Saturday, July 30

How Is Quran Miraculous? (Part 1)

When Musa a.s. got to the arrogant self-proclaimed lord of the world (Firaun), he won the debate easily in front of his ministers and generals, and miraculously won the battle against his magic, and manage to cut halves the ocean paving the way for Israelis to safety using his staff, and many other miraculous event to strengthen the belief of his follower/nation, that is the mu'jizat of Musa a.s.,

Now what is miraculous about prophet Muhammad's mu'jizat, the Quran?

Do you think you'll get stunned/amazed by reading the Quran as if you watch the ocean be cut into two, or staff that turn into big snake, eating food that comes down from sky in the middle of nowhere or saw lights coming out of one palm. The latter are all jaw-dropping if one saw it right?

Again, what's so miraculous about the Quran?

Is it because of its syifa', that it can heal many disease? Is it because of the scientific discovery that has wowed the world (the forming of baby in mother's womb, the astronomic thingy moon around earth, planets around earth, earth is round, bla bla black sheep have you any wool)?

Each prophet has their own mu'jizat according to the conditions at the time, for Musa a.s., magic was seen as the most powerful thing one can have, and to beat all the magic single-handedly, that defies what is capable of human, meaning it must be from God.

The mu'jizat's purpose was to give miraculous evidence that what the prophet calls for is certainly from Allah Himself. Whilst all prophets have their own revelations separated from their mu'jizat, our Prophet s.a.w. was given al-Quran which is the revelation and a mu'jizat altogether.
So what is the miraculous thing about the Quran?

The Quran delivers the deen/the message miraculously through its literature. The message or the idea is one thing, the way you communicate the idea is another. The mu'jizat lies in both the message as well as the beauty of its literature (well, the scientific stuffs in there were miraculous as well for us, but not for the Quraisy people at that time)

The Quraisyite value their language so highly that language become their pride, and one is regarded as notable and higher in ranks because of their linguistic ability. But to lost the battle of words (through poems etc) one or the whole tribe can be humiliated and the poet that lose the face of its tribe is often ignored or even killed, or worst if they die on the battlefield, their tribe will not come and collect their body and left to rotten there, and for ancient Arabs, that's the most shameful way to die.

To give you an idea of how high the level of the language of the ancient Arab at the time (bear in mind this is spoken words, not writings), Nouman Ali Khan (Bayyinah) gives an example of below:

One poet praised on how generous he is in giving charity, but his wife said to him, 'ya habibi, we're bankrupt, we don't have money, we don't have food, what are you talking about?' He turned to his wife and replied in poetry,

"Fasailu harbun 'ala makanin 'ali" (translated: Heavy rains doesn't get along with a house on top of a hill)

Now what can you make out of that? When I first heard of it, I am clueless. Now leave comments on what do you think it means, and let's see how good your imagination is?

p/s: I'll explain the meaning in part 2. Happy guessing. :)

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