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Is it permissible for Muslims to read the Injil (Gospel) to know how far it is distorted?

Answer by the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta:

It is not permissible for a believer to read the Tawrah (Torah) and Injil, even though they were distorted and changed and Allah (Glorified be He) has given Muslims what is best, which is the Noble Qur'an that has been preserved from any change or distortion.

Moreover, the Shari`ah (Islamic law) has abrogated all other earlier laws, and it is the perfect, the greatest, and the most useful to the Servants of Allah. Allah (Exalted be He) states: This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islām as your religion.

Allah (Glorified be He) addressed His Prophet (peace be upon him) stating: Then We have put you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) on a (plain) way of (Our) commandment [like the one which We commanded Our Messengers before you (i.e. legal ways and laws of the Islāmic Monotheism)]. So follow you that (Islāmic Monotheism and its laws), and follow not the desires of those who know not. (Tafsir At-Tabarī).

It was authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he saw `Umar ibn Al-Khattab holding some pages of the Tawrah. He, thus, became angry and said: Are you doubtful regarding it (Islam) O Ibn Al-Khattab? By Him in Whose Hand is my life, I have brought it to you plain and pure... By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if Musa (Moses) was alive he would have followed me. (Related by Imam Ahmad in his Musnad (Hadith compilation)).

We, thus, advise you to increase your recitation of the Qur'an, take care of it, and act according to its teachings, for it will definitely suffice you from reading the earlier books revealed by Allah.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'

Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

Fatwa of Permanent Committee>Group 2>Volume 3: Tafsir, and Qur'an and Sunnah Sciences>Tafsir, Qur'anic Sciences, and Sunnah>Reading the Gospels / The second question of Fatwa no. 13445