I found many references in the holy Qur'an about reading Torat\Torah and also about believing in Torah. So should Muslims read Torah or just deny it on the basis of assumed corruption?

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    Would u plz term where have u heard that Muslims are not allowed to read Torah? As you asked this interesting question? Mar 4, 2015 at 7:54
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    Please share one of the many references which as you say have found in Quran, as not to read torah. There are many Muslim scholars who have byhearted Hindu vedas,bible and so on like Dr.zakir naik, M.M Akber and so on.By saying this I don't wish to say whether it's allowed or not, as I have not come across this question before and haven't researched on this matter...I would like to get any one reference from Quran which you have found. Sep 30, 2015 at 13:52
  • I believe as a muslim we can read whatever text/books. Allah has provide fuurqan in this Ramadan to guide one who always seek the truth
    – Muhaimin
    Jun 11, 2017 at 10:45

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Well There is no harm in reading but you should remember that Shaytan (Satan) is a psychological manipulator and you should keep this in mind that Bible came to correct the induced corruption in torah, and now Qur'an is the replenishment of the true message and has a privilege by Allah himself that it is being guarded from corruption by Allah Azawajjal himself as this message is intended for all the coming generations till day of judgement and is not for specific civilization of some specific time like torah and bible. And if you read you will find some statements similar to Quran as they MIGHT(stress on this) have not been corrupted to that great extent.

Be aware Satan is to you an avowed enemy, and he would go to any length to misguide you. So I would say unless it isn't damn necessary for you to read the torah or are in such a situation then seek refuge with Allah first by saying "A - uzu billah hi minash Shaytan ir rajeem".

  • Are you concern more about syaitan rather than the truth? Allah will always guide one who seek the truth
    – Muhaimin
    Jun 11, 2017 at 10:46

I searched to some extent, but I did not find any specific related issue like what you said. But there could be a reason (if e.g. that is a right word), so logically it could be related to the risk of Satan who mislead people by paying attention to them and even changing their beliefs. So for instance if a Moslem has no strong faith in Islam, afterwards (perhaps would be trended to it (Torah) and actually leaves his righteous religion. Thus it could be counted as a reason if somebodies recommend not to recite Torah (although as I said I didn't find such a matter).

To see more related questions/answers, and likewise asking your question:

  • Hmm, the reason u gave is exactly right. But, I too heard from someone, that Prophet(pbuh) prohibited someone when that someone was reading Torah, saying that you should read Qur'an. Albeit, the answer you gave is right, but half the reason only. :) Mar 17, 2015 at 17:11
  • Perhaps it is true which u uttered. Maybe I mentioned half of the reasons as you said. And God knows best. Mar 18, 2015 at 9:41

There is no prohibition of muslims to read Torah or Injeel. However, if you don't posses a solid foundation in Islamic knowledge, this is not recommended according to hadith. If you are an "aleem", then you can use the Quran as a "Furkhan" to sort the authentic from the questionable or blasphmous.

There are gems of knowledge in the Torah that are in agreement to and complement what is in the Quran. On the other hand, there is alot of slander against the prophets, and blasphemous statements about Allah that totally contradict the Quran.

Following the Torah and other parts of Old Testament can and did lead mankind astray.


Deuteronomy chapter 20 orders genocide of the worst kind; to "leave nothing left breathing" of people or animals.

Numerous verses in the Torah encourage slavery and human bondage and endorse cruel treatment of slaves. A google search on "Torah and slavery" will return numerous such verses.

These scriptures were used by Western colonialists to justify their crimes against humanity throughout history.

One of the essential tenents of Islamic faith is beleif in the Day of Resurrection, "Yawmi Deen" where all of humanity will be resurrected and judged according to their deeds. Even an atom's weight (zerre) of good deed (hayer) or bad deed (sher) will be accounted for.

The Yawmi Deen is strongly emphasized and repeated in the Quran. The message is clear and unambigous that we will be rewarded or punished accordingly for our actions in this present life.

By contrast, there is not one verse in the entire 5 books of Torah mentioning Yawmi Deen or heaven or hell. The hereafter (ahira) is not mentioned in the 5 books of Torah.

It is beyond the scope of this answer to expound on the details of how essential beleif in Ahira, Yawmideen, Jannah (heaven), and Jahanem (hell) are to Islam. The conduct of persons or organizations are greatly influenced by the accountability for their actions on yawmideen.

The fact that such an essential element of faith is not even mentioned anywhere in any of the 5 books of Torah calls to question the authenticity of the Torah as exists today.

  • Your "examples" sound more like fallacious arguments from incredulity than anything else, and fallacious arguments are bad.
    – goldPseudo
    Aug 27, 2019 at 14:55
  • @goldPseudo I tried to see how you thought my points were fallacious. I think what happened is you are using deductive reasoning, whereas with Islamic matters you should be using "inductive" reasoning. Deductive reasoning may lead you to assume my points are fallacious whereas they would be perfectly logical using inductive reasoning. Aug 28, 2019 at 2:08

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