This treatise is in refutation of the booklet, “Evidence for the Collection of the Qur’aan”, written by one Christian missionary, Mr. John Gilchrist. The booklet of Gilchrist is merely a page from the long Christian history of abortive attempts to assail the integrity and authenticity of the Qur’aan Shareef. But, as all previous Christian writers and other enemies of Islam have failed in the attempt to blacken the glory of the Qur’aan’s glittering authenticity, so too, does Gilchrist follow suit. He has miserably failed in his scheme.
Gilchrist tries to compare the bible with the Qur’aan in regard to authenticity. To say the least, this claim is laughable. This is not the occasion to present arguments for the refutation of this fallacy. If Allah wills, a separate treatise shall be prepared to adequately expose the fallacy of the comparison of the bible with the Qur’aan Majeed.
Despite his dilatory ramblings directed against the Qur’aan Majeed, Gilchrist is constrained by the I’jaaz and the Divine nature of the Qur’aan Hakeem to droop his head and feebly confess:
“… whereas the Qur’aan may have been remarkably transcribed, even to the point of inerrancy, from the time of Uthman…”
“Remarkably transcribed even to the point of inerrancy” is indeed a remarkable, if not gracious, confession from a man set out to denigrate the authenticity of the Qur’aan Majeed. Gilchrist is not the solitary soul among the non-Muslim critics of the Qur’aan who have conceded the remarkable authenticity of the Qur’aan Shareef. Many other hostile critics have conceded, albeit reluctantly, the high degree of accuracy and authenticity of the glorious Qur’aan. No book can ever hope to compare with the Qur’aan Majeed in authenticity and in “inerrancy” of transcription.
No matter how hard the detractors of the Qur’aan blow their trumpets, they cannot achieve their heart’s desire and aim of faulting the authenticity of the Qur’aan. It is for this reason that we find repeated attempts by Christian writers to sully the Qur’aan’s authenticity. But, each time an attempt is made, failure is the result, hence the attempt is renewed by another adversary of the Qur’aan. But, all such attempts are perpetually doomed to failure for the Qur’aan Majeed declares:
“They desire to blow out the Noor of Allah with their mouths. But, Allah will complete His Noor even though the kaafiroon detest it.” [Qur’aan]
[Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]
Mujlisul Ulama of S.A.