the 7 holy books in islam

What are the Seven Holy Books?

Are you prepared to go on this fascinating journey into the world of the sacred?

Allah Almighty says in the Noble Quran which is the last holy book: “Indeed We have sent Our Messengers with clear proofs, and revealed with them the Scripture and the Balance (justice) that mankind may keep up justice.” (Quran, 57:25).

But what are these Seven Holy Books, enveloped in holiness and heavenly wisdom?

Prepare to be fascinated as we go into the heart of these ancient books, beginning with Adam’s words.

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1: Words of Adam

Muslims consider Adam to be the first prophet, and they recognize that he was responsible for bringing the message of monotheism and human submission to Allah. Almighty Allah gave him revelation and direction that taught him about morals, faith, and behavior. 

The lessons and wisdom of Adam are revered within the Islamic tradition but are not regarded as an independent sacred book. Rather, they are perceived as a component of the more comprehensive story of heavenly direction throughout human history.

2: Scrolls of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham)

The Scrolls of Ibrahim, or Suhuf Ibrahim in Arabic, are mentioned in Islamic tradition as scriptures delivered to the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) (PBUB).

Muslims believe that the Scrolls of Ibrahim were among the divine revelations given by Allah, but they are not as extensively mentioned or emphasized in Islamic texts as other sacred scriptures such as the Quran, Torah, Zabur, and Injil.

While most Muslims admit the existence of the Scrolls of Ibrahim and recognize them as part of the line of prophethood and revelation, they do not play as important a role in Islamic theology and practice as the last sacred book, the Quran. 

3: Scrolls of Prophet Musa (Moses)

In Islamic tradition, the Scrolls of Musa (Suhuf Musa in Arabic) are thought to be among the scriptures revealed to the Prophet Musa (PBUH). The Quran mentions these scrolls as part of God’s divine revelations to him.

While the Quran does not go into great detail about the content or nature of the Scrolls of prophet Musa, it does affirm their existence and significance as a guide for the Children of Israel during Musa’s lifetime. Muslims believe that these scrolls included laws, commandments, and lessons pertinent to the prophet Musa’s community.

While the Scrolls of Musa are recognized and venerated within Islam as part of the path of prophethood and revelation, they do not hold the same place in Islamic theology and practice as the Quran. The Scrolls of Moses, like other Islamic texts such as the Torah, Zabur, and Injil, are thought to have been superseded by the Quran, which Muslims believe to be Allah’s final and most authoritative revelation.

4: Tawrat (Torah)

In Islam, the Tawrat, commonly known as the Torah, is regarded as one of the sacred books revealed by Allah to the Prophet Musa (peace be upon him). Muslims believe that the Torah, like the Quran, is divinely inspired and serves as a source of instruction and rule.

The Quran expressly mentions the Torah as one of the scriptures given to the prophet Musa.

“And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous.” (Quran 5:46).

Muslims regard the Torah as part of their belief in the series of prophets and revelations that include Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus, among others (peace be with them). However, they believe that the Torah’s original message has been distorted or perverted throughout time. Thus, while the Torah is revered as a holy book, Muslims see the Quran as God’s final and most authoritative revelation, exceeding all prior scriptures.

5: Zabur (Psalms)

“And to David, We gave the book [of Psalms].” (Quran 17:55)

In Islam, the Zabur, commonly known as the Psalms, is one of the holy books believed to have been revealed by Allah to the Prophet Dawud (David) (peace be upon him).

The Quran mentions the Zabur as one of the scriptures delivered to Dawud, alongside the Torah to Musa and the Injil to Isa. The Zabur is a collection of hymns, prayers, and poetic expressions of faith, thankfulness, and supplication that are credited to Prophet Dawud.

Muslims believe that the Zabur originated divinely and serves as a source of direction and inspiration, but they also believe that the original message has been transformed or corrupted throughout time. As a result, while the Zabur is revered as a holy book, Muslims see the Quran as the last and most authoritative revelation from Allah, replacing all prior texts. 

6: Injil (Gospel)

The Injil as it is called in Islam or Gospel is one of the holy books that is believed to have been revealed by Allah to the Prophet Isa (Jesus) (peace be upon him). The Injil is mentioned in the Quran as one of the scriptures given to Isa, along with the Torah given to Musa and the Zabur given to Dawud.

The lessons, parables, and narratives of prophet Isa’s life and ministry that were captured by his disciples and adherents are found in the Injil. As part of their belief in the lineage of prophets and revelations, Muslims nonetheless hold the Injil in high regard, even though it is not as frequently cited in Islamic practice as the Quran.

As a source of direction and spiritual teachings, Muslims acknowledge the divine origin of the Injil, but they also hold that the original message may have been modified or tainted over time. As a result, Muslims regard the Quran as the last and most authoritative revelation from Allah, replacing all earlier texts.

7: The Last Holy Book; the Quran

“And We send down of the Quran that which is healing and mercy for the believers…” (Quran 17:82).

The Quran is considered the final source of wisdom for humanity as a whole, validating and surpassing other scriptures, such as the Scrolls of Musa.

It is believed to be the word of Allah as communicated to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through the angel Jibril (Gabriel). It is regarded as the supreme authority on faith, practice, and morality for Muslims.

The Quran is made up of 114 chapters, known as surahs, that vary in length and address a wide range of topics including life, theology, ethics, and law. It is written in Arabic and is renowned for its literary beauty and linguistic mastery.

Muslims believe that the Quran is God’s final revelation, completing and confirming the messages of earlier prophets like Adam, Ibrahim, Musa, and Isa (peace be upon them). It is frequently repeated and memorized in Arabic by Muslims all around the world, and translations are available in a variety of languages to help people who do not speak Arabic.

Allah Almighty says in Quran 3:3-4: “[It is] He Who has sent down the Book (the Quran) to you (Muhammad (PBUH)) with truth, confirming what came before it. And he sent down the Torah and the Injeel. Aforetime, as a guidance to mankind, And He sent down the Furqaan (The Criterion) [of judgment between right and wrong (this Quran)].”

The Quran is a comprehensive guide for Muslims, offering spiritual nourishment, moral instruction, and a foundation for living a decent life by Allah’s will. It is greatly revered and appreciated by Muslims, who hold it in high regard and endeavor to follow its precepts every day.

In conclusion, from the calm gardens of Eden, when Adam murmured the Words of Creation, to the last sacred book revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), each book contains the seeds of peace, the promise of salvation, and humanity’s eternal relationship with the Divine.

They are not just manuscripts; they are vessels of wisdom, gateways to transcendence, and keys to divine blessings.

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