The Injil (Arabic إنجيل (or Injeel) is one of the five Islamic Holy Books the Qur'an records as revealed by God, the others being the Suhuf Ibrahim, Zabur, Tawrat and Qur'an.The word "Injil" is derived from Greek word "Ευαγγέλιον" ("evangelium).

Muslims generally believe the Gospel or the New Testament to have been corrupted over time. Some also hold the view that the "Injil" is a lost book, different from the New Testament which was either written by the apostles or people connected to them.

In the Qur'an

The word "Injil" occurs twelve times in the Qur'an (III, 2, 43, 58; V, 50, 51, 70, 72, 110; VII, 156; IX, 112; XLVIII, 29; LVII, 27) and refers to the revelation transmitted by Isa (Jesus). The word also means the scripture possessed and read by the ChristianFact|date=July 2008 contemporaries of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad (V, 65 - 68; VII, 156) (that is, the four Gospels), often extended in current usage to mean the whole of the New Testament. Although the Qu'ran refers to the message of Isa, the contents of the revelation contained in the "Injil" transmitted by Isa is not known from the Qur'an.

Difference from the Gospels

Muslim scholars generally dispute that "Injil" refers to either the entire New Testament or the four Gospels. Others believe the "Injil" was not a physical book, but simply a set of teachings. The word "Injil" is used in the Qur'an, the Hadith and early Muslim documents to refer specifically to the revelations made by God to Isa, and is used by both Muslims and some Arabic-speaking Christians today.

Accuracy and authority

Some Muslim scholars Who|date=March 2008 believe that the Injil has undergone tahrif, that the meaning or words were distorted, passages were suppressed and others added. They point to the fact that Christians claim Jesus (who Muslims believe to be a revered but mortal Messenger of God) to be God incarnate or the Son of God as definitive proof that the Injil as interpreted by modern Christians has been corrupted, given that this violates the unitary nature of God and monotheism (tawheed).

Disputed areas of text within the "Injil" include references where Jesus is called the Son of God by his followers and the events that occurred after Jesus' death. Muslims generally believe that instead of Jesus dying on the cross and then being resurrected, he was never crucified and but was taken into heaven.

Although parts of the "Injil" are generally believed to have been corrupted over time, the original "Injil" is, nonetheless, a revelation from God to Isa in the eyes of Muslims. It is therefore treated as such, and belief in it is necessary, as is prescribed by one of the six Islamic articles of faith.

Many Muslims still believe that, of the books sent by God ("al-kutub"), only the Qur’an does not suffer from "tahrif" and is considered to be flawless (in contrast to Tawrat, Zabur and Injil) and still existing (in contrast to the Suhuf Ibrahim).

ee also

* Biblical narratives and the Qur'an
* Christianity and Islam
* List of Christian terms in Arabic
* Qur'an
* Suhuf Ibrahim
* Tawrat
* Zabur

External links

* [ Islamic View of the Bible]
* [ A discussion of the Injil and some other scriptures]
* [ Study regarding the Injeel]
* [ An additional Islamic view from]

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