IF THE WHOLE OF MANKINDAND JINNS WERE TO GATHER TOGETHER TO PRODUCE THE LIKE OF
THIS QUR’AN, THEY COULD NOT PRODUCE THE LIKE THEREOF, EVEN IF THEY BACKED UP
EACH OTHER WITH HELP AND SUPPORT."
IS A MIRACLE
I think it is
necessary that we have a clear picture of what we mean by a miracle. Here are
event that appears so Inexplicable by the laws of nature, that it is held to be
supernatural in origin or an act of God."
person, thing or event that excites admiring awe".
act beyond human power, an impossibility."
It is logical
that greater the impossibility, greater the miracle. For example, should a
person expire before our very eyes and is certified dead by a qualified medical
man, yet later on a mystic or a saint commands the corpse to 'arise!'; and to
everybody's astonishment the person gets up and walks away, we would label that
as a miracle. But if the resurrection of the dead took place after the corpse
had been in the mortuary for three days, then we would acclaim this as a greater
miracle. And if the dead was made to arise from the grave, decades or centuries
after the body had been decomposed and rotted away, then in that case we would
label it the greatest miracle of them all!
It has been a common trait of mankind since time immemorial that whenever a Guide from God appeared to redirect their steps into the Will and Plan of God, they demanded supernatural proofs from these men of God; instead of accepting the Message on its merit.
example, when Jesus Christ (pbuh) began to preach to his people – "The
Children of Israel" – to mend their ways and to refrain from mere
legalistic formalism and imbibe the true spirit of the Laws and Commandments of
God, his "people" demanded Miracles from him to prove his bona
fides [Bona fides – his
authenticity, his genuineness.], as
recorded in the Christian Scriptures:
certain of the Scribes and the Pharisees answered, saying Master, we would have
a SIGN (Miracle)
he answered and said unto them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeketh
after a SIGN (Miracle)
and there shall no SIGN (Miracle) be given to it, but the SIGN (Miracle)
of the Prophet Jonas: " (Emphasis added)
(Holy Bible) Matthew 12:38-39
Though on the
face of it, Jesus (pbuh) refuses to pamper the Jews here, in fact, he did
perform many miracles as we learn from the Gospel narratives.
The Holy Bible
is full of supernatural events accredited to the Prophets
from their Lord. In reality all those "signs" and
Some six hundred
years after the birth of Jesus Christ (phuh), Muhammad (pbuh) the Messenger of
God was born in Makkah in Arabia. When he proclaimed his Mission at the age of
forty, his fellow countrymen, the MUSHRIKS
[MUSHRIK – pagans, Idol
worshippers, polytheists.] of Makkah made an identical request for Miracles, as had the
Jews, from their promised Messiah. Textbook style, it was as if the Arabs had
taken a leaf from the Christian records. History has a habit of repeating
THEY SAY: WHY ARE NOT SIGNS SENT DOWN TO HIM FROM HIS LORD?
'ANKABUT') Holy Qur'an 29:50
"MIRACLES? CRIES HE, WHAT MIRACLES WOULD YOU HAVE? ARE NOT YOU YOURSELVES THERE? GOD MADE YOU, 'SHAPED YOU OUT OF A LITTLE CLAY.' YE WERE SMALL ONCE, A FEW YEARS AGO YE WERE NOT AT ALL. YE HAVE BEAUTY, STRENGTH, THOUGHTS, 'YE HAVE COMPASSION ON ONE ANOTHER.' OLD AGE COMES ON YOU, AND GREY HAIRS; YOUR STRENGTH FADES INTO FEEBLENESS; YE SINK DOWN, AND AGAIN ARE NOT. 'YE HAVE COMPASSION ON ONE ANOTHER': THIS STRUCK ME MUCH: ALLAH MIGHT HAVE MADE YOU HAVING NO COMPASSION ON ONE ANOTHER, - HOW HAD IT BEEN THEN! THIS IS A GREAT DIRECT THOUGHT, A GLANCE AT FIRST-HAND INTO THE VERY FACT OF THINGS.."
"On Heroes and Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
STRUCK ME MUCH"
that – "Ye have Compassion on one another" impressed Thomas
Carlyle most from his perusal of an English translation.
And among His signs is this,
that He created for you mates from among yourselves,
(SURA RUM) Holy Qur'an 30:21
Translation by A. Yusuf Ali.
And one of his signs it is, that he hath created wives for you of your
That YE MAY DWELL WITH THEM, and hath put love and tenderness between you.
truly are signs for those who reflect.
Translation by Rev. J.M. Rodwell (M.A.)
By another sign he gave you wives from among yourselves,
ye might LIVE IN JOY WITH THEM, and planted
love and kindness into your hearts.
there are signs in this for thinking men. (Emphasis
Translation by N.J. Dawood
first example is from the translation by A. Yusuf Ali, a Muslim. The second is
by a Christian priest the Rev. Rodwell and the last example is by an Iraqi Jew,
Unfortunately Thomas Carlyle had no access
to any one of these because none of them had seen the light of day in his time.
The only one available to him in 1840 was as he said on page 85 of his book
under reference –
'WE ALSO CAN READ THE KORAN; OUR TRANSLATION OF IT, BY SALE, IS KNOWN TO BE A VERY FAIR ONE" (Emphasis added).
TAINT IS IN
is very charitable to his fellow countryman. The motives of George Sale who
pioneered an English Translation of the Holy Qur'an, were suspect. He makes no
secret of his antagonism to the Holy Book of Islam. In his preface to his
translation in 1734 he made it known that it was his avowed intention to
expose the man Muhammad and his forgery: He records:
"WHO CAN APPREHEND ANY DANGER FROM SO MANIFEST A FORGERY? - THE PROTESTANTS ALONE ARE ABLE TO ATTACK THE KORAN WITH SUCCESS; AND FOR THEM, I TRUST, PROVIDENCE HAS RESERVED THE GLORY OF ITS OVERTHROW".
he set to work with his prejudiced translation. You will be able to judge how
"fair" and scholarly George Sale was from the very verse which
"Struck" (Carlyle) "much!" Compare it with the
three examples already given by a Muslim, a Christian and a Jew:
of his signs another is, that he had created for you, out of yourselves, wives
that YE MAY COHABIT WITH THEM, and hath put love and compassion between you. (Emphasis
do not think that George Sale was "a male chauvinist pig" of his day
to describe our mates, wives or spouses as sexual objects. He was only keeping
to his promise, which Carlyle overlooked. The Arabic word which he (Sale)
perverted is "litas-kunoo" which means to find peace,
consolation, composure or tranquility; and not "cohabit"
meaning "To live together in a sexual relationship when not legally
married." (The Readers’ Digest Universal Dictionary).
word of the Qur'anic text is meticulously chosen, chiselled and placed by the
All-Wise Himself. They carry God's "finger-print", and are the Signs
of God. And yet, the spiritually jaundiced –
ASK FOR A SIGN
Signs? They mean some special kinds of
signs or miracles such as their own foolish minds dictate. Everything is
possible for God, but God is not going to humour the follies of men or listen to
their false demands. He has sent His Messenger to explain His Signs clearly, and
to warn them of the consequences of rejection. Is that not enough? The trend of
their demand is generally as follows:
specific terms they asked that he – Muhammad (pbuh) – 'Put a ladder up to
heaven and bring down a book from God in their very sight' – "THEN
WE WOULD BELIEVE," they
said. Or "Ye see the mountain yonder, turn it into gold" – THEN
WE WOULD BELIEVE." Or
'Make streams to gush out in the desert' – THEN
WE WOULD BELIEVE."
listen to the soft, sweet reasoning of Muhammad (pbuh) against the unreasonable
and skeptical demands of the MUSHRIKS – "Do
I say to you, verily I am an angel? Do I say to you, verily in my hands are the
treasures of God? Only, what is revealed to me do I follow."
further to the most dignified reply he is commanded by his Lord to give the
MUHAMMAD): 'THE SIGNS (MIRACLES) ARE INDEED WITH ALLAH: AND MOST CERTAINLY I AM
ONLY A CLEAR WARNER"
following AAYAH or verse, [AAYAH in the Holy
Qur'an stands for "a sign" as well for "a verse". There are
over six thousand AAYAHS or verses in the Book of God, and every
verse is a sign of God.] the holy Prophet is made
to point to the Holy Qur'an itself as an answer to their hypocritical demand for
some special kind of "Sign" or "Miracle" for
which their foolish, pagan mentality craved. For indeed all miracles are
"signs"; and it is their disbelief, Their skepticism, their lack of
faith which motivates their request for a sign. They are asked to – 'Look at
the Qur'an" and again, "Look at the Qur'an!"
IS IT NOT
ENOUGH FOR THEM THAT WE HAVE SENT DOWN TO THEE (O MUHAMMAD) THE BOOK (AL-Qur'an)
WHICH IS REHEARSED TO THEM? VERILY, IN IT (THIS PERSPICUOUS BOOK) IS A MERCY AND
REMINDER TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE.
proof of the Divine Authorship and the miraculous nature of the Holy Qur'an, two
arguments are advanced by the Almighty Himself:
(God Almighty) have revealed to YOU
(O! Muhammad!) "THE
BOOK to YOU"
who art absolutely an unlearned
person. An "UMMI" Prophet. One who cannot read or write. One
who cannot sign his own name. Let Thomas Carlyle testify regarding the
educational qualifications of Muhammad –
"ONE OTHER CIRCUMSTANCE WE MUST NOT FORGET: THAT HE HAD NO SCHOOL-LEARNING; OF THE THING WE CALL SCHOOL-LEARNING NONE AT ALL."
the Divine Author (God Almighty) Himself testifies to the veracity of Muhammad's
(phuh) claim that he could never have composed
the contents of the Holy Qur'an; he could not have been its author:
AND THOU (O
MUHAMMAD) WAS NOT (ABLE) TO RECITE A BOOK BEFORE THIS (BOOK CAME), NOR ART THOU
(ABLE) TO TRANSCRIBE IT WITH THY RIGHT HAND: IN THAT CASE INDEED, WOULD THE
TALKERS OF VANITIES HAVE DOUBTED.
The Author of the Qur'an is reasoning with us, that had Muhammad (pbuh)
been a learned man, and had he been able to read and write, then in that case
the babblers in the market-places might have had some justification to doubt his
claim that the Holy Qur'an is God's Word. In the event of Muhammad (pbuh) being
a literate person, the accusation of his enemies that he had probably copied his
Book (Al-Qur'an) from the writings of the Jews and the Christians, or that
perhaps he had been studying Aristotle and Plato, or that he must have browsed
through the "Torah," the "Zabur" and the
These are the Arabic terms of the original revelations God granted Moses, David
and Jesus (peace be upon them all) respectively.]
and had rehashed
it all in a beautiful language, might have carried some weight. Then,"THE
TALKERS OF VANITIES" might have had a point. But even this flimsy
pretence has been denied to the unbeliever and the cynic: a point hardly big
enough to hang a fly upon! [The Bible was
not translated into Arabic until the tenth century of the Christian Era, so no
Arab living before the year 1000 would have had the opportunity to examine the
written text of the Bible in his own language.]
"The Book? Yes, the "Book" itself, carries its own
evidence proving its Divine Authorship. Study the Book, from any angle.
Scrutinize it. Why not take up the Author's challenge if your doubts are
DO THEY NOT
CONSIDER THE QUR’AN (WITH CARE)? HAD IT BEEN FROM OTHER THAN ALLAH, THEY WOULD
SURELY HAVE FOUND THEREIN MUCH DISCREPANCY
is inconceivable that any human author would remain consistent in his teachings
and his preachings for a period of over two decades. From the age of forty, when
Muhammad (pbuh) received his first call from Heaven to the age of sixty-three
when he breathed his last, for twenty-three years the Holy Prophet practiced and
preached Islam. In those twenty-three years, he passed through the most
conflicting vicissitudes of life. Any man, during the course of such a mission,
would be forced by circumstances to make "honourable" compromises, and
cannot help contradicting himself. No man can ever write the same always, as the
Message of the Holy Qur'an is: CONSISTENT
WITH ITSELF, throughout! Or
is it that the unbelievers' objections are merely argumentative, refractory,
against their own better light and judgment?
the Holy Qur'an contains or mentions many matters relating to the nature of the
universe which were unknown to man before but which subsequently through
evolution and discoveries of Science have fully confirmed – a field where an
untutored mind would have most certainly lost in wild and contradictory
and again when miracles were demanded from the Prophet of God by the cynical and
frivolous few, he is made to point to the Qur'an – Message from High – as
"The Miracle." THE MIRACLE OF MIRACLES! And
men of wisdom, people with literary and spiritual insight, who were honest
enough to themselves, recognized and accepted Al-Qur'an as a genuine miracle.
the Holy Qur’an:
ARE SIGNS SELF-EVIDENT IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE ENDOWED WITH KNOWLEDGE: AND NONE
BUT THE UNJUST REJECT OUR SIGNS.