Question: If Allah destined that the Bible should be changed, does that mean that it was a good thing?
Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
Thank you for your important question.
Allah has determined and preordained everything, including good deeds and bad deeds, and including the adulteration of the Bible and loss of the true and original teachings of Prophet Jesus (upon whom be peace).
Everything that Allah chooses to happen can be described as wise, just, or kind. Good and bad mean that Allah praises whoever does something and rewards them, or that He blames whoever does something and may punish them (Jam al Jawami, Subki). Therefore, to describe His actions and decisions as good and bad isn’t really very meaningful. It is only really meaningful to describe our actions as good and bad because it is only our actions that He praises or blames, or rewards or punishes.
So, we can say that people’s changing of the Bible was bad, and Allah’s allowing it to happen was wise and just. Similarly, Muslims’ preservation of the Qur’an and Sunna was good, and Allah’s allowing it to happen is wise and kind.
I pray this helps.
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language