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Shia Standpoint towards the alteration of the Quran We as Shia believe the Quran available today is the same one as was revealed to the prophet Muhammad. But some claimed that the Shia believe the Quran had been altered and some part of it had been deleted which Made the Shia thought be isolated by some Sunni Faghih (Islamic jurists). The basis for the accusation is the existence of some hadiths in Shia collections and of course, sometimes they refer to some unknown Shia Scholars' books too. However, according to the Shia point of view the charge is denied, here are some reasons to reject the accusation: 1) The overwhelming majority of reputable Shia scholars rejected the idea strongly. Some great scholars whose books are the main source of Shia thought like Shaykh al-Saduq, Sayyid al-Murtada, Shaykh al-Tusi etc. explicitly denied any alteration. (Attributing certain beliefs to any group, one has to not refer to the statements that they themselves don't accept.) 2) There seems to have been no Shia society in which this belief has been accepted, actually even ordinary Shia believers never held such a belief. 3) And there are some historical evidences: A: No one has ever seen a copy of the Quran different from the standard one in any part of the Islamic world. B: There are manuscripts of the Quran available today that go back to the time of Shia Imams and they are exactly the same as the current ones. Like some copies of great historical value kept in some international Museums, which several of them are attributed to Imam Ali or other Imams or their companions. 4) Despite a few weak hadiths that somehow imply some alterations, there are lots of hadiths in Shia collection which directly or indirectly reject the idea. Such those weak hadiths have no power to challenge with these authentic and reliable hadiths. 5) In addition, there are similar or even stronger hadiths exist in Sunni sources like Sahih al-Bukhari or Dor al-Manthur confirmed the alteration! Some of them are narrated from Umar (the second caliph) or his daughter Ayesha claimed some verses or even 200 verses of one chapter (surah) has missed. or Abu Musa Ashari believed that two chapters entirely are gone! According to these hadiths some Sunni scholars like Alusi (1270 AH), Shaarani (937 AH), Sijistani (316 AH) accepted the alteration of the Quran, insofar that Muhammad al-Khatib, a contemporary Sunni Scholar from al-Adhar university, wrote a book about the alteration of the Quran which is called al-furghan fi Tahrif al-Quran. In the book, based on Sunni sources he tries to prove that the Quran is altered.
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