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|The Bible, as a whole, is not mentioned in the Bible.
The Qur'an, as a whole, is mentioned often in the Qur'an.
The Bible is not mentioned in the Bible. The books of Matthew, Luke and John mention "the law" or "the law of Moses", for example, but the Old Testament as a whole is not mentioned, nor the New Testament as a whole. Where it is written, "This is the book of the generations of Adam" (Gen. 5:1), this is a reference to, at most, the Book of Genesis. There are similar references in other books of the Bible. In addition, mention is made of books before the Bible — the books of laws (Deut. 17:18; 31:24), the book of Jasher (Josh. 10:13), the book of the Kings of Israel and Judah (1 Chr. 9:1). Many books have been lost forever.
If the Bible, as a whole, were mentioned in the pages of the Bible, which Bible would it be? The Samaritan Bible of five books? The Hebrew Bible of 24 books? The King James Version of 66 books? The Catholic Bible of 73 books? The Ethiopian Bible of 81 books? Would it be a Bible that included the books mentioned in the Old Testament and now lost?
The Qur'an is mentioned often in the Qur'an. The Qur'an refers to itself as "qur'an" dozens of times. "Qur'an" means something to be read or recited. The Qur'an also refers to itself as "al-Kitaab" (the Book), "al-Furqaan" (the Criterion), "adh-Dhikraa" and "at-Tadhkirah" (the Reminder), "ash-Shifaa" (the Healer), "ar-Rahmah" (the Mercy), among many other names. "Blessed is He who revealed the Criterion to His servant so that he will be a warner to the nations" (the first verse of the chapter of the Qur'an called "al-Furqaan"). "This book, there is no doubt in it, guidance to the righteous" ("al-Baqarah" — The Heifer — second verse). "These are the verses of the Qur'an" ("an-Naml" — The Ant — first verse).
According to the Qur'an, Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was the "Seal of the Prophets," the last prophet, and with the completion of his mission, the revelation was complete. Muslims expect no additional revelations. No individual or group of Muslims exists or can exist who have the authority to "canonize" some writing and add it to the Qur'an. The Qur'an is complete. No part of it has been lost. When the Qur'an refers to the Qur'an, there is only one Qur'an to which it could possibly refer.
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