It can be difficult to trust information on the internet and social media because it can be easily edited and falsified. It’s easier to trust that the words in books are true when there is an original manuscript.
Allah promised to keep His Word pure: “… We will assuredly guard it (from corruption)” (Qs 15:9). Are there parts of the Bible that are missing? What about the Quran?
Would our faith be incomplete if some parts were missing? Let’s find out.
Are Some Parts of the Bible Missing?
There are 66 books in the Bible. Some of the books mention other books. For example, 1 Kings 14:19 says, “… (some events) are written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel.”
Until now archeologists haven’t found a few books mentioned in the Bible. For example, the book of the annals of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah, Solomon’s history, David’s history, etc.
Christians would be thrilled if those books were found. But it’s actually not a problem if they aren’t found. How come?
- The Bible never declares those books to be the Word of Allah. They are just history books.
- From the beginning, Christians never considered those books as Allah’s Word.
- Isa Al-Masih never quoted those books.
- Archeologists have not found the Abraham scroll that is mentioned in the Quran, and Muslims still believe the Quran is perfect.
In the 1st century A.D., there were books that Christians universally accepted as Allah’s Word. And the missing books weren’t included. So, there are no missing books from the Bible.
Are there Missing Surahs or Verses in the Quran?
Muhammad considered Abdullah bin Mas’ud a prominent expert in the Quran during his era.
Abdullah bin Mas’ud said, “… There is not a single surah that was given from the Kitabullah, unless I am aware of it … and there is not a single verse from the Kitabullah, unless I know to whom it was given to. If I knew there was a person who knew more about the Kitabullah … then I will go to meet him myself …” (Shahih Bukhari 4616).
Abdullah bin Mas’ud’s version of the Quran was different from Uthman’s version. So, Uthman burned Abdullah bin Mas’ud’s version.
There are several missing verses from the Uthman’s Quran, like the verse about stoning. “… When we read a long Surah and the firmness is like the Surah Bara’ah and then I was forgotten…” (Shahih Muslim 1740).
There are also other missing verses.
The Results of the Missing Books and Verses
Can the Quran’s purity really be trusted when there are missing verses in the Quran because it was burned by Uthman? As a result most of the original Quranic manuscripts are now missing.
There are no missing parts in the Bible. There are some history books that archeologists haven’t found. But that’s it. Does that make the Christian faith incomplete? No!
Why? First of all, no one consider the history books as Allah’s Word. Secondly, a Christian’s faith depends on Isa Al-Masih’s perfection.
If Isa ever sinned, then the Christian belief would be worthless. But Isa Al-Masih is holy and never committed a sin. “God made Him [Isa] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
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- Why did Uthman burn Abdullah bin Mas’ud’s version of the Quran even though Bin Mas’ud was considered a Quran expert by Muhammad?
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- Christianity depends on Isa Al-Masih’s perfection. Islam depends on the purity of the Quran. Which one can be trusted more?
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Although Muhammad left behind great teachers like Ibn Mas’ud and Ubayy ibn Ka’b, the caliph and Uthman, chose to reject the Qurans of these teachers.
Christianity depends on Isa Al-Masih’s perfection. This is more trustworthy because Isa is pure and holy.
The only holy and righteous person written in the Bible and the Quran is Isa Al-Masih (Jesus Christ). Both the Bible and the Quran testify that Jesus is the Word of God and the Messiah (Savior) of all people in this world.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. …
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14)
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
“[And mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah].
He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous.
And He will teach him writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel.” (Qs 3:45-46,48)
The Qur’an (literally, Recitation) is a guidebook, like the other sacred scriptures around the world, that establishes the foundation of religions and belief systems.
It’s written in the Quran that Jesus was sent as the guidance and the light for the righteous (Qs 5:46). Hence, Muslims are commanded to obey Jesus because He is the Straight Way and the Sign at the Judgement Day (Qs 43:61-63). Finally, anyone who rejects the Faith in Jesus will be severely punished (Qs 3:3-4).
“And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah” (Qs 5:46).
“And (Jesus) shall be a Sign (for the coming of) the Hour (of Judgment): therefore have no doubt about the (Hour), but follow ye Me: this is a Straight Way. When Jesus came with Clear Signs, he said: “Now have I come to you with Wisdom, and in order to make clear to you some of the (points) on which ye dispute: therefore fear Allah and obey me”
“It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgment between right and wrong). Then those who reject Faith in the Signs of Allah will suffer the severest penalty, and Allah is Exalted in Might, Lord of Retribution” (Qs 3:3-4).
Blessed Jasmin, peace be with you. Remember, 300 years is a lot for establishing a canon that brought in a picture with thousands of words, literally. I hope your veil is raised to an open heart and mind. God does not wish to divide humanity for beliefs that may be confusing to others.
“Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, Lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
(Proverbs 30:5-6 KJV)
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”
(Hebrews 4:12-13 KJV)