Hi all. I wanted to introduce myself a bit before I explicate any further. I'm a theology major from New England who will be graduating soon. Because of that I have had a fair share of access to a lot of information on various faiths that I think a few of you might find worthwhile to read. Every now and then I would like to share insights with you all that you might not have realized reading the usual spill on message boards.
This topic I wanted to discuss with those on here deals with the previously revealed messages of God that came before the Koran. The most famous of these messages would be the Torah and the Gospel but the Koran makes mention of more "messages" sent down by God that are not mentioned by name.
It seems to me that many Muslims and non-Muslims take for granted the idea within Islam that all messages that came before the Koran were corrupted textually and therefore have been invalidated by that textual error and the coming of the Koran.
A lot of people here seem to have the impression that this is the one golden rule when relating to the previously revealed books. I wanted to share with you all though that there really isn't a golden rule or ruling found in Islam to support this idea. Many Muslims might give you the impression that this is a pivotal part of their theology but it is merely opinion that was formulated by jurist or Islamic scholar. In Islam there is the space to have various conflicting opinions on various topics and this is one such example.
Another reading of the Koran would bring up the fact that it is not the actual text that has been corrupted** but it is the interpretation of the text that is at fault. ** Since the text has to pass through human interpretation and guidance this isn't such a far fetched idea. We know by looking at our history that we've had religious leaders who have been far from the ideal of being peace loving brothers and sisters.
You all have to remember that Islam prides itself on the oneness of God. Any distortion of this concept is a direct distortion of the majesty and greatness of God. When human's interpret the texts with their own personal vanity in mind or singular pursuit then the text no longer serves its original calling: leading others to realize the singularity of God.
Anyways I just thought it would be good to share this concept with you. Next time you hear a Muslim or non-Muslim say that all previous messages or texts have been corrupted by the coming of Islam and the Koran just remember that the opinion isn't a golden rule or necessarily correct.
In this trying times many Muslim's feel threatened by conflicting faiths and ideologies and try to spin their texts in a way that can give them an advantage. It is standard ideology found within proselytizing no doubt.