Why should we rely on scriptures and how much these books are authenticate, how could we identify their authenticity?

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Scriptures of all religions: are they authentic? like: Bhavishya Puran, and vedas Bible Quran, if your answer is yes, then how would we come to know that every thing which has been mentioned in the holy scriptures, are exist or were exist in our nature: such as story of Adam and Eve, were they really exist?
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As Muslims, we believe in Hz. Moses, Hz. Dawud and Hz. Isa (Jesus) and the divine books that were sent to them; the Torah, the Psalms and the Bible and we have no doubt that they have no ruling against the true religion of oneness. However, these books could not be protected and thus they were distorted.

Now, we cannot say that the books that the Jews and Christians have no parts related with the revelation that were sent to the prophets. However, there is also no doubt that these books contain superstitious and false beliefs. Thus, we always deal with these books cautiously. We accept that the rulings in them which are in compliance with the Qur’an are the products of revelation. We consider the rulings that are against the Qur’an as later additions. We remain silent when the information in them is neither in compliance with nor opposite the Qur’an. We will neither accept nor reject them in that case. For, there is a possibility that the information in these books can either be revelation or not.

Abu Hurayrah (RA) said the following on this issue: «The people of the book used to read the Torah in Hebrew language. And they used to translate it to Muslims in Arabic. On this issue, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said to his companions the following: Do not approve or reject the words of the People of the Book.

Say ye: "We believe, in Allah and the revelation given to us and to Abraham Isma`il Isaac Jacob and the Tribes and that given to Moses and Jesus and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord we make no difference between one and another of them and we bow to Allah (in Islam)."(al-Baqara, 2/136)

The previous prophets were sent for some nations for a certain period of time. Their books were valid for those nations for a limited time period too. For this reason, Allah didn't protect those books. Because, when the period of a prophet finishes or his book is distorted, Allah sends another prophet and an another book. But the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the last prophet who has been sent for all times and places. Since there will be no any other prophet after him and if Allah didn't protect the Qur'an, the people of the latter ages would not be able to find the true way.

The things Allah has created on the earth are not the same as each other. He ties some of them to causes and creates some of them without any causes or means. For example, although every person comes from a mother and a father, He created Adam (pbuh) without a mother and a father, Jesus (pbuh) without a father and Eve without a mother. It means he sometimes acts out of general laws.

Moreover, with regards to laws, fire burns, the Moon does not split into two, trees do not walk and sticks do not transform into snakes. However, with the order and desire of Allah, Abraham (pbuh) did not burn, the Moon was splitted into two, the tree walked by the Prophet’s (pbuh) order and the stick of Moses (pbuh) became a snake.

Moreover, while some prophets came and were killed by the communities they were sent to, Allah protected some of His prophets such as Moses, Abraham and Muhammad (pbuh).

The same situation can be valid for the books. Allah, who let the other books be changed, prevented the Noble Qur’an from being changed by His particular beneficence. For that reason, He indicated that the Qur’an is under His private protection. Allah, who prevented Abraham (pbuh) from burning in the fire, also protected the Qur’an to be changed.

Our souls and satans cannot ask why He did not prevent his other prophets from being killed but protected Abraham; they cannot express their opinion regarding the issue, either.

Will you please click on the links below;

How has the Qur’an remained free from distortion?

If Allah had willed, he would have sent only one divine religion; why did he allow the formation of three different religions?

Since the divine books other than the Qur’an were distorted, why does the religion of Islam order us to have belief in for them?

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