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20. For Readers of the Qur'an

The Son of Mary Confirms the Authenticity of the Torah

The first task of Christ's ministry, according to the Qur'an, was to confirm the unchanged truth of the Torah. He attested the fault­lessness of the revelation through his person and the text of his Gospel.

No one can confirm the revelation of Allah, except the Revealer himself and his own revelation. But in the Qur'an Christ is the confirmer of the authenticity of Allah's revealed words. This divine authority was not given to any other prophet.

The Son of Mary even had the unique authority to change some of the revealed Shari'a given to Moses, which indicates that Christ himself is the Revealer. He explained in the Qur'an to his listeners:

"And I will confirm what is in my hands of the Torah, and will make lawful for you some of what was prohibited from you. I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear Allah and obey me!" (Sura Al 'Imran 3:50)

وَمُصَدِّقًا لِمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَلأُحِلَّ لَكُمْ بَعْضَ الَّذِي حُرِّمَ عَلَيْكُمْ وَجِئْتُكُمْ بِآيَةٍ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ فَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُونِ. (سُورَة آل عِمْرَان ٣ : ٥٠)

The Son of Mary owned the rare authority to develop the Shari'a by himself, for he was the incarnate Word of God. The full power of the Word of Allah dwelt in him. He has the right to demand full obedience from every reader of this message!

Suras al-Ma'ida 5:46 and Al 'Imran 3:50 clarify that there exists a direct communication between Allah and Christ. The Most Exalted One contacted Christ neither through an angel, nor from behind a curtain, but spoke directly to him and gave him the Gospel.

Two other verses testify that Allah personally taught the Son of Mary and gave him the comprehensive knowledge of the divine revelation:

"And he teaches him the Book, the Wisdom, the Torah and the Gospel." (Sura Al 'Imran 3:48)

وَيُعَلِّمُهُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَالتَّوْرَاةَ وَالإِنْجِيلَ. (سُورَة آل عِمْرَان ٣ : ٤٨)

We do not read in the Qur'an that Allah personally taught any other prophet but only Christ, the Wisdom of Solomon, the Shari'a of Moses and the good news of the redemption in the Gospel.

In addition, the Qur'an testifies twice that Allah taught the Son of Mary "the Book". Muhammad was born 570 years after Christ, so the Qur'an did not exist at the time of Christ. Therefore the above mentioned verses indicate the unique "Tablet" kept in heaven, in which all predestined decisions of Allah have been registered. Allah opened to Christ the secrets of fate of all men and the content of the divine decree for all creation. He taught him, through this heavenly book, the reasons for the past and future of all historical events.

In addition, the Qur'an left no room to doubt how this comprehensive revelation reached the Son of Mary. We read in the Qur'an about one of several conversations between Allah and Christ, after he had ascended to heaven. Allah speaks here in the past perfect tense to prove this fact, which is beyond logical understanding:

"… I had taught you the Book, the Wisdom, the Torah and the Gospel …" (Sura al-Ma'ida 5:110)

ا … وَإِذْ عَلَّمْتُكَ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَالتَّوْرَاةَ وَالإِنْجِيلَ … (سُورَة الْمَائِدَة ٥ : ١١٠)

In this verse, Allah speaks in the singular "I", to testify that he, in person, and without any mediator, entrusted Christ, the Son of Mary, with all the information in heaven and on earth, including fate and divine decree, Wisdom, the Shari'a of Moses and the Gospel of salvation. He who recognizes the wideness and profoundness of this verse becomes astonished, for this declaration in the Qur'an is great. We should contemplate over it in order to comprehend the infallibility of the Torah and the Gospel based on the unlimited authority of Christ.

The Qur'anic verses mentioned above, testify that the Gospel is Allah's exact revelation. Christ presents to his listeners the richness of Allah's will and the profoundness of his grace. Everyone who does not read the powerful Gospel neglects the divine blessing in it and the spiritual life it gives, for he isolates himself and does not recognize Allah's comprehensive declaration.

We also conclude from these verses that the Son of Mary did not receive a printed or hardbound book from Allah, but a broad knowledge that cannot be contained in books. Christ denied himself and testified in the Gospel that the words he spoke did not come from himself, but that they were inspired to him by his spiritual Father: "The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works." (John 14:10) The Son of Mary also declared, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner." (John 5:19)

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