Answering Izhār ul-Haqq and Muslim accusations against the Bible
The Izhār ul-Haqq is a Muslim book which discourages and weakens the faith of many Christians living in Muslim countries, especially those from a Muslim background. The book ridicules the confidence that Christians place in the Bible and directs Muslims away from the Bible by declaring the Bible utterly corrupt. Meanwhile, the book presents the Qur’an as completely free from any defect.
The contents of Izhār ul-Haqq, written originally in Arabic, came out of a live debate with a German missionary over 150 years ago. Muslim debaters and teachers made use of 19th-century Higher Criticism of the Bible written in Europe in an effort to back up traditional Muslim accusations that the Bible is corrupt and falsified.
The Izhār ul-Haqq is still considered by many Muslims so effective that it continues to be printed with its original content and is distributed widely by extensive networks of orthodox Muslim leaders. Moreover, arguments from the book are used by almost all major Muslim debaters and teachers in the world, including Shabir Ali, Jamal Badawi, and Zakir Naik. These arguments are in turn broadcasted by 24-hour satellite TV channels to viewers all over Asia. Yet surprisingly, no book-length answer to the full range of accusations in Izhār ul-Haqq has been written to encourage Christians and challenge Muslims.
There is a great need for an answer that is respectful toward Muslims, responds to the questions Muslims ask about the Bible, and brings in the latest scholarly research on the Qur’an. The New Testament manuscripts, for example, are on a much stronger footing than the manuscripts of the Qur’an. Recent decades have seen the appearance of a great deal of helpful scholarly literature which asks questions of the Qur’an as difficult as—or in many cases more difficult than—the questions scholars ask of the Bible.
Some believers are now working to produce a book-length answer to the Izhār ul-Haqq. The objectives of the project are not only to defend the Word of God from false accusation, but also to encourage Muslims to actually read the Bible itself instead of merely falsely accusing and dismissing it.
- Pray for the work to answer Muslim accusations against the Bible. May God continue to raise up the appropriate people with the right understanding, abilities, gifts, and character to be effective in this ministry. For the difficult Izhār ul-Haqq project, such things as intellectual acumen or ability to debate will not suffice. Rather, there is a need for divine power to enable the Christian writers to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” The goal, as God’s Word expresses it so well, is to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to the Messiah” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
- After a full response to the Izhār ul-Haqq is finally produced appropriate distribution channels will be needed to spread the material in print and audio-visual formats. Pray for God’s guidance, grace and provision.
Listen to the Podcast – DAY 28 – Izhar al Haqq