Secret Knowledge of the Qur‘an
By S.M. Zakir Hussain (Bangladesh)
of the Qur‘an
Allah has sent a personal letter from His presence in the form of the Qur‘an. But the human mind demanded that the prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) show it the legerdemain of magic in the form of the so-called miracle. So the prophet (PBUH) awaited Allah’s response. However, Allah did not wise to show such magic in support of the truth of the Qur‘an. Rather, He clearly articulated to mankind that the Qur‘an itself is the greatest miracle of all times. If one is able to see the real beauty of it and the treasure hidden in it, one wonder would consider any miracle inferior to it.
56:75. Nay, I swear by the places of the stars -
56:76. And lo! that verily is a tremendous oath, if you but knew -
56:77. That (this) is indeed a noble Qur'an
56:78. In a Book kept hidden
56:79. Which none touches save the purified,
56:80. A revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.
56:81. Is it this Statement that you scorn,
6:149. Say - For Allah's is the final argument - Had He willed He could indeed have guided all of you.
13:27. Those who disbelieve say: If only a portent were sent down upon him from his Lord! Say: Look! Allah sends whom He will astray, and guides to Himself all who turn (unto Him),
11:35. Or say they (again): He has invented it? Say: If I have invented it, upon me be my crimes, but I am innocent of (all) that you commit.
Thus Allah declares that all kinds of proof are in the Qur‘an. Our question is: Where?
There are no living prophets in this age. But still, we feel thirsty for the miracles that we might see if they were alive. We want to see with the eye of our knowledge that the Qur‘an is not the word of a human being. At the same time, we want to see the greatest mystery that a human mind can possibly see. How?
The great poet Labid, Hazrat Ali, Hazrat Umr, Hazrat Abu Bakr, Hazrat Uthman (May Allah be pleased with them) – what did these people see in a few words of the Qur‘an that all doubts of their minds were removed instantly? The greatest mystery among all the mysteries that are there in the Qur‘an lies in the language pattern of it. That is the greatest of all possible miracles. What did these great minds know or see in the language pattern of the Qur‘an that we, even though we are living in this age of computer, have not yet been able to discover?
Allah has thrown an open challenge in the Qur‘an: If you think that you are truthful then compose a text similar to a part of the Qur‘an:
2:23. And if you are in doubt concerning that which We reveal to Our slave (Muhammad), then produce a surah of the like thereof, and call your witness beside Allah if you are truthful.
17:88. Say: Certainly, though mankind and the jinn should assemble to produce the like of this Qur'an, they could not produce the like thereof though they were helpers one of another.
52:33. Or say they: He hath invented it? Nay, but they will not believe!
52:34. Then let them produce speech the like thereof, if they are truthful.
Have we ever taken the challenge? Allah says that it is never possible for anybody to accept the challenge. Well, then have we ever thought about why nobody can compose a text similar to any part of the Qur‘an? How can we judge the importance of the challenge if we do not discover why we cannot do it? Unless we know for sure why humans cannot write something in the likeness of the Qur‘an, we cannot see the truth with our own eyes. What we sometimes do is try to match the meaning or indication of the Qur‘an with what we discover in the reality through scientific efforts. However, those who know the sciences more than we do say that such attempts are langhable because it is sometimes possible to be able to find a match to something which is what we may call a vague expression. And we cannot answer their questions. It is in this way that the sayings of Nostradamus are often interpreted – and that is done only after some events have taken place, and not before it. It is true that seeing the predictions of the Qur‘an come true in the reality can and does strengthen the belief of those who have already believed. And that is acknowledged:
51:20. And in the earth are portents for those whose faith is sure.
51:21. And (also) in yourselves. Can you then not see?
It does not matter how, but Allah says that He will make it clear to humankind that the Qur’an is the true revelation. He declares it in the following verse:
41:53. We shall show them Our portents on the horizons and within themselves until it will be manifest to them that it is the Truth. Doth not thy Lord suffice, since He is Witness over all things?
But what have we done to see for ourselves that the greatest proof of the Qur‘an being the Word of God is to be found in the nature of the Word itself?
Have we seen with our own eyes how beautifully the fluorescent flowers of the Words of God are in bloom in the eternal garden of the Qur‘an? The eyes that have not seen such beauty have not seen any beauty at all.
4:83. And if any tidings, whether of safety or fear, come to them, they noise it abroad, whereas if they had referred it to the messenger and to such of them as are in authority, those among them who are able to think out the matter would have known it. If it had not been for the grace of Allah upon you and His mercy you would have followed Satan, save a few (of you).
However, we are going to see some dimensions of the beauty, God willing. Dear reader, be prepared to be surprised. Let us open the wings of our mind wide. That mind that has seen it has expanded into the infinity.