Question on the conciseness and clarity of the Qur’anic language

It is asked that, even though the Qur’an may be concise in its wording, is not the fact that there are so many interpretations, many times clashing with each other, proof that there is something weak in the clarity of the language of the Qur’an, something which has led to needless intra-Muslim argumentation, warfare, and many other problems?

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Question: “If the Qur’an is a miracle of recitation, why doesn’t everyone experience this miracle equally?”

It is asked that, if the Qur’an is meant to be a miracle of recitation, why doesn’t every person have the same level of great Arabic fluency in order to be able to understand that the Qur’an is truly miraculous? That is, why is the miracle not like the sensory ones of resurrecting the dead, parting the sea, and so forth?

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Objection: “There are many passages in the Qur’an which seem to be very close to the Bible…”

Opponents of Islam say that there are many passages in the Qur’an which seem to be very close to the Bible both in overall content and in specifics, so how can we Muslims preclude the possibility of copying from the Bible to the Qur’an?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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Random thoughts and Notes: Days 261-394

  • If we consider the matter properly, we would know that the nurturing of the Sahaabas at the hands of the Prophet ﷺ was in itself an amazing miracle, since he took those who were either very simple or very rough people and made them into conquerors of the world and universities in their own persons, only in the span of one generation; while this is something never before seen in the history of mankind – This I would say is one of the additional miracles of the Qur’an and of the Prophet ﷺ, and this cannot at all be ignored.

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Random thoughts and notes: Days 132-163

o   Recently (some time has passed now, but apparently the investigation closed without a breakthrough), the news was received concerning the kidnapping of Muslim schoolgirls, apparently by a “Muslim terrorist” group in Nigeria. I have heard some whispers about this incident actually being some false flag operation, but I do not want to get into the veracity of such theories, as they are detrimental to the subject at hand. Continue reading

Uthman Ad-Darimi and Faulty Logic

By Shaykh Hafiz Mahmut, slightly edited by the MuslimAnswers.net Team

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم

Abu Said Uthman ad-Darimî, who is one of the prominent names among the “Ahl ul-Hadith” proponents, wrote a critique called Naqdh ‘Ala Bishr al-Marisi (Replying to Bishr al-Marisi). In that book he makes Takfeer (anathematization) on Bishr, and the proponents of the Muta’zilah and the Jamiyah groups who view the Qur’an as being Makhlooq (a created entity). Continue reading