The Quran makes a claim, that if true, makes it a book above all others, a wonder to behold. It is a book that should always be on the top shelf in every home, encased in a golden-glass chest in every library. There is no middle ground here, The Quran makes the claim that it is God’s final and best and lasting and holiest and most infallible and most beautifull book ever to be written. It is for all men to read and live by. It claims to have no equal on earth for it is perfectly copied, word for word, sentence by sentence, thought by thought, dot from the eternal Quran in heaven (Cf. Surahs 2:87; 3:3; 4:163; 5:46; 6:34,115; 10:64). The claim almost takes your breath away.
The RASM (pronounced ROS-SIM) is the purest text in Arabic Islam. The Quran we are told was originally written from a fifteen letter Arabic alphabet. There were no vowels in the seventh century when the Quran was sent down to Mohammed. This is the text that never changes because it is the preserved text used in heaven. Contrary to what some Imams are peddling the Birmingham Folios (British Library) are not from the seventh century and proof of the preserved Quran. They are pre-Islamic and from the sixth century about AD 545 and Mohammed was born in AD 570.
If I had to travel over mountain passes and through forests, cross seas and deserts; travel to the other side of the world, I would give up my life savings to buy and hold in my hands such a book. I would tremble as I held it between my fingers for the first time and dared to turn its first page. As I looked with glazed eyes on such a wonder, I am sure I would feel tears running down my face, I would feel like I was knocking on heaven’s door and wondering what is the first greatest revelation that will dawn upon me, who will be the first person I will meet as its holy pages unfolded before me like a flower to the sun.
Who would not want to read such a book if you placed it in their hands. Here you would behold the mind of God. You would learn some of his greatest thoughts and especially what he thinks of you as a creation from his own hands. You would not want to die before you held such a holy book in your sinful hands. This is the claim of the Quran, This is the claim it makes of itself. If its claim is true, I shall follow it all the days of my life. I shall pattern my life after it and encourage my children to do so as well. However, if I find that you have lied to me; if I find you have plagiarized it, if I find you have tried to deceive me, I would brand you as the greatest liar that ever lived. I shall from now on call you Beelzebub, the “father of lies;” not the world’s greatest true prophet but the world’s greatest false prophet, a son of Satan. Why make such a declaratio, a ‘hill to die on’? Because if true, I have everything to gain, If false, I have everything to lose, my soul, my eternal destiny. What other choice could an honest seeker make. If its claims prove untrue then the book and it author(s) are fit only for the fire. Even a dumpster is too good for a book that makes the claim to be 100% perfect and upon inspection proves to be 100% imperfect. To trust in its claims will prove to be as fatal as King Ahab’s trust in his armor (I Kings 22:29-40). It is not worthy of any bookshelf, not worthy of a moment of a serious seekers time. Here is the test of truth that not one person can tap dance around; one hole proves the bucket is not leak proof, one error proves a book is not error proof, one lie proves the prophet is a fake.
We are told that there are (to this point in time) six major manuscripts copied from the 650 AD Quran. 1. The Topkapi Mushaf, 2.The Sammargand Mushaf, 3. The Ma’il, 4. The Houseini, 5. The Petropolitanus, 6. The San’ta. But research shows that all six are from the eigth century. We are told that the Quran was completed in 650 AD. If true, why than are all these six copies so late. Why were all the copies earlier than 650 AD all gathered up and burned. If they were inerrant, would it not be sacrilegious to do so. The nearer the watershed the purer the stream. No such manuscripts should have ever been burned. There is only one obvious reason, they all contradicted each other . You cannot square a circle. A five year textual study by Muslim scholars proved beyond all reasonable doubt that all six copies are eighth century and are not in unison with each other. They contain bad spelling, later changes, conflicting theology. None of the six agree word for word, dot for dot, thought for thought. None of the six contain all 114 surahs or chapters.
Scholar Dan Brubaker (PhD) studied ten of the top Qurans and documented over 1000 corrections in them. You do not change something perfectly sent down from heaven. Within their pages he discovered insertions, removals, overwriting’s, hiding of words. These cold, hard, undeniable, flat out facts prove that the Quran was not sent down from heaven. If the 650 AD Quran was the perfect Quran why did these changes continue until the eigth century or for another 150 + years.
These few fatal facts, plus a scores more, deliver the coup-de-grace to the Imams titanic claim that Mohammed is the last and greatest of the prophets and that the Quran is the last and greatest revelation to man. So much for the claims of eternal, infallible, unchangeable, sent down, exact (Surah 85:22). There is only one person who can live up to that claim and it is the personal, living Word of God Himself, Jesus Christ who said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Dr. Robert Bryant