The Quraan linguistic miracle.
Islam's harmony with nature and life
Islam's prophecies coming true.
Unlike its predecessors of celestial religions, Islam did not rely much on miracles
to guide people to God.
Although Islam and Prophet Mohammad had their substantial share of miracles.
Islam unlike Judaism and Christianity as well as many other previous Prophets; did not have such miracles like Jesus
raising the dead and curing the sick or Moses walking the Jews through the sea
or Solomon talking to animals or David controlling the wind...etc.
Islam's main convincing element was, since the start, the Quraan and the
sayings of Prophet Muhammad (Sunnah).
Muhammad was born and started his Message from the Arabian Peninsula (Now
Saudia Arabia). A vast land mostly desert, Where Arab tribes had their own rules
for dealing with each other. Also they had several religions and Gods depending
on the tribe. Range includes Idolaters, Jewish, Christians as well as Sabians
(Those who believe in one God but have no certain religion)
Major super powers like the Romans and Persians had no interest to occupy this vast
desert which didn't have much benefit to them, so they were just satisfied
to reach the northern edge of that desert. The richest and most powerful city in
this land was Mecca. Where they had the Holy Kaaba, built by Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim)
and his son Ishmael (Ismael). Mecca was then the religious and trading
center of the Arabian peninsula connecting trade traffic lines from India & East
Asia, Yemen& Africa, Egypt & North Africa, Iraq & Persia as well as East Europe.
Arabic language was their main pride and art along with war skills.
Arabs were so proud of their language. Many of them were skilled poets as part
of their general skills. Rich and powerful families would send their young boys
to other tribes to learn the skills of war and language.
Until today, old Arabic poetry is considered one of the most advanced,
sophisticated and rich poetry ever written in the history of mankind. When Arabs
first heard the verses of the Quraan, many of them challenged it. Claiming it was
words from other cultures or previous religions. They claimed it was words of a
magician or a lunatic. They tried to compose matching verses. All didn't work.
And its amazing that those who took Arabic language as their profession were
among the first and most strict believers.
A modern day Muslim convert pop musician Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)
mentions that the first thing which struck him when reading
the translation of the Quraan was the power and authority found in its language.
A power & authority which make you feel that you are hearing the word of God.
Prophecies of the Quraan:
- The Romans victory over Persians: One of the prophecies of the Quraan
which became true was in the chapter (Sura) named Al-Room (The Romans). The
first few verses of this Sura tells that the Romans were defeated by
Persians, but they will come back and reach victory in few years (the exact
arabic word meant a number of years more than three and less than ten).
Muslim believers challenged other non believers that this will come true.
When the Romans made their victory seven years later, the Muslims won the
bet (Before gambling was banned) and Prophet Muhammad ordered the Muslims to
give the money they won for charity. Muslims preferred Romans to
Persians as Romans were at the time Christians & closer to Islamic beliefs.
- From "The Meaning of the Holy Quran". Version 2.02 By Yusuf
21st Section (Juzu').
SURAH 30: AL RUM (The Romans). p 404.
1- A. L. M.
2- The Roman Empire has been defeated
3- In a land close by (Lowest earth); but they, (even) after (This) defeat of theirs,
will soon be victorious
4- Within a few years. With Allah is the Decision, in the Past and in
the Future: On that day shall the Believers rejoice
- The miracle of this Surra also is the description of the location of
the battlefield as the lowest earth (now Jordan near dead sea). Early
Muslims accepted this expression as if it means that they were so close
to Arabia. But modern scholars were amazed to learn than the dead
sea area is lowest dry land on earth.
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- The splitting of the moon: In the Sura named Al-Qamar (The moon),
In this Surah the disbelievers of Makkah have been warned for their
stubbornness which they had adopted against the invitation of the Holy
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The amazing and
wonderful phenomenon of the splitting of the Moon was a manifest sign of the
truth that the Resurrection, of which the Holy Prophet was giving them the
news, could take place and that it had approached near at hand. The great
sphere of the Moon had split into two distinct parts in front of their very
eyes. The two parts had separated and receeded so much apart from each other
that to the on-lookers one part had appeared on one side of the mountain and
the other on the other side of it. Then, in an instant the two had rejoined.
This was a manifest proof of the truth that the system of the Universe was
neither eternal nor immortal, it could be disrupted. Huge stars and Planets
could split asunder, disintegrate, collide with each other, and everything
that had been depicted in the Quran In connection with the description of
the details of Resurrection, could happen. Not only this : it was also a
portent that the disintegration of the system of the Universe had begun and
the time was near when Resurrection would take place. The Holy Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) invited the people's attention to
this event only with this object in view and asked them to mark it and be a
witness to it. But the disbelievers described it as a magical illusion add
persisted in their denial. For this stubbornness they have been reproached
in this Surah.
At the outset it has been said: "These people neither believe in the
admonition, nor learn a lesson from history, nor affirm faith after
witnessing manifest signs with their eyes. Now they would believe only when
Resurrection has taken place and they would be rushing out of their graves
towards the Summoner on that Day. "
- From "The Meaning of the Holy Quran". Version 2.02
By Yusuf `Ali
27th Section (Juzu').
SURAH 54: AL QAMAR (The Moon). p 528
1- The Hour (of Judgment) is nigh, and the moon is cleft asunder.
2- But if they see a Sign, they turn away, and say, This is (but)
3- They reject (the warning) and follow their (own) lusts but every
matter has its appointed time.