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Studying comparative religion

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Q: I am a Muslim Alhamdu;illah and I try to learn about Islam whenever possible and read the translation of the Holy Quran and believe in the Oneness of Allah Almighty, the prophecy of Hazrat Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) being the last prophet of Allah Almighty.

I also have a belief that the Torah, Injeel and Zaboor are also the Holy Books which are testified by Allah Almighty. But I also believe that the Torah and Bible have been altered or fabricated by Jews or Christians.

Kindly guide me whether I can read the translations of the Bible or Torah to know about the details about the history of various Prophets (alaihimus salaam) and to have a comparison where Jews or Christians fabricated the Holy Books.

I want to study these Holy Books for history knowledge as well as for comparison while having a strong belief that the Holy Quran is the ultimate truth. 


A: Comparative religion is recommended for one who is very sound in his own religion, Islam, in practise, details, he has got a sound understanding of Arabic, various kitaabs of tafseer, aqaaid, etc. If his understanding is not sound then this is taking a chance.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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