The third argument put forth by propagators of protection of the Bible is that Bible is protected according to the Quran because Bible is a ‘zikr’ and ‘zikr’ is protected as per Quran. Let us analyze this view in the succeeding lines.
In the Quran, all revealed Books have been described as ‘zikr’. For instance Quran says about the Jews:
“So for their breaking of the covenant We cursed them and made their hearts hard. They changed words from their [proper] context and have forgotten a portion of that of which they were reminded/ ‘zukkiru’…” (al-maidah-13). Similarly Quran says:
“And We had already given Moses and Aaron the criterion and a light and a reminder/ ‘zikr’ for the righteous” (al-anbiyaa-48).
In these above quoted verses, the ‘wahi’ received by the Jews has been described as ‘zikr’. Similarly Quran says about the Christians:
“And from those who say, "We are Christians" We took their covenant; but they forgot a portion of that of which they were reminded/ ‘zukkiru’. So We caused among them animosity and hatred until the Day of Resurrection……” (al-maidah-14).
In this above verse, the ‘wahi’ received by the Christians has been described as ‘zikr’.
Quran says about the ‘wahi’ received by our Nabi (s.a.w.w) as follows:
“…..And We revealed to you the message/ ‘zikr’ that you may make clear to the people what was sent down to them and that they might give thought (al-nahl-44).
From all above quoted verses, it becomes clear that Quran calls every revealed Book as ‘zikr’. In other words, Quran is a ‘zikr’; Torah is a ‘zikr’; ‘injil’ is also a ‘zikr’. But what is to be appreciated is that all these revealed Books are different ‘zikr’; they are not one and the same ‘zikr’.
About protection of ‘zikr’, Quran says:
“Indeed, it is We who sent down the ‘zikr’ and indeed, We will be its guardian” (al-hijr-9).
The ‘zikr’ which has been protected through this verse is the Quran, not the previously revealed Books. This fact is made clearer when we look into the verses preceding this verse. This is the verse No. 9. The verse no. 6 states:
“And they (non-believers say,"O you (Muhammad s.a.w.w) upon whom the ‘zikr’ has been sent down, indeed you are mad.
In reply to this shameless and idiotic attitude of non-believers, Allah states verse no. 9 which says: “Indeed, it is We who sent down the ‘zikr’ and indeed, We will be its guardian” (al-hijr-9).
In short, the ‘zikr’ which has been protected through verse al-hijr- 9 is the Quran; that ‘zikr’ is not the previously revealed Books.
We may conclude that Bible possessed by the people in the age of our Nabi (s.a.w.w) and in the present age is not protected. The Bible has been being corrupted since before the age of our Nabi (s.a.w.w) and continued to be corrupted in the age of our Nabi (s.a.w.w). The only protected revealed Book is the Quran.