There are many Christians who believe that we should not read the Qur’an or that reading it is unnecessary. Reading the Qur’an may not be your first choice reading, but reading it through it may have some benefits.

First, it gives you leverage. When you ask a question or make an argument about the Qur’an, a Muslim friend may ask you if you’ve taken the time to read their holy book. When you answer in the affirmative, it gives them pause and shows that you’ve taken the time to understand their religion and the arguments you’re making. You can even challenge them to read the Bible with good grounds. It also shows that you take your faith seriously. You’re not just blindly accepting your faith. You know why you believe what you believe.

Secondly, reading the Qur’an can help us in our witness as well as understanding the differences between the Qur’an and the Bible. It can help us to grow in our Christian faith, securing us even more in what we believe.

Before you set out to read the Qur’an, if you think it would be helpful to read, it’s important to know that it is not light reading. Many find it repetitive and confusing, and is very difficult to read from cover to cover. But if you are going to reject a book and critique its religion, it’s important that you work hard to grasp its message. Remember, the revelation was given over a period of decades, and each verse has a particular scriptural and historical context. The themes of the Qur’an are interwoven among the chapters, and the book is not in chronological order.

Despite the challenges of reading the text and understanding its message, there are more tools and resources available to help Christians read than ever before.