A talk on the authenticity of the Quran
KUCHING: At ‘The Authenticity of the Quran’ talk held at the Islamic Information Centre (IIC) the speaker recently, Assoc Prof Dr Ammar Fadzil, a lecturer from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) spoke on the authenticity of the Quran.
A lecturer at IIUM’s Department of Quran and Sunnah, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, Dr Ammar explained the facts as well as false statements behind the delivery of the Qur’an, and assured to participants that the Quran was authentic and had not been changed.
Maintaining its authenticity would be in keeping with what God had stated in Qur’an 15:9 that He would surely protect Quran from any corruption and that such guarantee of protection is borne by Almighty God Himself.
The verse says: “Indeed, it is We (God) who sent down the Quran and indeed, We will be its guardian”.
Dr Ammar added: “Quran is the only divine scripture which enjoys such guarantee because it has been destined to be the last divine scripture for mankind. Thus such protection comes, for example, through the process of learning and reading Quran directly from teachers in which we can see all Muslims around the world reading the same Quran although some of them do not understand the meaning of Qur’an because they are not Arab.
“In addition to this Muslims since the time of the Prophet Muhammad have started to write down and compile the Quran.”
He clarified that the recording and narrating traditions of the time, coupled with the writing down of the Prophet Muhammad’s dictation by scribes at the time of his revelation ensured that the transmitted report coming down through the centuries was authentic and reliable.
“The Holy Quran is the greatest of all books. Through it, God speaks to humankind. He shows us His mercy, His love, His justice, and His wisdom. It is guidance, a light in the darkness, and a comfort to the heart. It is a most important book indeed.”
The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Islam programme was initiated in 2011 as an interactive platform for the public – especially people of other faiths – to ask questions, seek clarification, gather information, and gain insight into the teaching of Islam, in line with IIC’s obligation as a center that endeavors to create better understanding of Islamic ideals, principles and values that transcend all cultures.
About 250 participants from government agencies, corporate organisations, Islamic NGOs, community-based organisations, institutions of higher learning as well as interested members of the public attended the talk.