The Holy Qur’an was revealed at a time where people used poetry and words to dazzle their audience, resulting in contests between people and the emergence of a high level of eloquence in the Arabic language.
Muhammad was a man, who for 40 years of his life, upto the point of receiving revelation, stayed away from the poets of Arabia. Yet the words that were revealed to him and were passed to the people around were finer, more tremendous and more rhythmical than any one had heard before.
To those who doubted the source of the Qur’an, a challenge was set out by Allah, to produce a single chapter like the chapters of the Qur’an with their beauty, eloquence, splendour, judicious legislation, factual information, accurate prophecy, and other perfect attributes. No one has ever been able to meet this challenge, then or today. Neither will anybody be able to meet it in the future.
Allah says in the Qur’an; “Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an? If it had been from (any) other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction.” (Qur’an 4: 82)
To those who doubted the source of the Qur’an, a challenge was set out by Allah, to produce a single chapter like the chapters of the Qur’an…
“And if you are in doubt about what We have sent down [the Qur’an] upon Our Servant [prophet Muhammad], then produce a surah (a chapter) the like thereof and call upon your witnesses [supporters] other than Allah, if you should be truthful. But if you do not – and you will never be able to – then fear the Fire..” (Qur’an 2: 23-25)
“So when the Qur’an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy.” (Qur’an 7: 204)
“[This is] a blessed book which We have revealed to you [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and those of understanding would be reminded.” (Qur’an 38: 29)
Author : Abdullah Bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center, Qatar
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