previous prophets. An indirect reference
is thus made to the Jewish and Christian revelations, the general character and
style of which were known in Arabia, and even amongst the idolaters of Mecca.
Complete, &c., or (as Sale), "a perfect rule unto him who should
The previous Scriptures are thus complete and perfect in all that is
excellent,they are an explanation of every matter,a guide to salvation and
a mercy. Could higher praise have been given to them? and why is it that
notwithstanding this praise, those Scriptures are so little valued and referred
to by the present followers of the Corân?
But if the former Scriptures were thus perfect, what was the need of this new
revelation in the Corân? The succeeding verse answers the question.