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The Glorious Qur'an is a miracle to all that have actually taken their time to glance through the contents. To the ordinary, it is just a revelation. To others it is sacred and Devine. But a very few take the time to ponder over it and see if actually it is worth its claims. The greatest of such claims is its statement: ""This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion." [Al-Maidah: 3]




Claiming that the religion it came with is perfect is tantamount to claiming perfection in itself. Because a perfectly packed package must be in a perfect pack as well.




This Qur'an revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the continuation and culmination of all the preceding revealed books. Hence, it is for all times and all people. This status of the Qur'an is sustained by some obvious facts:


1. Allah says: "Verily, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur'an) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption)." [al-Hijr: 9]. This fact grants the Qur'an an inimitability form. Its form has remain intact through the human epochs, since its revelation. The orthography and all ways it was read, including the non-authentic ways, are well documented hitherto. What a Miracle!


2. Its clarity and simplicity. Allah says: "And We have indeed made the Qur'an easy to understand and remember; then is there any who will remember (or receive admonition)?" [al-Qamar: 17,22, 32, 40] It has till date remain the only book committed to memory from the very first letter to the last. Muslims recite it off heart and struggle throughout their lives to memorize as much as possible from it. Is this not wonderful?


3. Research and sincere studies have left no doubts about the fact that there is no other revealed religious book with any convincing claim to provide guidance in all walks of human life for all times. However, the Qur'an addresses humanity at large and offers basic guidance regarding all human problems. Moreover, it has withstood the test of 1400 years and has the potential to establish an ideal society, as it did under the leadership of the Prophet Muhammad ‎(peace be upon him)‎.




It was with this miracle that Prophet Muhammad ‎(peace be upon him)‎ could win over his enemies without adequate material resources. Vistas of spiritual elevation and human dignity were opened before them as they sincerely accepted this message and imbibed in them that only true righteousness is the sole criterion for merit and honor. All spheres of their lives, social, cultural, moral, commercial and individual life were redesigned and shaped with basic laws and principles which are in conformity with human nature, and hence applicable in all times, as human nature does not change.




It is so disheartening and unfortunate that instead of sincerely studying and trying to understand Islam in its true picture, the Christian West considered it as a rival religion. And thus, during the epochs of the Crusades, this trend gained much force and support, leading to a huge body of literature produced to tarnish the image of Islam. Nonetheless, Islam will continue to withstand all challenges any time anywhere.




Here we give us some comments made by some well-known eminent scholars of other faiths about our Qur'an, Islam and Muhammad ‎(peace be upon him)‎. It is said that the truth needs no advocates to plead on its behalf. However, the prolonged malicious propaganda against Islam has created great confusion even in the minds of free and objective thinkers.




What is said about the Glorious Qur'an: [1]


*However often we turn to it [the Qur'an], at first disgusting us each time afresh, it soon attracts, astounds, and in the end enforces our reverence... Its style, in accordance with its contents and aim, is stern, grand, terrible - ever and anon truly sublime. Thus this book will go on exercising through all ages a most potent influence. [Gethe, quoted in T P Hughes' Dictionary of Islam, p 526.]


*The Qur’an admittedly occupies an important position among the great religious books of the world. Though the youngest of the epoch making works belonging to this class of literature, it yields to hardly any in the wonderful effect which it has produced on large masses of men. It has created an all but new phase of human thought and a fresh type of character. It first transformed a number of heterogeneous desert tribes of the Arabian peninsula into a nation of heroes, and then proceeded to create the vast politico-religious organizations of the Muhammadan world which are one of the great forces with which Europe and the East have to reckon today. [G. Margoliouth Introduction toe. M. Rodwell's The Koran, New York Every man's Library, 1977, p. Vll.]


*A work, then, which calls forth so powerful and seemingly incompatible emotions even in the distant reader distant as to time, and still more so as to mental development - a work which not only conquers the repugnance with which he may begin its perusal, but changes this adverse feeling into astonishment and admiration, such a work must be a wonderful production of the human mind indeed and a problem of the highest interest to every thoughtful observer of the destinies of mankind. [Dr. Steingass quoted in T. P. Hughes' Dictionary of Islam, pp. 526-7.]


*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? [Maunce Bucaille, The Bible, the Qur'an and Science, 1978, p 125.]


*Here, therefore, its meets as a literary production should perhaps not be measured by some preconceived maxims of subjective and aesthetic taste, but by the effects which it produced in Muhammad's contemporaries and fellow countrymen. If it spoke so powerfully and convincingly to the hearts of his hearers as to weld hitherto centrifugal and antagonistic elements into one compact and well organized body. animated by ideas far beyond those which had until now ruled the Arabian mind, then its eloquence was perfect, simply because it created a civilized nation out of savage tribes, and shot a fresh woof into the old warp of history. [Dr: Steingass quoted in Hughes' Dictionary of Islam, p. 528.]


*In making the present attempt to improve on the performance of my predecessors, and to produce something which might be accepted as echoing however faintly the sublime rhetoric of the Arabic Koran, I have been at pain to study the intricate and richly varied rhythms which-apart from the message itself-constitute the Koran's undeniable claim to rank amongst the greatest literary masterpieces of mankind ... This very characteristic feature-"that inimitable symphony" as the believing Pickthall described his Holy Book, "the very sounds of which move men to tears and ecstasy"-has been almost totally ignored by previous translators; it is therefore not surprising that what they have wrought sounds dull and net indeed in comparison with the splendidly decorated original. [Arthur J Arberry The Koran Interpreted London: Oxford University Press, 1964,p.X]


*A totally objective examination [of the Qur'an] in the light of modern knowledge leads us to recognize the agreement between the two, as has been already noted on repeated occasions. It makes us deem it quite unthinkable for a man of Muhammad's time to have been the author of such statements, on account of the state of knowledge in his day. Such considerations are part of what gives the Qur'anic revelation its unique place, and forces the impartial scientist to admit his inability to provide an explanation which calls solely upon materialistic reasoning. [Maurice Bucaille, The Quran and Modern Science, 1981, p. 18]




At this very juncture, I call upon all willing and able Muslims and all other sincere brethren of other faiths to eschew unnecessary malice without due proofs. And where there proofs abound, let the discourse be a matter of correction and redirection of the minds towards the right track of issues, instead of fueling and causing unnecessary discord by exchanging curses and abuses.




However, I hope this will shed light on the status and well deserved position of the Devine Inimitable Glorious Qur'an even as portrayed in the sight of sincere non Muslim scholars above. Therefore, our hope is never lost. Allah has personally taken charge of preserving and catering for the Qur'an and thus the religion of Islam.




[1] Taken from "The Islamic Foundation" palmflet, printed by Dar Eshbella for publishing and distribution, Riyadh, KSA.


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