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Islam and the Bible
A two-day Seminar
3rd and 4th of March 2001
15: 30 to 17: 30
Islamic Centre of England
140 Maida Vale
London W9 1QB
Tel. 020 7604 3777
Nearest Tubes: Kilburn Park or Maida Vale
Saturday 3rd of March 2001
15:30 to 17:30
First Lecture: Dr. A. Haider
The One True God of the Bible
A selection of the major texts of the Bible referring to the oneness of God
will be examined on the basis of the original Hebrew and Greek texts. The
viewpoint will be to determine how well these texts support the belief in
one God, as opposed to other belief systems which have been supported by
reference to the Bible. The basic issues covered are:
1) whether there is a single, consistent concept of God expressed in the
2) whether the Bible teaches the unity of God or a Trinity, and
3) whether the Biblical concept of God differs from that of Islam in
preserving anthropomorphic features.
The major obstacles for believing that the Bible teaches an Islamic concept
of God are mentioned briefly and dealt with.
Although, the lecture is presented by a scholar of comparative religion, the
methodology is not specifically academic. The academic issues of textual
criticism and sources will not be noted. Rather, the study accepts the Bible
as the document used by the historical religious tradition of Christianity,
and the purpose is to examine the text to see what it, as a Christian
document, actually indicates the authors and eventual editors to have
believed about the vital issue of who and what God is.
Second Lecture: M.S. Bahmanpour
The Torah in the Qur'an
The prophet of Islam regarded himself as the culmination of a long chain of
prophets who all taught the same thing. He did not regard himself as 'a
prodigy among Apostle's' (46/9) nor his Book as the only book of guidance
revealed by the Lord. This being the case, it is quite obvious that the
previous Books of God would have been mentioned in the Qur'an. In fact not
only such a mention is made, but also some contents of those Books are
quoted in passing.
However among all these Books the Torah, the Injeel and their teachings are
treated in an exceptional manner.
This lecture explores the way in which the Torah is treated in the Qur'an.
It tries to approach the subject from three different angles, namely, the contents of the Torah according to the Qur'an, the way its teachings were
received by the Jews, and finally the alterations that according to the
Qur'an were made in it later on. The method used in the discussion would be mainly a content analysis of verses of the Qur'an.
Sunday 4th of March 2001
15:30 to 17:30
First Lecture: Dr. A. Haider
Does the Bible Teach that Jesus (AS) is God?
In this lecture all of the major Biblical texts used by Christians as proof
texts for the deity of Jesus (AS) are examined. Each of them is put in its
context, and examined on the basis of the original languages to see whether
they actually teach what Christians purport. Most of the problems can be
seen as translation issues of passages, which are linguistically ambiguous.
They only prove that Jesus (AS) is God when the translator comes to them
with that bias. The original passages show no such thing at all. Finally,
the issue of how to understand the expression Son of God, which does occur,
though rarely in the Bible, is dealt with.
This lecture does not follow academic methodology. Rather, it takes the
popular Christian proof-text method, which is used in all of the historical
Protestant symbols of faith, and turns it back on the issue of the deity of
Jesus (AS). The scholarly questions of source criticism are not dealt with.
Rather, the lecture is based on the majority text, which represents the
Bible used by Christianity through most of its history and which is more
prejudicial to the lecturer's premise than the oldest manuscripts. Both
lectures are easily followed by lay Christians and Muslims alike.
Second Lecture: M. S. Bahmanpur
The Injeel in the Qur'an
It is frequently stated in the Qur'an that Jesus Christ was given a Book named Injeel. This concept goes very smoothly with the Muslim belief in the
Christ as one of the Messengers of God endued with firmness. However it is totally different a Book from what we have in hand as The New Testament,
which is comparable to a sira book written on the life and times of the
Prophet of Islam.
This lecture examines the concept of Injeel as described in the Qur'an and
tries to shed some light on its contents. It further picks some examples
from the New Testament to compare them with the teachings of the Qur'an and what it quotes from the Injeel. It follows the same method as in the first
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