Topic: Reading the Gospels

sajid_chauhan_81    -- 13-04-2009 @ 6:58 PM
  Reading the Bible

The Second Question of Fatwa no. 8852

Q: What is the ruling on reading the Bible?

A: The Divine Books revealed before the Qur'an now include many distortions, alterations, and omissions, as Allah says in the Qur'an.

Therefore, it is not permissible for Muslims to read any of these Books, unless they have deep-rooted knowledge of the Din (religion) and want to explain the distortions and inconsistencies in these books.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'
`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz
`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan
`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud

sajid_chauhan_81    -- 22-04-2009 @ 5:26 PM
  Q: What is the ruling on a Muslim who reads the Bible or swears by it?

A: It is not permissible for a Muslim to read the Bible as it has almost entirely undergone interpolation. Even the parts of the Bible that have undergone no interpolation are needless as the Qur'an replaces them. This ruling is not applicable to scholars who need to read it in order to refute the claims of the People of the Book.

It is not permissible either to swear by the Bible in its present form as it has undergone partial interpolation and distortion, and thus cannot be the words of Allah (may He be Glorified and Exalted).

Excerpt from

Are Dr. Zakir Naik and other orators, 'Scholars' who need to read not only the Bible but books of other religions to refute those people? Or should these people sit at the feet of the Ulemah and learn from them and seek knowledge before giving "Dawah"?

May Allah guide those who have joined or support Dr. Naik's organization (Islamic Research Foundation - IRF) and the Muslims who are zealous for giving Da'wah before they arm themselves with the knowledge of the correct manhaj and manners. Aameen.

sajid_chauhan_81    -- 27-04-2009 @ 9:56 PM
  An example of a Scholar who is allowed to read the books of non-Muslims and refute them is Allamah Taqiuddeen al-Hilali rahimahullah and mashAllah he did a very good job with that.

sajid_chauhan_81    -- 06-07-2009 @ 6:32 PM
  Another example of a Scholar who refuted the Christians partially using their Bible is Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah. See

sajid_chauhan_81    -- 16-07-2009 @ 5:29 AM
  Ruling on Reading the Tawrah and the Injil by Shaykh Ibn Baz rahimahullah

Q - Is it permissible for me as a Muslim to leaf through the Injil (Gospel) and read in it, just to have a look, and not for any other purpose? Does believing in the Divine Books mean believing in their being revealed by Allah or believing in their content? Please enlighten me, may Allah enlighten you!

A: Every Muslim should believe that these books: the Tawrah (Torah), the Injil (Gospel), and the Zabur (Psalms), were revealed by Allah, and that Allah revealed them to His Prophets. Included in these Books were: commands, prohibitions, admonitions, warnings, stories of ancient events, information on Paradise and Hell, and other matters. However, Muslims should not use these books as they have been distorted and altered, and they should not own copies of them, or read in them. They pose a danger in that they may lead Muslims to deny a truth or believe in a falsehood, because they have been distorted, altered, and falsified by the Jews, the Christians and others; whereas Allah has made us stand in no need of them, by the great Book He revealed: the Noble Qurıan.

It is reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saw a portion of the Tawrah in the hands of ıUmar, so he became angry and said: ıAre you confused about it, O Ibn Al-Khattab? By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, I brought it to you white and pure.ı And he added, ıBy the One in Whose Hand is my soul, if Musa (Moses) were alive, he could not but follow me.ı

We just want to advise you, and others, not to take anything from the Tawrah, the Injil, and the Zabur, not to acquire copies of them, and not to read in them.

Rather, if you have any of them, bury or burn it, because the truth that was in them has been given, instead, in the Qurıan; they are now so mixed with changes and distortions, which are all condemned and false. Therefore, the believer must be on his guard against this, and beware of reading these books for they may lead to belief in a falsehood or denial of a truth. To be safe, it is better to just dispose of these books, either by burying or burning them.

Knowledgeable Muslim scholars are permitted to look at these books to refute the allegations of the opponents of Islam from among the Jews and the Christians. This was what the Prophet (peace be upon him) did when the Jews denied that stoning of adulterers was the punishment prescribed in the Tawrah, so he asked for a copy of the Tawrah until they finally acknowledged it.

The reason for this is that the scholars, who are knowledgeable about the Shariıah (Islamic law), may need to read the Tawrah, the Injil, and the Zabur for the sake of Islam, to refute allegations from the opponents of Allah and show the merits of the Qurıan and the truth and guidance it contains. As for ordinary people, they do not need to do this. So, if they have any of these books, they should bury them in a pure place or burn them to avoid misleading anyone through them.

Nur 'Ala Al-Darb Fatwa

sajid_chauhan_81    -- 24-08-2009 @ 8:22 PM
  Click here to read a sample from the works of [url=]Allamah al-Hilali rahimahullah[/url] that I have referred to in one of my above posts.

Tahweed01    -- 13-12-2009 @ 6:18 PM
  Asalamalaikum wrb

Yes but even the scholars- how can they refute the ahle kitab with their books which are corrupted, do you see what i mean?

If they are corrupted-how can we prove anything by them?

Say some of it is still reliable and those verses are used to refute the jews and isaihi, how can you tell which verses are corrupt and which arent?

I dont understand this and so hesitate to talk to christians because on one hand their books are edited etc an on the other scholars use them to refute them .

Please help me, im so confused about this and it is affecting my dawah

sajid_chauhan_81    -- 14-03-2010 @ 4:53 AM
  Q: Is it permissible for Muslims to  read the Injil (Gospel) to know how far it is distorted?

A: It is not permissible for a believer to read the Tawrah (Torah) and Injil, even though they were distorted and changed and Allah (may He be Glorified) has given Muslims what is best, which is the Noble Qur'an that has been preserved from any change or distortion. Moreover, the Shari`ah (Islamic law) has abrogated all other earlier laws, and it is the perfect, the greatest, and the most useful to the Servants of Allah. Allah (may He be Exalted) states:Surah Al-Ma'idah, 5: 3 This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islım as your religion.

Allah (may He be Glorified) addressed His Prophet (peace be upon him) stating:Surah Al-Jathiyah, 45: 18 Then We have put you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) on a (plain) way of (Our) commandment [like the one which We commanded Our Messengers before you (i.e. legal ways and laws of the Islımic Monotheism)]. So follow you that (Islımic Monotheism and its laws), and follow not the desires of those who know not. (Tafsir At-Tabarı). It was authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he saw `Umar ibn Al-Khattab holding some pages of the Tawrah. He, thus, became angry and said: Are you doubtful regarding it (Islam) O Ibn Al-Khattab? By Him in Whose Hand is my life, I have brought it to you plain and pure... By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if Musa (Moses) was alive he would have followed me. (Related by Imam Ahmad in his Musnad (Hadith compilation)).

We, thus, advise you to increase your recitation of the Qur'an, take care of it, and act according to its teachings, for it will definitely suffice you from reading the earlier books revealed by Allah.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta' fatwas Group 2, Vol. 3,Page No. 123

dawud-ASWJ    -- 30-05-2010 @ 3:53 PM
  sister bint imran, the ulema use the books of the ahlul kitab in order to prove that their books have been distorted and changed and similar things. For example isa alayhi salaam quotes the torah sometimes in the injil but yet if you check his quotes against the torah itself you'll  see the quotes have changed thus proving that the books have been corrupted. There are good articles on this on the spubs website

anything good was from allah. All errors were from myself and satan

jazakum allahu khair

assalamu alaykum wa rahmah tullahi wa barakatuhu

sajid_chauhan_81    -- 07-08-2010 @ 2:55 PM
Reading the books of the People of the Book

Fatwa no.  20784

All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Seal of all prophets. To proceed:

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta' has reviewed the question submitted to His Eminence the Grand Mufty (Islamic scholar qualified to issue legal opinions), from his Excellency the Director General of the Worldwide Association for introducing Islam Mr. Muhammad Hussayn Dhul-Qarnayn which was referred to the Committee from the Secretariat General of the Council of Senior Scholars with the No. 492, dated 22/1/1420 A.H. The question is as follows:

The present Holy Books, which include what is called the Holy Bible and others contain falsehood, aberrance, and lies such as crucifixion and divinity of Jesus, and the Trinity. However, they give glad tidings of our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Collecting and publishing such information leads to great benefits, such as:

- Calling the Christians to Islam through showing them the inconsistency and the weakness of their beliefs and presenting the merits of Islam on the other hand.

- Resisting the Christian missionary activity. Showing the feebleness and the voidance of Christianity through evidence taken from their books is the strongest and most effective way to repel the attempts of Christianizing the weak and the poor Muslims or the atheists and the pagans.

Undoubtedly, collecting and documenting such information needs analytical, close, and deliberate study of the books which are circulated among the Christians, so that the Du'ah (callers to Islam) can establish documented and strong proofs. However, the Worldwide Association for introducing Islam have referred to some Du'ah who said that it is not Mashru' (Islamically permissible) to study the Injil (Gospel) or quote from it during discussions with the Christians. Likewise, it is not Mashru' to study comparative religion, because this is all Bid'ah (innovation in religion) and the Du'ah should call the People of the Book only through the Qur'an and the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet).

The Association replied that the Noble Qur'an and the authentic Sunnah contradict the Christian beliefs. The Qur'an calls the People of the Book to Tawhid (belief in the Oneness of Allah/ monotheism), which is a common matter between them and Muslims, but it argues with them over their other beliefs and asks them to provide evidence. Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says: (Surah Al-'Imran, 3: 64) Say (O Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)): "O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians): Come to a word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partners with Him, and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allah. Then, if they turn away, say: "Bear witness that we are Muslims." And: (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 111) And they say, "None shall enter Paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian." These are their own desires. Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), "Produce your proof if you are truthful." And: (Surah Al-'Imran, 3: 93) All food was lawful to the Children of Israel, except what Israel made unlawful for himself before the Taurat (Torah) was revealed. Say (O Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)): "Bring here the Taurat (Torah) and recite it, if you are truthful."

It was reported on the authority of Ibn 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) that he said: The Jews came to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), and mentioned to him that a man and woman from among them had committed Zina (sexual intercourse outside marriage). The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) asked them: "What do you find in the Tawrah (Torah) about stoning? (Related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim) The question which the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) directed to them was to force them to admit the evidence which they know from their book and which is in conformity to the Shari'ah (Islamic law) and to demonstrate the truth mentioned in the Book of Allah (i.e. Tawrah), which they concealed, distorted, and altered. Thus, they did not want to apply the Tawrah laws but Allah (Exalted be He) exposed them.

(Manhaj Al-Rasul fi Da'wat Ahlul-Kitab, by Muhammad ibn Sidy ibn Al-Habib Al-Shinqity, first edition, vol. 1, Amin Muhammad Ahmad Salim Library, Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah).

Besides, many Imams and scholars such as: Imam Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah, Imam Muhammad Al-Ghazaly, and Imam ibn Hazm (may Allah be merciful to them) discussed these different creeds and religions and compared them to Islam. Many books were also written in this regard to disclose the aberrance and falsehood of these religions such as Izhhar Al-Haqq by Shaykh Rahmat Allah Kairanawy Al-Hindy. These books proved its importance and benefits, Your Eminence.

The question is: Is it permissible to study the books of the Christians for the mentioned reasons and for quoting them when necessary? Is it permissible to teach comparative religion at the Da'wah institutions and for the knowledge seekers in the countries of Islamic minorities? Please advise us.

After the Committee had reviewed the question, it replied that it is not permissible for anyone to read the books of the People of the Book that contradict Islam except for the scholars to refute the falsehood of these books. On the other hand, it is not permissible for those who are not qualified to read such books so that they would not influence them. It is also not permissible to teach these books to seekers of knowledge out of comparing it to Islam. Seekers of Knowledge should only study Islamic books as they include refutation of their falsehood and nullification of their claims.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Permanent Committee Fatwas Group 2 vol. 11 pg. 24-27

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