Friday, May 29, 2009

Allah Promised to Protect Al-Qur’an

Jasser Auda

In one of your answers to a question about the validity of Islam as being the final message you said Allah Almighty will protect the Qur’an and the Islamic deen (religion) from any diversion and change.

All the praise be to Allah.

Allah Almighty assured that He would protect the Qur’an .Allah Almighty Says:

“We have, without doubt, sent down the Reminder (i.e., the Qur’an); and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption).” [Al-Hijr, 15:9]

Allah also reaffirms Qur’an as a source of guidance to mankind about Islam. As the Muslim people before Islam had indeed received messages from Allah, which they eventually corrupted with changes, additions, and deletions.

The difference between Islam and the religions before Islam, including heavenly religions, is in who was assigned with the protection of the message. In Islam, Allah entrusted Himself with the protection of the Qur’an; whereas, before, only humans were entrusted to the protection of the divine Scriptures.

Allah Says:

“It was We who revealed the law (to Moses): therein was guidance and light. By its standard have been judged the Jews, by the prophets who bowed (as in Islam) to Allah's will, by the rabbis and the doctors of law: for to them was entrusted the protection of Allah's book, and they were witnesses thereto: therefore fear not men, but fear Me, and sell not My signs for a miserable price. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are [no better than] unbelievers.” [Al-Ma’idah, 5:44]

So, because Allah is the Trustee of the Qur’an, He protected it from any corruption, and because humans were the trustees over the other books, they corrupted them by additions and deletions. We Muslims had a similar painful experience with the hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w, which were similarly entrusted to humans to preserve.

However, many liars, out of various political and materialistic interests, added many false narrations to the collections of Hadith. We all know how the scholars of Hadith (may Allah reward them greatly) worked diligently in order to find out liars and succeeded —due to the academic approach they used— in rejecting tons of false narrations that would have otherwise corrupted the Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

But the Qur’an is different. Allah made it easy for millions of Muslims, since the time of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w and until now, to memorize the Qur’an by heart. These people were guardians for the message of the Qur’an, correcting any person who errs in one letter of it at any time. Allah protected the Qur’an through making it easy to remember, for it says what means:

“And in truth We have made the Qur'an easy to remember; but is there any that remembereth?” [Al-Qamar, 54:17]

Allah also protected the text of the Qur’an through the Companions who collected the whole collection of verses, soon after Prophet Muhammad s.a.w, and made copies for all parts of the Muslim Ummah. Since then, millions (if not billions) of copies were made, which guarantee the protection of the script of the Qur’an.
Excerpted with modification from Islam Online-Ask about Islam, published on 2 December 2004

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