Are the Tawrat, Zabur, and Injil important today?

Almighty Allah has revealed his Word to mankind through the holy prophets. People who want to worship Allah correctly must believe what the prophets have said. It is commanded by Allah that we believe the Tawrat, Zabur, and Injil, along with all that Allah has revealed. But what are these books really? Are the Tawrat, Zabur, and Injil which exist today reliable? Is their message important for us today? The answer is--yes. Here are three reasons why:

  1. They are Ancient Scriptures from Allah -- Beginning at about 1500 B.C., continuing on until about 100 A.D., these Scriptures were bit-by-bit given for the benefit and guidance of mankind. The Tawrat was revealed first, then the Zabur, and finally the Injil. These three holy books are also known today by other names. For example, the Tawrat (or Torah) is sometimes called "Pentateuch". The Zabur is known also by the title "Psalms". The three books are usually printed together in one volume, along with the books of other prophets as the "Holy Bible". The word "Bible" came originally from the Greek language, with the simple meaning, "book". So when you say "the Holy Bible", you are actually saying "the holy book". In this "holy book", there are two large divisions, commonly called the "Old Testament" and the "New Testament". The Old Testament division includes the Tawrat of Musa (a:), the Zabur of Dawud (a:), and the books of other prophets such as Hazrat Yusha (Joshua), Samuel, Uzair (Ezra), Sulayman (Solomon), Ayub (Job), Ishaya (Isaiah), Irmiya (Jeremiah), Zul-Kifl (Ezekiel), Yunus (Jonah) and Daniel (a:). The New Testament division is the exact same thing as the Injil of Isa Masih. The word "Injil" comes from a Greek word meaning "good news", giving us the English word "evangel". And so the Injil is the "good news" of Hazrat Isa Masih. The Injil is the book which the Jews rejected as false, but which both Christians and Muslims believe as true. Today many very ancient copies of these books exist in museums and libraries. These ancient copies agree with the newly printed copies available in bookstores today.
  1. They are Reliable Scriptures -- That which Allah gives us is good and perfect. When these books were revealed, they were without error and completely true. These books were still in existence when Al-Koran came into this world, for the Koran states again and again that Tawrat, Zabur, and Injil must be believed. The ancient manuscripts in libraries and museums previously mentioned predate the Koran by hundreds of years. Millions of people all over the world believe and cherish these books. Some people claim that the Tawrat, Zabur and Injil have been changed and so have become false and unreliable. Assuming this to be true, let us ask the question, "When were they changed? Before the coming of Al-Koran, or after?" Some might say, "Before". If "before", then why does the Koran command the people to believe all the heavenly books, including those which came before the Koran? (See surah Bakara 2:136 for example). Would the Koran command people to believe something that had been corrupted? Certainly not! If these heavenly books were changed beforehand, the corrupted versions should not be believed at all. Some people might say, "The books were changed after the Koran was given." But if that is true, then what is the meaning of Koran's statement that no man can change Allah's words? (See surah An-Aam 6:34, 115).

Shall we say that Allah would allow some of his eternal words to be changed, while he protected others? But we know that the message of Allah's Word stays the same no matter what men try to do. As it says in the holy Injil:

For, "All men are like grass, and their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever." And this is the word that was preached to you. holy Injil, 1 Peter 1:24,25

Is man greater than Allah? Of course not! Allah's Word, including Tawrat, Zabur, and Injil, "stands forever".

  1. They are Necessary Scriptures -- Some people believe that books such as the Tawrat, Zabur, and Injil are unnecessary today because there is a new and improved, latest edition of truth available in Al-Koran. Without realizing it, people who say such things are making a distinction between the heavenly books. Will any man dare to say that Allah gave us something that is useless and unnecessary? In school, we might say that class four is better than class three, two, or one. But does that mean that class three, two, or one are unnecessary? No, of course not. They are essential for anyone who wishes to go to class four and pass his tests. Class one, two, and three lay a necessary foundation in order to understand class four. In the same way, Tawrat, Zabur, and Injil, lay a necessary foundation for anyone who wishes to understand Allah's will. They must not only be believed, but read and obeyed by anyone who wishes to please Allah. Listen to what is said in the Zabur about these holy Scriptures:

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. (Zabur 19:7-11)

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