I am sure you must be wondering where Aboo Mohammad got to all this time, it has been a while since I last wrote for you and as usual the business of this world takes one away from the things one loves. In my case, writing for you. So I present to you my current essay I hope you like it.
From the advent of Islam 1400 years ago it has always been under constant attack from those who disbelieved in it and its message. The one who constantly faced more and more attacks was the prophet of Islam (Peace be upon him) who brought the message. From Day one several attacks were launched on either the persona or the character of the prophet of Islam. As centuries went by the attacks on the prophet (PBUH) took different forms. There were certain attacks launched on the prophet (PBUH) that were only when he was alive, he was beaten on many occasions, stones thrown at him till he bled from head to toe, entrails of animals were thrown on him while he prostrated in prayer, garbage was deposited on him too. Verbal attacks too were launched against his character; His uncle known as Abu Lahab used to go round to every person who the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) had spoken to asked them “what did Mohamed Just say to you? Don’t listen to him he is mad.” As the years and centuries went by new attacks were launched on him, poisoned meat was given to him by a Jewish woman, which eventually lead to his death. However after his death the attacks took another turn, things that were part of his daily life and were not an issue for those who lived in his time with him, suddenly in this period, issues of slander and character assassination of the prophet Mohamed (PBUH) became the order of the day.
Even the ones who have no knowledge at all of Islam or the prophet Mohamed (PBUH) would go and search (with the aid of technology) baseless statements with which to arm themselves to attack the dear prophet of Islam. He has been branded umpteen names under the sun by those who have no knowledge of Islam and of the Life of the prophet (PBUH). Others have taken the works of Islamic scholars, changed words or sentences here and there to give them different meanings and connotations and or mistranslations and deliberately used them as attacks against the Prophet of Islam (PBUH).
Also, nations of the past had distorted versions of facts to their children who in turn passed the same distortions down and so on and so forth. Like the examples of the famous slander that the prophet Mohamed (PBUH) slaughtered 900 Jews. The stories are half told and bits added and removed here and there to make it plausible that the prophet Mohamed (PBUH) was an evil butcher who loves killing people for no reason whatsoever, as if he just wakes up one morning and says “we are going to massacre 900 Jews” for no reason whatsoever. These distortions were not among the attacks launched at the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) during his time or even slightly after, because the people of the time, even his enemies, knew the facts and that such an accusation would not hold ground as people knew very well why such and incident, if it did take place would have happened.
It is only after so many centuries and after distortions have been passed on and half-truths told that non-Muslims make this a common issue to raise and for those non Muslims who studied Islam from proper source know how and why these events even actually took place if they did. Only the ones who are ignorant of Islam would go and do a search and come up with refuted arguments that that have been explained time and time again. One of these distortions that is commonly propagated by non-Muslims who have no knowledge of Islam or even those who do but use that knowledge to further distort facts and misinform and mislead others, it is the issue that Mohamed (PBUH) wrote the Quran.
After this long introduction we will take a look at the issue of whether the prophet Mohamed (PBUH) did really write the Quran or not.
Many non-Muslims, in order to equate the Quran with the bible, to show that since the Bible is known to be human and has been tampered with by the hands of man, make attempts to claim that the Quran too is human and was written by the prophet Mohamed (PBUH). Although this issue has been explained time and time again I will attempt to further clear up this misconception that whether Quran was written by the prophet Mohamed (PBUH) or not.
Through out history Messengers have been sent by GOD to man to transmit his message and his laws and explain how man should and shouldn’t live his life. Some of these prophets were given books to guide their people. God sent books to Prophet David, Moses, Jesus and finally Mohamed (Peace be upon them all). These texts are all claimed to be divine from GOD. But is the guidance contained in them in its original form and is it applicable to all situations at all times? Any text claiming to be divine must not contain contradictions or discrepancies since any divine book from GOD must be free from any adulterations whatsoever. The Quran has been through the test and fulfills these criteria, thus Muslims believe it to be the unadulterated word of GOD.
What is the Quran?
Quran means that which is to be recited, it was revealed through out a period of 23 years as an oral tradition. It was originally revealed in the language of Arabic, and memorized in the hearts and minds of millions from the day of its revelation to date. So the Quran has to be recited, and it is recited five times a day by Muslims all around the world in Prayers, plus it is recited all the time from the “mus-haf” the written form in Arabic all over the world. One of the Miracles of the Quran is that it is recited in Arabic in most parts of the world where there are Muslims, yet only a small percentage of the 1.2 billion Muslims are Arabs, however many Muslims make it a must to learn the language of Arabic in order to understand what is being recited and implement it.
So as we can see the original language of Arabic plays a major role in the Quran, as today we have Qurans translated in almost every major language in the world. These are not considered as the Quran as such; they are translations of the meaning of the Quran. so when a non Arab says he has read a non Arabic Quran, may be in English, French, German etc he has not actually read the Quran but the translation of the meaning of the Quran since nothing can surpass the original Quran in Arabic.
Some words in Arabic may have more than one meaning and since the Quran was revealed to the Arabs the connotation of those words can only be understood by people who speak Arabic and these words may make sense in Arabic and seem like an inconsistency in another language, the Arabic too is so eloquent that one may not find a nation tribe or people talking in such eloquence.
In the beginning of his revelation many non-believers in the message had discounted the Quran as mere poetry as they could not figure out the eloquence it was revealed in so they considered it mere poetry. One can only savour the eloquence of the beauty of the Quran only by either reciting it in Arabic or hearing it being recited, the eloquence of the Arabic cannot be compared to any other text or script written by any man. The hadeeths (traditions and sayings) of the prophet Mohamed were in a different linguistic style altogether and very often the prophet would while teaching his companions switch from his style to that of the Quran when he referred to verses of the Quran when they were revealed to him. That would have been merely impossible to talk in two different styles for the whole period of the 23 years after he received his prophet hood. So this is clear evidence that the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) could not have written the Quran as it is a direct conversation from Allah to man So since these claims were made about the Quran being just mere poetry the following verse was revealed to confirm that what was revealed to the prophet Mohamed (PBUH) was not mere poetry:
36:69 We have not instructed the (Prophet) in poetry, nor is it meet for him: this is no less than a Message and a Qur'an making things clear:
69:41 and is not – however little you may [be prepared to] believe it - the word of a poet;
21:5 "Nay," they say, "(these are) medleys of dream! - Nay, He forged it! - Nay, He is (but) a poet! Let him then bring us a Sign like the ones that were sent to (Prophets) of old!"
So as we can see this misconception that was circulating at the time of the prophet Mohamed (PBUH) that he was a poet and that the Quran was mere poetry, verses were revealed to dispel this misconception. So we can disregard this accusation that the Quran was written by a mere poet or was just mere poetry.
To be continued in Part 2.
Peace be with you.
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