unreserved. It was the Pentateuch, as then in the hands of the Jews,
and the contents of which Mahomet had already adduced in confirmation
of his doctrine, that is appealed to, and in reference to which, in
conjunction with the Corân, the Coreish are challenged to produce an
inspired book that guided more rightly than they did.
XLV.SURA XXVIII., v. 53[52-53].
Those to whom We have given the Scripture before it (i.e.
before the Corân,) believe therein;
and when it (the Corân) is read
unto them, they say,We believe in it; verily it is the truth from our Lord,
surely we were Moslems from before.
The portions of the Corân recited to, or read by,
certain Jews or Christians, are supposed in this text to have been so like
their own Scriptures, and contained, moreover, such frequent affirmation
that the object of Mahomet's mission was to confirm those Scriptures, that
these Jews or Christians expressed their conviction of the truth of
Mahomet's doctrines, and said that they were exactly the same as their own
which they had held before. "Surely we were Moslems already"; as
much as to say, "If this be Islâm, it is nothing more or less than
what we find in our own inspired Books." Nota bene; this verse
belongs to an early
TESTIMONY TO THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
stage of Mahomet's mission, before his flight to
Compare the above verse with Arts. VII., XIII., XV., XXXV., and other
passages of similar purport.
XLVI.SURA XXIII., v. 25[49-50].
XLVII.SURA XXI., v. 7.
And verily We gave Moses the book, if haply they might be directed;
and We made the son of Mary and his mother a sign, &c.
And We sent not before thee (as Apostles) other than men whom We
inspired: ask, therefore, the people of the Scripture, if ye know it not.
"We inspired," var. read. "it hath been inspired
يوحي وفي قراءة بنونJelalooddeen.
"The people of the Scripture, that is, those learned in the
Pentateuch and the Gospel."
أهل الذكر العلماء
"This is given as a reply to the speech of the Coreish, What! is
this (pretender) any other than a mortal like yourselves? God directs
them to ask the people of