SIMILAR CORRUPTIONS ALSO EXIST IN JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY 43 – And how do they make you a judge and they have the Torah wherein is God’s judgment? 5 The Feast, 43
47 – The people of the Gospel shall judge in accordance with God’s revelations therein. And those who do not judge in accordance with what God has revealed are transgressors. 5 The Feast, 47
Prior to Islam, God had also sent down books through His prophets, requesting them to live by them. The Jews had received the Torah that contained all the details they were supposed to know. Yet God’s Word failed to satisfy them. Their scrupulous attention to detail described in verses 67 and 71 of Sura Bakarah continued after the death of Moses. They produced the Mishnah and the Gamara. Islam then is not the only religion wherein false attributions have been made to smother the religion in details under the guise of hadiths and sunna, the code of behavior of the Prophet. According to the Quran, Christians took Christ for God and priests as their lords, and there came a time when they themselves lost faith in the priesthood they had fabricated. Parables in the Quran are meant to indicate certain truths. There are people who believe that they should not be mixed up with the Jews and the Christians. Yet, people who style themselves as ‘authorities’ are in no way sanctioned by the Quran. All their evidence consists of assumptions. Evidences are their very selves. They are ‘pluralists.’ Their argument is based on the fact that since great masses believe in traditions they cannot possibly err. While the majority of Christians literally take Jesus Christ as the ‘Son of God,’ there are also Christians who interpret this expression as a simile, believing that God cannot possibly beget children, and consequently, Christ could not be the Son of God, but a man who was among the chosen who enjoyed divine favor and was a prophet like all other prophets. How should we arbitrate between these ingenious arguments? Should one side with the minority or with the Catholic and Orthodox ecclesiastics who maintain that Jesus is the Son of God? Moreover, the number of those who claim him to be the Son of God is greater than the Muslim traditionalists. The contention of the Christian majority may be formulated with the following words: “Look how many men have acknowledged Christ as the Son of God. Our saints were holy men who had devoted themselves to preach the Gospel and act according to it. How can we say that they have been in error and you, in the minority who claim to be wiser than our saints, spiritual guides and priests, speak the truth?” Muslim traditionalists are in a similar position. The verses of the Quran clearly indicate that imitation of the majority would lead man to perdition. (See Chapter 11 for Caliph Omar’s burning the hadiths saying: “the Mishnah of my community”, Chapter 29 for issues related to the Christians and Jews; and Chapter 33 about those who side with pluralism.)
34 – We have sent down to you verses making things evident and examples from the past generations, and a warning for those who take heed for themselves. 24 The Light, 34
42 – …that those who died might die after an evidence and those who lived might live after an evidence. 4 The Spoils of War, 42
Evidences according to the Quran must be explicit. Practices, based on traditions, conventions, customs and usage, are not sanctioned; general approval, no matter how wide it is, is not compatible with the Quran. The Quran is evidence itself. Those who adopt the Quran as the source of Islam are on the straight path.