Bring us a Qur’an other than this or change it!
By way of mockery and scoffing, the disbelievers asked the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) to bring them a book other than this Qur’an, which condemned neither their gods nor their way of life. Or to change it altogether by replacing the Ayah speaking of punishment with an Ayah of reward, and the censure of their idols with praise of them, and the things unlawful with making them lawful, and to omit any mention of resurrection1. Allah Almighty says:
When Our Clear Ayat are recited to them, those who do not expect the meeting with Us, say, “Bring us a Qur’an other than this or change it
(Yunus 10: 15)
Allah Almighty told his Messenger (pbuh) to answer them saying: (Say (O Muhammad), “It is not for me to change it of my own accord. I only follow that which is revealed to me. Indeed I fear, if I should disobey my Lord, the torment of a Great Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection).”)
The adverse attitudes of rejection, avoidance, and denial built barriers within the disbelievers and placed heavy locks that sealed their hearts against the Noble Qur’an, allowing in no air or light. They obstructed their reflection on its words that are able to remove the blindness, break the locks, pour in the light, refine the feelings, awaken the hearts, and purify the souls2.
(Do they not then reflect upon the Qur’an or are there locks upon (their) hearts?)
(Muhammad 47: 24)
- Al-Qurtubi, Al-Jami‘ Li-Ahkam Al-Qur’an, and Muhammad ‘Ali As-Sabuni, Safwat At-Tafasir, interpretation of Surat Yunus [10: 15].
- Sayyid Qutb, In the Shade of the Qur’an, Surat Muhammad [47: 24].