Authenticity of the Quran

Authenticity of the Quran

Introduction Who is the author of the Quran? Whatever the arguments of the non-believer critics, the Quran states explicitly: “(This is) revelation of the book in which there is no doubt, from the Lord of the worlds. Or do they say he has forged it? Nay it is the truth from the Lord.” (32:2-3) From […]

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    Introduction

    Who is the author of the Quran?

    Whatever the arguments of the non-believer critics, the Quran states explicitly: “(This is) revelation of the book in which there is no doubt, from the Lord of the worlds. Or do they say he has forged it? Nay it is the truth from the Lord.” (32:2-3)

    From the time of its revelation till today, people have tried to cast doubts about the Divinity of the Holy Quran, and have tried to argue in vain that the author of the Quran is Prophet Muhammad himself; but they have not succeeded because of its inherent truth.

    Our study of the Qur'an acquaints us with a distinguishing characteristic of this holy book. This distinguishing characteristic is the absolute authenticity of its source. That is, without the slightest need of any comparison between the oldest manuscripts, it is evident that what we recite as the verses of the Holy Qur'an, are exactly the same words presented before the world by the Almighty Allah (swt) through His messenger Muhammad ibn Abdallah (saww).

    In another words, the distinguished feature of the Qur'an is the quality of its contents: its teachings are genuinely original and have not been adopted or plagiarized. Its teachings have been delivered to the Prophet from a world that transcends his thought and mind. The Prophet (saww) was only a recipient of this revelation and message. As Allah says: “. . . and those who are firmly rooted in knowledge say: We believe in it, it is all from our Lord." (3 :7).

    This paper attempts to present several logical arguments, textual analysis, historical evidence and scientific data to prove that the ‘Source of Quran is God’, in a simple way for Madrassa teachers to use as a Resource paper in the subject.

    Due to magnitude of the subject matter, this paper will limit itself to one angle of discussion only: simple and straight forward evidences to prove the “Authenticity of the Quran as a Word of God”. However, separate study paper will be required to discuss and make critical review and refutation of : “Authorship theories on the source of Quran as forwarded by the unbelievers”, as the biased unbelievers have forwarded several baseless theories on the authorship of Quran, which require a detailed critique.

    Similarly, altogether separate study papers are needed on the following themes:

    · Evidences on the “Originality and Genuineness of the Quran”, i.e. Quran has remained immune against any type of interpolation or transfiguration in its text and even its arrangement, contrary to other revealed books.

    · A study on “Comparison between Quran and the other revealed books”.

    · A paper on “Process of Revelation, Compilation and Preservation of Quran”.

    Chapter 1 : Evidences on the Authenticity of the Quran

    As the opponents want us to believe, the Holy Quran is not the product of the holy Prophet’s speculation and thinking, rather it is a revealed book in which every word is the word of the Almighty that was communicated to the Prophet through the process of revelation. While historical testimony in this regard is unquestionable, the Quran emphasizes it further with a view of showing the opponents of Islam that what came out from the sacred lips of the Prophet was a divine revelation:

    “(This is) the revelation of the book in which there is no doubt, from the Lord of the worlds. Will they say: ‘He has forged it!’ Nay, it is the Truth from the Lord ...”. (32:2-3)

    “But Allah bears witness that what He has revealed to you (O Muhammad), He has revealed from His own knowledge, and the angels bear witness (to it), but sufficient is Allah for witness”. (4:166).

    “And you (O Muhammad) did not recite any book before this, nor you were able to transcribe one with your right hand. In that case, indeed those who talk vanity could have doubted.” (29:48).

    Source: alhassanain.com

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