Question text Through my discussions with others it has been claimed that the Shi'a believe that the Qur'an we have today is not the complete Qur'an. Not only that, but they believe, it was claimed, that the holy Qur'an has been corrupted. A book, Fasl-il-Khitab fi Ithbat wa Tahreef al-Kitab, written by a prominent Shi'a scholar, al-Noori, was cited to prove their point, in which the author 'proves' the Qur'an has been corrupted! Is this true? Do the Shi'a believe that the holy Qur'an we have today is incomplete and corrupted? And about the book mentioned above, what is your comment? Is its author an odd one out amongst the Shi'a or does he represent a broad view of the Shi'a in this respect?
categorization: Qur’an and the Issues of Corruption
Answer
The Shi'a scholars are unanimously of the belief that no corruption or distortion has occurred in the Qur'an, and nothing has been added to or eliminated from it. The evidence for this are the rational reasons and reported hadith. Allah Almighty has declared about the protection of the Qur'an from corruption, saying: (We have, without doubt, sent down the Reminder; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption)) 15:9. And corruption is one of the foremost manifestations of the Batil - falsehood - as well as being contrary to any protection. All of our eminent Maraje' and Tafsir scholars have established that Qur'an is and has been immune from corruption in their books. This is in addition to the many and frequent hadith from the Ma'soomeen of the Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS). All of our Maraje' and scholars without exception have confirmed on the authority /proof (Hujjah) of the holy Qur'an. For if the Qur'an were corrupted or distorted, then it would carry no authority, since every Ayah referred to might be corrupted or distorted, as detailed in their books. Allah Almighty declares in the holy Qur'an: (And indeed it is a Book of exalted power. No falsehood can approach it from before or behind it: it is sent down by One Full of Wisdom, Worthy of all Praise.) 41:41-42. It is a book elevated from corruption of distortion. In fact there is no one of our scholars who claims that any of the ayat of the book has changed. As for the book you have referred to in your email, it has an a devious and a cunning story behind it, created by the opponent of the Shi'a in order to discredit them. The eminent scholar Sheikh al-Noori wrote a book called (read the title of the book carefully) Fasl-il-Khitab fi al-Radd ‘Ala Tahreef al-Kitab (Detailed Account in Refuting the Corruption of the Book) in which he reported all the statements made by others (none-Shi'a) about the corruption of the holy Qur'an and refuted all of them, by presenting relevant evidence and arguments, therefore establishing the immunity of the Qur'an from corruption and distortion. What the opponents of the Shi'a did was to reprint the book again but removing all of his arguments he had made against the claims made by others about the corruption of the Qur'an, and leaving only the statements the author has reported from those who have claimed that the Qur'an has been corrupted in the book, and furthermore they went on to make a “slight” change to the title of the book: Fasl-il-Khitab fi Ithbat wa Tahreef al-Kitab (Detailed Account in Proving the Corruption of the Book)!!! This is of course not the first time that the opponents of the Shi'a have attempted to defame the Shi'a in order to cover up the truth and spread falsehood.

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