The Quran is
an eternal miracle.
"And it was not possible for this Quran to be produced by other than Allah, but it is a confirmation of the revelation made before it and a detailed explanation of the Book (former scripture), without a doubt it is (a revelation) from the Lord of the worlds (entire Universe)." The Quran, 10:37
GOD’S MIRACLE TO MUHAMMAD
Many scholars believe that Muhammad’s mission to convey God’s Message and bring people to monotheism was harder than the mission of many messengers and prophets before him. The main miracle he brought was the Quran, which was a book recited in original Arabic as a divine revelation from God.
Despite the resistance he received from his own people who spoke Arabic, he and his companions conveyed Islam to nations and communities of different languages, cultures and religions outside the Arabian Peninsula.
Despite the resistance he received from his own people who spoke Arabic, he and his companions conveyed Islam to nations and communities of different languages, cultures and religions outside the Arabian Peninsula. The Quran, 4:82
WHY IS THE QURAN CONSIDERED AN ETERNAL MIRACLE?
There is no human author for the Quran. Muslims consider it as God’s Words and His eternal Message to all humankind. They believe that it is the only book that contains the Words of God without being rephrased by His Messenger or anyone else.
Unlike physical miracles that were brought by true prophets and messengers and seen only by the people who lived at their times, the Quran is considered by Muslims as an eternal miracle that can be touched, seen, read and conveyed from one generation to another.
“Say (O’Muhammad): “If the whole humanity and Jinni were to gather together to produce the like of this Quran they could not produce the like thereof even if they backed up each other with help and support. The Quran, 17:88
INCOMPARABLE PRESERVATION OF THE QURAN TEXT:
The present Quran is identical to the one revealed to Prophet Muhammad more than fourteen centuries ago. Initially, it was memorized by most pious Muslims (word by word and letter by letter).
Then, soon after the passing away of Muhammad, the complete Quran was first compiled in one book when Abu Bakr As-Siddiq became the first caliph in Islam. Several genuine copies were generated and distributed to different Islamic states or regions when Othman Bin Affan became the third caliph 13 years after the passing away of Prophet Muhammad.
The concept of recurrence “Tawaator” confirms the absolute authenticity of Quran because it indicates that the same text was narrated by different groups of people and passed from one generation to another without contradictions or discrepancies or discontinuity.
DISTINCTIVENESS OF QURAN
It should be noticed that Muhammad’s ¤ sayings and teachings were not mixed with the Quran (which only contains God’s Words without any human comments or elaborations). Muhammad’s sayings and teachings were collected in books which were called“The Sunnah or Hadith of the Prophet”. They included his teachings, his way of life and explanation of the Book (the Quran).
COMPARISON BETWEEN HADITH BOOKS AND OTHER HOLY BOOKS
Most holy books of different religions are authored and written by individuals with their own words and phrases. Since Hadith books were collected by Muslim scholars and contained Muhammad’s own sayings and teachings, many researchers consider them as similar to other holy books.
For example, the Bible was written over a period of 1400 to 1800 years by 40 different authors. It is a compilation of 66 separate books, divided into two primary divisions: the Old Testament (containing 39 books) and the New Testament (containing 27 books).It is to be noted that the reference of God to Himself as" We" in many verses in the Quran is necessarily understood in the Arabic language to denote grandeur and power. In the English language this is known as the Royal We, where a plural pronoun is used to refer to a single person. On the other hand, the Qura'n frequently uses the word "say" which means " Say to them O Muhammad."
INCOMPARABLE PRESERVATION OF THE STYLE OF RECITING QURAN:
When the Quran is read or recited, the term “Tajweed” is commonly mentioned or highlighted to describe the knowledge that deals with the rules controlling the way of reading the Quran.
Muslims trust it is not only the text of the Quran that was uniquely preserved but also the styles in which Muhammad and his companions recited it.
The styles of reciting the Quran are documented by the names of the narrators and reciters starting from those who heard it from Muhammad until now. This is across the whole Islamic world and continued from one generation to another generation until now.
It is believed that “Tajweed” is a very unique science not available in other religions. It reflects the highest level of attention given by the companions of Muhammad in order to preserve the way he recited the Quran (word by word).
The Quran was revealed in original Arabic. Muslim scholars believe that Arabic language is superior to many other languages as it is well supported by a huge number of words and a strong Arabic grammar.
Arabic language has 28 letters, some of them don’t exist in other languages such as “Dhad” which is the heavy "D" and “Tau” which is a heavy “T”.
The number of derivations from each original or root word can exceed 100 derivations and accordingly the total number of words in Arabic language may exceed six million words. This is far higher than the number of words of most known languages in the world.