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Does the Quran Say That It Is Corrupted?
Some people might use this verse in order to show that the Quran claims that it is corrupted...
|Noble Verse(s) 15:91|
[015:091] (So also on such) as have made Quran into shreds (as they please).
[015:091] Allatheena jaAAaloo alqur-ana AAideena
Arabic (from right to left):
[015:091] Who have pronounced the Qur'an to be so many lies.
[015:091] Those who made the Quran into shreds.
[015:091] Those who break the Qur'an into parts.
[015:091] who distinguished the Koran into different parts;
Muhammad Al-Hilali & Muhsin Khan:
[015:091] Who have made the Quran into parts. (i.e. believed in a part and disbelieved in the other).
[015:091] who dismember the Qur'an.
[015:091] who have broken the Koran into fragments.
[015:091] They accept the Quran only partially.
[015:091] Who break up the Koran into parts:
There are various potential meanings for this verse. I will share only a couple...
(Those who break the Quran into
parts) they said many different things about the Quran; some said it was magic,
others said it was poetry, others said it was a form of divination; some said it was
fables of the people of old while others said that it was mere lies invented by the
Prophet. (Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn Abbâs, Source)
Another potential meaning is...
those who have reduced the Recitation, namely, those scriptures revealed to them, to parts, believing in some and disbelieving in others. It is [alternatively] said that the individuals meant here were those who 'divided up' among themselves the roads to Mecca, barring people from Islam. Some of them said that the Qur'an was sorcery, some that it was soothsaying, and others that it was poetry. (Tafsir al-Jalalayn, Source)
Another commentary says...
Who have made the Qur'an into parts.) meaning, they have split up the Books that were revealed to them, believing in parts of them and rejecting parts of them. Al-Bukhari reported that Ibn `Abbas said,
(Who have made the Qur'an into parts.) "They are the People of the Book, who divided the Book into parts, believing in some of it, and rejecting some of it.'' Some have said that Al-Mutaqasimin refers to the Quraysh, that the Qur'an means this Qur'an [as opposed to the Scriptures of the People of the Book], and that "made it into parts'' referred to what `Ata' said that some of them said that he (the Prophet ) was a sorcerer, some said he was crazy, or a soothsayer. These various allegations were the parts. This opinion was also reported from Ad-Dahhak and others. Muhammad bin Ishaq reported from Ibn `Abbas that Al-Walid bin Al-Mughirah - holding a noble position among the people - rallied a group of Quraysh behind him when Al-Mawsim (the time for pilgrims to meet in Makkah for Hajj) had come. He said to them, "O people of Quraysh! The time of Al-Mawsim has come, and delegations of Arabs will come to you during this time. They will have heard some things about this companion of yours (meaning the Prophet ), so agree on one opinion, let there be no contradicting or denials of each other's sayings''. They said, "And you, O Abu `Abd Shams, give us an opinion and we will say that.'' He said, "No, you make the suggestions and I will listen.'' They said, "We say he is a soothsayer.'' He said, "He is not a soothsayer.'' They said, "We say he is crazy.'' He said, "He is not crazy.'' They said, "We say he is a poet.'' He said, "He is not a poet.'' They said, "We say he is a sorcerer.'' He said, "He is not a sorcerer.'' They said, "So what should we say'' He said, "By Allah, what he says is as palatable [to the average person] as something sweet, so you cannot say anything against it without it being obviously false. Therefore the most appropriate thing you can say is that he is a sorcerer.'' So they left having agreed upon that, and Allah revealed concerning them:
(Who have made the Qur'an into parts.) meaning, of different types, (Tafsir of Ibn Kathir, Source)
So in no way does the Quran claim or ever will claim that it is corrupted.
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