in the name of allah most beneficent most merciful all praise is for allah the exalted and may the peace and blessings of allah be upon his messenger muhammad and his family and companions and all those who follow them and their way until the day of resurrection.
"do they not then consider the qur’an carefully? had it been from other than allah, they would surely have found therein much contradiction." [4:82]
god created man for a noble purpose: to worship him and lead a righteous life based on his commands and guidance to mankind. mankind learned this by god sending messengers with clear and practical instructions of the meaning of life and how to worship god properly. god also revealed to these prophets and messengers knowledge about what will happen after death and the rewards and punishments for one’s actions.
these prophets and messengers convey the same prevailing message which is entrusted to them by god. they proclaimed:
"…oh my people! worship god! (i.e., without associating anything with him) you have no other god but him." [qur'an: 7:65]
god sent a prophet and/or messenger to every nation throughout the history of mankind.
"and verily, we have sent among every ummah (community, nation) a messenger (proclaiming): worship allah (alone) and avoid (or keep away from) all false deities" [qur'an: 16:36]
some of them we have been informed of and others we have not. these prophets and messengers include, but not limited to: adam, noah, abraham, ismail, isaac, jacob, joseph, moses, aaron, lot, david, solomon, elias, elisha, hood, thul-kifi, enoch, jonah, job shu’aib, saalih, ezra, zachariyyah, john, jesus , muhammad and others peace and blessings be upon them all.
some of them were sent with books while others were not.
some of the books that we were informed of are the scriptures of abraham, the torah of moses, the zaboor of dawood, and the injeel which was revealed to jesus. all of these scriptures contained the same basic message from god to mankind.
each prophet brought specific instructions from god addressed to a particular people for certain times in history and particular circumstances although the essential message remained the same.
a few examples of this would be the fact that moses' contemporaries were excellent in magic. so his major miracle was to defeat the best magicians of his days. jesus' contemporaries were recognized as skillful physicians. therefore, his miracles were to raise the dead and cure the incurable diseases. the arabs, the contemporaries of the muhammad, were known for their eloquence and magnificent poetry. so muhammad's (peace and blessings be upon him) major miracle was the qur’an, the equivalent of which the whole legion of the arab poets and orators could not produce despite the repeated challenge from the qur’an itself.
however, the beauty and power of muhammad’s (peace and blessings be upon him) major miracle is that it removes the constraints of place and time. it is the permanent miracle for all generations to see.
muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is the final messenger and that his prophethood is also not limited to time and place, and is for all peoples (after the advent of his prophethood) in all times until the day of judgement.
now, many who would agree with everything we have stated above may reject this about muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) his messengership and thescripture with which he was sent. (the qur’an)
it is our objective here to prove without a shadow of a doubt that the qur’an is in fact from god himself and by extension that muhammad is in fact a messenger of god. for we cannot accept the message and reject the messenger, or vice versa. both must be accept or both must be rejected.
we can basically divide the groups of opinions on the qur’an into three groups:
- those who say that muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) wrote the qur’an himself.
- those who say that the qur’an was written by someone else and he taught to muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
- those who believe that the qur’an is the pure word of god having no human author
in this article, we will briefly review the above three arguments based on logic, historical evidence, textual analysis and even scientific data.
based on our arguments above, we can logically conclude tha t if the qur’an was written by muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) or some other man (or group of men) then it is correct to reject the man and his message. however, if it is proven that the qur’an is indeed from god, then it is necessary for us to believe in it, follow it and accept muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and a messenger of god.
we ask the reader to reflect…