Samuel Green Changes Views on the Bible


Muslims have always been clear on the status of the Qur’an and Qur’anic translations. The Qur’an is scripture only in the Arabic language, translations of the Qur’an into other languages are only representations of the Qur’an, they are representations of scripture but not scripture in and of themselves. As such, a Muslim’s salaah or prayer is only valid if one recites the Qur’an in Arabic, the original language in which it was revealed. A Muslim fully understands that the English translation of the Qur’an can be wrong, as a translation depends on the understanding of the translator. Therefore, a translation is representative of someone’s understanding of the Qur’an from its original language to a different language. Whereas the Qur’an itself in Arabic is as God has revealed it. This is why, when missionaries criticise the Qur’an, they immediately go to the English translation which best suits their understanding as opposed to the primary text of the Qur’an in Arabic. Christians have boasted that the Bible is a scripture regardless of what language it is in. The New Testament originally written in Greek, is equally scripture alongside an English or Chinese translation. Whereas, for a Muslim, the Qur’an in Arabic is scripture and the Qur’an in English is a representation or interpretation of the scripture, they are not equal.

This however, may no longer be the case with Pastor Samuel Green. Posed with a question concerning a Syriac version of the New Testament, instead of defending it as scripture, he discarded the Syriac version as merely a translation which is not the same as the original. Pastor Samuel, has indeed now accepted the Muslim belief that only the original is scripture and the translation is not! I was very surprised to see him using this view, knowing that I have never heard him say this before.

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For once, we Muslims can agree with the Pastor. Translations should be treated as translations and scripture treated as scripture!

and Allah knows best!

 

7 comments

  • So, salaah is only valid if recited in Arabic, but dawah can be done in any language? I guess that means dawah is not a valid form of worship for muslims?

  • Salaah is only one form of ‘Ibadah. There’s no restriction on language for da’wah or islah.

  • So which merits you greater chance of entering jannah?

  • Sorry, I don’t understand your question. Can you re-state it for me?

  • If one is to follow the commands of Allah, or the sunnah, does performing salaah in arabic tip the scales greater than doing dawah in your heart language? Which act will contribute in a greater way to ensure entering jannah? Or are both equal?

  • paulus ,

    i quote :

    Xianity is like a pinball game where there’s only two types of things in the gameboard: “Sin,” which earns you negative points, and “Communion” which brings your score back to zero. It is possible to earn a positive score, but only if you cheat. But in order to cheat, you have to be a god. If you don’t happen to be a god, forget it. Why would anyone in an arcade waste a quarter playing this silly game?

    so paulus polluted and orginal sin stained christian is going to get into heaven stained and polluted.
    it doesn’t matter to his god what paulus did because it is USELESS judging a stained christian . this god paulus worships says ,” my , my , my my suffering”
    ” my , my , my ,my blood”

    so no judgement on deeds
    no judgement on QUALITY of repentance

    and no judgement on INTENTIONS

    why better your intentions when “there is NOTHING one can do” ?

    you can hold a bloody cross and pray with bloody hands and eat blood and eat flesh all you like, how is that going to DE STAIN your STAINED and polluted nature?

  • In Islamic Shari’ah, there are categories of precedence. Wajib, Fard, Sunnah and Nafil.

    Salaah is Wajib (obligatory). Da’wah differs in the order of precedence, some say it is commanded and so it is a Fard al Ayn (obligatory on each person), others say it is Fard al Kifayah (obligatory on the community, not on a single individual).

    It depends on which madh’ab, or school of thought one follows. Either way, Salaah takes precedence over Da’wah. Hope that answers your question.

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