Pearl of Wisdom

'Verily Allah, Exalted be His Remembrance, has angels who strip off sins from the backs of our followers (shi'a) like the wind strips the leaves off the trees in autumn, and this is in accordance with His words in the Qur'an, they glorify the praise of their Lord and seek forgiveness on behalf of those who believe. By Allah this verse refers to none other than you [my followers].'

Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 59, p. 196, no. 61

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Question : #581 Category: Holy Qur'an
Subject: Proof of Holy Quran
Question: What are some of the proofs for the truth and authenticity of the Holy Quran?
Answer: 1) The Quran was already introduced and its appearance was predicted by the previous scriptures. (26:192-197). Despite the disastrous human interference in the holy writings of the Torah and the Gospel, the scriptures still contain a goodly portion which can lead those who truly believe in the Bible to Islam, as the two Christian tribes of Ous and Khazrage converted to Islam during the appearance of Islam, due to signs they found in their scriptures for Mohammed(s). As an example, just compare Deuteronomy 18:15, 17-19; John 12:49; 16:12-14; with the Holy Quran 73:15.

2) Lack of Contradiction:

"Do they not consider the Quran (with care)? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy." (4:82).

Lack of contradiction or discrepancy as Quran states from a Book, which is compiled throughout 23 years, by an illiterate man, is a living sign of being the true word of God. Whereas, the present copies of the previous Scriptures contradict themselves in many instances.

3) Confirming the previous Scriptures in general:

"This is a Book which we have sent down, bringing blessings, and confirming (the revelations) which came before it." (6:92)

Of the proofs for the truth of the Quran as the word of God is that it stands alongside the previous Scriptures acknowledging them in general, and correcting their altered stories which distinguish it from man made books such as Veda and Tripitaka.

4) Such abundant knowledge from an illiterate man?!

"And you were not able to recite a book before this, nor are you able to transcribe it with your right hand. In that case, indeed, would the talkers of vanities have doubted." (29:48)

Historically, there is no dispute that Prophet Mohammad (saww) never had a teacher and hence he was not able to read or write. In fact, the number of literate people in the Arabian Peninsula at that time was so few that they were well known to everybody and Mohammad was not among them. Therefore, one should ask himself, how can an illiterate person utter such a variety of abundant knowledge?

5: Thinkers acknowledge the truth of the Quran:

"Nay, here are Signs self-evident in the hearts of those who are endowed with knowledge, and none but the unjust rejects our Signs." (29:49)

As the study of cosmos, being a natural sign, leads man to acknowledge the reality of the world and that there is a creator behind this astonishing system. The study of the Divine Signs of the Quran is the best proof for those who carefully and with no pre-assumption study it.

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