A certain commentor, tong sam pah, who is apparently a convert to Islam, was busy insinuating that the Bible was changed.
To which I responded, that the Judeo-Christian scriptures cannot possibly have been changed due to there being 6 billion printed Bibles, tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts, the Dead Sea Scrolls from 300 B.C. being 99.95% the same as today’s Bible, etc.
And he also insinuated that Christians have tried to change the Muslim scriptures before but failed, and warned us not to try again.
To which I pointed out that we don’t need to do any such thing, because his own Caliph Uthman already did so!
Readers might therefore be interested to learn that the first recorded burning of the Qur’an was a conflagration of many Qur’ans in fires ordered by the third “rightly guided Caliph,” Uthman ibn Affan (644-656 A.D. ). According to Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 6, Book 61, Number 510, as narrated by Anas bin Malik
- Caliph Uthman destroyed all variants of the Quran (www.parapundit.com/archives/001519.html) – yes there were many – and banned non-Arabic translations in order to keep it pure, according to his own version of it.
- When Caliph Uthman “standardised” the Quran, he destroyed all other copies than the one used by Muhammad’s widow, Hafsah; which was the basis for the “standard” version. Then, at her death, her copy was also destroyed. But sufficient records have survived to show that there were many quite significant variations.
Haha! So I asked him,
Was Caliph Uthman a prophet? (No, according to your own beleifs, Mohammed was the last.)
Was he infallible, sinless and perfect? (No, according to your beliefs, only a prophet is sinless.)
Was his judgement unquestionable? (No, according to your beliefs, only prophets led by Allah have perfect judgement.)
If not, how can you know he did not destroy the true Quran and keep a false Quran – the same Quran you read today?
Ask yourself carefully, and determine if you can know whether your Quran really is unchanged from what Allah gave Mohammed… Or if you have been reading false scriptures ever since the time of Caliph Uthman.
I thus challenge him and all who have an opinion to refute my claims which are backed by history and the narrative of the Hadith:
Caliph Uthman, a fallible and non-Allah led normal human, destroyed all the copies of the Quran he did not like.