Grand Ayatullah Khoei’s Report of His Debate with a Jewish Scholar on the Perpetuity of Qur’an

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SHAFAQNA – The deceased, the Great Ayatullah Khoei in his Qur’anic exegesis book titled “Al-Bayan Fi Tafsir al-Quran”, reports a conversation he had with a Jewish scholar, proving the perpetuity of the Qur’an:

I had a conversation with one of the Jewish scholars around the claim that “the Jewish religion no longer has any reason to exist and its arguments and miracles are out of date” and I said: Does the religion brought by Moses concern only the Jews, or is it meant for all peoples and nations? If it is exclusively reserved for the Jewish nation, then the other nations will need another prophet. Who would this Prophet be? Who can be this Prophet in your opinion except the Prophet of Islam?

And if the religion of Moses were meant to be universal and common to all men, then it will need an immutable argument and an indelible witness, and yet at the moment we see that such arguments and testimonies are not at our disposal. Because the miracles of Moses corresponded to his time and after him there is no trace of such miracles that can bring about faith and certainty, and thereby prove the continuity of the Jewish religion forever and prove its legitimacy in all times and eras.

If you say, “Although currently there are no such miracles, the frequency of narratives and the abundance of assertions around them, renders their existence certain,” we will answer:

First, [the occurrence of] a miracle can be proved by the accumulation of frequency only if the number of transmitters of its story reaches such an extent that assures those hear it, and you could not under any circumstances provide such an accumulation of frequency to prove the miracles of Moses for all times and all nations and generations.

And second, if the mere transmission of the news of miracles were sufficient to prove their truth, then this will not remain unique to the miracles of Moses alone. Like you, Christians may cite the miracles of Jesus, Muslims also may cite the miracles of their Prophet, and then what differences would there be between your stories and those of others? And why should we accept your words and not those of others?

In case the narratives about a prophet’s miracles were enough to make one believe in that prophet, so why do not you believe in the prophecy of other prophets whose entire miracles have been reported?

He replied: “The same miracles of Moses that the Jews cite, Christians and Muslims cite too and acknowledge their truth, while the miracles of other prophets are not accepted by all; in other words, their existence needs other proofs to be affirmed. ”

I replied, “Of course, it is quite true that Christians and Muslims believe in the miracles of Moses, yet not through assuring Jewish narratives; but, for their own prophets have announced them. Christians and Muslims have known the miracles of Moses through their own prophets; and if they had not accepted their prophecies, there would be no other way for them to believe in the miracles of Moses, so they could count him as a prophet. ”

This problem does not only concern the Judaic religion, but involves all previous religions, and it is only the religion of Islam whose miracle is eternal, and which will last through all times and eras, and will remain immutable among all nations and all generations, and will speak to the mankind until the day of judgment and will guide them to salvation.

We, by the eternal and unceasing miracle that is Qur’an, know Islam and believe it; and once we knew Islam and accepted it, therefore we will believe in all the previous prophets that have been cited in Qur’an and that the Prophet of Islam has recognized them as such.

In short, Qur’an is the only everlasting and perpetual miracle that testifies to the authenticity of all previous heavenly scriptures and bears witness to the truth and purity of all the preceding prophets and honors them.

 

Translation by SHAFAQNA

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