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 QURAN Compilation.

 

1)               Quran compilation

2)               Qur’an: Present order of the Qur'an

3)               PRESENT QUR’AN IS NOT THE ORIGINAL BUT THAT OF USMAN (r.a.)

 

4)               AYAHS OF SURAHS COMPILATION

 

5)               SHIA’S CONCEPT OF ONE SURAH

 

6)               ANY CHANGE IN QURAN

 

7)               WRITING OF QURAN

 

8)               MISCONCEPTION OF QURAN SAVING

 

9)               AUTHENTICITY OF THE QURAN

 

10)          REVELATION OF QURAN

 

11)           WHO WORTE THE QURAN

 

12)           LIST OF SURAH AND TOTAL VERSES

 

13)           REVELATIONS, INSPIRATION

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1. Quran compilation

Question :

May I ask how was the Qur'an compiled? It is said that at first it was written on leaves, pieces of skin, stones and also memorized by many people, some of whom died before all verses of the Qur'an were compiled and brought from different areas in Makkah and Madinah. Who started the work of its collection and publication?

Since it was not checked finally by the Prophet, who was the final authority then? Some people claim that the Qur'an is not published in its real sequence. There are also claims that some leaves were accidentally eaten by goats and some were not included due to political reasons. Please comment.

Answer :

The Qur'an is the final message Allah has sent to mankind. It was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through the Archangel Gabriel, who brought the Prophet complete verses or parts of verses, or passages or complete surahs, as he was commanded by Allah. When the angel brought down to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) a passage of the Qur'an, he did not bring it written on a piece of paper [or other material]. He recited it to him and the Prophet immediately memorized it. In his keenness to learn it by heart straight-away, the Prophet used to vocalize the words as he heard them from the angel. He was then asked by Allah not to do so. Allah promised him that He Himself will see to it that the Qur'an is kept complete and intact and properly read. This order is contained in Quran :  "We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly Guard it (from corruption)." [Al- Hijr 15:9]

As you are well aware, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did not read or write. When he received a portion of the Qur'an, he called in one or more of his scribes to write it down. He employed for this task a number of his companions whose number totaled 29. Many of these were of the highest caliber in their faith and integrity. They included all the first five caliphs, Abu Bakr, Umar, Usman, Ali and Muawiah. However, the task of writing the revelations was most particularly associated with two of them, Muawiah and Zaid ibn Thabit, despite the fact that Muawiah was a latecomer to Islam. Paper, as we know, was not yet invented. Those scribes wrote the Qur'an on various forms of writing material which was available to them. These included sheets cut out of the branches of the beet tree or other writing sheets made of wood, animal hide, stone or bones.

This started even in the period when the Prophet and his companions were a small persecuted community in Makkah. Many of the companions of the Prophet had some parts of the Qur'an written down and treasured in their homes. The Qur'an is divided into 114 surahs, some of which are short, while others are very long. The revelation did not proceed with only one surah at a time, but the Prophet might have continued to receive parts of several surahs at the same time. When a passage was sent down to him, it was followed by an order from Allah, through the Angel Gabriel, indicating its position in the surah to which it belonged. These manuscripts did not form a single or coherent set.

The Prophet did not keep anything written down in his own home. But most of his companions who were with him in Makkah and Madinah memorized much of the Qur'an, and some of them were able to learn it all by heart. The Prophet used to teach his companions either individually or in groups. We note that Abdullah ibn Masood, a learned companion of the Prophet, was pleased to assert that he memorized more than 70 surahs as he learned them directly from the Prophet. In Ramadan every year, the Prophet used to revise the Qur'an with the Angel Gabriel to ensure that he did not overlook any verse or part of it. In the last year of the Prophet's blessed life, Gabriel recited the Qur'an to him twice.

To the Prophet, this was an indication that his life on earth was approaching its end. It was in the first year after the Prophet had passed away that the need to compile the Qur'anic documents in a single, easy to use, set became apparent. Umar ibn Al-Khattab made the proposal to the first caliph, Abu Bakr, shortly after the battle of Yamamah in which several hundred Muslims were killed; seventy amongst those killed were the ones who had learned all or most of the Qur'an by heart. Umar feared that the number of those people would rapidly decrease as a result of battles the Muslim state might have to fight. Abu Bakr approved the proposition and entrusted the task to Zaid ibn Thabit, who was not merely a scribe entrusted by the Prophet to write down the Qur'anic revelations but he was also a young man who had learned all [of Qur'an] by heart and witnessed the Prophet's final recitation of the Qur'an.

Certain rules were laid down including one which stipulated that no written text would be acceptable unless two people of integrity would testify that it was indicated by the Prophet himself as a part of the Qur'an. When Zaid completed the task, he handed it over to Abu Bakr who handed it over to Umar whom he nominated his successor when he died a year later. During the reign of Usman, the third caliph, the need to have reference copies of the Qur'an became apparent. Usman instructed Zaid ibn Thabit and four others to write down five more copies and he sent one copy to each of the main centers in the Muslim State to serve as reference to scholars and students of the Qur'an.

Usman also ordered that all documents which were at variance with these copies be burned down. This was to make sure that those pieces of writing materials on which parts of the Qur'an were written and to which the writer might have added a word of explanation, as was the habit of some of them, were burned, so that they would not be confused later as having a fuller text. We should realize that Usman's action was a highly commendable one and enjoyed the support of all the surviving companions of the Prophet, many of whom had learned the Qur'an by heart. People were thus able to have their own copies of the Qur'an and check these against the master copies that Usman sent to the various cities.

Needless to say, the memorization of the Qur'an was not only encouraged but widespread among Muslims in those early generations, and indeed in subsequent generations up to our present time. The fact that we do not have any differences in the Qur'an we read and recite today and the copies that have been preserved from various generations up to the time of Usman is a testimony to the fact that Allah has preserved the Qur'an intact as He indeed promised to do.

It is not true that some Iranians make any claim about the correct order of the Qur'an which is at variance with what the Sunnis have. If you pick up any copy of the Qur'an published in Iran today, you will find it identical to copies that are available in all Muslim countries. According to some Iranians, however, the number of surahs in the Qur'an are 111, because they consider the surahs 8 and 9 to be one surah; and surahs 93 and 94 also as one surah and also surahs 105 and 106 to be one surah. In other words, they have identical text, in the same order, but three different parts of surahs are classified by them as three single surahs.

Even this insignificant shifting is not common to all copies of the Qur'an printed in Iran. Some of these have the same number or surahs as we find in our copies of the Qur'an. As for the absurd claim that some leaves were eaten by goats and some were hidden away or disregarded for political reasons, these remain without proof. Moreover, if there was only one copy of each document, that might have been a disaster, but the Qur'an was committed to memory by so many of the Prophet's companions that not a word of it could have disappeared without it being pointed out by those companions of the Prophet.

The compilation of the Qur'an in its reference sets was undertaken in the first year after the Prophet had passed away. At that time, those who learned the Qur'an by heart in Madinah were in hundreds, if not in thousands. No distortion could have crept in without its being immediately discovered. [How can it be when we have Allah's own statement that He Himself will see to it that the Qur'an is kept complete and intact.]

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2. Qur’an: Present order of the Qur'an

Question:

The present order of the Qur'an is not according to its revelation. What was the reason for this? Was it done according to a particular directive by the Prophet?

Answer:

The Qur'an is Allah's Book which He revealed to the Prophet through the Angel Gabriel. Everything that has to do with the Qur'an is, therefore, directed by Allah. It is true that the Qur'an was revealed at different times and places and some verses were revealed to provide guidance with regard to particular occasions and events. However, the Prophet could be receiving Qur'anic revelations of different surahs at the same period in time, with all of these surahs not being complete yet.

When he received such revelation, he also received guidance as to its place in the Qur'an. The Angel Gabriel would tell him : these verses come after such and such verse of such and such a surah. Nothing was left to discretion or to competent scholarship. Allah's Book is given in the order Allah has chosen. The same applies to the arrangement of the surahs. It is true that the arrangement does not follow a chronological order. It is arranged in the best order which a book meant to provide guidance to all generations of humanity should take. It was often the case that Qur'anic revelations dealt with particular events as and when they happened in the life of the Muslim community. Hence the order of revelation suited that particular and additional purpose.

As for later generations, they have the Qur'an complete and they refer to any part of it as suits their circumstances. The ordering of the surahs is also divine. The Prophet used to receive the Angel Gabriel when the two of them recited the Qur'an to each other, once every Ramadhan. In the last year of the Prophet's life, they recited the Qur'an to each other twice. Moreover, the Prophet used to read the Qur'an in the order we have now. The compilation of the Qur'an which took place after the Prophet had passed away was ordered by Abu Bakr, the Prophet's first successor as a ruler of the Muslim state. You are certainly aware that Abu Bakr's reign lasted only two years. He put in charge of this task a young companion of the Prophet who knew the Qur'an by heart and had a full command of its recitation and ordering. He completed his task before Abu Bakr had passed away.

Some fifteen years later, the third caliph, Uthman, appointed the same man, Zaid ibn Thabit, as the head of a commission charged with writing six copies of the Qur'an, making use of the earlier compilation, to send one copy to each capital of the Islamic provinces to remain as a reference for Qur'anic scholarship.

Revelation of Quran continued for 23 lunar years (610 to 632 AD), 13 years in Makkah and 10 years in Madina, 86 Makki Surah and 28 Madani. Present Quran Srahs are as per guidelines of prophet (PBUH). Some examples of Suarahs in present complications are:

Surat Al Alaq was first surah but placed as 96.                           (1/96)

Surat Al Mudassar was second surah but placed as 74.           (2/74)

Surat Al Muzammil was third surah but placed as 73.                (3/73)

Surat Al Qalam was fourth surah but placed as 68.                   (4/68)

Surat Al Akhlas was fifth surah but placed as 1.                         (5/1) 

Quranic Surahs Order and Revelation Order

Surah Present Order

Surah Name

Revelation  Order

No. Of Ayahs

1

Al-Fathiha

5

7

2

Al-Baqara

87

286

3

Al-i'Imran

89

200

4

An-Nisaa

92

176

5

Al-Maida

112

120

6

Al-An'am

55

165

7

Al-A'raf

39

206

8

Al-Anfal

88

75

9

At-Tauba

113

129

10

Yunus

51

109

11

Hud

52

123

12

Yusuf

53

111

13

Ar-Ra'd

96

43

14

Ibrahim

72

52

15

Al-Hijr

54

99

16

An-Nahl

70

128

17

Al-Israa

50

111

18

Al-Kahf

69

110

19

Maryam

44

98

20

Ta-ha

45

135

21

Al-Anbiyaa

73

112

22

Al-Hajj

103

78

23

Al-Muminun

74

118

24

An-Nur

102

64

25

Al-Furqan

42

77

26

Ash-Shu'araa

47

227

27

An-Naml

48

93

28

Al-Qasas

49

88

29

Al-Ankabut

85

69

30

Ar-Rum

84

60

31

Luqman

57

34

32

As-Sajda

75

30

33

Al-Ahzab

90

73

34

Saba

58

54

35

Fatir

43

45

36

Ya-Sin

41

83

37

As-Saffat

56

182

38

Sad

38

88

39

Az-Zumar

59

75

40

Al-Mu'min

60

85

41

Ha-Mim

61

54

42

Ash-Shura

62

53

43

Az-Zukhruf

63

89

44

Ad-Dukhan

64

59

45

Al-Jathiya

65

37

46

Al-Ahqaf

66

35

47

Muhammad

95

38

48

Al-Fat-h

111

29

49

Al-Hujurat

106

18

50

Qaf

34

45

51

Az-Zariyat

67

60

52

At-Tur

76

49

53

An-Najm

23

62

54

Al-Qamar

37

55

55

Ar-Rahman

97

78

56

Al-Waqi'a

46

96

57

Al-Hadid

94

29

58

Al-Mujadila

105

22

59

Al-Hashr

101

24

60

Al-Mumtahana

91

13

61

As-Saff

109

14

62

Al-Jamu'a

110

11

63

Al-Munafiqun

104

11

64

At-Tagabun

108

18

65

At-Talaq

99

12

66

At-Tahrim

107

12

67

Al-Mulk

77

30

68

Al-Qalam

2

52

69

Al-Haqqa

78

52

70

Al-Ma'arij

79

44

71

Nuh

71

28

72

Al-Jinn

40

28

73

Al-Muzzammil

3

20

74

Al-Muddaththir

4

56

75

Al-Qiyamat

31

40

76

Ad-Dahr

98

31

77

Al-Mursalat

33

50

78

An-Nabaa

80

40

79

An-Nazi'at

81

46

80

Abasa

24

42

81

At-Takwir

7

29

82

Al-Infitar

82

19

83

Al-Mutaffifin

86

36

84

Al-Inshiqaq

83

25

85

Al-Buruj

27

22

86

At-Tariq

36

17

87

Al-A'la

8

19

88

Al-Gashiya

68

26

89

Al-Fajr

10

30

90

Al-Balad

35

20

91

Ash-Shams

26

15

92

Al-Lail

9

21

93

Adh-Dhuha

11

11

94

Al-Sharh

12

8

95

At-Tin

28

8

96

Al-Alaq

1

19

97

Al-Qadr

25

5

98

Al-Baiyina

100

8

99

Al-Zalzalah

93

8

100

Al-Adiyat

14

11

101

Al-Qari'a

30

11

102

At-Takathur

16

8

103

Al-Asr

13

3

104

Al-Humaza

32

9

105

Al-Fil

19

5

106

Quraish

29

4

107

Al-Ma'un

17

7

108

Al-Kauthar

15

3

109

Al-Kafirun

18

6

110

An-Nasr

114

3

111

Al-Lahab

6

5

112

Al-Ikhlaas

22

4

113

Al-Falaq

20

5

114

An-Nas

21

6

So all surahs and their text are as per prophet’s continued directions, reciting in daily prayers and also in Ramadan, and also as per command by prophet to Zaid ibn Thabit (RTU) and others from time to time.

[Preservation of the original text of the Qur'an, in its unaltered form, is guaranteed by Allah Himself. “Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’aan) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption)” (Al-Hijr 15:9) It is no wonder that we see no change in the order of the Qur'an, in its every detail.]

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3. PRESENT QUR’AN IS NOT THE ORIGINAL BUT THAT OF USMAN (r.a.)

Question:

There were many versions of the Qur’an all of which were burnt by Usman (r.a.) except for one. Therefore is it not true that the present Qur’an is the one compiled by Usman (r.a.) and not the original revelation of God?

Answer:

One of the most common myths about the Qur’an, is that Usman (r.a.), the third Caliph of Islam authenticated and compiled one Qur’an, from a large set of mutually contradicting copies. The Qur’an, revered as the Word of Allah (swt) by Muslims the world over, is the same Qur’an as the one revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It was authenticated and written under his personal supervision. We will examine the roots of the myth which says that Usman (r.a.) had the Qur’an authenticated.

1.   Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) himself supervised and authenticated the written texts of the  Qur’an

Whenever the Prophet received a revelation, he would first memorize it himself and later declare the revelation and instruct his Companions (R.A. – Radhi Allahu Taala Anhu) – May Allah be pleased with him who would also memorize it. The Prophet would immediately ask the scribes to write down the revelation he had received, and he would reconfirm and recheck it himself. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was an Ummi who could not read and write. Therefore, after receiving each revelation, he would repeat it to his Companions. They would write down the revelation, and he would recheck by asking them to read what they had written. If there was any mistake, the Prophet would immediately point it out and have it corrected and rechecked. Similarly he would even recheck and authenticate the portions of the Qur’an memorized by the Companions. In this way, the complete Qur’an was written down under the personal supervision of the prophet (pbuh).

2.   Order and sequence of Qur’an divinely inspired

The complete Qur’an was revealed over a period of 22½ years portion by portion, as and when it was required. The Qur’an was not compiled by the Prophet in the chronological order of revelation. The order and sequence of the Qur’an too was Divinely inspired and was instructed to the Prophet by Allah (swt) through archangel Jibraeel. Whenever a revelation was conveyed to his companions, the Prophet would also mention in which surah (chapter) and after which ayat (verse) this new revelation should fit.

Every Ramadhaan all the portions of the Qur’an that had been revealed, including the order of the verses, were revised and reconfirmed by the Prophet with archangel Jibraeel. During the last Ramadhaan, before the demise of the Prophet, the Qur’an was rechecked and reconfirmed twice.

It is therefore clearly evident that the Qur’an was compiled and authenticated by the Prophet himself during his lifetime, both in the written form as well as in the memory of several of his Companions.

3.   Qur’an copied on one common material

The complete Qur’an, along with the correct sequence of the verses, was present during the time of the Prophet (pbuh). The verses however, were written on separate pieces, scrapes of leather, thin flat stones, leaflets, palm branches, shoulder blades, etc. After the demise of the prophet, Abu Bakr (r.a.), the first caliph of Islam ordered that the Qur’an be copied from the various different materials on to a common material and place, which was in the shape of sheets. These were tied with strings so that nothing of the compilation was lost.


4.   Usman (r.a.) made copies of the Qur’an from the original manuscript

Many Companions of the Prophet used to write down the revelation of the Qur’an on their own whenever they heard it from the lips of the Prophet. However what they wrote was not personally verified by the Prophet and thus could contain mistakes. All the verses revealed to the Prophet may not have been heard personally by all the Companions. There were high possibilities of different portions of the Qur’an being missed by different Companions. This gave rise to disputes among Muslims regarding the different contents of the Qur’an during the period of the third Caliph Usman (r.a.).

Usman (r.a.) borrowed the original manuscript of the Qur’an, which was authorized by the beloved Prophet (pbuh), from Hafsha (may Allah be pleased with her), the Prophet’s wife. Usman (r.a.) ordered four Companions who were among the scribes who wrote the Qur’an when the Prophet dictated it, led by Zaid bin Thabit (r.a.) to rewrite the script in several perfect copies. These were sent by Usman (r.a.) to the main centres of Muslims.

There were other personal collections of the portions of the Qur’an that people had with them. These might have been incomplete and with mistakes. Usman (r.a.) only appealed to the people to destroy all these copies which did not match the original manuscript of the Qur’an in order to preserve the original text of the Qur’an. Two such copies of the copied text of the original Qur’an authenticated by the Prophet are present to this day, one at the museum in Tashkent in erstwhile Soviet Union and the other at the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.

5.   Diacritical marks were added for non-Arabs

The original manuscript of the Qur’an does not have the signs indicating the vowels in Arabic script. These vowels are known as tashkil, zabar, zair, paish in Urdu and as fatah, damma and qasra in Arabic. The Arabs did not require the vowel signs and diacritical marks for correct pronunciation of the Qur’an since it was their mother tongue. For Muslims of non-Arab origin, however, it was difficult to recite the Qur’an correctly without the vowels. These marks were introduced into the Quranic script during the time of the fifth ‘Umayyad’ Caliph, Malik-ar-Marwan (66-86 Hijri/685-705 C.E.) and during the governorship of Al-Hajaj in Iraq.

Some people argue that the present copy of the Qur’an that we have along with the vowels and the diacritical marks is not the same original Qur’an that was present at the Prophet’s time. But they fail to realize that the word ‘Qur’an’ means a recitation. Therefore, the preservation of the recitation of the Qur’an is important, irrespective of whether the script is different or whether it contains vowels. If the pronunciation and the Arabic is the same, naturally, the meaning remains the same too.

6.    Allah Himself has promised to guard the Qur’an

Allah has promised in the Qur’an :

"We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly Guard it (from corruption)." [Al- Hijr 15:9]

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4. Ayahs of Surahs  Compilation

Question :

Why are the sourats in Quran are not ordered, are they? (since the first sourat is the one which begins with "Iqraa").

Answer: Praise be to Allah.

The fact there is scholarly consensus, and many texts stating the order of aayahs in one soorah, that is very well known. The consensus was reported by many scholars, including Al-Zarkashi in al-Burhaan and Abu Ja’far, who said: “The order of the aayahs in their soorahs came about because this is how it was instituted by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and there is no dispute among the Muslims with regard to this matter.”

The texts regarding this matter include the following:
The report narrated by Ahmad, Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaa’i, Ibn Hibbaan and al-Haakim from
Ibn ‘Abbaas, who said: “I said to ‘Uthmaan, ‘What made you put al-Anfaal which is one of the Mathaani, next to Baraa’ah [al-Tawbah], which is one of the Mi’een? Why did you not put the line Bismillaah ir-Rahmaan ir-Raheem in between them when you put it at the beginning of the rest of al-Sab’ al-Tiwaal [the long seven soorahs]?”

‘Uthmaan said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to receive revelation of soorahs with many aayahs. When they were revealed, he would call his scribes and tell them, ‘Put these aayahs in the soorah where such-and-such is mentioned.’ Al-Anfaal was one of the first soorahs to be revealed in Madeenah, and Baraa’ah (al-Tawbah) was one of the last parts of the Qur’aan to be revealed. Its stories were similar to the stories mentioned in al-Anfaal, so it was thought that it was part of it. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was taken [i.e., died] without explaining whether it was indeed part of it, so they were put next to one another, and the line Bismillaahi ir’Rahmaan ir’Raheem was not written between them, and it [al-Tawbah] was put among the Sab’ al-Tiwaal [seven long soorahs].” (Al-Haakim said: its isnaad is saheeh, and al-Dhahabi agreed with him. Al-Mustadrak, 2/330)

Ahmad narrated in al-Musnad (4/218) with a hasan isnaad from ‘Uthmaan ibn Abi’l-‘Aas that he said: “I was sitting with the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) when he fixed his gaze on something, then lowered his gaze until he was almost looking at the ground, then he gazed at something. He said, ‘Jibreel (peace be upon him) came to me and told me to put this aayah in this place in this soorah:

“Verily, Allâh enjoins Al-‘Adl (i.e. justice and worshipping none but Allâh Alone — Islâmic Monotheism) and Al-Ihsân [i.e. to be patient in performing your duties to Allâh, totally for Allâh’s sake and in accordance with the Sunnah (legal ways) of the Prophet in a perfect manner], and giving (help) to kith and kin (i.e. all that Allâh has ordered you to give them, e.g., wealth, visiting, looking after them, or any other kind of help), and forbids Al-Fahshâ’ (i.e. all evil deeds, e.g. illegal sexual acts, disobedience of parents, polytheism, to tell lies, to give false witness, to kill a life without right), and Al-Munkar (i.e. all that is prohibited by Islâmic law: polytheism of every kind, disbelief and every kind of evil deeds), and Al-Baghy (i.e. all kinds of oppression). He admonishes you, that you may take heed.” [An-Nahl 16:90].

Al-Bukhaari narrated in al-Saheeh (no. 4536) that Ibn Abi Maleekah said: “Ibn al-Zubayr said: ‘I said to ‘Uthmaan, “This aayah that is in al-Baqarah (interpretation of the meaning),

“And those of you who die and leave behind wives should bequeath for their wives a year’s maintenance and residence without turning them out …”  [Al-Baqarah 2:240]  has been abrogated by the other, so why are you writing it down?” He said, “Leave it as it is, my nephew, I will not change anything from its place.”’

Muslim narrated (no. 1617) that ‘Umar said: “I did not ask the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) about anything more than I asked him about al-Kalaalah [those who die leaving neither ascendants nor descendents as heirs], until he poked me in the chest with his finger and said, “Is not aayat al-sayf [?] at the end of Soorat al-Nisa’ enough for you?”

There are also the ahaadeeth about the aayahs at the end of Soorat al-Baqarah.

Muslim narrated (no. 809) from Abu al-Darda’ that whoever memorizes the first ten aayahs of Soorat al-Kahf will be protected from the Dajjaal; according to another version, whoever recites the last ten verses will be protected.

The Prophet’s recitation of various soorahs in the presence of his companions indicates that the order of their aayahs is something that was instituted and commanded by him, and that the Sahaabah did not put the aayahs in a different order from that in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to recite them. The reports to that effect reach the level of Mutawaatir.

Al-Qaadi Abu Bakr said in al-Intisaar: “The order of the aayahs is something that is obligatory and binding. Jibreel used to say (to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)), ‘Put such and such an aayah in such and such a place.’”

He also said: “What we think is that all of the Qur’aan which Allah revealed and commanded that it should be written down, and which was not abrogated after being revealed, is that which is contained between the covers of the Mus-haf of ‘Uthmaan, and that there is nothing lacking or added to it. Its order is the same as that commanded by Allah, may He be exalted, and instituted by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Nobody has moved any aayah backwards or forwards. The Ummah learned from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) the order of the aayahs of each soorah properly, just as they learned from him the correct pronunciation and recitation.”

Al-Baghawi said in Sharh al-Sunnah: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to instruct his companions and teach them what was revealed to him of the Qur’aan in the order in which it appears in our Mus-hafs now, the order which Jibreel taught him. When each aayah was revealed, Jibreel would tell him, this aayah is to be written after such and such an aayah in Soorah such and such. Thus it is clear that the efforts of the Sahaabah were limited solely to gathering the Qur’aan in one place, not to arranging its order. The Qur’aan is written on al-Lawh al-Mahfooz in this order, then Allah sent it down in its entirety to the first heaven, whence it was revealed in stages as it was needed, and the order in which it was revealed is not the order in which it is recited.”

Order Of Surahs

With regard to the order of Soorahs, was this also instituted by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), or was this the ijtihaad of the Sahaabah? With regard to this question, there were differences among the scholars. The majority of scholars, including Maalik and al-Qaadi Abu Bakr, according to one of his two opinions, favoured the second opinion.

Ibn Faaris said: “There were two aspects to the compilation of the Qur’aan. One was putting the soorahs in a certain order, such as putting al-Sab’ al-Tiwaal (the seven long soorahs) first, and following them with the Mi’een, which is what the Sahaabah did. The second aspect is the compilation of the aayahs within the soorahs. This was instituted by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who recited them as he was told to by Jibreel, on the command of his Lord. On this basis the salaf differed as to the order in which the soorahs should appear. Some of them put them in order of revelation, which was the mus-haf of ‘Ali, which started with Iqra’ (al-‘Alaq), then al-Muddaththir, then Noon (al-Qalam), then al-Muzzammil, and so on. The Mus-haf of Ibn Mas’ood started with al-Baqarah, then al-Nisa’, then Aal ‘Imraan, with other major differences. The Mus-haf of Ubayy was similar.”

Al-Karmaani said in al-Burhaan: the order of the soorahs as it is now is the same as that in al-Lawh al-Mahfooz which is with Allah. This is the order in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to review the soorahs of the Qur’aan he had received so far with Jibreel each year. In the year in which he died, he reviewed it with him twice, and the last aayahs to be revealed were (interpretation of the meaning): And be afraid of the Day when you shall be brought back to Allah… [Al-Baqarah 2:281]. Jibreel commanded the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) to put this between the aayahs dealing with riba and those dealing with loans.”

Al-Zarkashi said in al-Burhaan: “The difference between the two views is one of wording. Those who support the second view say that it was taught to them so that they could learn the reasons of Revelation and the sequence of the words. Hence Maalik said that they compiled the Qur’aan according to what they had heard from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), as well as saying that the order of the soorahs was the product of their ijtihaad. He said that the dispute boils down to one question which is: was this a verbal instruction of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), or were they merely referring to what he used to do, which would give them room for ijtihaad.”

Al-Bayhaqi said in al-Madkhil: “At the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), the soorahs and aayahs of the Qur’aan were in this order, except for al-Anfaal and Baraa’ah (al-Tawbah), as we see from the hadeeth of ‘Uthmaan referred to above.”

Ibn ‘Atiyah said: “The order of many of the soorahs was known during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), such as the seven long soorahs, those that begin with Ha’-Meem, and al-Mufassal. With regard to the others, it may be the case that it was left for the Ummah to determine their order after he died.”

Abu Ja’far said: “The reports support most of what Ibn ‘Atiyah said, and a little is left which is open to debate, such as the hadeeth, ‘Recite the two shining ones, al-Baqarah and Aal ‘Imraan.’” (Reported by Muslim, no. 804).

Al-Bukhaari narrated (no. 4739) that ‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Bani Israa’eel (al-Israa’), al-Kahf, Maryam, Ta-Ha and al-Anbiya’, these are among the earliest and most beautiful soorahs and they are my treasures,” (meaning, these are among the earliest I recited).

Abu Ja’far al-Nahhaas al-Mukhtaar said that the soorahs were compiled in this order from the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) because of the hadeeth of Waathilah, “In place of the Tawraat I was given the seven long soorahs.” He said: “ This hadeeth indicates that the order of the Qur’aan was taken from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

Ibn Hajar said, “the fact that the soorahs, or most of them, are in a given order does not contradict the idea that this was instituted by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). What proves that this was instituted by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is the report narrated by Ahmad and Abu Dawood from Aws ibn Hudhayfah, who said: ‘We asked the companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in the morning, “How did you write down the Qur’aan in chapters?”

They said, “We wrote it down in chapters of six soorahs, five soorahs, seven soorahs, nine soorahs, eleven soorahs and thirteen soorahs, and the chapter of al-Mufassal, from Qaaf until the end. This indicates that the order of the soorahs – as it appears in the Mus-haf now – existed at the time of the Messenger of Allah, or it is possible that what was known in order at that time was Hizb al-Mufassal specifically, which is not the case with the rest.”

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5. SHIA’S COCEPT OF ONE SURAH

Question:

I have also heard by a Shia colleague that their is a surat in their book which is not in the QURAN. Can you confirm this? The surat in question is called SURAT AL-WILAYAT.

Answer: Praise be to Allah.  

With regard to Soorat al-Wilaayah, some of the Shi’ah scholars and imams have stated that it exists. Any of them who denies that does so by way of taqiyah (dissimulation). One of those who clearly stated that it exists is Mirza Hussein Muhammad Taqiy al-Noori al-Tubrusi (d. 1320 AH). He wrote a book in which he claimed that the Qur’aan had been distorted and that the Sahaabah has concealed some parts of it, including Soorat al-Wilaayah. The Raafidis honoured him after his death by burying him in al-Najaf. This book by al-Tubrusi was published in Iran in 1298 AH, and when it was published there was a great deal of controversy because they wanted the doubts about the validity of the Qur’aan, which were known only to their leaders, to remain scattered throughout hundreds of their major books, and they did not want that to be compiled in one book. At the beginning of his book he said:  

“This is a good and noble book entitled Fasl al-khitaab fi ithbaat tahreef Kitaab Rabb il-Arbaab (Decisive comment on the distortion of the Book of the Lord of Lords)… He mentioned aayahs and soorahs which he claims that the Sahaabah concealed, including ‘Soorat al-Wilaayah,’” the text of which, according to them, and as quoted in this book, is: 

“O you who believe, believe in the Prophet and the Wali [i.e., ‘Ali] whom We have sent to guide you to the straight path, a Prophet and a Wali who are part of one another, and I am the All-Knowing, All-Aware…”  

And they have another soorah which they call Soorat al-Noorayn:

“O you who believe, believe in the two lights (al-noorayn) which We have sent down to you to recite to you My Verses and to warn you of the punishment of a great Day. They are part of one another and I am the All-Hearing, All-Knowing. Those who fulfil the covenant with Allah and His Messenger mentioned in the verses (of the Qur’aan), the Gardens of delight will be theirs, but those who disbelieve after they believed by breaking their covenant and disobeying the command of the Prophet, they will be thrown into Hell. They have wronged themselves and gone against the wasiyyah of the Prophet (i.e., the appointment of ‘Ali as khaleefah), and they will be given to drink of boiling water…” and other such nonsense. 

You can see the entire soorah, along with a telegraphic picture of the Persian mus-haf at the following site: 

http://arabic.islamicweb.com/shia/nurain.htm 

Prof. Muhammad ‘Ali Sa’oodi – who was one of the greatest experts of the Ministry of Justice in Egypt – examined an Iranian mus-haf kept by the Orientalist Bryan and he obtained a copy of this soorah; above the lines of Arabic script there is written the translation in the Iranian language. 

As it was mentioned by al-Tubrusi in his book, Fasl al-khitaab fi ithbaat tahreef Kitaab Rabb il-Arbaab, it is also mentioned in their book Dabastan Madhaahib, which is in Farsi, written by Muhsin Faani al-Kashmiri. This book has been printed numerous times in Iran, and this false soorah was quoted from it by the Orientalist Noeldeke in his book The History of Qur’anic Manuscripts, 2/120, and was published by the French Asian newspaper in 1842 (p. 431-439). 

It was also mentioned by Mirza Habibullaah al-Haashimi al-Kho’i in his book Manhaaj al-Baraa’ah fi Sharh Nahj al-Balaaghah (2/217); and by Muhammad Baaqir al-Majlisi in his book Tadhkirat al-A’immah (p. 19, 20) in Farsi, (published by) Manshoorat Mawlana, Iran. 

See also al-Khutoot al-‘Areedah li’l-Asas allati qaama ‘alayha deen al-Shi’ah by Muhibb al-Deen al-Khateeb. 

This claim of theirs is a denial of the words of Allah (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’aan) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption)” [Al-Hijr 15:9] 

Hence the Muslims are unanimously agreed that anyone who claims that anything in the Qur’aan has been altered or changed is a kaafir. 

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said: 

The same applies to those among them who claim that some verses of the Qur’aan have been taken away or concealed, or who claim to have some esoteric interpretations that exempt him from having to do the actions prescribed in sharee’ah etc., who are called al-Qaraamitah and al-Baatiniyyah, and who include al-Tanaasukhiyyah [names of esoteric sects]. There is no dispute that they are kaafirs. 

Al-Saarim al-Maslool, 3/1108-1110. 

Ibn Hazm said: 

The view that the Qur’aan has been altered is blatant kufr and is a rejection of what the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said. 

Al-Fasl fi’l-Ahwa’ wa’-Milal wa’l-Nihal, 4/139.  And Allah knows best.

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6. ANY CHANGE IN QURAN

Question :

I have read in an anti Islamic website run by a Christian theologist from England that the scholar "Al-Sagistany" wrote in his book called "Almasahif" that the Muslim leader "Al-Hajjajj " changed letters in the Quran in about at least ten words .

He claims that "Alsagistany" reported this and that he wrote it under the title: "Ma Ghayarraho Alhajjajj Fe Moshaf Othman". This Christian also narrates in Arabic what he claims to be a copy of this page with the ten words which he claims had letters changed in them.

I have tried to find a copy of that book to search the matter but I failed. Please try your best efforts to make this matter clear. Also it is unimaginable to me that the whole Muslim scholars and memorizers of Quran could have just accepted someone to change in the Quran without stopping this or not knowing about it.

Even if Alsagistany really reported this, it really does not make sense at all;

First of all because we are not like Christians and Jews who don’t memorize their books totally and it is mainly left to religious scholars. Instead very large numbers of Muslims memorize the Quran and almost all read it. So changes could not have just passed unnoticed except by Alsagistany especially that at this era there were already several total copies of the Quran in all Muslim countries.

Secondly, if it is very difficult to believe that these changes were not noticed by scholars or people at the time, then it is far more difficult to imagine that any Muslim scholar or even lay man would know of the changes to the book of Allah and keep quiet and not fight this thing and just accept it. Sir, it just could not happen.

So please try to find this book and clarify the matter for me in great detail with definite evidence and proofs as much as Allah will help you. I appreciate your cooperation and again forgive me for my long letter but I cannot tell you how important this matter is to me. I put all my trust and hope in Allah that I will find a really clear and clear cut answer.

Answer: Praise be to Allah.  

Firstly:

It is not possible for a Muslim to entertain doubts concerning the immutability of the Qur’aan, because Allah has guaranteed to preserve the Qur’aan. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’aan) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption)” [Al-Hijr 15:9] 

The Qur’aan was preserved in the hearts of the Sahaabah who had memorized it, and on the trunks of trees and thin white stones until the time of the caliph Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq (may Allah be pleased with him).

During the Riddah wars many of the Sahaabah who had memorized the Qur’aan were killed, so Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) was afraid that the Qur’aan may be lost. He consulted the senior Sahaabah concerning the idea of compiling the entire Qur’aan in one book so that it would be preserved and would not be lost, and this task was entrusted to the great hafiz Zayd ibn Thaabit and others who had written down the Revelation.

Al-Bukhaari narrated in his Saheeh that Zayd ibn Thaabit (may Allah be pleased with him) said:  

“Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq sent for me when the people of Yamamah had been killed (i.e., a number of the Prophet's Companions who fought against Musaylimah). (I went to him) and found 'Umar bin al-Khattaab sitting with him. Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) said (to me), ‘ ‘Umar has come to me and said: “Casualties were heavy among the Qurra' of the Qur'aan (i.e. those who knew the Qur’aan by heart) at the Battle of Yamaamah, and I am afraid that more heavy casualties may take place among the Qurra' on other battlefields, whereby a large part of the Qur'an may be lost.

Therefore I suggest that you [Abu Bakr] should issue orders that the Qur’aan be collected.” I said to 'Umar, “How can you do something that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not do?"

'Umar said, “By Allah, this is something good.” ‘Umar kept on urging me (to accept his proposal) until Allah opened my heart to it and I began to realize the good in the idea which 'Umar had realized.’ Then Abu Bakr said (to me): ‘You are a wise young man and we have a great deal of confidence in you. You used to write down the Revelation for the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). So you should seek out the Qur’aan [i.e., the fragments on which it is written] and collect it (in one book).’

By Allah, if they had ordered me to move one of the mountains, it would not have been harder for me than this command to collect the Qur’aan. I said (to Abu Bakr), ‘How can you do something which the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not do?’

Abu Bakr said, ‘By Allah, it is a good thing.’ Abu Bakr kept on urging me (to accept his proposal) until Allah opened my heart to it as He had opened the hearts of Abu Bakr and ‘Umar.

So I started to look for the Qur’aan and collected it from (the fragments on which it was written of) palm-stalks, thin white stones and the hearts of men (i.e., from men who knew it by heart), until I found the last verse of Soorat al-Tawbah with Abu Khuzaymah al-Ansaari, and I did not find it with anybody other than him. The verse is :  

Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger from amongst yourselves. It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty… [At-Tawbah 9:128 – interpretation of the meaning]

… until the end of Soorat Baraa’ah (Soorat al-Tawbah). 

These fragments remained with Abu Bakr until he died, then with ‘Umar for the rest of his life, then with Hafsah bint ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both).” 

Secondly:

With regard to al-Hajjaaj, it was not his idea to write out the Mus-haf, rather he was commanded by an intelligent man to do that. There follows the complete story: 

Al-Zarqaani said: 

It is known that the Mus-haf of ‘Uthmaan was unpointed (i.e., it had no diacritical marks). Whatever the case the addition of diacritical marks to the Mus-haf did not happen, according to the well-established view, until the era of ‘Abd al-Malik ibn Marwaan, when he realized that Islam had spread widely and the Arabs were mixing with the non-Arabs, which was having an effect on the Arabic language, so that there was much confusion about the correct reading of the Mus-hafs and it was becoming very difficult for people to tell the letters apart.

By his deep insight, he realized that he should do something to solve the problem. So he commanded al-Hajjaaj to take care of this important matter. In obedience to the caliph, Al-Hajjaaj appointed two men to deal with this matter, namely Nasr ibn ‘Aasim al-Laythi and Yahya ibn Ya’mar al-‘Adwaani, both of whom were qualified and able to do the task required of them, because they were knowledgeable, righteous, pious and experts in Arabic language and the various readings of the Qur’aan. They had also both studied under Abu’l-Aswad al-Du’li. May Allah have mercy on these two shaykhs, for they succeeded in their work and gave the Mus-haf diacritical points for the first time. They added dots to all the letters that look similar, not adding more than three dots to any one letter. That became widespread among the people and was very effective in dispelling confusion concerning reading of the Mus-haf.  

It was said that the first person to add diacritical marks to the Mus-haf was Abu’l-Aswad al-Du’li, and that Ibn Seereen had a Mus-haf to which diacritical marks had been added by Yahya ibn Ya’mar. These opinions may be reconciled by noting that Abu’l-Aswad was the first one who added diacritical marks to the Mus-haf, but he did that for his own individual use, then Ibn Seereen followed him in that, and that ‘Abd al-Malik was the first one to add diacritical marks to the Mus-haf  in an official and public manner that was spread widely among the people in order to dispel any confusion with regard to reading Qur’aan.” 

Manaahil al-‘Irfaan, 1/280, 281 

Thirdly:

With regard to what is mentioned in the question, quoting from al-Masaahif by Ibn Abi Dawood, there follows the report concerning that and the ruling thereon: 

It was narrated from ‘Abbaad ibn Suhayb from ‘Awf ibn Abi Jameelah that al-Hajjaaj ibn Yoosuf changed eleven letters in the Mus-haf. He said that in Soorat al-Baqarah 2:259 it said lam yatasanna wa’nzur, with no ha’, and he changed it to lam yatasannah wa’nzur (they show no change, and look…) 

In al-Maa'idah 5:48 it said sharee’atan wa minhaajan, and he changed it to shir’atan wa minhaajan (a law and a clear way)

In Yoonus 10:22 it said, Huwa alladhi yunshirukum and he changed it to Huwa alladhi yusayyirukum (He it is Who enables you to travel…) 

In Yoosuf 12:45 it said Ana aateekum bi ta’weelihi and he changed it to Ana unabbi’ukum bi ta’weelihi (I will tell you its interpretation) 

In al-Zukhruf 43:32 it said, Nahnu qasamnaa baynahum ma’aayishahum and he changed it to Nahnu qasamnaa baynahum ma’eeshatahum (It is We Who portion out between them their livelihood) 

In al-Takweer 81:24 it said Wa ma huwa ‘ala’l-ghaybi bi zaneen and he changed it to Wa ma huwa ‘ala’l-ghaybi bi daneen (and he withholds not a knowledge of the unseen) 

Kitaab al-Masaahif by al-Sajistaani, p. 49. 

This report is da’eef jiddan (very weak) or mawdoo’ (fabricated), because its isnaad includes ‘Abbaad ibn Suhayb, whose hadeeth is to be rejected. 

‘Ali ibn al-Madeeni said: his hadeeth is no good. Al-Bukhaari, al-Nasaa’i and others said: he is matrook (to be rejected). Ibn Hibbaan said: he was a Qadari who promoted his innovated ideas, and he narrated things which a beginner in this field would realize were fabricated if he heard them. Al-Dhahabi said: he is one of those who are to be rejected. 

See Meezaan al-I’tidaal, by al-Dhahabi, 4/28. 

The text of the report is also false, because it does not make sense that these changes could be made in the Qur’aan and then spread throughout the world. Even some of the non-Muslims, such as the Raafidis (Shi’ah) who think that the Qur’aan is incomplete, rejected this and criticized its text. 

Al-Kho’i, who is one of the Raafidis, said: “This claim is like the hallucination of one who is suffering a fever, or like the fairy tales of the insane or of children. Al-Hajjaaj was one of the governors of the Umayyads, and he is too incapable to do anything to the Qur’aan. He is even incapable of changing any of the minor issues of Islam, so how could he change the thing which is the foundation of the religion and the basis of sharee’ah?

Where would he get the power to introduce this change throughout the realm of Islam and beyond at the time when the Qur’aan was well known throughout the Muslim world? How come no historian has ever mentioned this disastrous event even though it is so serious and they would have a lot of motives to mention it?

How come no one among the Muslims of his time narrated it? How could the Muslims have turned a blind eye to such an action after the reign of al-Hajjaaj came to an end? Even if we assume that he could have gathered all the copies of the Qur’aan and that not one single copy escaped his grasp anywhere in the far-flung regions of the Islamic world, how could he have removed it from the hearts of the Muslims and those who had memorized it, the number of whom at that time is known only to Allah.” 

(al-Bayaan fi Tafseer al-Qur’aan, p. 219) 

What the questioner mentions about Imam al-Sajistaani, and that he wrote a book called Ma Ghayyarahu al-Hajjaaj fi Mus-haf ‘Uthmaan (What al-Hajjaaj altered in the Mus-haf of ‘Uthmaan) is not true, rather it is a blatant lie. All there is, is the commentary that al-Sajistaani wrote concerning the words quoted above from al-Hajjaaj, entitled Baab Ma Kataba al-Hajjaaj ibn Yoosuf fi’l-Mus-haf (Chapter on what al-Hajjaaj wrote in the Mus-haf)

On this basis, we cannot rely upon this report under any circumstances whatsoever. The fact that until now it has not been proven that anyone has succeeded in his attempt to change even one letter (of the Qur’aan) is sufficient to prove that it is a lie.

If what has been narrated is true, then it would be possible to repeat it, especially at the times when the Muslims were weak and their enemies plotted against them.  It is such specious arguments that prove that these claims are false, and that our enemies are incapable of refuting the evidence of the Qur’aan or its clarity, so they resorted to attacking it. 

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7. WRITING OF QURAN

Question :

I was wondering if it is true that there is no evidence that there is no trace of a Qu'ran being written in the 7 th century?

Answer: Praise be to Allah. 

This is a false and incorrect statement made by those who try to find faults with Islam so as to put people off this religion. It is sufficient to know that Allah has guaranteed to preserve the Qur’aan, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’aan) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption).”  [Al-Hijr 15:9]

Moreover, the fact that the transmission of the Qur’aan by memory and in writing was mutawaatir – narrated by groups to groups [to such an extent that so many people could not conceivably have agreed upon a lie] – is well known to anyone who has the slightest acquaintance with Islamic knowledge, especially knowledge of recitations and reciters.

There are still many people nowadays who have learned the Qur’aan orally, with isnaads directly going back to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

One of the miracles of Allah’s protection of the Qur’aan is the fact that those who try to tamper with it are always found out.

The point is, everything that was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was written down in front of him straight away, and some of the Sahaabah had masaahif (written copies of the Qur’aan). After the death of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), the  first khaleefah, Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq (may Allah be pleased with him) gathered the Qur’aan in  written and kept it. Then the third khaleefah, ‘Uthmaan ibn ‘Affaan (may Allah be pleased with him) compiled it in mus-hafs that were based on the mus-haf compiled by Abu Bakr, in addition to what had been memorized.

When we realize that the Qur’aan was written down and compiled by the Sahaabah, and ‘Uthmaan sent copies of the Mus-haf during his reign to all the main centres of Islam, so that it would be a reference for them, and there were no disputes concerning them, then how can we say that there is no written trace of the Qur’aan in the seventh century? Moreover, there are several ancient manuscripts of the Qur’aan in libraries and museums which bear visible testimony to the fact that nothing has been changed in the Book of Allah. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And verily, it is an honourable well‑fortified respected Book (because it is Allah’s Speech, and He has protected it from corruption). (41) Falsehood cannot come to it from before it or behind it, (it is) sent down by the All‑Wise, Worthy of all praise (Allah).” [Fussilat 41:41-42]

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8. MISCONCEPT OF QURAN SAVING

Question:

Recently I became aware of some scholarly research done by German scholars into the inerrancy of the Quran. Some of their findings are discussed in an Atlantic Monthly article entitled "What Is the Koran?" written by Toby Lester, published in the January 1999 issue of that magazine. The gist of their research is that some very old fragments of the Quran found in a mosque in Yemen show small but significant aberrations from the standard Quranic texts. In some cases, the writing on the fragments found had been washed off and different writing substituted overtop. The article tries to cast doubt on the Muslim view of the Quran as being absolutely reliable, and tries to show instead that it is a literary text that has been subject to change just like any other.

I am not a Muslim, but I know that the Quran holds a position in Islam that is similar to that of Christ in Christianity. In view of this, sir, how would you respond to these attempts to dispute the absolute inerrancy of the Quran? In your view, do these scholars have false motives that render their findings untrustworthy? Or do you have another response to these attacks on the verity of the Quran?

Answer: Praise be to Allah.  

1 – The proof that the copies of the Holy Qur’aan that we have before us is not just one or two pieces of evidence, rather it is proven by a vast amount of evidence that no fair-minded person can study without becoming convinced that it is exactly as Allah revealed it to Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). 

2 – There have been generations coming one after another, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it, memorizing it and writing it down. They have not omitted a single letter, and no one can change even the vowel point of a single letter. Writing is just one means of preserving it; basically it is preserved in their hearts. 

3 – The Qur’aan has not come down to us on its own, such that the so-called alterations could be made. Rather the interpretation of its verses, the meanings of its words, the reasons for its revelation, the grammar of its words and the commentary on its rulings have all been transmitted. When such care has been given to this Book, how could sinful hands find a way to distort even one letter of it, or add a word, or take away a verse? 

4 – The Qur’aan speaks of matters of the unseen, in the future, which Allah revealed to His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) to show him that they came from Allah. If a human being wants to write a book, he can describe an event or express a point of view, but if any human being were to speak about matters of the unseen, in this field he can only base that on speculation and lies. But the Qur’aan told of the defeat of the Romans by the Persians, at the time when there was no means of communication to inform the Arabs of this event. The same verses also foretold that they (the Persians) would be defeated after a certain number of years. If what the Qur’aan said was not accurate, then the kaafirs would have had a great opportunity to criticize the Qur’aan. 

5 – If you read any verse of the Qur’aan, then you go to America or Asia or the jungles of Africa, or to the deserts of Arabia or any place where there are Muslims, you will find that all of them have the exact same verse, memorized by heart or in their books; not a single letter of it will have been altered.  

So what is the importance of this unknown manuscript in Yemen which we have not seen, and in which some ignorant may have altered, in recent times, one verse or one word? 

Does this argument carry any weight when properly researched and discussed? Especially when the people claim to be fair-minded and objective in their research.  

What would be their response if we went to one of their most trusted books by a well-known author, a book of which there are many copies in the world, all of them exactly the same, and we claimed that there was a copy of this book in some country or other in which there was extra material and alterations, and it was different from what is in their copies? Would they pay any attention? 

Their answer would be the same as ours. 

6– The manuscript copies which are in the Muslims’ possession cannot be proven to be authentic in this simplistic manner, for we have experts who know the history of calligraphy and we have principles and guidelines through which we may determine whether a manuscript is genuine, such as the names and signatures of the people who heard it and read it.  

We do not think that these features are present in this so-called copy of the Qur’aan in Yemen or in others. 

7 – We are happy to conclude our answer with this true story that happened in Baghdad during the ‘Abbasid era, when a Jew wanted to find out how true are the books attributed by their followers to God, namely the Torah among the Jews, the Gospel among the Christians and the Qur’aan among the Muslims. 

He went to the Torah and added and took away a few minor things that were not very obvious, then he gave it to a scribe from among the Jews and asked him to make copies of it. It did not take long before these copies were placed in the synagogues of the Jews and were in circulation among their major scholars. 

Then he went to the Gospel and added and took away a few things as he had done with the Torah, and he gave it to their scribes and asked them to make copies of it. It was not long before it was being read in their churches and was in circulation among their scholars. 

Then he went to the Qur’aan and added and took away a few things as he had done with the Torah and the Gospel. Then he gave it to a Muslim scribe to make copies of it. 

When he went back to get his copy, the scribe threw it in his face and told him that this was not the Qur’aan of the Muslims! 

From this experiment the man came to know that the Qur’aan is the true Book of Allah and that all other books were the works of human beings. 

If the scribes of the Muslims could tell that this copy had been tampered with, then how could it go into circulation among the Muslim scholars undetected? 

If the questioner wants to repeat this ancient experiment nowadays, all she has to do is to do the same as that Jewish man did, who later became Muslim; she can add and take away things from these three books and see what happens as a result. 

But we do not tell her to show her copy of the Qur’aan to a scribe, rather we tell her to show it to Muslim children, and they will tell her where the mistakes are in her copy! 

Some Muslim states have printed Mus-hafs in which there were mistakes, and young children found them before the grown-ups did!

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9. AUTHENTICITY OF THE QUR’AN

Question:                                                                                                  

 

As we hear many claims spread by non-Muslims questioning the authenticity of the Glorious Qur’an, would you kindly help us refute such false claim?

 

Answer:                                                                                                     

The Holy Qur'an was presented to the people of Arabia by the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. It was presented in parts over a period of 23 years of his prophetic life. The book presents itself as the word of Allah and the Holy Prophet also presented it as such.

The Muslims believe that the Holy Qur'an, being the revealed word of Allah, is the cornerstone of their faith. They get their philosophy, beliefs and laws from this book it is the basic source of the Islamic faith. It is the Word of Allah revealed to His Messenger, Muhammad, peace be upon him, who read it out before the world loud and clear. Not only did he recite it to the people of Arabia, he also made elaborate arrangements to ensure that its contents be preserved and his Companions should learn it by heart and should also write it down. The Holy Prophet's stress on the supremacy of the Book of Allah, over all other sources of knowledge, was unequivocal and categorical.

The Holy Qur'an has reached us through Tawatur:

The Holy Qur'an has reached us through the process of Tawatur (historical continuity and perpetuation achieved through transfer from generation-to-generation) When we say that the Quran has reached us through Tawatur, we imply that so many people in every generation conveyed it to the next and so on that there can be no doubt about its authenticity. It was not transmitted by a few persons in one generation to a few persons in the next. It was handed over by the entire generation to the next generation. The Generation of the Companions witnessed the revelation and compilation of the Holy Quran during the life of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and then handed it over to the next generation and so on.

Its certainty has far exceeded the need for any debate. In the presence of established history, we would not accept any individual reports and rumors to the contrary. For instances a report in one of the history books that claims that Akbar the Great never ruled in India, would not be considered by us. The fact that Akbar the Great ruled over India for half a century is so established, that any odd report to the contrary would be simply ignored. So is the case of the Holy Quran. Since it has achieved the status of Tawatur, no odd report would affect its credibility.

When generations and generations of people without interruption hold the Quran as the one and only version of the divine guidance received from the Holy Prophet, such reports would not infringe upon its authenticity. The evidence for the Quran is so overwhelming, involving millions of people, that it would simply override any odd reports that may be found anywhere.”

Excerpted, with slight modifications, from

http://www.sunnahonline.com/ilm/quran/0005.htm

There is no other book in world which is challenged by this way. Allah says in Quran.

“say if all the humankind and jinn’s were to gather together to produce the like of the Quran, they will not be able to do it even if they helped each other”. (Al-Isra 17 : 88)

In the light of the above, dear brother, it’s clear that all what non-Muslims say or fabricate against the Glorious Quran is totally groundless, for the authenticity of the Quran is not only upheld by Muslims but confirmed by non-Muslims as well, as will be clarified in the following:

“Attesting to the Qur'an’s authenticity, in his best-seller book The Bible, The Qur’an and Science the French researcher, historian, scientist Dr. Maurice Bucaille writes:

"Thanks to its undisputed authenticity, the text of the Qur’an holds a UNIQUE Place among the books of Revelation, shared neither by the Old nor the New Testament. In the first two sections of this work (meaning his book), a review was made of the alterations undergone by the Old Testament and the Gospels before they were handed down to us in the form we know today. The same is not true for the Quran for the simple reason it was written down at the time of the Prophet; we shall see how it came to be written, i.e. the process involved . . .. As the Revelation progressed, the Prophet and the believers following him recited the text by heart, and it was written down by the scribes in his following. It therefore starts off with two elements of authenticity that the Gospels do not possess."

Professor Hitte also writes: "Biblical text has been subjected to editorial and amendatory treatment, but not the Quranic ... In its phonetic and graphic reproduction, as well as in its linguistic form, the Qur’anic text is identical with its celestial original."

The Qur’an is unique in consistency, harmony, intelligence and rationality:

The Qur’an is the book without inconsistencies; one part of its text, (or doctrine) does not clash with the other. In fact, it sets the absence of contradiction, irrationality, and incoherence, as one of the criteria for checking the authenticity of any divine revelation. It states
"Do they not ponder the Qur’an (with care)? Had this book been from anybody but Allah, you would have found much inconsistencies.” (Surat An-Nisa 4:82)

Because contradictions and inconsistencies call for the negation of one part, which is in conflict with the other and this automatically invalidates portions of the book. In turn that makes it difficult for a man to remain true to any one value, thereby creating mental conflict, emotional and spiritual instability. "Skip some, follow some," “pick and choose" and "no absolutes" become the pattern. And these exercise an extremely damaging influence upon a truth-conscious, rational man with regard to belief in Allah and with regard to the credibility of the book itself. And it leads to dilemmas where sincere minds become "disjointed" and "disenchanted," eventually steering them away from the book or turn them into hypocrites.

Dr. Maurice Bucaille, who had absolutely no reason to favor one book, especially that of Islam, over the others (if anything, as human nature is, he would only favor the books of his own religion, but not the Quran) attests to the Quranic claim in his book. "The Quran ... is not only free from contradictions in its narrations, the sign of various human manipulations to be found in the Gospels, but provides a quality of its own for those who examine it objectively and in the light of science i.e. its complete agreement with modern scientific data.”

The Book may be great but what is its impact on the people, you might ask. If no impact it has any significance. How true! The Quran is unique in terms of its Blitzing Impact, also.

There have been many other religious books and revelations before the Quran. But of these, only the Holy Quran had the most electrifying impact upon the people. Its lightning-like rapidity, in a short few decades, reached the hearts and minds of the masses of several continents, transforming the lives of idolaters, alcoholics, exploiters, abusers, perverts, into men and women of pristine monotheism, of highest virtue and piety. Call it what you may - the most sensational spiritual revolution, or the spiritual blitzkrieg, the revolution of which the mankind had never witnessed before. To this very day, no other religion comes even close to matching Quran's record of the spectacular impact on lives of masses.”

Lastly, The God has only given His guarantee for this book which is not given by Him to any other book. Allah says in Quran

“Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’aan) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption)”  (Al-Hijr 15:9)

Excerpted, with some modifications, from

http://www.iica.org/invitation/the_glor.html

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10. REVELATION OF QURAN

Question :

Was the entire Quran revealed through archangel Jibrael (Gabriel)?

Answer :   By: Shahid Bin Waheed

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

A number of Islamic websites and/or Muslims have proudly spread this disinformation besides some other kind of disinformation that the entire Glorious Quran was revealed by Allah upon Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) through the archangel Jibrael. Fact of the matter is that Allah did not reveal the entire Glorious Quran through the archangel Jibrael. Most Muslims have grossly mistaken due to their apparent ignorance, thinking the first revelation of Ayaat 96:1-5 through the archangel Jibrael as one and only mode of descent. Therefore, they have erroneously concluded that the entire Quran was revealed through the archangel Jibrael.

In order to clearly understand this subject one must need the complete and conclusive knowledge of the mode of descent of the Glorious Qur’aan. In the Qur’aanic vocabulary the descent is called Wahi, which use to come to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in several forms and modes. In the Books of Ahadeeth we read the following on this subject:

 Sahih Bukhari: Vol: 1     Book: 1

THE BOOK OF THE BEGINNING OF REVELATION

1-CHAPTER: How the Divine Inspiration started to reveal to Allah's Apostle (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)

And the Saying of Allah: (the Exalted and Almighty) “… Indeed, We have inspired you as We inspired Noah and the Prophets after him….”    (An-Nisa 4:163). 

2- CHAPTER:

[2] 'Aisha, the mother of the Faithful (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated: (A) Al-Harith bin Hisham (may Allah be pleased with him) asked Allah's Apostle (the blessing and peace of Allah be upon him): “O Allah's Apostle (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) How did the revelation come to you? Allah's Apostle (the blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) replied: “Sometimes it was (revealed) like the ringing of a bell, this form (of revelation) was the hardest of all, and then this state passes off after I have grasped what is inspired. Sometimes the Angel came to me in the form of a man and talked to me and I memorized whatever he said”. 'Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) added: Verily I saw the Prophet (the blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) being inspired on the very cold day and noticed the sweat dropping from his forehead (as the Inspiration was over)”.

The parts of this Hadith are in: 3215.

The methods of Wahi upon Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in several forms and modes, which are as follows:

1. Ringing of Bells

The first method was that he used to hear a sound similar to the ringing of bells. Since the Ahadeeth mentions only this much, therefore, it cannot be elaborated any further that in what sense this kind of Wahi has been similar to the sound of bells.

2. True Dreams

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to have true dreams.

3. Diccourse with Allah

Like Musa our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also had the privilege of direct discourse with Allah, in fact in much better fashion as it happened on the night of Ascension (Isra/Miraj). 

4. Angel Coming in Human Guise

In the traditions we read that archangel Jibrael used to come in human form and convey the message i.e. Wahi. 

5. Angel Coming in his Original Appearance

This happened only three times in the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

 

6. Inspiration in the Heart

Through this method Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to receive the inspiration in the heart.

 

Quranic and Non-Quranic Wahi .

The Wahi that was revealed  to the  Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)  was of two kinds. One compromised the Ayaat of the Glorious Quran in which the words and meanings (both) are from Allaah, and they have been preserved in the Quran forever. So that even an iota or a dot has not changed nor can be changed. This type of Wahi is called or is termed as Wahi Matluw that is, the Wahi recited i.e. the Glorious Qur’aan.

 

The second type of Wahi is that which does form part of the Glorious Quran, but a large number of commands and tenets have been sent through it. This type is known as non-Quranic Wahi, which is by definition the one that is not recited or Wahi Ghayr Matluw. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has said: “I have been given the Quran and with it other similar things.” Hadeeth Qudsi is one of the examples of this kind of Wahi Ghayr Matluw .

 

Another good example of Wahi Ghayr Matluw is the Quranic Ayaah 2:144, which reads,

“Verily! We have seen the turning of your (Muhammad SAW) face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid- al-Haram (at Makkah). And whosesoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction. Certainly, the people who were given the Scriptures (i.e. Jews and the Christians) know well that, that (your turning towards the direction of the Kabah at Makkah in prayers) is the truth from their Lord. And Allah is not unaware of what they do”  (Al-Baqarah 2:144)

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is also called the Prophet of two Qibla, since in the early days of Islam; Muslims were praying Salah facing the Jerusalem. As we can see the Ayaah 2:144 above is about changing the Qibla to Makkah (Ka’abah). But the command to face the Jerusalem is not found in the Quran, as it was Wahi Ghayr Matluw, however, the Ayaah 2:144 confirms that there was a command to face the Jerusalem in the early days of Islam.

Readers must note that this is a very comprehensive subject within the Quranic sciences and simple cannot be summed up in this brief treatise. Needless, to say that it is not true that the entire Glorious Quran was revealed by Allah through the archangel Jibrael.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Excerpted, with some modifications, from:  http://www.islam-is-the-only-solution.com/Q&A.htm

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11. Who Wrote The Quran?

Memphis Dawah E

 Introduction

In the name of Allah Most Beneficent Most Merciful. All praise is for Allah the Exalted and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His

Messenger Muhammad and his family and companions and all those who follow them and their way until the Day of Resurrection.

"Do they not then consider the Quran carefully?  Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much contradiction" (An-Nisa 4:82)

God created man for a noble purpose:  to worship Him and lead a righteous life based on His commands and guidance to mankind.

Mankind learned this by God sending Messengers with clear and practical instructions of the meaning of life and how to worship God properly.

God also revealed to these Prophets and Messengers knowledge about what will happen after death and the rewards and punishments for one’s actions.  These Prophets and Messengers convey the same prevailing

message which is entrusted to  them by God.

They proclaimed

 "... Oh my people! Worship God! (i.e., without associating anything with him) You  have no other god but Him” (Al-Aaraf 7:65)

God sent a Prophet and/or Messenger to every nation throughout the history of mankind.

"And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a messenger (proclaiming):  Worship Allah (Alone) and avoid (or keep away from) all false deities ……." (An-Nahl 16:36)

Some of them we have been informed of and others we have not. These Prophets and  Messengers include, but not limited to: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Lot, David, Solomon, Elias, Elisha, Hood, Thul Kifi, Enoch, Jonah Job Shu’aib, Saalih, Ezra, Zachariyyah, John, Jesus, Muhammad and others  peace and blessings be upon them all. Some of them were sent with Books while others were not

Some of the books that we were informed of are the Scriptures of Abraham, the Torah of Moses, the Zaboor of Dawood, and the Injeel which was revealed to Jesus

All of these scriptures contained the same basic message from God to mankind.  Each Prophet brought specific instructions from God addressed to a particular people for certain times in history and particular circumstances although the essential message remained the same 

A few examples of this would be the fact that Moses' contemporaries were excellent in magic. So his major miracle was to defeat the best magicians of his days. Jesus contemporaries were recognized as skillful physicians. Therefore, his miracles were to raise the dead and cure the incurable diseases. The Arabs, the contemporaries of the Muhammad, were known for their eloquence and magnificent poetry. So Muhammad's (Peace and Blessings be upon him)

Major miracle was the Quran, the equivalent of which the whole legion of the Arab poets and orators could not produce despite the repeated challenge from the Quran itself.

However, the beauty and power of Muhammad’s (Peace and Blessings be upon him) major miracle is that it removes the constraints of place and time. It is the permanent  miracle for all generations to see.

Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) is the final Messenger and that his Prophethood is also not limited to time and place, and is for all peoples (after the advent of his Prophethood) in all times until the Day of Judgement.

Now, many who would agree with every thing we have stated above may reject this about Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) his Messengership and the scripture with which he was sent. (The Qur’an).

It is our objective here to prove without a shadow of a doubt that the Qur’an

Is in fact from God Himself and by extension that Muhammad  (Peace and Blessings be upon him) is in fact a Messenger of God.

For we cannot accept the Message and reject the Messenger, or vice versa. Both must be accept or both must be rejected. We can basically divide the groups of opinions on the Qur’an into three groups

Those who say that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) himself wrote the Qur’an. Those who say that the Qur’an was written by someone else and taught to Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him)

Those who believe that the Qur’an is the pure word of God having no human author.

In this article, we will briefly review the above arguments based on logic, historical evidence, textual analysis and even scientific data. Based on our arguments above, we can logically conclude that if the Qur’an was written by Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) or some other man (or group of men) then it is correct to reject the man and his message.

However, if it is proven that the Qur’an is indeed from God, then it is necessary for us to believe in it, follow it and accept Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) and a Messenger of God.

We ask the reader to reflect...

 First Claim: Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) wrote the Qur’an.

Those who claim that the Qur’an was written by Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) have given him a different motive for doing so and can basically be divided into the following groups

1. For Material Gain/ Power and Glory

2. To Unite the Arabs or to morally reform them

3. Epileptic Seizures or Self

4. Delusions

With Muhammad being perhaps the most well documented man in human history, we can easily examine these claims and compare them to his life.

Firstly, the claim that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) wrote the Qur’an is not new. His own people made this claim. In response, to this claim, God revealed the following:

Say: "…. It is not for me to change it on my own accord; I only follow that which is revealed unto me. Verily, I fear if I were to disobey my Lord, the torment of the Great Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection). Say: "If Allah had so willed, I should not have recited it to you nor would He have made it known to you. Verily, I have stayed amongst you a life time before this. Have you then no sense?" (Younus 10:15-16)

This verse is telling his critics to reflect on the fact that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) lived amongst them from forty(40) years before reciting the Qur’an to them while never showing any signs of inclination to poetry and themselves knowing that he was illiterate. If he could not read or write, then where did these magnificent verses come from?

Also reflect on the fact that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) is commanded in the verses above to “Say” twice. This is a command to make a certain statement to the people. One can find this command

“Say” 332 times throughout the Qur’an.

In other places in the Qur’an he is ordered to “proclaim”, “Glorify Your Lord”, “Prostrate Yourself” etc. So we ask is this how a man talks to himself or writes a book?

Also one must consider the fact that even before his Prophethood Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) was known amongst his people as “Al-Amin”, the trustworthy and the truthful. No one ever recorded a lie against him. Many Western historians agree with this analysis:

"If a man like Muhammad were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness. "George Bernard Shaw

"My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level." Michael H. Hart,

THE 100 A RANKING OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS IN HISTORY= New York Hart Publishing Company, Inc 1978, p 33

"Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him."  Diwan Chand Sharma, The Prophets of the East, Calcutta 1935, p 22.

"He was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without Pope's pretensions, Caesar without the legions of Caesar: without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue; if ever any man had the right to say that he ruled by the right divine, it was Mohammed, for he had all the power without its instruments and without its supports."  Bosworth Smith, Mohammad and Mohammadanism, London,

1874, p92

"Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images; the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?" Lamartine, HISTOIRE DE LA TURQUIE, Paris, 1854, Vol II, pp 276-277

"It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, who knows how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme. And although in what I put to you I shall say many things which may be familiar to many, yet I myself feel whenever I read them, a new way of admiration, a new sense of reverence for that

mighty Arabian teacher."  Annie Besant, THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF MUHAMMAD, Madras,1932, p4.

"His readiness to undergo persecutions for his beliefs, the high moral character of the men who believed in him and looked up to him as leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement all argue his fundamental integrity. To suppose Muhammad an impostor raises more problems than it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as Muhammad." W. Montgomery Watt, MOHAMMAD AT MECCA, Oxford, 1953, p. 52.

So, we ask the reader to reflect on the following:

Is it logical to believe that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) who, until the age of forty and, as we mentioned earlier, was known to his people as al-Amin (The Trustworthy) and who is still admired even by Western scholars for his honesty and integrity, all of a sudden began to write a book that is unmatched in literary merit and that has not be matched by legions of the Arab poets and orators of the highest caliber throughout history?

Is it reasonable to say that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him), made a false claim and on that very falsehood trained thousands of individuals of outstanding character, integrity, and honesty who were able to establish the best human society that the world has ever known?

Material Gain? Power and Glory?

Some claim that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) wrote the Qur’an for some type of material gain or for power and glory. However, this claim is at odds with the historical evidence. In fact, when one studies the history of Muhammad’s (Peace and Blessings be upon him) life, we find that he was actually materially more well off BEFORE claiming Prophethood than afterwards.

At twenty five years old, Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) was married to the wealthy widow named Khadijah and lived a life of relative comfort. However, after his call to Prophethood, his standard of living declined dramatically, sometimes going two months without cooking anything, surviving only on dates and water, because of the extreme hardships that he and his family endured after proclaiming God’s message.

This would not be a temporary sacrifice, but a way of life for him until he died. At no time in his Prophethood did he ever live in a fancy palace, wear the finest clothes or enjoy the luxuries of this world. Even after the early Muslims became successful and started to make financial gains, Muhammad’s (Peace and Blessings be upon him) wives complained about their living conditions and wondered why they had to continue to live so poorly when there was (seemingly) no need.

A revelation then came from God stating: “O Prophet! Say to your wives: If you desire the life of this world, and its glitter, Then come! I will make a provision for you and set you free (i.e., divorce) in a handsome manner But if you desire Allah and His Messenger, and the home of the Hereafter, then verily, Allah has prepared for the good doers amongst you an enormous reward. (i.e.,Heaven) (Al-Ahzab 33:28-29)

One of Muhammad’s (Peace and Blessings be upon him) companions, describing his room said: “I noticed that the contents of his room comprised of only three pieces of tanned skin and a handful of barley in a corner. I looked but failed to find anything else. I began to cry. He (Muhammad, Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him) said: “Why are you weeping”?

I replied, ‘O’ Prophet of Allah!  Why should I not cry? I can see the patterns of the mat imprinted on your body and I am also beholding all that you have in this room. O’ Prophet of Allah! Pray that Allah may grant ample provisions for us. The Persians and the Romans, who have no true faith and who do not worship Allah but they worship their Kings, live in gardens with streams flowing in their midst. But the chosen Prophet and accepted slave of Allah should live in such dire poverty?!”

The  Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him) was resting against his pillow, but when he heard me talk like this, he sat up and said “O’ Umar! Are you still in doubt about this matter? Ease and comfort in the hereafter are much better than ease and comfort in this world. The disbelievers are enjoying their share of the good things in this world, whereas the Believers have all such things in store for them in the next“ (Muslim) 

Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) died poor and his deprivation of this world was self imposed.

The most significant refutation to this claim that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) was seeking wealth and power is the following story when the Chiefs of Makkah came to him trying to get him to stop preaching his message:

“O’ Muhammad, You are, as you know a noble from your tribe and your lineage assures you a place of honor. And now you have brought to your people a matter of grave concern, whereby you have split their community, declared their way of life to be foolish, spoken shamefully of their gods and religion and called their forefathers disbelievers.

Listen to what I propose and see if any of it is acceptable to you. If it is wealth that you seek, we will gather our wealth and make you the richest amongst us. If you seek honor, we will make you our overlord and we will make no decision without your consent. If you seek Kingship, then we will make you our King. And if you can not get rid of this demon that appears to you, we will find you a physician and spend all our money until you are cured.”

When he finished, Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) had received revelation which stated:

“Haa Meem. A revelation from Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. A Book whereof the Verses are explained in detail; A Qur'an in Arabic for people who know. Giving glad tidings and warning, but most of them turn away, so they don’t listen. And they say: "Our hearts are under coverings (screened) from that to which you invite us, and in our ears is deafness, and between us and you is a screen, so work you (on your way); verily, we are working (on our way). Say: "I am only a human being like you. It is inspired in me that your God is One, therefore take Straight Path to Him and obedience to Him, and seek forgiveness of Him. And woe to the polytheists. Those who give not the Zakât and they are disbelievers in the Hereafter. Truly, those who believe and do righteous gooddeeds, for them will be an endless reward that will never end” (Al-Fussilat 41:1-8)

So had his aim been wealth and power, then he could have easily achieved his goal without going through the hardship and poverty he went through up until his death.

To Unite The Arabs?

The claim that Muhammad’s (Peace and Blessings be upon him) goal was to unite the Arabs is also difficult to defend when one looks into the life of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) and his own statements against nationalism, tribalism etc.

Firstly, again, had this been his goal, he could have archived it when the Chiefs of Makkah offered him wealth and riches in exchange for him agreeing to stop preaching.

Secondly, the concept of nationalism does not exist in Islam. Islam made the bond of faith and truth and falsehood the most important basis for binding people together and not nationalism, tribe affiliation, race, or ethnicity. Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) himself spoke out on numerous occasions against this type of ideology stating:

"Let people stop boasting about their forefathers who have died, who are merely fuel for the Hell Fire; or they will certainly be more insignificant with Allah than the beetle which rolls dung with its nose.  Allah has removed from you the partisanship of the days of jaahiliyyah (refers to the Pre Islamic days) and the boasting about one's forefathers. Indeed a person is either a pious Believer or a wretched sinner. All of mankind are the children of Adam, and Adam was created from clay.  [Related by Abu Dawood and Tirmithi]

Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) also said: "Indeed there is noexcellence for an Arab over a Non-Arab, nor a Non-Arab over an Arab, nor a white person over a black one, nor a black person over a white one, except through piety”. [Related by Ahmad]

The Qur’an is filled with the same message. One example of this is in the following verse:

“O’Mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At‑Taqwa (i.e. he is one of the Muttaqoon (the pious)”.  (Al-Hujuraat 49:13) 

The examples from both the Qur’an and the statements of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) are too numerous to mention them all but this should suffice to make the point.

Regardless of one’s color, nationality, or tribe, anyone who believes in the Islamic message is part of the brotherhood.

With the above being the case, the logical question beckons that had this been written by Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) as these people allege for the purpose of uniting the Arabs, then why would he have put the exact opposite message in this book? Indeed, from the story we quoted above, we can see that this Islamic message actually divided the Arabs into two distinct groups: Muslims and non-Muslim.

Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) also had companions that were from different tribes and were other than Arab.

He had Epilepsy?

Other people who reject the Prophethood of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) agree because of the historical evidence of Muhammad’s (Peace and Blessings be upon him) impeccable character and truthfulness that he would not have deliberately fabricated the Qur’an and his Prophethood, so they allege for some reason that he either had epilepsy or was delusional and actually believed that he was a Prophet.

Firstly, again keeping in mind that Muhammad is perhaps history’s most well documented man, there is absolutely no evidence from his life to support this claim, and all evidence suggests that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) lived a normal and sane life all the way up to his death at the age of sixty (60). However in spite of that, we will nonetheless prove that this claim is false and malicious.

Secondly, even some Orientalists (non-Muslims who have achieved considerable status as authorities on Islam) themselves have rejected these claims of epilepsy as false and ridiculous. Daniel commenting on the claim of epilepsy said:

“...epilepsy as applied to the Prophet was the explanation of those who sought to amuse rather than to instruct” Khalifa, Mohammad The Sublime Qu’ran and Orientalism p.13

John Davenport said,

"This remark that Muhammad has suffered the attacks of epilepsy is one of the false, awkward sayings of the Greeks by which they meant to stain the prestige of the propagator of a new religion, and turn the world of Christianity against his moral behavior and qualities." Udhri Taqsir, p.20

There are various types of epilepsy, the main ones being:

·        Grand mal

·        Petit mal

·        Psychomotor

Grand Mal includes generalized convulsions in which there is sudden unconsciousness with falling and shaking of the limbs. Sometimes the person screams just before the seizure and it is followed by stiffening and halted respiration. Next come jerky moves and one can bite one’s tongue and the person experiences a headache. Afterwards, they have no recollection of what happened.

When Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) received revelation, it was described like the ringing of a bell, while other times the Angel Gabriel came to him in the form of a man and delivered the message directly. When one compares grand mal to the description of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) receiving revelation, it is obvious that he did not suffer from grand mal.

Petit Mal involves momentary lapses of awareness and more than seventy percent (70%) of patients have their first attack before the age of twenty. It involves no involuntary movements and can happen several times in a day without interruption of consciousness. This too, is in opposition to the description of Muhammad’s (Peace and Blessings be upon him) receiving revelation.

Firstly, Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) was forty (40) years old when he began to receive revelation. And each time he received revelation, it was for several minutes – not moments.

Psychomotor seizures involve convulsions. They last only a few seconds are accompanied with screams and mumbles which do not make words and sentences, much less entire chapters of a book which are not only completely understandable, but of the highest eloquence.

Epilepsy takes control of one’s thoughts during seizures, yet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) was in complete control during the revelation and was able to recall the event in detail, unlike one who would have an epileptic seizure.

Beyond the above facts, one must ask how could Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) unconsciously know about previous nations? How could he unconsciously answer questions people asked him and be so correct? No one ever stood up to claim that they too are familiar with these stories.

How could he know about future events which would later come to pass? How could he have known that the Persians and Romans would go to war and who would win the war years in advance?

Therefore when the facts are examined, the epileptic seizures theories can

not only be easily ruled out as absurd but we can only conclude that this claim is made out of outright maliciousness because the evidence is overwhelmingly against them.

Norman Daniel commenting on the slanders made against Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) said:

"All writers(referring to Western Writers) tended more or less to cling to fantastic tales about Islam and its Prophet... The use of false evidence to attack Islam was all but universal."  Norman Daniel, Islam and the West, One world Publications 1993, p. 267

Daniel also goes on to explain:

"At the worst there was the assertion of the fantastic, and its repetition without discrimination; at the best there was the selection of only those facts that served the purpose of controversy." ibid, p.268

Nonetheless, material gain; desire for power; desire to unify the Arabs and ever having had epilepsy are all easily ruled out when any unbiased reader one looks into the life of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him)

Second Claim: Someone other than Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) wrote the Qur’an.

Some people claim that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) did not write the Qur’an, but actually either copied it from other sources or learned it from someone else. Let us examine these claims separately.

Copied from Other Sources?

Amongst those who claim that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) did not write the Qur’an but got it from other sources are those who claim that he simply copied either the Apocrypha (Some of the scriptures not included in the canon from the Council of Nicea in325 CE that became known as the Bible, and later the “Catholic Version” of the Bible) and/or the Bible itself.

The first problem with this argument is that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) as we mentioned earlier was illiterate and could not copy what he could not read.

Please keep in mind what we stated earlier about Muhammad’s (Peace and Blessings be upon him) well known impeccable character and the fact that it was known that he was illiterate and that there is also no record of the pagan Arabs in Mecca accusing Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) of not being illiterate.

Had he not been illiterate, as the Qur’an itself stated, would this have not been easy to prove during Muhammad’s lifetime by his enemies who were eager to discredit him? This fact alone shows that it was common knowledge during his lifetime that he was indeed illiterate and no one questioned this.

Secondly, even if one were to assume, for argument’s sake, that he could read, then the first Arabic translation of what is known as the “Old Testament” was not produced until some two hundred (200) years after Muhammad’s (Peace and Blessings be upon him) death and the first Arabic translation of the “New Testament” did not appear until one thousand years after his death.

Sidney Griffith, after extensive study, concludes that:

All one can say about the possibility of a pre-Islamic, Christian version of the Gospel in Arabic is that no sure sign of its actual existence has yet emerged.

"The Gospel In Arabic: An Enquiry Into Its Appearance In The First Abbasid Century", Oriens Christianus,  Volume 69, p. 166

Ernst Würthwein states in his book The Text Of The Old Testament that:

With the victory of Islam the use of Arabic spread widely, and for Jews and Christians in the conquered lands it became the language of daily life. This gave rise to the need of Arabic versions of the Bible, which need was met by a number of versions mainly independent and concerned primarily for interpretation. 

The Text Of The Old Testament,1988, William B Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, pp.104.

So it is clear that no Arabic translations of the Bible or the Apocrypha existed during the lifetime of Muhammad (Peace and Blessing be upon him)

Thirdly, the historical evidence suggests that there was no Christian or Jewish influence in the Hijaz (Inner part of the Arabian Peninsula) and particularly in Makkah where Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) was born and raised.

Before the birth of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) the Hijaz was for the most part ignored by the major empires of that time (The Persian and Roman) and left isolated with the exception of the time of when the Ethiopian King Abraha briefly tried and failed to conquer Makkah during the year Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) was born.

The New Catholic Encyclopedia states concerning the time of the Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) that:

The Hijaz [Arabian Peninsula] had not been touched by Christian preaching. Hence organization of the Christian church was neither to be expected nor found.

New Catholic Encyclopedia, Op.Cit, Vol.1, pp.721-722

There is a wealth of historical evidence to show similar evidence that there was no Christian influence in the Hijaz where Muhammad (Peace and Blessing be upon him) lived, so we must ask ourselves who then would have taught him the Bible and/or the apocrypha (which were not even in Arabic) for him to later take from these sources, that he would have had to memorize, to later write the Qur’an?

The Hijaz was so isolated that four men from amongst the Makkans who were searching for the true religion of Abraham had to leave Makkah in search of it. Waraqa Ibn Nawfal, was amongst them and returned as a Christian. We will discuss him more in detail below.

Fourthly, the Qur’an itself answers these claims that someone was teaching Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) and at the same time points to the fact that the Arabic used in the Qur’an is pure.

“And indeed We know that they (The Disbelievers) say: "It is only a human being who teaches him (Muhammad Peace and Blessings be upon him)." The tongue of the man they refer to is foreign, while this (the Qur'an) is a clear Arabic tongue”  (An-Nahl 16:103)

The Qur’an also says referring to Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him)

“Neither did you (Muhammad, Peace and Blessing be upon him) read any bookbefore it (the Qur'an), nor did you write any book with your hand. In that case, indeed, the followers of falsehood might have doubted”  (Al-Ankaboot 29:48)

This argument was answered over one thousand four hundred years ago, by the Qur’an itself, yet these critics are still unable to provide any new evidence for their erroneous claims.

Learned the Qur’an from another human?

Others, from amongst those who argue that Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) got the Qur’an from some other source allege that he was taught by another person.

Some of them specifically allege that he was taught by Waraqa Ibn Nawfal who, as we mentioned earlier, was one of the four men who left the pagan faith of Makkah in search for the true religion of Abraham and returned as a Christian.

Here we must state that the true religion of all of the Prophets including that of Abraham and Jesus was Islam.

By “Islam”, we mean submission to God’s will. It is the same way, as we mentioned in the introduction that all of the Prophets called to: Pure Monotheism.

By “Christian” (in the case of those like Waraqa Ibn Nawfal and Salman the Persian) we mean that he was a person who was following to the best of his ability the true Islamic teachings of Jesus which was in line with the teachings of all the other Prophets and expecting the last Prophet. This is what is meant by the religion of Abraham that they were in search of.

This is the religion that Waraqa Ibn Nawfal was looking for and apparently found because when Muhammad was seeking an explanation of what he had seen after his first revelation Waraqa told him.

"This is the same one who keeps the secrets (angel Gabriel) whom Allah had sent to Moses. I wish I were young and could live up to the time when your people would turn you out."

Allah's Messenger (Peace and Blessings be upon him) asked, "Will they drive me out?"

Waraqa replied in the affirmative and said, "Anyone who came with something similar to what you have brought was treated with hostility; and if I should remain alive till the day when you will be turned out then I would support you strongly." But after a few days Waraqa died. [Sahih al-Bukhari]

While it is clear in the passage above that Waraqa died just a few days after Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) first receive revelation from the Angel Gabriel, it was also clear that Waraqa Ibn Nawfal believed in his Prophethood.

So the claim that Waraqa taught the Qur’an to Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) simply holds no water.

Others try to allege that Salman the Persian taught the Qur’an to Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him).

Salman, who was from Persia, was a Zoroastrian who converted to Christianity and ventured to Syria to learn more about his religion. There, he learned from one of the Christian Bishops about the coming of the last Prophet and the signs accompanying his advent. He then traveled to Hijaz where he was seized, sold into slavery, and taken to Madinah, where he eventually met Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him).

When he found in Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) the fulfillment of all the signs of which he had been informed, he became a Muslim. In Ibn Ishaq's Sirat Rasul Allah, we find the following account of Salman's journey in search of the true religion and the coming Prophet:

"`Asim ibn `Umar ibn Qatada said that he was told that Salman the Persian told the Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him) that his master in 'Ammuriya told him to go to a certain place in Syria where there was a man who lived between two thickets. Every year as he used to go from one to the other, the sick used to stand in his way and everyone he prayed for was healed. He said, 'Ask him about this religion which you seek, for he can tell you of it.' So I went on until I came to the place I had been told of, and I found that people had gathered there with their sick until he came out to them that night passing from one thicket to the other. The people came to him with their sick and everyone he prayed for was healed. They prevented me from getting to him so that I could not approach him until he entered the thicket he was making for, but I took hold of his shoulder. He asked me who I was, as he turned to me and I said, 'God have mercy on you, tell me about the Hanifiyyah, (the religion of Abraham).'

He replied, 'You are asking about something men do not inquire of today; the time has come near when a prophet will be sent with this religion from the people of the haram (i.e. the hijaz). Go to him, for he will bring you to it.'

Then he went into the thicket.

So, as we can see, had Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) been an impostor as the people who make this claim against him imply, then Salman would not have accepted his Prophethood, much less participated in the writing of the Qur’an with him.

Secondly, Salman did not meet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) until after the migration to Madinah and hence AFTER more than two-thirds of the Qur’an (which includes the stories of the Prophets mentioned in the Bible) had already been revealed In Makkah.

Thirdly, Salman was a Persian and his original tongue was not Arabic. The Qur’an’s literary style is so brilliant and awe-inspiring that even Linguists who were born speaking the Arabic language have not been successful at replicating it (despite repeated challenges from the Qur’an itself to be discussed later)  much less a Persian who’s mother tongue was not Arabic.

Even if someone wanted to claim that it was someone other than the people mentioned above, then we repeat the challenge of the Qur’an

“….. Say: "Bring your proof if you are truthful." (Al-Baqarah: 2:111) 

As for anyone other than that, then we ask would there not be some evidence that someone was teaching Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him)? Would not someone have stepped forward to say that he was Muhammad’s (Peace and Blessings be upon him) “teacher”? Yet, we find no such evidence of this .

Third Claim: The Qur’an is the pure word of God having no human author

After having examined the theories that either Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) wrote the Qur’an and that he got it from other sources and discussing the flaws in those arguments, the logical question beckons that if Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) did not write the Qur’an nor get it from another human or collect it from other sources, then where did it come from?

We must now examine the theory that says that the Qur’an is the word of God sent to Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) and by extension that he is the Messenger of God.

The Challenge

First of all, the Qur’an in several places challenges mankind by saying:

Say: "If the mankind and the jinns were together to produce the like of thisQur'an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they helped one another." (Al-Isra 17:88) 

“And if you (Arab pagans, Jews, and Christians) are in doubt concerning that which We have sent down (i.e. the Qur'an) to Our slave (Muhammad, Peace be upon him ), then produce a surah (chapter) of the like thereof and call your witnesses (supporters and helpers) besides Allah, if you are truthful” (Al-Baqarah 2:23)

“And this Qur’an is not such as could ever be produced by other than Allah (Lord of the heavens and the earth), but it is a confirmation of (the revelation) which was before it [i.e. the Taurat (Torah), and the Injeel (Gospel), etc.], and a full explanation of the Book (i.e. laws and orders, etc, decreed for mankind)  wherein there is no doubt from the Lord of the Worlds (37) Or do they say: "He(Muhammad, Peace be upon him) has forged it?" Say: "Bring then a surah(chapter) like it, and call upon whomsoever you can, besides Allah, if you are truthful!" (Younus 10:37-38)

Or they say, "He (Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him) forged it (the Qur’an)

." Say: "Bring you then ten forged surah (chapters) like unto it, and callwhomsoever you can, other than Allah (to your help), if you speak the truth!" (Al-Hood 11:13)

“Or do they say: "He (Muhammad peace be upon him) has forged it (this Qur’an)?"  Nay! They believe not! Let them then produce a recital like unto it  if they are truthful” (At-Tur 52:33-34) 

However, despite these repeated challenges, the Arabs who were at the height of their poetic eloquence during the time of revelation of the Qur'an still could not even produce the shortest surah like it. Alqama bin Abd al Manaf confirmed this when he addressed the Quraish Tribe by saying:

Oh Quraish, a new calamity has befallen you. Mohammed was a young man the most liked among you, most truthful in speech, and most trustworthy, until, when you saw gray hairs on his temple, and he brought you his message, you said that he was a sorcerer, but he is not, for we have seen such people and their spitting and their knots;(i.e., signs of people who engage in black magic). you said, a mystic, but we have seen such people and their behavior, and we have heard their rhymes; you said a soothsayer, but he is not a soothsayer, for we have heard their rhymes; and you said a poet, but he is not a poet, for we have heard all kinds of poetry; you said he was possessed, but he is not for we have seen the possessed, and he shows no signs of their gasping and whispering and delirium. (signs of possession)  Oh men of Quraish, look to your affairs, for by Allah a serious thing has befallen you.

This is a challenge that still stands today, as no one has met this challenge in the over one thousand four hundred (1,400) years since it was first made.  This is a point upon which we ask the reader to ponder.

Unmatched Eloquence

One of the most well-known stories of how the Qur’an’s miraculous eloquence effected individuals is the story of al-Waleed ibn al-Mugheerah, who was the most eloquent and highly esteemed poet of Makkah at the time of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him)

Al-Waleed ibn al-Mugheerah passed by Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) and heard him reciting the Qur’an and this had a visible effect upon him. He was shaken and startled by what he had heard. The news of this incident spread throughout Makkah.

Abu Jahl (the arch enemy of Islam) afraid that the people of Makkah might be affected by the news and convert to Islam, rushed to al-Waleed and told him “Oh my uncle! Say something (against Muhammad) so that the people will know that you are against him and hate (his message)”

Al-Waleed replied, “And what can I say? For I swear by Allah, there is none amongst you who knows poetry as well as I do, nor can any compete with me in composition or rhetoric-not even in the poetry of the jinns! And yet, I swear by Allah, Muhammad’s speech (meaning the Qur’an) does not bear any similarity to anything I know and I swear by Allah, the speech that he says is very sweet, and is adorned with beauty and charm. Its first part is fruitful and its last part is abundant (meaning that it is full of deep meaning) and it conquers (all other speech) and remains unconquered! It shatters and destroys all that has come before it (because of its eloquence)

Abu Jahl responded “Your people will not be satisfied until you speak against him!” Al-Waleed therefore requested Abu Jahl “Leave me for a few days, so that I may think of an appropriate response to give the Qur’aish”

After a few days, Abu Jahl came back to him and asked him what he had prepared. Al Waleed, during this time could not think of any explanation to give except “This (the Qur’an) is a type of magic that has an effect on its listeners.”  Biography of Prophet Muhammad, Ibn Hishaam p. 225.

In response to this God Revealed in the Qur’an

“Nay! Verily, he (al-Waleed) has been stubborn and opposing our signs....verily he thought and plotted; so let him be cursed, how he plotted! And once more let him be cursed; how he plotted! Then he thought! Then he frowned and was irritated; then he turned back and was proud! Then he said, ‘This is nothing but magic from old; this is nothing but the word of a magician!’ I will cast him into the Hell-Fire”

(Al-Muddaththir 74:16-26)

This was the testimony of the greatest poet alive during the time of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him)

Orientalist Author Arthur Arberry, who studied and became fluent in the Arabic language while studying in Egypt recognized the beauty of the Qur’an.

He said: “...the rhetoric and rhythm of the Arabic of the Qur’an are so characteristic, so powerful, so highly emotive, that any version whatsoever is bound by the nature of things to be but a copy of the glittering splendor of the original”  Arthur Arberry, The Koran Interpreted p. 24

Many other non-Muslims have also confirmed the Qur’an’sunmatched eloquence.

Hamilton Gibb, the famous University of Oxford Arabist said:

...the Meccans still demanded of him a miracle, and with remarkable boldness and self confidence Mohammad appealed as a supreme confirmation of his mission to the Koran itself. Like all Arabs they were the connoisseurs of language and rhetoric. Well, then if the Koran were his own composition other men could rival it. Let them produce ten verses like it. If they could not (and it is obvious that they could not), then let them accept the Koran as an outstanding evident miracle.

H A R Gibb, Islam - A Historical Survey, 1980, Oxford University Press, p. 28

Alfred Guillaume wrote:

The Quran is one of the world's classics which cannot be translated without grave loss. It has a rhythm of peculiar beauty and a cadence that charms the ear. Many Christian Arabs speak of its style with warm admiration, and most Arabists acknowledge its excellence. When it is read aloud or recited it has an almost hypnotic effect that makes the listener indifferent to its sometimes strange syntax and its sometimes, to us,repellent content. It is this quality it possesses of silencing criticism by the sweet music of its language that has given birth to the dogma of its inimitability; indeed it may be affirmed that within the literature of the Arabs, wide and fecund as it is both in poetry and in elevated prose, there is nothing to compare with it.

Alfred Guillaume, Islam, 1990 (Reprinted), Penguin Books, pp73-74

It is a miracle in itself that for over one thousand, four hundred years, this challenge to match the Qur’an’s is still stands unmet today despite many failed attempts to do so.

Could a human being have known these things?

Although the Qur’an is a book of guidance for all of mankind and not a science book , one of the great miracles of the Qur’an is its conformity with modern science. It is a sign of its miraculous nature that it mentions things that no human being could have possibly known one thousand four hundred (1,400) years ago!

We will give just a few examples here with commentary from some modern scientists who have read the Qur’an and compared it with science.

 “….. He creates you in the wombs of your mothers, from one stage to another, and all along three veils of darkness surrounded you …..” (Az-Zumar 39:6)

Dr. Keith Moore, one of the world’s prominent scientists of anatomy and embryology at theUniversity of Toronto said:

"The realization that the embryo develops in stages in the uterus was not proposed until the 1940's, and the stages used nowadays were not adopted worldwide until the 15th century C.E."

The Qur’an also says:

“From what thing did He create him? From Nutfa (male and female semen drops) He created him, and then set him in due proportion”

 (Abasa 80:18-19)

Commenting on this verse, Dr. Moore said:

"The idea that development results from a genetic plan contained in the chromosomes, of the zygote was not discovered until the end of the 9th century C.E

The verses from the Qur'an (80:18-19) clearly implies that the nutfa (i.e. the initial drop of fluid) contains the plan or blueprint for the future characteristics and features of the developing human being".

“Then We made the Nutfa into a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood), then We made the clot into a little lump of flesh, then We made out of that little lump of flesh bones, then We clothed the bones with flesh, and then We brought it forth as another creation. So blessed be Allah, the Best of creators” (Al-Mumenoon 23:14)

The best way to really appreciate the beauty of the verses above is to see pictures of he human embryo as it goes through the various stages of development. The reference to “...chewed lump of flesh” is remarkably similar to the appearance of the embryo after the first month.

Consider this in light of the fact that if one reads what embryologists said on the subject just one hundred years ago, one would laugh at its inaccuracies.

Some of the other facts given in the Qur’an include the formation of milk

(An-Nahl 16:66), the orbiting of planets (Al-Ambiya 21:33) and (Yasin 36:40) and the description of the water cycle  (Al-Hijr 15:22) and (Fatir 35:9)

Maurice Bucaille writes on this topic:

“The above observation makes the hypothesis advanced by those who see Muhammad as the author of the Qur'an untenable. How could a man, from being illiterate, become the most important author, in terms of literary merits, in the whole of Arabic literature?

How could he then pronounce truths of a scientific nature that no other human being could possibly have developed at that time, and all this without once making the slightest error in his pronouncement on the subject?”- Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, the Qur'an and Science,1978, p 125

Professor Alfred Kroner who is one of the world’s most famous geologists said:

"Thinking about many of these questions and thinking where Muhammad came from, he was after all a bedouin. I think it is almost impossible that he could have known about things like the common origin of the universe, because scientists have only found out within the last few years with very complicated and advanced technological methods that this is the case.

We ask the sincere reader to ponder on these facts.

The Miracle not limited by place and time

We mentioned in the introduction that every Prophet is sent with miracles to establish his Prophethood. Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) performed many miracles which have been documented by those who witnessed them such as the splitting of the moon, the increase of an inadequate amount of food to a large number of people, and many other miracles that were not permanent and could not be seen by every generation in every place.

The Qur’an, however is the permanent miracle and it is not limited by time and place. Generations far removed from Muhammad’s (Peace and Blessings be upon him) time can witness it for themselves.

Ibn Khaldoon, a renowned Muslim historian put it very beautifully when he said:

“Know that the greatest of all miracles, and the most sacred and blessed and the clearest proof is that Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him). This is because all other miracles, in general, were brought forth separate from the actual inspiration (that the Prophet received), as a means of proving the truthfulness of the inspiration. As for the Qur’an, it is the inspiration and the miracle in one, and is therefore the clearest and most powerful miracle, since it combines the boast and the proof into one.” Itr, p. 113

Also, we ask the reader to reflect on the following statement of Ibn Taymiyyah:

“The greatest (of all the miracles) is the Qur’an that the Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him) came with, for it is the religion of God and His speech, and it is proof of the Prophethood of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him). Its very revelation is one of the most supernatural and extraordinary of acts, for it is the call (to the worship of God alone) and the proof (of the Prophethood of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him) and the miracle (i.e., all in one)”. Collection of Islamic Rulings

, vol.11 p. 32

The Life Changing Effect Of The Qur’an

The Qur’an says:

“Verily this Qur’an leads to that which is most right…...” (Al-Isra 17:9)

The Qur’an is a book for all of mankind that is meant to reform the individual and even the society. It changes the individual that is devoid of guidance and improves an individual if he is already on the straight path.

Before the Prophethood of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) the Arabs were heavy drinkers of alcohol, engage in tribal battles and even bury their female babies alive. Yet, when one studies the history of the Qur’an, one finds that within a span of twenty years, due to the miraculous effect of the Qur’an, was able to change almost all the Arabs and non-Arabs in the Arabian Peninsula and bind them into a brotherhood of faith and love that was so strong that if any part of the brotherhood would anguish, the whole brotherhood was affected negatively.

These people became leaders of the world and cornerstones of a great civilization whose influence would remain centuries. This effect lasted long after Muhammad’s (Peace and Blessings be upon him) death. We see this in the following passage:

The sterling character and qualities of the Muslim soldiers were once praised by a Roman Officer in these words: “At night you will find them prayerful; during the day you will find them fasting. They keep their promises, order good deeds, suppress evil and maintain complete equality among themselves”

Another testified thus: “They are horsemen by day and ascetics by night. They pay for what they eat in territories under their occupation. They are first to salute when they arrive at a place and are valiant fighters who just wipe out the enemy.”

And a third testified: “During the night it seems that they do not belong to this world and have no other business than to pray, and during the day, when one sees them mounted on their horses, one feels that they have been doing nothing else their whole lives. They are great archers and great lancers, yet they are so devoutly religious and remember God so much and so often that one can hardly hear talk about anything else in their company”

Ibn Kathir, Bidayyah wa Nihayyah pg.53

Lack of Contradiction

The Qur’an challenges mankind by saying:

"Do they not then consider the Qur’an carefully? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much contradiction." (An-Nisa 4:82)

The fact that there are no contradictions in the Qur’an, despite being revealed over the twenty three year period, under different circumstances, addressing different problems, is a clear indication to the sincere and objective reader of its divine origin.

The Logical Conclusion

We have established that the Qur’an could not have been written by Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) nor did he learn it from someone else or collect it from other sources. Are you, the reader, still in doubt about this?

We ask you, if you are still in doubt to then take up the challenge of the Qur’an itself and prove it to be false. Ponder upon that fact that not one

of the legions of brilliant poets that have lived in the past 1,400 years have been able to match the Qur’an beauty and eloquence despite repeated challenges from the Qur’an to do so. And they never will.

Why are they not successful? Because the Qur’an is indeed the word of God and who can compete with God? God has told us in the Qur’an that they will never be able to do it.

Say: "If the mankind and the jinns were together to produce the like of this Qur'ân, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they helped one another."  (Al-Isra 17:88) 

In other words, the Qur’an itself has predicted that it will remain unparalleled and unrivaled for all of eternity. The futility of trying to match the Qur’an’s brilliance and eloquence has been foretold:

“And if you are in doubt concerning that which We have sent down

(the Qur'an) to Our slave (Muhammad Peace be upon him), then produce a Surah (chapter) of the like thereof and call your witnesses (supporters and helpers) besides Allah, if you are truthful (23) But if you do not do it, and you can never do it, then fear the Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the disbelievers”. (Al-Baqarah 2:23-24)

The above is exactly what has occurred! None have been able to meet this challenge to his day and they can not do so.

Throughout this work, we have asked the sincere reader to ponder. We also stated in the beginning that if we conclude that the Qur’an is the word of God, then we must by extension accept the Messengership of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessing be upon him)

The rational criteria is at the sincere reader’s disposal, and one's emotional commitment to religion should be preceded by an intellectual commitment to it. Reason, in fact, is our primary means for finding the Truth.

We can put any religion or system of beliefs to test by examining whether it is rational, universal, applicable at all times, in all places, and by people of all colors and languages, and whether the religion's Scripture is free of alteration, internal and external inconsistencies.

A scripture is internally inconsistent if it contains discrepancies and contradictions within its text, and externally inconsistent if it contradicts facts (not theories) from science and nature as we know them.

For it is impossible that God does not know His creation or that which He creates. Our experience tells us that a few minutes of reasoning can usually leave us persuaded in the truth of God's absolute Oneness and Uniqueness, so what remains to be studied is which religion is truly monotheistic in its nature.

One of the major criteria for distinguishing the Truth from errors, that we would like to stress, is the authenticity of the religious scripture.

We have presented above indisputable proof that the Qur’an is the word of God. The reality is that Muslims are the only ones who even claim to have an authentic scripture from God, in its original form, of which not a single letter has been changed.

Most other religions admit that their scriptures are in fact human writings.

 And if we say that there is a Truth and God, we are likely to believe that God wants us to do certain things and abstain from others.

If we are of the view that God would not leave us without a reliable Revelation, then the mere fact that Muslims are the only ones who even claim to have an authentic revelation could attest to the truthfulness of their claim.

However, as mentioned earlier, the Qur'an invites us to ponder and reason and to accept faith based on knowledge, rather than the blind following of our traditions.

As we have quoted throughout this work from the Qur’an

"Do they not then consider the Qur’an carefully? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much contradiction." (An-Nisa 4:82)

Again we ask the sincere reader to ponder.

Excerpted, from: https://islamhouse.com/

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12: LIST OF SURAH AND TOTAL VERSES

 

No

Surah Name

Total Verses

1

Surah Al-Fatihah

7

2

Surah Al-Baqara

286

3

Surah Al-i'Imran

200

4

Surah An-Nisaa

176

5

Surah Al-Maidah

120

6

Surah Al-An'am

165

7

Surah Al-A'raf

206

8

Surah Al-Anfal

75

9

Surah At-Tauba

129

10

Surah Yunus

109

11

Surah Hud

123

12

Surah Yusuf

111

13

Surah Ar-Ra'd

43

14

Surah Ibrahim

52

15

Surah Al-Hijr

99

16

Surah An-Nahl

128

17

Surah Al-Israa

111

18

Surah Al-Kahf

110

19

Surah Maryam

98

20

Surah Ta-ha

135

21

Surah Al-Anbiyaa

112

22

Surah Al-Hajj

78

23

Surah Al-Muminun

118

24

Surah An-Nur

64

25

Surah Al-Furqan

77

26

Surah Ash-Shu'araa

227

27

Surah An-Naml

93

28

Surah Al-Qasas

88

29

Surah Al-Ankabut

69

30

Surah Ar-Rum

60

31

Surah Luqman

34

32

Surah As-Sajda

30

33

Surah Al-Ahzab

73

34

Surah Saba

54

35

Surah Fatir

45

36

Surah Ya-Sin

83

37

Surah As-Saffat

182

38

Surah Sad

88

39

Surah Az-Zumar

75

40

Surah Al-Mu'min

85

41

Surah Ha-Mim

54

42

Surah Ash-Shura

53

43

Surah Az-Zukhruf

89

44

Surah Ad-Dukhan

59

45

Surah Al-Jathiya

37

46

Surah Al-Ahqaf

35

47

Surah Muhammad

38

48

Surah Al-Fat-h

29

49

Surah Al-Hujurat

18

50

Surah Qaf

45

51

Surah Az-Zariyat

60

52

Surah At-Tur

49

53

Surah An-Najm

62

54

Surah Al-Qamar

55

55

Surah Ar-Rahman

78

56

Surah Al-Waqi'a

96

57

Surah Al-Hadid

29

58

Surah Al-Mujadila

22

59

Surah Al-Hashr

24

60

Surah Al-Mumtahana

13

61

Surah As-Saff

14

62

Surah Al-Jumu'a

11

63

Surah Al-Munafiqun

11

64

Surah At-Tagabun

18

65

Surah At-Talaq

12

66

Surah At-Tahrim

12

67

Surah Al-Mulk

30

68

Surah Al-Qalam

52

69

Surah Al-Haqqa

52

70

Surah Al-Ma'arij

44

71

Surah Nuh

28

72

Surah Al-Jinn

28

73

Surah Al-Muzzammil

20

74

Surah Al-Muddathth

56

75

Surah Al-Qiyamat

40

76

Surah Ad-Dahr

31

77

Surah Al-Mursalat

50

78

Surah An-Nabaa

40

79

Surah An-Nazi'at

46

80

Surah Abasa

42

81

Surah At-Takwir

29

82

Surah Al-Infitar

19

83

Surah Al-Mutaffife

36

84

Surah Al-Inshiqaq

25

85

Surah Al-Buruj

22

86

Surah At-Tariq

17

87

Surah Al-A'la

19

88

Surah Al-Gashiya

26

89

Surah Al-Fajr

30

90

Surah Al-Balad

20

91

Surah Ash-Shams

15

92

Surah Al-Lail

21

93

Surah Adh-Dhuha

11

94

Surah Al-Sharh

8

95

Surah At-Tin

8

96

Surah Al-Alaq

19

97

Surah Al-Qadr

5

98

Surah Al-Baiyina

8

99

Surah Al-Zalzalah

8

100

Surah Al-Adiyat

11

101

Surah Al-Qari'a

11

102

Surah At-Takathur

8

103

Surah Al-Asr

3

104

Surah Al-Humaza

9

105

Surah Al-Fil

5

106

Surah Quraish

4

107

Surah Al-Ma'un

7

108

Surah Al-Kauthar

3

109

Surah Al-Kafirun

6

110

Surah An-Nasr

3

111

Surah Al-Lahab

5

112

Surah Al-Ikhlas

4

113

Surah Al-Falaq

5

114

Surah Al-Nas

6

 

Total Verses

6236

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13. Revelations, Inspiration

Question:

How can one know for sure, without relying on other people or texts, what the truth about existence is? Is it possible to pray to God and to receive revelation for one self? If so, is it possible to obtain answers directly from God on what is true? If so, then wouldn't this be the way to determine whether God has established some kind of religion on earth, and also the way to determine which religion it is? I am also curious to know whether Muslims believe in an evil being Satan as well as Allah.

Answer:

Regarding your question, it is a delicate matter whereby we have to define some terminology to create a common understanding in talking about revelations, etc.... if you mean by 'revelation' that a person who is meditating will have Angel Gabriel to descend on a person like he has done it with other prophets, then the answer is given in the Qur'an, Chapter Al-An'am, verse 124: '....God knows best with whom to place His Message....' (Al-Anam 6:124)

This verse was revealed after a disbeliever told prophet Muhammad (PBUH): 'if prophethood was indeed the truth, then I would have been more eligible for it because I am older (than you, O Muhammad (PBUH).' However, if you mean by revelation what we call in Islam a kind of inspiration, then it is indeed possible that God puts in the heart of any person an inspiration to do or to accept something or not, and He (God) chooses these people. However, this type of Inspiration is different from a 'revelation', because a 'revelation' in Islam means a message from God that a person has to deliver to other people, which becomes the role of the prophets.

Therefore, an inspiration is possible for anyone but a revelation is not. In that context, it is not possible to reach the truth without revealed books and prophets, because if that was possible, then the concept of sending prophets and messengers is useless. Not only are the prophets and books, the tools in our hand to show to God that we followed them and reached Him, but they are the method by which we can understand what God has. Regarding the last portion of your question, yes, Muslims believe in the existence of satan and angels. Satan and Angels are among the creatures of God that show His greatness. But Satan cannot affect the believer in God because God said to satan in the Quran,

'Certainly, you shall have no authority over My slaves (servants), except those who follow you of the Ghawin (disbelievers, those who go astray, criminals, polytheists, and evil-doers, etc.. (Al-Hijr 15:42)

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