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A Perfect Quran - By Brother Mark

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It is for the purpose of providing the followers of Islam with sound, verified Islamic evidence that every piece of evidence in this book has been personally verified by the writer. Many, many months of personal letter for letter complete comparison of the authorised versions of the Arabic texts lies behind it. Thus this is not something written from mere hearsay. Each perspective was accumulated and verified by the writer himself while examining the topics in question.
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  A ³Perfect´ Quran Brother Mark Fo rew o rd   I ntr o ducti o n   Preface   Part 1The Gist o f the Matter   Part 2   The True State o f the Qur'an   Part 3   Miracul o us ?   Part 4   The Qur'an On I ts Own is Useless   Part 5   A 'Shari'ah' And 'Divine Pr o tecti o n'?   Part 6   C o nclusi o ns We Must Draw On I slam   Part 7   The True Perspective   Part 8   The 'Pr oo f'   Part 9   The C o venant-L o ve Of G o d   A F IN AL CALL   Dicti o nary o f Terms   Bibli og raphy   AppendicesA,B,C,D- are m o re appr o priately accessed fr o m the text wherethey are menti o ned.   Dia g rams and Plates (many) - are o nly accessed fr o m their menti o n in thetext.  Fo rew o rd  It should be that when every true Believer in the death of Jesus Christ for Sin follows Jesus¶command and shares the Message of the Gospel with his friends in Islam that the Messageshould be given a credible hearing.Yet our friends in Islam seem preconditioned against hearing. They seem caught behind a veil of misinformation both concerning the Qur¶an and the Gospel.It is hoped that this book will rectify that blockage, and that it will open the door to honestcommunication between those in Islam and true Christians. That may seem a heady objective, but it is the writer¶s sincere hope.It should not be viewed as µan attack¶, but as a certifying of beliefs and assertions.Examine it. Consider it. Pray ( duah ) over what the evidence proclaims. Make your decision onthe Way to Heaven or Hell based on evidence, not on misinformation.May the Lord God of Abraham give the reader the guidance he seeks.As for the writer, he can make no apology for the deficiencies of the work, for the task wasundertaken knowing his personal inadequacies.While hoping to find something useful to use in speaking to the followers of Islam the writer came upon the article by Adrian Brockett µ The Value of the Hafs and Wars transmissions for theTextual History of the Qur¶an ¶, and subsequently read Brockett¶s Ph.D.. These provided theknowledge from which the writer was able to proceed in investigation of the Qur¶anic textsdespite his own great inadequacies. Upon reading Islamic materials on the Qur¶an and Islam, theentire perspective became enlarged to include many other matters.The book is simply a compilation of what the writer came to understand, mostly over the period1994-1999. Through this period many things were already written up when new material wasencountered. What began as 80 pages has become more than 500, yet the reader should not feelintimidated for some 90 pages are Appendices and there are also many full page diagrams andreproductions. Rearrangement was a constant matter. The Samarqand MSS was last, except for those late insertions of materials from the Internet which date into Sept. / Oct. 1999. This isreally a µ2nd edition¶ compared to what was srcinally posted on the Internet in June 1999.The writer does not claim to be a scholar on Islam. Neither is the book written on an µacademic¶level for the writer is not an µacademic¶. But then most of us are not. The purpose is simply to present evidence to meet the claims made by many in Islam concerning the Gospels, the Qur¶anand Islam. Some are looking for clarity on these matters knowing that Heaven and Hell andJudgement Day are a reality and they put their hope in God that others (even the weakest ) willhelp them by pointing the Way.Concerning the content on the Arabic side, it is written to record the evidence on a simple levelsince most readers, indeed most in Islam, don¶t µknow¶ Arabic at all. When there has been morethan a simple presentation of actual letter comparison the writer has consulted some who areknowledgeable in the language to ensure the accuracy. Such persons have read the entire text. Donot be µoutwitted¶ about the overall value of what is found herein.May the Lord make it useful For Those Who Seek Truth.      I ntr o ducti o n  As-salam u µA laikum.The followers of Islam proclaim openly their Belief that the Qur¶an is µthe Word of Allah¶,Perfect and Preserved. Some even use the phrase µread Al-Qur¶an the Last Testament¶. But doany of these perspectives truly represent the Qur¶an?After prolonged verification of articles by classical and modern Islamic scholars concerning thetext of the Qur¶an and many other matters, the present writer is convinced that all in Islam whoare truly concerned for Heaven and Hell need to take a careful look at these matters.They need to examine their own accepted scholarly sources as well as the Arabic texts of theQur¶ans in print and decide if their beliefs about the Qur¶an agree with the content of thesesources. Some who have examined the evidence have come away bewildered.It is for the purpose of providing the followers of Islam with sound, verified Islamic evidence thatevery piece of evidence in this book has been personally verified by the writer. Many, manymonths of personal letter for letter complete comparison of the authorised versions of the Arabictexts lies behind it. Thus this is not something written from mere hearsay. Each perspective wasaccumulated and verified by the writer himself while examining the topics in question.The materials cited concerning the text of the Qur¶an are classical and well-known modernIslamic sources. What is presented concerning the Qur¶an are the facts as the well-knownclassical and modern scholars of Islam have set them out and as the texts indicate.Often, along with the quotations, replicas of the entire pages of the Qur¶anic texts as well as those pertaining to the writings of the classical or modern scholar are provided so that the reader can perceive the srcinal context as it is.[NOTE: All representations of the Arabic Qur¶anic texts are scans of the srcinal texts so that, for example, any Arabic pertaining to the Turkish text or the Warsh text is scanned from that text,etc.. In some scans circles are added to highlight the significant section and this is mentioned.]This has two purposes. Firstly, so that as followers of Islam you are able to see the sources sinceyou may not have access to them, while those who do can also establish their authenticity.Secondly, so that as followers of Islam, having no time for a book written concerning the Qur¶an by a Christian, you can find confidence to approach the materials as coming from acceptableIslamic sources. Thus there is no reason to regard them with suspicion.The overall Islamic sources cited are varied. As the Bibliography indicates, they include not onlyclassical writings, but even writings published by the UK Islamic Academy, the IslamicFoundation UK, Dr. Bilal Philips (at one time of the Islamic Information Centre, Dubai, UAE ) ,and other authors and publications which are openly available in many Sunni Islamic bookstoresin the UK. Even some booklets of I.P.C.I. (Islamic Propagation Centre International / IslamicVision ) have been cited, for although it is recognised that Mr. Deedat and his theology hold nocredibility with the ulema and most in Islam, his points find favour among many.The writer mentions these matters because often those in Islam are not aware just how much thenon-Islamic writer understands concerning Islam. They wonder Does he think all that is called  µIslam¶ is the same? The present writer is aware that extreme differences exist, not only betweenthe Sunni and Shi¶a [to quote a Shi¶a scholar to a Sunni is like quoting a Roman Catholic to aProtestant, and vice versa] but between the followers of the  M  adhabs and those known as the la-  M  adhabis (those who reject restriction to the four   M  adhabs ) including the so-called Salafiyyah  sect.All these have been used, for, although knowing these groups differ in many areas, when it comesto a stand for the Qur¶an anyone in these groups holds it as of Divine srcin and they make thesame statements concerning beliefs about its µPerfection and Protection¶.It is also recognised that in other areas of discussion not all groups in Islam hold to the same perspectives. However, quotations from the various groups are used. This is not done in a fashionto mislead as to what Islam is, but in a fashion to bring a breadth of perspective on variousmatters. It is recognised that in such cases the reader will recognise which citations represent hisown group. No incorrect perspective has been wilfully presented in any area.May the reader examine what is presented here with a heart that is willing toacknowledge truth before the true God.Finally, the writer apologises for any departure from an appropriate attitude of heart.-Brother Mark  PRE F ACE  Surely no religion on the face of the earth makes such bold claims for itself as Islam does. As thecommentator of  Sahih  M  uslim states a small portion of those claims: Muhammad (may peace be upon him ) is the last of the Prophets; his followers arethe last of the Ummahs, the Qur¶an is the last revealed Book of Allah, and theShari¶ah of Islam is the last of Shari¶ahs. On the Day of resurrection, however, theholy Prophet would occupy the highest place of eminence among the Prophets andhis Ummah would be distinguished from the other Ummahs. (Vol.2, p. 405,footnote #1126 ) .Certainly no religion makes a bolder claim for what it asserts is its µBook¶. Yet, the followers of Islam tell us it isn¶t they who make the claims for the Qur¶an, but that the Qur¶an¶ contains theclaims. To them that means it is the reliable Word of the True God and must be believed.Furthermore, the followers of Islam assert that the Qur¶an has offered itself for testing for fourteen centuries, and it has stood the test of time, and man.But, the Qur¶an only offers a narrow range of testing to prove its authenticity, and the questiondoes come to mind that even if someone did offer µa Surah like it¶, would most in Islam beknowledgeable enough about Arabic to make such an assessment? Anyway, simply on thegrounds of their beliefs no devout follower of Islam would acknowledge that another piece of literature could equal the Qur¶an.
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