Injeel الإنْجِيل

Injeel الإنْجِيل

Evangelium in Latin, euangelion in Greek (meaning ‘good news’), Injeel of the Qur’an and Sunnah refers to the Revelation that was sent to Isa b Maryam (on whom be peace), the Final Prophet of the Israelites.

It appears that in its totality it has been lost for good. Despite tremendous amount of archeological works, not a single Gospel has been earthed out that could be said to be revelations to Jesus. The closest, as pointed out by some experts, is the Gospel of Thomas, which records the words of Jesus. But, because it contains material that, according to Christian authorities, could not have been said by Jesus, it has not been accorded canonical status.

Perhaps the closest to Injeel is the Gospel according to Barnabas, which too is unacceptable to both the Christians as well as Jews, because it prophesizes the coming of Muhammad by his name, refuses Trinity, and denies crucifixion. Are the Gospels of the New Testament the Injeel that the Qur’an and Hadith refer to? A firm answer in the affirmative is difficult because of several problems. First, these Canonical Gospels are four in number, while neither the Qur’an nor the Hadith refer to “anajeel” in plural. There was only one Injeel.

Secondly, the present-day Gospels do not contain what could be called ‘revelations’ to Jesus, but rather present an account of his life: the emphasis being on what he did or happened to him, rather than what he said; whereas, the Injeel of Qur’anic and Hadith reference is to the revelation given to Isa b. Maryam.

Further, the four Gospels of the New Testament that won approval of the Church in 170 CE (the Canonical Gospels) are not the only Gospels in existence. During centuries following Jesus Christ, there were hundreds of Gospels in circulation and even now there are dozens in existence, e.g., the Gospel of Peter, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospels of Syria, the Gospel written by Marcion, the Gospel of Truth, Gospel of Philip, not to speak of numerous fragmentary Gospels preserved in the libraries of the world. It is almost impossible to determine which, if any, of these Gospels is the Injeel of the Qur’an and Sunnah .

Nevertheless, Muslims ought to respect the four Gospels as in the New Testament, as well as all others, whether in circulation or not, because, there is no evidence that any of them does NOT contain any of the material revealed to Jesus. Since the Christians revere these Gospels as containing Divine (or Divinely inspired) words, one might assume that if not the whole, its parts could be of Divine origin; although, in view of interpolation of texts (some of which are considered to be the best part of the Gospel, but which did not belong to it originally), no part of the text should be accorded the status of revelation. A guarded reverence, therefore, is the best course. Also see the article "The New Testament"