Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia: Qur'an Is "Dominant" Over the Bible; "We Don't Need...Any Other Book"

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Translated from the original Arabic by Al Mutarjim


Question: Is it permissible to use the stories of the prophets in the Gospels and in the Torah and other Israeli scriptures?

Answer: Almighty God said: "These are the verses of the perspicuous book. We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'an, in order that ye may learn wisdom. We do relate unto thee the most beautiful of stories, in that we reveal to thee this portion of the Qur'an. Before this, thou too was among those who knew it not" [Qur'an 12:1-3]. He (also) said: "Such are some of the stories of the unseen, which we have revealed unto thee: before this, neither thou nor thy people knew them" [Qur'an 11:49]. The stories in the Qur'an are more valuable than any others--we don't need the Torah, or Gospels, or any other book. We believe that truth was sent down to the prophets, but God has enriched us more with the Qur'an and its stories than with all the (other) books. This Qur'an is the true account: "This is the true account; there is no god but God" [Qur'an 3:62]. We should take the stories and understanding from this great book. Regarding the previous books, their role has ended, and there is no longer any place for them. Almighty God has gathered all of their meaning into the Qur'an. The Qur'an has become dominant over them, and a substitute for all of them. The Qur'an with its stories and knowledge are sufficient for us.