Q & A: Studying the Taurah?


Question: I was motivated by a review published in a Muslim magazine to read a book which claims to reveal the secrets of the Taurah. After reading the book I am very much confused...

Answer: During the farewell pilgrimage, Allah Ta’ala revealed the following verse to Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam): “Today I have perfected for you your religion and I have completed my favour upon you and I am pleased with Islam as your religion” (Surah Maaidah, v3). Thus our Deen is perfect and complete. In various verses Allah Ta’ala has described the Qur’an as the Book of Guidance and Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) as the last and final Messenger. The Qur’an further testifies that the Jews and Christians tampered, altered and distorted their scriptures. Thus the source of guidance for a true believer is the Qur’an and Sunnah, NOT THE TAURAH. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: “Do not ask the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) anything (about religion), for verily they can never guide you since they are astray themselves” (Kanzul Ummaal). In another narration Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Do not take any guidance in Deen from the People of the Book, for verily they have gone astray and led those before you into clear deviation” (Ibid). 


Once a person who had copied some scriptures of the Jews was brought before Sayyiduna Umar (radhiyallahu anhu). The Khalifa lashed him, instructed him to erase everything he had recorded and warned him never to read it to anyone. He then related how angered Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was when he (Sayyiduna Umar [radhiyallahu anhu]) once came to him with some Jewish scripture. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) forbade him from reading it and warned: “Do not fall into confusion and do not let those who are confused deceive you.” (Majma’uz Zawaaid 1/435)


It is beyond the scope of this newsletter to present a detailed rebuttal of the book in question. The author states that it is a “symbolic translation” of a book written by a Rabbi Shimon Bar in the 4th century. This itself is sufficient to explain to a Believer that this book cannot give him any guidance. In order to get a very brief glimpse of the deviation in this book, consider the following paragraph: “Our duty is to this “Book of the Secrets of the Taurah”, and our stay on earth is to use it to correct man’s path to understanding his purpose on Earth and his goal to his Creator. The Taurah being a book of the Creator is one of the books mentioned by our Prophet [SAW] which the Creator has ordained for us. This is perhaps the first attempt to bring its valuable lessons into the Religion.” (pg 195)

The deviation in the above passage is clear as daylight. A Believer’s duty is to Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). He follows the Qur’an and Sunnah to understand his purpose on earth and reach his goal – not the writings of a Rabbi. Furthermore, while every Mu’min believes that the original Taurah revealed to Sayyiduna Musa (alaihis salaam) was the Book of Allah Ta’ala, only the Qur’an was ordained upon us and not any other scripture. The Qur’an and Sunnah are also complete and perfect and no other lessons need to be brought into it.

A very decisive narration is reported by Sayyiduna Jaabir (radhiyallahu anhu) in this regard. He relates that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: By that Being in whose hands is the life of Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), if (Sayyiduna) Musa (alaihis salaam) were to appear among you and you follow him and leave my teachings, you would go astray from the Straight Path. Had he (Musa alaihis salaam) been alive and had appeared in my time, he would have certainly followed me” (Sunan Daarmi). 

Nevertheless, you should take a lesson from  this experience and not be misled by reviews to read just any book. Some books could corrupt your imaan. Therefore always first check with an experienced Aalim.             

May Allah Ta’ala guide us to the straight path and save us from every deviation.


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