By Soliman H. Al-But'he. © International Publishing House for Islamic Books, 1998
How do we know what a revelation such as the Qur’an, is the true word of God?
The authenticity of a divine disclosure is best determined by judging it against the criteria set opposite the truthfulness of a divine divulgence such as the following:
1. Rational Teachings
Since god bestowed reason and intellect on mankind, it is our duty to use it to the maximum to discern truth from falsehood. And so far, the true and undistorted revelation from God must be logical and one that could appeal to and be rationalized by all fair-minded people.
Considering that God is All-perfect, it follow that His revelation must also be perfect and accurate, free from mistakes, omissions, interpolations and multiplicity of versions. In other words, it must be faultless in the sense that it is devoid of errors in the form of inconsistencies as well as contradictions.
3. No Myths or Superstitions
True revelation from God is free from myths or superstitions that degrade the dignity of God or man.
As God is the source of all knowledge, true revelation must be scientific and can withstand the challenge of science at all times.
God is the Knower of the past, present and future. Thus His Prophecies in His revelation will be fulfilled as prophesied.
6. Inimitable by Man
True revelation from God is infallible and cannot be imitated by man. God’s true revelation is a Living Miracle, an open Book challenging all mankind to see and prove for themselves its perfection.
So, give yourself a chance to read the Qur’an for you have nothing to lose, yet everything to gain!