LXXXVIII.SURA II., v. 254.
Mankind was one people (or of one faith), and God
sent prophets as preachers of good tidings, and warners: and He sent down
the Scripture with them in truth, that it might decide between men in that
in which they differed:and they differed not therein, excepting those to
whom it was given, after there came to them clear demonstrations, wickedly
amongst themselves; and God guided those that believed to the truth
concerning which they disputed, by His will, &c.
Of these prophets We have preferred some above others.
Some of them hath God spoken unto, and He hath raised some of them to high
dignity. And We gave unto Jesus, the Son of Mary, evident signs (or
plain revelations), and We strengthened Him by the Holy Spirit. And if God
had pleased, those that came after them would not have contended with one
another, after the evident signs (or plain revelations) had come unto
them. Yet they fell to variance.
TESTIMONY TO THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
These passages do not appear to require any remark.
LXXXIX.SURA II., v. 286.
The prophet believeth in that which hath been revealed
unto him from his Lord: and the faithful, every one of them believeth in
God, and in His angels, and in His books, and in His apostles; we make no
distinction between any one of His apostles.
The "Books" or "Scriptures," thus to be believed in both by
Mahomet and his followers equally with the Corân, were the inspired extant
Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, so often referred to as in the hands
of the Jews and Christians.
XC.SURA LVII., v. 18.