What Are the Scriptures?
They are scriptures Allah sent to His messengers (peace be upon them) to deliver Allah’s message and laws. Scriptures are guidance, mercy, and source of happiness in this life and in the Hereafter. We know that Allah sent the Scriptures of Ibrahim (Abraham) (peace be upon him), the Psalms of David (peace be upon him), the Torah of Mousa (Moses) (peace be upon him), the Gospel of Isa (Jesus) (peace be upon him) and the Quran of Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him).
Why Do We Need the Quran? Why Is it a Miracle?
Quran is a book of guidance that shows us the way to success, now and in the Hereafter, the same way a manual shows us how to operate a machine. Allah the Almighty said: “Doesn’t He know what He created, and He is the Subtle, the Acquainted?” Since the prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is the final prophet with no successors, his miracle, the Quran, is eternal; its message and orders are obligatory to the Last Day. The most important proofs of the inimitability of the Quran are lingual and rhetorical. Allah challenged the Arabs known for their linguistics and rhetoric mastery – to produce the liking of the Quran. Humans and jinn failed to do so. That is why the Quran is a miracle.
Why Didn’t Allah Protect the Previous Books from alteration?
Allah Almighty does what He desires. He has reasons for that – some of them we know and others we do not. Previous books were not miracles in themselves; therefore, it was not essential that they remain unchanged. Moreover, they were temporary regulations for certain people.
What is the Evidence That Proves That the Quran is not Altered?
This question is usually asked by middle or High school students; therefore, we should quietly and carefully explain the proof of the Quran’s authenticity. Whenever things are repeated, they settle; whenever they spread, they are affirmed.
The Quran was delivered to us by succession. Muslims inherited the Quran generation after generation. They study and recite the Quran in their prayers; they also teach it to their children. If a Sheikh makes a mistake in a letter, we immediately correct him. The Quran is delivered to us, protected from any addition, omission, or alteration. Refuting this evidence leads to disproving historical facts, like the existence of the prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him), his companions, and famous figures in history; this is rejected by every rational person. Also, Allah challenged humans and jinn to come up with something similar to the Quran and both failed. The narrative and legislation of the Quran has no contradictions or distortions; this indicates that it is not a work of humans whose can be contradictory and distortive. The Quran is from Allah. He has taken care of protecting it.