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Do Muslims believe that this book was divinely inspired? Is there contradictions between what the Quran says and what is contained in the Book of Revelations?

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  • What is the book of revelations? There's only the quran for Muslims so what other book you refer to.
    – Medi1Saif
    Feb 7 '18 at 14:17
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    @Medi1Saif it's a book from the Christian scriptures, originally written in Greek. Read about it here. The book is alternately called "Revelation", "Revelations", or "Apocalypse" in English. Here's a copy in English : biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+1. Revelations is one of the most controversial books of the Christian scriptures, as it has some very vivid imagery of the end times. Feb 7 '18 at 15:55
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As Muslims, we do not hold The Revelation as sacred or as holy scripture. We hold several books of the Bible as holy, albeit we believe that a good portion of the original Scripture was distorted over time:

مِّنَ الَّذِينَ هَادُوا يُحَرِّفُونَ الْكَلِمَ عَن مَّوَاضِعِهِ وَيَقُولُونَ سَمِعْنَا وَعَصَيْنَا وَاسْمَعْ غَيْرَ مُسْمَعٍ وَرَاعِنَا لَيًّا بِأَلْسِنَتِهِمْ وَطَعْنًا فِي الدِّينِ ۚ وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ قَالُوا سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا وَاسْمَعْ وَانظُرْنَا لَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَّهُمْ وَأَقْوَمَ وَلَٰكِن لَّعَنَهُمُ اللَّهُ بِكُفْرِهِمْ فَلَا يُؤْمِنُونَ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا

Among the Jews are those who distort words from their [proper] usages and say, "We hear and disobey" and "Hear but be not heard" and "Ra'ina," twisting their tongues and defaming the religion. And if they had said [instead], "We hear and obey" and "Wait for us [to understand]," it would have been better for them and more suitable. But Allah has cursed them for their disbelief, so they believe not, except for a few.

Surat An-Nisa' 4:46

See also Qur'an 3:78.

However, when it comes to The Revelation (among other books in the New Testament) where it is clearly documented that the book was authored by one of the disciples (John, in this case), then the book is not considered to be a revelation from God (albeit that it may have quotes from revelations from God that John may have heard from Jesus) as far as Muslims are concerned.

We believe that Jesus is a prophet and a messenger of Allah and that he received divine revelations. We also believe that his disciples were pious people but did not receive direct revelations from God as they were neither prophets nor messengers of Allah:

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم: أَنَا أَوْلَى النَّاسِ بِعِيسَى الأَنْبِيَاءُ أَبْنَاءُ عَلاَّتٍ وَلَيْسَ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَ عِيسَى نَبِيٌّ

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: "I am most akin to Jesus Christ among the whole of mankind, and all the Prophets are of different mothers but belong to one religion and no Prophet was raised between me and Jesus."

Sahih Muslim 2365, Book 43, Hadith 189

As for the content of the Book of Revelation, there is a good deal that is common with some of the prophecies we believe in as Muslims, but again there is a good deal that we do not believe in as it directly contradicts our holy scripture (Qur'an and hadith), and a greater deal than the two previous ones that we neither confirm nor deny. If you have questions about specific verses, you may want to post them as separate questions.

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The short answer: there are many differences (as well as more than a few similarities) between Christian and Islamic "eschatologies," a term referring to doctrines on "end times," "final destiny," or "last things" (latter closest to the meaning of the term in Greek). The longer answer:

The Book of Revelation (BoR) is only one of many eschatological accounts and teachings given in the Old and New Testaments (not to mention the many Jewish and Christian apocrypha), but itself manages to provide abundant specific details on these matters. Islamic eschatology is, as with Islamic theology generally, more concise and internally unified, as it draws mostly on 2 sources (the Qur'an and Hadith) instead of the substantially larger mass of Hebrew and Christian texts (written by many authors over many more years). That being said, it's also quite detailed, and furthermore Muslims have generated plenty of eschatological commentary over the past ~1400 years. Hence Christian and Islamic eschatologies differ in sufficient detail--though certainly not all--to exceed the bounds of an SE answer. You may wish to consult the following resources:

  1. For a relatively brief discussion of Christian eschatology, see the Wikipedia article.
  2. Ditto for Islamic eschatology.
  3. For a longer and more academic discussion (though still IMHO quite readable) of Islamic eschatology, see William C. Chittick's 2007 article in The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology (OHE). Note that the Chittick article appears not to be paywalled, though at least some of the OHE appears to be.
  4. For much, much more about Christian eschatology, see any of the several OHE articles on various aspects of that topic, and on the topic as viewed from the standpoint of any of several "Distinct Christian Traditions and Theological Movements." As noted above, you may find some of these articles paywalled; but as with most Oxford University Press publications, you should be able to access them from an academic institution (e.g., via a webbrowser on a university library terminal).
  5. There does appear to be (at least) one article directly comparing "some Muslim and Christian [eschatological] data, but it is definitely (at least for me, now) paywalled.

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