Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Giver of Torah (continued)

Do Christians and Muslims believe that God gave the Torah to the Jewish people? If so, do Muslims include this appellation among the 99 names of God? [read Tziporah's full post]

Yes, the Quran mentions the Torah as a book of guidance and criterion given to Moses for the Children of Israel. This is consistent with one of the central tenets of Islam that many nations were honored and chosen, and some were given Scriptures through other illustrious and revered messengers of God.* I consider the long line of prophets from Adam to Muhammad [Peace and Blessings be upon them] and the gradually increasing complexity of their teachings as indicative of the evolution in societal complexity. I believe that the final guidance “in the form of a book” was given to Muhammad [Peace and Blessings be upon him]. The Quran upholds the importance of all Scriptures sent by God, but it also places itself as a book whose universal message and relevance evolves over time and extends to all places. Therefore, I see the progressiveness of religion not as new revelation, but as continued guidance from God.

The Guide, the One who bestows continuous and kind guidance to help all humans in their life journeys, is one of the names Muslims would call upon when seeking religious knowledge and readjustment to their lifestyles to please God.

* “Indeed, God chose Adam and Noah and the family of Abraham and the family of Imran [father of Mary] over the worlds.” (The Family of Imran, 3: 33)



  1. Yep. This was my understanding as well. Many of the prophets of the Torah are also mentioned throughout the Qur'an. We have so much more in common than people think.

    1. I have read the Quran (in English translation) a few times and discovered many commonalities! I find it ironic that sometimes prophets or personalities from the Hebrew Bible (TaNaKh) are emphasized and venerated more in the Quran than in rabbinic literature and tradition. Also, I don't think that most people realize what a prominent place Maryam (Mary the mother of Jesus) holds in the Quran. I remember learning that and being impressed. Thanks for checking in, Amanda! B'shalom, Tziporah