The Jewish and Christian Scriptures are styled by the same epithets,
indicative of a heavenly origin, as the Corân: "the Book of God,"
Arts. LXXIX., CVII., and CXXIV. ; "the Word of God,"
Art. LXX.; "Al Furcân" (the discerner between good and evil),
Arts. XLVIII. And LXVIII.
So also the contents of the Scriptures are cited frequently as containing a
divine and decisive authority.
In fine, the testimony to their inspiration is throughout the Corân the
fullest and most unequivocal that can be imagined.
IV.THE JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES PRAISED IN THE CORÂN.
The highest value is attributed by the Corân to the Jewish and Christian
Scriptures. They are always spoken of with veneration. There is not a single
expression regarding them throughout the Corân, but what is dictated by
profound respect and reverence.
Their heavenly virtue, and the blessings to be derived from the revelation
contained in them, may be gathered from the following sentences belonging to all
stages of the ministry of Mahomet.
The Book of Moses is "a Guide and a Mercy,"
Arts. XVI. and XXXI.
The writings of the Apostles who preceded Mahomet constitute the
TESTIMONY TO THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
"perspicuous,"or "enlightening" book,
Arts. XVIII. and CXIX
The book inherited by the Children of Israel is "a guide and an
admonition to men of understanding heart,"
هدى وذكرى الأولي الألباب
The Revelation of Moses is "a light and a direction to mankind,"
نور وهدي للناس
It is "complete as to whatever is excellent, and an explanation of every
question, and a direction and a mercy, that (men) might believe in the meeting
of their Lord,"
تماماً على الذي أحسن وتفصيلا لكل شيء وهدي ورحمة لعلهم بلقاء ربهم يؤمنون
Art. XLI.; "an enlightenment unto mankind, and a
direction, and a mercy, if haply they might be admonished,"
بصائر للناس وهدى ورحمة لعلهم يتذكرون
It is "the Furcân, (or discerner,) a light and an admonition to the
pious, those who fear their Lord in secret, and who tremble at the hour of
الفرقان وضياء وذكرا للمتقين الذين يخشون ربهم بالغيب وهم من الساعة مشفقون
They who believe in the Scripture revealed aforetime,(
ما أنزل من قبلك
as well as in the
Corân, " these walk according to the direction of their Lord, these are
اولائك على هدي من ربهم اولائك هم المفلحون
The Jews had "the testimony of God" with them,
شهادة من الله