The View of Ibn Abbaas (d. 68 A.H.)
Ibn Abbaas was one of the greatest companions of the Prophet peace be upon him. He held much authority as a Quranic interpreter, for the Prophet prayed to Allah to make Ibn Abbaas a great commentator of the Qur’an and scholar of Islam in general…
Volume 9, Book 93, Number 613:
Ibn ‘Abbaas said, “How can you ask the people of the Scriptures about their Books while you have Allah’s Book (the Qur’an) which is the most recent of the Books revealed by Allah, and you read it in its pure undistorted form?”
Volume 9, Book 93, Number 614:
Narrated ‘Ubaidullah bin ‘Abdullah:
‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas said, “O the group of Muslims! How can you ask the people of the Scriptures about anything while your Book which Allah has revealed to your Prophet contains the most recent news from Allah and is pure and not distorted? Allah has told you that the people of the Scriptures have changed some of Allah’s Books and distorted it and wrote something with their own hands and said, ‘This is from Allah, so as to have a minor gain for it. Won’t the knowledge that has come to you stop you from asking them? No, by Allah, we have never seen a man from them asking you about that (the Book Al-Qur’an ) which has been revealed to you.
Ibn Hazm describes the above narrations as…
The soundest Isnad (chain of transmission) or ascription to Ibn Abbaas, which is exactly our view. There is no difference between the companions on this matter. (Ibn Hazm, Al-Fasl fi’l Milal, Volume 2, p. 3, cited here)
Here we see that Ibn Hazm reinforces the fact that Ibn Abbaas truly held this position and that even the companions of the Prophet peace be upon him held the same position as well. Thus, there was a consensus amongst the companions that the Christians and the Jews had textually corrupted their scriptures.
“…a consensus amongst the companions that the Christians and the Jews had textually corrupted their scriptures.”
And the Quran (i.e God). And the Prophet(saw). And actual reputable Muslim scholars. And the average Muslim walking down the street. And… can you repeat the question?
The best evidence is the fact that the Quran NEVER engages the Bible TEXTUALLY.
I personally thought that the best evidence was that the Quran says it is lol.
2:75 Do you then hope that they will believe in you, when some of them have already heard the Word of Allah and knowingly tampered with it, after they understood it!
2:79 Woe to those who write the Book with their own hands and then say: ‘This is from Allah, ‘ in order to gain a small price for it. So woe to them for what their hands have written, and woe to them for their earnings.
Quran never recognized “Xtian Bible” as a revealed scripture.