The Critic's Trail
the critic's trail
as a matter of fact, a great deal of the quran came in
answer to questions. someone would ask muhammad (saw) a question, and the revelation would come with the answer to it. certainly, if one is crazy and believes that an angel put words in his ear, then when someone asks him a question, he thinks that the angel will give him the
answer. because he is crazy, he really thinks that. he does not tell someone to wait a short while and then run to his
friends and ask them, "does anyone know the answer?"
this type of behavior is characteristic of one who does not
believe that he is a prophet. what the non-muslims refuse to accept is that you cannot have it both ways. one can be deluded, or he can be a liar. he can be either one or neither one, but he certainly cannot be both! the emphasis is on the fact that they are unquestionably mutually exclusive
the following scenario is a good example of the kind of
circle that non-muslims go around in constantly. if you
ask one of them, "what is the origin of the quran?" he tells you that it originated from the mind of a man who
was crazy. then you ask him, "if it came from his head,
then where did he get the information contained in it? certainly the quran mentions many things with which the arabs were not familiar." so in order to explain the
fact which you bring him, he changes his position and says, "well, maybe he was not crazy. maybe some foreigner brought him the information. so he lied and told people that he was a prophet." at this point then you have to ask him, "if muhammad was a liar, then where did he get his confidence? why did he behave as though he
really thought he was a prophet?" finally backed into a
corner, like a cat he quickly lashes out with the first response that comes to his mind. forgetting that he has already exhausted that possibility, he claims, "well, maybe he wasn't a liar. he was probably crazy and really thought that he was a prophet." and thus he begins the
futile cycle again.
as has already been mentioned, there is much information
contained in the quran whose source cannot be attributed to anyone other than allah. for example, who told
muhammad (saw)about the wall of dhul-qarnayn - a place hundreds of miles to the north? who told him about embryology? when people assemble facts such as these, if they are not willing to attribute their existence to a divine source, they automatically resort to the assumption someone brought muhammad (saw)the information and that he used it to fool the people.
however, this theory can easily be disproved with one
simple question: "if muhammad (saw)was a liar, where did he get his confidence? why did he tell some people out
right to their face what others could never say?" such confidence depends completely upon being convinced that
one has a true divine revelation