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Moslem study of Torah

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Often I have heard that Moslems regard the Torah as sacred, yet I have yet to find a Moslem scholar who studies it, promotes study of it, or relates to it seriously. So is the Torah in the Moslem opinion a forgery or is it sacred? If it is considered a forgery then why say it is sacred, and if it is sacred then why not study it seriously as the Word of G-d? Please resolve this issue for me.

asked December 14, 2012

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Most modern day Muslims believe that the Torah used by modern Jews has been corrupted, this is why you hear of so few Muslims reading it.

However, the early Muslims studied the Torah religiously and they presented many proofs that Muhammad SAW was a prophet of God from the pages of the Torah. Looking for proof of Muhammad SAW in the Torah is something that Muslims are still doing to this day (e.g. citing verses like Devarim 18:18).

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There aren’t any references to Mohammad in the Torah. If you were to read The Holy Torah in Hebrew, then it won’t be corrupt. If you read an English translation, then it may be so. From my knowledge, non-Jews are forbidden from studying Torah. And your question makes plenty of sense to me: if it is corrupt, how can it be sacred? That’s something I have yet to understand as well.

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Carrian, in sura 7:157 the Quran says:

“Those who follow [Muhammad], the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own [scriptures],- in the [Torah] and the Gospel”

Here the Quran states that the coming of Muhammad SAW was foretold in the Torah, but as you correctly pointed out, there is no direct reference to Muhammad SAW in the Torah.

This has lead many Muslims to accuse the Jewish people of changing the text of the Torah… an outrageous claim that is easily refuted with both Jewish and Muslim sources.

We encourage Muslims that want to reconcile this sura with the Torah to look at the orthodox Jewish belief that the Torah contains hidden within it a blueprint for everything that will ever occur; from the assassination of Rabin to the birth of Muhammad SAW.

If a Muslim accepts the Quran as truth, then this is one of the few plausible explanations for what the Quran could mean. For Jews it isn’t an issue as they don’t need to reconcile the Quran with the Torah as the Quran is not part of Jewish scripture.

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As usual, that line about saving one life omit the very next verse:5:33 Those who wage war aansgit God and His Messenger and strive to spread corruption in the land should be punished by death, crucifixion, the amputation of an alternate hand and foot or banishment from the land: a disgrace for them in this world, and then a terrible punishment in the Hereafter, 34 unless they repent before you overpower them: in that case bear in mind that God is forgiving and merciful. (The Qure2€™an, Oxford UP, 2004)Which to my untrained mind indicates that innocent life means Muslim life. I admit to having scant knowledge of Islam, but if Islam even has the trope of the lion lying down with the lamb or every man under his fig tree, as Christianity and Judaism do, I would be interested in seeing it. Peace in Islam means peace under Islam. The attempt to show the essential commonality and brotherhood of the Abrahamic faith founders on fact. For that matter, the Abraham of the Koran is not recognizable as the Abraham of Genesis.

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