Belief in the Books
Kutub (books) is plural for Kitab (a book). They are
called Kutub because they are written (maktoob). Books,
here, means the Books that Allah sent down to His Messengers
as a mercy and guidance for mankind. These Books are
designed to lead mankind to what brings them happiness
in this life and in the Hereafter.
There are four aspects of believing in the Books
1 - To believe that they are truly sent down by Allah.
2 - To believe in the Books that mankind were informed
of, like the Quran, sent down to Mohammad, the Torah,
sent down to Moses, the Injil (the Gospel), sent down
to Jesus and the Zaboor (the Psalms), sent down to David.
We also believe in the other Books, sent down by Allah,
even though we do not know their names.
3 - To believe in whatever the Books contained, like
whatever is contained in the Quran and sections of previous
Books that have not been corrupted.
4 - To implement the Commandments contained in these
Books, unless Allah commanded to the contrary through
Naskh (overruling). We must accept whatever these Books
contained of Commandments, even if we do not know the
wisdom behind them. All previous Books were overruled
by the Quran. Allah said, what translated means, (And
We have sent down to you (O Mohammad) the Book (this
Quran) in truth, confirming the Scripture that came
before it and dominant over it.) [5:48]. This means
that the Quran is dominant over all other Books. Therefore,
no Commandment contained in other than the Quran can
be implemented unless it is in agreement with the Quran.
Benefits Of Believing In The Books
1 - Knowing that Allah takes care of His slaves by
sending down Books for their guidance.
2 - Knowing Allah's Wisdom in whatever He commands.
He commanded each nation with what is suitable for them,
(To each among you, We have prescribed a Law and a Clear
3 - Thanking Allah for His bounties, because He sent
down these Books to lead mankind to guidance.