3. the holy prophet claimed that the holy qur'an was from god almighty, and that it was revealed to him by inspiration. the proof of its divine authorship is its own beauty and nature, and the circumstances in which it was promulgated. to prove the veracity of his claim, he has placed before you many suras. can the unbeliever produce one like it? this is a standing challenge! an eternal prophecy of mankind's inability to equal or excel, or to rival successfully any of its chapters.
your plea, "i don't know arabic," is useless. there are millions of christian arabs living today. the christians boast that there are at least 10-15 million coptic christians in egypt alone and these are not all fellaheens.1 here is the challenge of god in his own words —
(a) this qur'an is not such as can be produced by other than allah.2
holy qur'an 10:37
(b) say: "if the whole of mankind and jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this qur'an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support."
(sura bani israil) holy qur'an 17: 88
(c) or do they say. "he forged it"? say: "bring then a sura like unto it, and call (to your aid) anyone you can, besides allah, if it be that ye speak the truth!"
(sura y-unus) holy qur'an 10:38
(d) and if ye are in doubt as to what we have revealed from time to time to our servant, then produce a sura like thereunto;
and call your witnesses or helpers (if there are any) besides allah. if your (doubts) are true.
but if ye cannot — and of a surety ye cannot —
then fear the fire whose fuel is men and stones,— which is prepared for those who reject faith.
(sura baqara) holy qur'an 2:23 24
it is now fourteen hundred years since the above challenges, but mankind has singularly failed to produce anything similar or something better. this is an eternal testimony of the divine origin of the holy qur'an.
1. fellaheen: a peasant or agricultural labourer in arab countries
2. allah: a proper noun for god almighty in the semitic languages. see "what is his name?" which explains the word in detail