the source of the quran
another example of people's use of this weak stance can
be found in the makkans' explanation of the source of
muhammad's message. they used to say, "the devils bring muhammad that quran!" but just as with every suggestion made, the quran gives the answer. one verse
(surah al-qalam 68:51 - 52) in particular states:
"and they say, 'surely he is possessed [by jinn],' but
it [i.e., the quran] is not except a reminder to the worlds."
thus it gives an argument in reply to such a theory. in
fact, there are many arguments in the quran in reply to the suggestion that devils brought muhammad (saw)his
message. for example, in this chapter allah (swt ) clearly affirms:
"no evil ones have brought it [i.e., this revelation]
down. it would neither be fitting for them, nor would they be able. indeed they have been removed
far from hearing." (surah ash-shu'ara 26: 210-212)
and in another place (surah an-nahl 16: 98) in the quran,
allah (swt ) instructs us:
"so when you recite the quran seek refuge in allah
from shaytan, the rejected."
now is this how satan writes a book? he tells one, "before
you read my book, ask god to save you from me?" this is very, very tricky. indeed, a man could write something like this, but would satan do this? many people clearly
illustrate that they cannot come to one conclusion on this
subject. on one hand, they claim that satan would not do
such a thing and that even if he could, god would not allow him to; yet, on the other hand, they also believe that satan is only that much less than god. in essence they allege that the devil can probably do whatever god can do. and as a result, when they look at the quran, even as surprised as they are as to how amazing it is, they still
insist, "the devil did this!"
praise be to allah (swt ), muslims do not have that attitude.
although satan may have some abilities, they are a long
way separated from the abilities of allah. and no muslim
is a muslim unless he believes that. it is common
knowledge even among non-muslims that the devil can
easily make mistakes, and it would be expected that he
would contradict himself if and when he wrote a book. for
indeed, the quran states (surah an-nisa 4:82 ):
"do they not consider the quran? had it been from
other than allah, they would surely have found
therein much discrepancy."