I have read a lot about the attitude of the Koran to the Torah, but I have not yet found a normal answer to this question. Look at this verse 2:85.

Then, you are those [same ones who are] killing one another and evicting a party of your people from their homes, cooperating against them in sin and aggression. And if they come to you as captives, you ransom them, although their eviction was forbidden to you. So do you believe in part of the Scripture and disbelieve in part? Then what is the recompense for those who do that among you except disgrace in worldly life; and on the Day of Resurrection they will be sent back to the severest of punishment. And Allah is not unaware of what you do. ([2] Al-Baqarah : 85)

In the verse, the Jews are clearly called to believe in the whole Torah, and not in part of it. Many people write that the Koran confirms only the preserved part of the Torah. But in 2:85, Allah, on the contrary, says that Jews should believe in the whole Torah. That is, Allah calls the whole Torah the truth, not a part of it. How to explain it? After all, many scholars of Islam say that the Torah is distorted, but verse 2:85 says the opposite.

We can say that today's Torah is not identical to the one that was in seventh-century Arabia. Although we have evidence that the Torah has been preserved since the second century (the Sinai Codex, the Alexandrian Codex). But we see that there are many mistakes in today's Torah (as well as in those codes) and that it is not from Allah. So which Torah is the Koran talking about?

  • I can't follow your logic regarding the verse shared it actually shows that although knowing the Torah (or its truth) Jews are not following it. In other words they seem to believe in parts of it and disbelieve in other since they are not acing upon it.
    – Medi1Saif
    Oct 20 at 13:03
  • @Medi1Saif, Yes, in fact, the verse encourages Jews to believe in the whole Scripture. That is, we say that truth and falsehood are mixed in the Torah. But the verse says exactly the opposite.
    – Insan
    Oct 20 at 14:51

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If you go through verses above it in Sura Bakarah (chapter 2), you can see Quran is going through the history of Bani Israel (children of Israel), about the favors they received, the trials they have gone through and how Allah delivered them from these etc. So this verse you are talking about is not discussing the textual accuracy of Torah but about the children of Israel who selectively followed their book while discarding the portions they disliked. They didn't follow part of Torah, not because they believed it is not original text but they disliked what is said, in this verse it is said "though expelling them was unlawful for you."

There is lesson for Muslims in this, that is Muslims can be careful not to selectively follow Quran, instead of following the whole Quran.

  • So this event did not happen in the time of the Prophet?
    – Insan
    Oct 20 at 16:30
  • Quran is going through the history of children of Israel. you can read the verses above and below it to know this.
    – Shafeek
    Oct 20 at 16:32

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