Bible : With the Name of Allah

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"God excludes and keeps what He pleases. With Him is the Mother of the Book." 13:39 Imagine God released a Bible app around the time of Adam or Abraham and occasionally released updates. Then around the time of Christ Jesus, God released a major update to the app. Then again around the time of Muhammed the Prophet, God released another major update. I hear someone asking, "Why would God not simply create a perfect Bible that does not need updates?" Perhaps for the same reason God did not simply create a perfect world with perfect people. Or maybe God did create the Bible(s) perfect, and just like humanity and the world, humans and/or Satan messed it up. Either way, God allows us to decline the Bible updates if we wish. And God has left the previous Bible apps in the app store for a reason. One reason might be to remind humanity that God based the message revealed to Muhammed the Prophet on the Bible(s). And to remind humanity that our Bible(s) was updated. And there is nothing in the word "khaatam" or "seal" in verses 33:40 that should lead us to believe that the latest update given to Muhammed the Prophet was the final update. "Alif, Laam, Raa. These are the verses of the Bible and Quran that makes things clear." 15:1 "This is the Bible. In it is guidance, without doubt, for those who are aware." 2:2 The first title describing that which was revealed to Muhammad the Prophet is found in its first sentence (al-Fatiha is not considered the first sentence because of 15:87). That first title this message gives itself is "al-Kitab." Al-Kitab is typically translated "the Book." But for following reasons I think al-Kitab should be translated "the Bible" or better yet "a Bible" to avoid divisiveness. 1) The English word Bible is from the Latin biblia, from the same word in Medieval Latin and Late Latin and ultimately from Koine Greek ta biblia "the book(s)" (singular biblion). 2) A definition of the word "bible" is "the scriptures of any religion." 3) Since the Hebrew and Christian Bible(s) is described when God uses the word al-Kitab, it should be translated "Bible" instead of "Book"; for example: "Then woe to those who write a Bible with their own hands and then say, 'This is from God, ' to sell it for a miserable price. Woe to them for what their hands write, and for the gain they make with it. (2:79) The term Bible is shared between Judaism and Christianity, although the contents of each of their collections of canonical texts is not the same (read more). Many (if not all) Muslims believe the Hebrew/Christian Bible has been changed by man. So Muslims should have no problems with translating al-Kitab as "the Bible" in this verse. After-all, if God is not referring to the Bible then what book is He referring to? "Jews say, 'The Christians have nothing to stand upon. And Christians say, 'Jews have nothing to stand upon.' Yet they all read the Bible... 2:113 Would anyone dispute that this book which the Jews and Christians are both reading is the Bible? "O people of the Bible, why do you dispute about Abraham when the Torah and the gospel was not revealed until after him? Have you no understanding?" 3:65 Since the Torah is part of the Old Testament, which is part of a Bible, and since the gospel is part of the New Testament which is also part of a Bible, then when God mentions "the people of al-Kitab" He is obviously talking about the people of the Bible(s). I can literally do this all day (meaning give examples) because the word al-Kitab is mention nearly 200 times (the word Quran is mentioned just over 50 times). But whether you think that al-Kitab should be translated as "a Bible" rather than "the Book" when referring to the message revealed to Muhammed the Prophet, I hope we can agree that al-Kitab should be translated as "Bible" when referring to the Hebrew and Christian Bible(s). "God excludes and keeps what He pleases. With Him is the Mother of the Bible." 13:39
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  • Paperback | 438 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.15mm | 734.82g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507601514
  • 9781507601518