The non-Muslim says that many different types of speeches and writings have moved men towards immediate action and have made them totally change their minds and their lives. The non-Muslim asks whether there is a reason why anyone should pinpoint the Quran’s impact in this field, while bypassing all other “similar literature”? The non-Muslim says that based on his understanding, the Qur’an is not unique or miraculous in this regard. What do we say about this claim?
Answered by Sharif Randhawa (Researcher at Bayyinah Institute, owner of Qur’anic Musings blog), with slight modifications
If the case is indeed as mentioned above, I don’t think it would falsify any clear and direct Qur’anic statement. As a matter of fact, however, I cannot think of any parallel to the revolution the Qur’an inspired throughout human history. In a period of only twenty-three years, and despite it facing intense opposition and hostility throughout most of that period, it revolutionized not only people’s religious and ethical worldview, but even the way they would speak, marry, divorce, trade, dress, use the bathroom, govern, fight, live, and die
Beyond that, the depth of conviction, God-consciousness, and morality it produced in its followers—transforming someone like ‘Umar (for example) from a hot-headed enemy into an incredibly wise, compassionate, just, and competent ruler—let alone many other Sahabah (think about how it turned staunch enemies into devout followers, like Khalid b. al-Walid, ‘Amr b. al-‘As, Abu Sufyan, Ikrimah), and let alone people like al-Hasan al-Basri, ‘Abdullah b. al-Mubarak, Sa‘id b. al-Jubayr, Sufyan al-Thawri, Abu Hanifah, Malik, al-Shafi’i, Ahmad, Bukhari, ‘Umar b. ‘Abd al-‘Aziz, Tabari, etc. When you read about the lives and character of these people and of their accomplishments, you are truly overwhelmed and awe-struck. Looking at it solely from that perspective, I think it actually provides a very strong historical case for the Quran’s inimitability.