Objection: “The Devil is very cunning, and he could potentially make up something like the Qur’an”

Some people claim that the Devil is very cunning, and that he could potentially make up something like the Qur’an, while veiling all other demons and human beings from knowing what the real origin of the Qur’an is – How strong would you consider this objection?

Answered by Sharif Randhawa (Researcher at Bayyinah Institute, owner of Qur’anic Musings blog), with slight modifications and an additional note Continue reading

Objection: “Why do Muslims take Arabic to be the benchmark against which all eloquence is to be judged?”

Some people ask that why do Muslims take Arabic to be the benchmark against which all eloquence is to be judged? They say that if something would be composed in another language with full eloquence and every high rhetorical characteristic, should we not consider it as a true parallel to the Qur’an?

Answered by Sharif Randhawa (Researcher at Bayyinah Institute, owner of Qur’anic Musings blog), with slight modifications Continue reading

Objection: ‘The inability of someone to bring up something like the Qur’an is not proof that it is actually inimitable’

Someone may say that the inability of someone to bring up something like the Qur’an is not proof that it is actually inimitable, only that it has not yet been done. According to such people, from a scientific viewpoint of potential falsifiability, the inimitability of the Qur’an can never be proven, since the possibility of its being imitated always remains open. They further say that if the main premise of Islam is unproven and unprovable (due to the above-mentioned potential falsifiability, differences as to what constitutes eloquence, and other issues), how can any Muslim expect others to convert to Islam. How do we respond to this claim?

Answered by Sharif Randhawa (Researcher at Bayyinah Institute, owner of Qur’anic Musings blog), with slight modifications Continue reading

Random Thoughts and Notes: Days 121-131

o I know we Muslims all have an emotional attachment to the Prophet ﷺ and this is of course good and proper; and we also know that he is the Messenger of Allah the Exalted in truth. But this still does not mean that the tools of Fiqh – understanding, or let us say graded understanding- are not to be applied to his ﷺ sayings at all. Continue reading

Initial notes on the post ‘The Miracle of the Quran’

(Please read the notice concerning our draft articles)

By a member of the MuslimAnswers.net Team

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم

The following is a set of notes I took of a sermon on the miraculous nature of the Qur’an from the following link. Now, I know that the sermon is given by a speaker who has been panned on the theologically-related sciences by the traditional Sunni scholars. But I thought that it was appropriate to mention some of the points he makes with respect to the Qur’an’s miraculousness, especially since he does not bring up these points in connection with Allah and His Attributes, and a few things he says are not mentioned in other places from what I recall, so there should not be any problems coming from these angles[1]. Continue reading

Preliminary Notes on the article ‘The Quran’s Challenge: a Literary and Linguistic Miracle’

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Notes from the article ‘The Quran’s Challenge: a Literary and Linguistic Miracle’ written by Hamza Andreas Tzortis (available here)[1]

o    The article starts by pointing out the beginning Verses of the first revelation (Sura al-‘Alaq). The fact that the Prophet was illiterate is contrasted with the huge revolution brought about by the Qur’an, which combined a new literary genre with a comprehensive and concise basis for Islamic theology, law and spirituality. Continue reading

Preliminary Notes on ‘Matchless Eloquence: Al -Kawthar’

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Notes on the work ‘Matchless Eloquence: Al-Kawthar’, available at this link.

This is a commentary on the article “Matchless Eloquence: Al-Kawthar” which is written by the convert to Islam Hamza Andreas Tzortzis. Many people point to Sura Al-Kawthar, since it is the smallest Chapter of the Qur’an yet it retains the inimitability so crucial to the Qur’anic challenge. Continue reading

Preliminary Notes on ‘Inimitability of the Qur’an and some evidences on it being from Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala)

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Salam Alaykum.

In these series of notes, what is being done is commenting on a series of articles under the heading of ‘Inimitability of the Qur’an and Some Evidences of It Being From Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala)’. Continue reading