An Invitation To Think

My Qur’an, My Love

I have a certain history, one that has afforded me lot of experiences in life leading me to where I am, how and what I believe now.

From my brief survey of the world religion, Believe in God, knowledge of God His omnipotence and benevolence and so on as it is in other doctrines, I can proudly say that the one religion that best portrays this is ISLAM. This is evident in the Islamic conception of faith in God.

The Qur’an; the ayat (verses, proofs, evidences, signs, etc.) revealed over a period of 23years is one of my most motivating factor. Each time I study and reflect on the messages of the Qur’an I become entirely impressed and convinced that it truly is a revelation from the Almighty.

Speaking of the length of time through which the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet (SAW), one will not but wonder how perfect its author is. Sending revelations in bits and pieces across a period of 23years yet void of errors and contradictions and rich in completeness.

It is a fundamental principle that nobody claim can be accepted without proof(s) particularly if it is a lofty claim. If you ask the follower of other faith about the proof of what they are claiming to be true, they may point to some miracle that happened number of years back. The proof of most of this is not available now. When a Muslim is asked to proof that Prophet Muhammed (SAW) is a messenger of God or to proof that Islam is true, the Muslim furnishes the Qur’an which turn out to be the proof of the message itself.

In the past, prophets performed miracles duly recorded in the Qur’an. These miracles drew the attention of the people of that time to the message of the prophet. The Qur’an, which itself is a miracle on its own, revealed through Prophet Muhammed (SAW) the seal of the prophets, is his message which will last till the day of judgment. So anyone that tries to examine its messages finds the miracle in it.

A surgeon, Dr Maurice Bacaille in his book “La Bible, le Coran et la Science” (The Bible, The Quran and Science) translated to English by Alastair D. Pannell and the Author, examined this two scriptures in the light of modern knowledge. He described the history of Pharaoh that lived in Egypt over time and identified the Pharaoh during the time of Prophet Musa(AS) Moses. He details the discover of the body of Pharaoh and He show that the Quran detail account of his death accurate.

So today We will save you in body that you may be to those who succeed you a sign. And indeed, many among the people, of Our signs, are heedless.” Qur’an 10:92

He concluded thus:

In view of the level of knowledge in Muhammed’s day, it is inconceivable that many of the statements in the Qur’an which are connected with science could have been the work of a man. It is, moreover, perfectly legitimate, not only to regard the Qur’an as the expression of a Revelation, but also to award it a very special place, on account of the guarantee of authenticity it provides and the presence in it of scientific statements which, when studied today, appear as a challenge to explanation in human terms.”

In the Qur’an, there are many numerical correspondence between things, numbers of verses, numbers of words, letters and affirming such a composition, that it is clear that whosoever author this book has a very deep interest in number and has a sharp mind to keep track of events over the 23 years in which the Qur’an was revealed one piece at a time and at a wide variety of circumstances. This undoubtedly, is the mind of God behind the Qur’an.

One of this aspect is the number of times a word occurs in the Qur’an, for example when we talk about Jesus, the Qur’an says Jesus is like Adam and the Qur’an means they are both created by God.

Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allah is like that of Adam.He created Him from dust; then He said to him, “Be,” and he was.” Qur’an 3:59

Furthermore, there is another way Jesus is like Adam. Each name, Jesus and Adam occur in the Qur’an 25 times and only once do they occur in the same verse, the other 24 times scatter in different verses and also chapters. Some chapters mention Adam, but did not mention Jesus, some mention Jesus but did not Adam and to keep count of the Prophet (SAW) mind reciting a piece at a time over 23 years and at variety of circumstances.

How does he (SAW), remember how many times he said Adam or how many times he said Jesus; more than this there are words that occur in the Qur’an that are antonyms of each other and they both occur equal number of times . What account for this phenomenon? This is one part of a larger phenomenon in which we see that the Qur’an, measure things, things are measure in the Qur’an. The Qur’an also draw attention to this:

That he may know that they have conveyed the messages of their Lord; and He has encompassed whatever is with them and has enumerated all things in number” Qur’an 72:28.

There is surely the hand of Allah in revelation and compilation of the Noble Qur’an.

Logicians recently become interested in the USE of a word and the MENTION of a word. For example if you say Lagos is a big City, Then I am USING Lagos to refer to the city, here I am USING Lagos to name something. But if I say Lagos has five letters, I am not USING the word Lagos and I am only MENTIONING the word. A logician, Gary Miller (a Christian missionary who later converted to Islam), have tried to see if the Qur’an draw this distinction as well, to know if the Qur’an recognizes the use of a word and the mention of a word.

He uses the word ikh’tilāfan (Discrepancy, confusion, inconsistency, contradiction) . The word ikh’tilāfan appear in Qur’an 4:82 “Do they not consider the Qur’an (with care)? Had it been from other Than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy”. He was interested in finding out how many times this word in this form was mentioned in the Qur’an. He discovered that the word ikh’tilāfan was mentioned once in this particular form of word in the entire Qur’an.

So he makes this point, that if the Qur’an have use this particular word more than once or a number of time, some clever people would have said, look there is a lot of ikh’tilāfan in the Qur’an.

There are few of the scholars of different disciplines,doctrines&beliefs that have tried and failed blatantly to find any genuine errors with proofs in the Qur’an. And none will ever succeed as the revelation and compilation of the Qur’an has influence and divine guidance from the Almighty Allah.

GLOSSARY:

JESUS: Qur’an(2:87) ʿīsā Jesus (2:136) waʿīsā and Jesus (2:253) ʿīsāJesus (3:45) ʿīsā Jesus (3:52) ʿīsā Jesus (3:55) yāʿīsā O Jesus (3:59) ʿīsā (of) Jesus (3:84) waʿīsā and Jesus (4:157) ʿīsā Jesus (4:163) waʿīsā and Jesus (4:171) ʿīsā Jesus (5:46) biʿīsā Jesus (5:78) waʿīsā and Jesus (5:110) yāʿīsā O Jesus (5:112) yāʿīsā O Jesus (5:114) ʿīsā Jesus (5:116) yāʿīsā O Jesus (6:85) waʿīsā and Jesus (19:34) ʿīsā (was) Jesus (33:7) waʿīsā and Jesus (42:13) waʿīsā and Jesus (43:63) ʿīsā Jesus (57:27) biʿīsā with Jesus (61:6) ʿīsā Jesus (61:14) ʿīsā Jesus

ADAM: Qur’an (2:31) ādama Adam (2:33) yāādamu O Adam (2:34) liādama to Adam (2:35) yāādamu O Adam (2:37) ādamu Adam (3:33) ādamaAdam (3:59) ādama(of) Adam (5:27) ādama (of) Adam (7:11) liādama to Adam (7:19) wayāādamuAnd O Adam (7:26) ādama(of) Adam (7:27) ādama (of) Adam (7:31) ādama(of) Adam (7:35) ādama (of) Adam (7:172) ādama (of) Adam (17:61) liādama to Adam (17:70) ādama (the) children of Adam (18:50) liādama to Adam (19:58) ādama (of) Adam (20:115) ādama Adam (20:116) liādama to Adam (20:117) yāādamu O Adam (20:120) yāādamu O Adam (20:121) ādamu And Adam disobeyed (36:60) ādama (O) children of Adam

By Lanre Lukmon Serik

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2 thoughts on “An Invitation To Think

  1. Allah’s words are clear from errors,if u are doubting it,then, fight your heart and the devil for misleading you.a true fact u must read!

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