. As per Qur’an, ‘Muttaqun’ are those who believe in Allah, Last Day, Angels, Previous Prophets including Jesus, All the previous books sent by Allah, Prophet Muhammad, Qur’an and those who live up to the commandments of Qur’an. For reference see Qur’an 2:177.
Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah , the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous.[Qur’an 2:177]
Let me also give you a Tafseer on this particular verse:
Ibn `Abbas said about, ‘Al-Muttaqin’ that,” they are the believers who avoid Shirk with Allah and who work in His obedience.” Ibn `Abbas also said that Al-Muttaqin means, “Those who fear Allah’s punishment, which would result if they abandoned the true guidance that they recognize and know. They also hope in Allah’s mercy by believing in what He revealed.” Further, Qatadah said that,(Al-Muttaqin), are those whom Allah has described in His statement;(Who believe in the Ghayb and perform the Salah) (2:3), and the following Ayat. [Tafsir Ibn Kathir]
Now you all tell me Does Christians believe in Allah, and last day and angels, All the prophets? Does they pray like Muslims and fast like us, and Give Zakah? Does they fear Allah and conscious of his commandment? The answer is No! They don’t. Then how dare the Christians make such a bizarre claim???
Again the verse went on to say:
Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them, And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad]
Note the verse: And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad]
Now I ask you does christian believe in Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)?? No they don’t . Do they pray like Muslims?? No they don’t. Do they fast 30 days like us in Ramadan and in other parts of the month? No they don’t.
Lastly, can the christians give me any reference from authentic Islamic Sources that our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) understood ‘THALIK AL-KITAB’ as Bible? Can they give me any reference from authentic Islamic Sources that First four Caliphs of Islam and Prophet Muhammad’s other companions such as Abu Hurayrah, Ibn Abbas and others understood ‘ZALIK AL-KITAB’ as Bible?
No you won’t find any such thing even if you dig the entire earth!!
The Christians don’t know anything about Qur’an, its structure, use of words, contextual meaning so on and so forth and on the top of all this they come to comment on Qur’an!