The Miraculous Nature of the Quran 01
Channel: Ismail Kamdar
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From the last little bit alaminos Salatu was Salam ala Karim Allah Allah He was obvious marinum about, we don't allow for allowing us to gather together again for these weekly sessions or bi weekly sessions inshallah. And it has been one and a half years since we've been together like this.
We thank Allah for giving us the opportunity to continue with this, and for those who have passed on, and were part of initiating this to add this to the scale, inshallah, what I want to cover over the next four sessions is a contemporary approach or more holistic approach to the concept of a jazz Quran, the miraculous nature of the Quran. I believe this is one of the topics that we neglect in our community, we tend to either have a mistaken methodology about it, or we tend to think of it as obvious, and we tell our children the Quran is miraculous. And we leave it as that we don't really go into enough details to convince them that it is a miracle. So I'm going to cover a very
comprehensive approach towards this topic. I will show that try summarizing this in four lectures, right? So we will inshallah try and cover this topic over four hours, and
the first hour today inshallah, we will focus on the introduction, the definitions, where the concept comes from,
the proper product, the problematic approaches, and what I believe is the correct approach. And just to summarize, I believe the programmatic approach is where we take one thing, everything that is the miracle of the Quran, the proper approach is that the miracle of the Quran is comprehensive, it covers like 12 to 15 different dimensions, there's not just one approach to it. When you focus too much on one approach, we end up ignoring all the others. So I'm hoping to be able to cover as many approaches as possible in the sessions. So next week, or the week after next week. In our next session, I will break down each of these different aspects of the vertical of the Quran
and provide some examples of them to week after that, I'm hoping to do a case study of one surah and all the different verticals that we can take for the surah and inshallah, we will end the sessions with a discussion of the criticisms that non Muslims raised against Jojo Quran and how we can respond to their criticism. So, we will begin inshallah with a very basic definitions, ages, whether it means for vertical or miraculous nature, something outside the realm of possibility. In noun form, something that has a job to it is called a mortgage is a medical, right something that has a
a miraculous aspect to it is called a more or jeiza. So when we speak about Rajat Al Quran, we are talking about the Quran being a more Jesus, the Quran being a miracle. Now, this concept of vertical itself has become controversial in our times. We do have Muslims today who don't believe in miracles. I ran a poll recently on my Facebook page, asking people if they believe in verticals, and about 40% said no
40% all Muslims said No, they don't believe in miracles. Right? So that's a problem. And that problem is linked more to what in the skepticism and atheism and the modern culture. inshallah we'll cover that in a separate discussion when we come to dealing with atheism. But we must understand that verticals are a part all caught up either whether you study the appeal of the Ashanti or ma to really or the Celebes or any of the school departments in our Jamaat. Every single School of Drama has this line in the aqeedah book, which is that the Medusa and karma are real, that the miracles of the prophets and the miracles of righteous people are real. This is a line found in every book of
Akita regardless of which malherbe of Akira you follow. This belief is there, that we believe in two types of miracles? What Jesus and what Jesus means a miracle of the profit improve of profitable and Karama means a miracle of a nonprofit, something miraculous that happens to anybody else. Both of these are things that we believe as part of our religion.
So when we talk about Egypt, our Quran, the miraculous nature of the Quran, we are seeing that Allah Subhana Allah has revealed the Quran, which is enough in South America. Now where do we get this concept that the Quran is in of itself a vertical, we get this concept from both the Quran and the Hadees. We get this concept from both the Quran and the Hadees. In the Quran. There are many passages that indicate that the Quran is a miracle, but two of them are most explicit and most commonly quoted. The first
What is in Surah Baqarah chapter number two verses 23 to 24 will allow us to have a handle data lays down a challenge. And this challenge is actually laid down in steps throughout the Quran. Allah Subhana Allah first lays out a challenge to produce 10 sutras like it and
later on a lunch rajala these are the challenge to produce, you know, one surah like it. And so this challenge, the finalized form of it is found in Surah Baqarah chapter number two verses 23 to 24, where Allah subhanaw taala states that if you have any doubts about what we have revealed to our servants, they produce a single chapter 19 and call witnesses apart from Allah if you are truthful, if you are unable to do so, and you will never be able to do so then beware of the plier which fuel his people and stones prepared for the disbelievers. Now, this verse gives us the primary
the primary miracle of the Quran, which we call the imitability factor, that the Quran cannot be imitated. This is the primary vertical of the Quran, that it cannot be imitated or washed by hand adalah lay down a challenge to the Quraysh of Makkah, that if you do not believe that this is from the prophets, Lalu Salaam, they produce one chapter like
this is for some for some people, this is the only approach they have towards the miracle of the Quran to produce a chapter like it, and I'm going to explain a bit later why this approach works well with some people, but not with others. It doesn't work with everybody.
The other verse of the Quran, which very clearly states the miraculous nature of the Quran, is in Surah Nisa, verse 82, where Allah subhanaw taala says, Do they not reflect over the Quran, they don't have the Quran from having been from anyone besides Allah, you'd have found any many mistakes or many contradictions. So what these two verses do is they they are challenges with Allah subhanaw taala saying that the Quran is a proof that Islam is the true religion. If you don't believe that, do one of two things, either produce a chapter like it, or find a mistake in it. So this is the challenge laid out in the Quran. And it is from this challenge that we get the concept of a judge
will grant the miraculous nature of the Quran. Now, just to pause a little bit
in the past, whenever we would bring up these verses, most of you remember the days of Medina, Allah, you bring up these verses and just that would be at the end of the discussion. You see, right? This is the miracle of the Quran. Nobody can do it. But now the youngsters they go online to go on Google, they type in mistakes in the Quran. And again, websites listing hundreds, if not 1000s of so called mistakes in the Quran, or contradictions in the Quran. So the
challenge has changed for us as a community, we can't just claim the Quran says this and leave it as that we have to directly tackle the so called claims that are raised on the internet about the mistakes in the Quran. And that's why I'm dedicating the last session inshallah of these four to the actual allegations that we this believe disbelievers bring against the Quran to prove their faults, what you will find is, whenever they claim to be a contradiction or a mistake in the Quran, it is either they are purposely Miss reading something or they are unable to understand the difference between a contradiction and a two verses they complement each other. For example, it is a verse in
the Quran that says there's no compulsion in religion. And another verse in the Quran calling for jihad. These websites stand as a contradiction. Now, anyone who has even the slightest understanding of Islam knows that's not a contradiction. Both verses have the context and the meat place for application. That's not a contradiction. But the fact that they have to come up with such silly arguments against the Quran shows they don't have a foot to stand on and we will cover that inshallah, in the final session. Nonetheless, the Quran itself is claiming to be a vertical and the Quran itself is laying down the challenge to the enemies of Islam.
But this challenge is also found in the Hadees. And this Hadees is really where we get the concept of each other Quran from the Hadees is with the vaca lay agreed upon it is without doubt authentic, ready for Abu huraira regular and who did the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that every single Prophet was given a more Jesus, every single Prophet was given a proof of Prophet of a miracle. That proved without doubt, he's a prophet of God. Right? So we know that every profit was given a proof of profit. Now I'm not going to go through the details of it. There are many, many lectures about this online, but generally, the proof
Prophethood dealt with the expertise of the time. So Musa alayhis salam came to a community that were experts in magic. And he is very good put the magic to shame. And the magician could see that this is not magic. This is anybody call. Isa Ali Hassan came in a time where people excelled in medicine. And so he did that which no medicine could do at that time, it was healing the lepers and those were born blind. And even in some cases, bringing the dead back to life by the permission of Allah. The prophets law you some came to a community had that had only one thing to post about. And that was the eloquence of the speech. Right, the Arabs, specifically the Arabs of Makkah, at the
time, were not a civilization. They were a tribal community. They did not have the sophisticated cultures of the Romans and the Persians. What they did have, what they were the world experts on with language. And so the prophets lie. Some came with a literal vertical, that the experts of language could look at and say that this is not the speech of any man, that even his greatest enemies looked at this and said, it has to be magic. It has to be the jinn. There's no worldly explanation for this. I did they were able to recognize that this is something beyond human abilities. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that verily, I have been given a
revelation that Allah has given to me, so I hope that my followers will be the most or the Day of Judgment. Suppose they are but why do you think he said, I hope my followers will be the most on the Day of Judgment. What does that relate to the topic?
The professionalism said that every prophet given a miracle, my miracle is the Quran. Therefore, I hope my followers will be the most
why what's the link between the Quran being of Morocco and the followers of Prophet Muhammad Salah is having the post
continues beyond the process. Yes, it continues beyond his time. The miracle of Musashi Salaam only the people who were alive at the time got to witness it. Same with the miracle of Isa Salaam, the miracle of the Quran, right? Until today, almost every day, we have somebody who read the Quran, recognize it to be medical and converted to Islam. It's an ongoing medical, it's a miracle that will continue until the end of time, it will cause billions of people to convert to Islam. And think about it the Prophet Muhammad slowly, some came 1400 years ago to a small tribal community in Makkah.
And today, a quarter of the world believe against it, he is the Prophet of Allah. And the Quran is the Messenger of Allah in 1400 years, Islam is on track, to be the world's largest religion within the next 30 years in Sharia law, is why this is one of the factors one, that we have a clear evidence. Now one of the arguments that the atheists like to make against religion is that every religion claims to be true, what is your proof, and the only religion that they actually ever gives a response?
as Muslims, we don't want to ever disappoint you see, we have a proof we have the Quran. I personally know dozens of people who used to be atheists, but they converted to Islam, because of the Quran.
So Allah has given us a miracle. Now, it's not enough just to say the Quran is a miracle, we have to be able to present this and articulate this to the society today. And I think this is an area where many of us
we fail as a community in both teaching the younger generation and educating the non Muslims around us about how the Quran is evolving. So inshallah, the purpose of this four part study is to cover three things. Number one,
to help us understand how the Quran is a miracle. We all believe the Quran is a miracle. How, if somebody tells you explain to me why is it good or unAmerican? How do you articulate that? How do you explain that? That is the primary purpose of this conversation. Number two, to build our own conviction our own again, in the miraculous nature of the Quran. We say the Quran is a miracle. How many of us are convinced about that? How many of us have yaqeen in our hearts that without doubt, the Quran is a miracle. The Quran is proof that Islam is true. How many of us have conviction that inshallah there's any doubt in our heart, this conversation will clear up those doubts, because
we're going to go through many different ways in which the Quran is a miracle. And then finally, how do we present this to others? How do we use this information in our Dao? So three steps, inshallah three goals of this study number one, to understand how the Quran is a miracle. Number two, to build conviction in the miraculous
nature of the Quran And number three, to be able to use this in our doubt. And the Quran really is the best our tool. I mean, over the years I've studied Dawa with all of the experts around the world. We've studied every approach from comparative religion, to
you know what, what in techniques of debating, by the end of the day is only two methods of Dawa, that I found most effective. Number one was appealing to the fitrah. And that's what my last room occupy was about. And the other was presenting the Quran to people, and especially these two together, because when we look at the miraculous nature of the Quran, one of the medicals we're going to look at is how the Quran agrees with the fitrah, it agrees with what's already naturally within the heart of human beings. So inshallah This is our goals. And we are going to split this over four topics. Topic number one, we're already halfway through it, which is the introduction,
number two, the various aspects of the vertical. Now we're going to start this topic today, right, the various aspects of the vertical, I will give you a brief overview of that today. And then in two weeks time, we'll do a detailed discussion on it. Number three, this is a unique approach. I actually don't know anyone who's done this in an English seminar yet, but something I want you to do. And that is to just take one surah and extract as many miracles as possible from one surah. So anyone have any idea what's you know, you want to cover? I'm thinking to yourself, but I think if you choose any tool, we can extract at least 100 verticals, right? But should I use the one that's
come to my heart, everybody would agree with that or anything else? Right, so inshallah, perhaps session three, we will look at surah Yusuf. Or, again, I'm going to still reflect on a bit more maybe the other student that came to mind besides should I use
would be to take something really small, like Surah alcocer, and just extract like 70 miracles from a three verse Shura of Surah Fatiha right. But I think she will use an example because almost every type of miracle of the Quran can be found with a sutra, so perhaps you will stick to that inshallah for that session. Nonetheless, that's just that's going to be something new. That's something that I haven't seen that in the English language yet. There's actually a lot of Arabic books out there, where they take a surah and they discuss the various modules as contests hoorah, but haven't seen it done in English yet. And the final session, inshallah will be a response to the critics. So every
week, you get some youngster emailing me or sending me a message in a state of panic, that the Google online and I found the list of 1000 mistakes in the Quran, and the man is finished in the mind of the oma is finished and his religion is finished, and have to counsel them and explain this to them. So inshallah, once this is recorded, I can just keep them to the standard, right? Instead of having the same conversation every week. There are many people out there who have criticized the miraculous nature of the Quran, from Christians, to atheists, to ex Muslims. Instead of ignoring them, let's meet the challenge head on, and adjust what you say and show why they have nothing to
stand up for. So inshallah these are the topics we're going to cover. And that's why we are splitting this over four weeks.
Before I move on, are there any questions?
the next slide,
problems in our current approach.
So, I'm going to discuss three problems with how we currently discuss the topic of the miraculous nature of the Quran. Three problems number one,
is we focus only on the fact that the Quran is inimitable. Now I'm not saying the Quran is not inimitable it is that is one of its watches as one of his medicals, that nobody can imitate it. But we focus only on that, and we focused on that to an audience who can't appreciate that. What do what do I mean,
when we say the Quran, cannot be imitated that you cannot produce one surah like it. When you present that to an Arab who is an expert in Arabic poetry, it means something. It's a challenge they can take on they can see for themselves, and they can see, you know why it's vertical. But when we present that to the average person today who only speaks English, they ask Why, what's the big deal?
Because they only looking at the English translation. And the English translation is not inimitable. It's a human effort in understanding the Quran. So they can't see what what we tried to explain. So we're not saying the Quran is not in imitable we sing that is one of its miracles. But that's not the only medical that's not the only aspect that we must approach this from. That's for some people, for other people that it was that the Quran does not contradict science at all.
Therefore the Quran is definitely from the creator and therefore the Quran is a miracle.
what's wrong with this approach? Before I explained for my sake, can anyone? Does anyone else have a problem with the scientific medical approach? Raise your hands.
Sometimes your surgeon is not proven to be not correct. Yes, it can turn out to be not correct. Very true. Anybody you have been convinced by the scientifical scientific medical approach, like that was your conviction in the Quran that he agrees with science is
inspired, but it's never been the basis of faith for someone, right? Okay. The main problem with the scientific medical approach is that it puts science as the
overall deciding factor in what's writing all. Like it reads science as if science is infallible.
So what science is has to be true, and the Quran has to agree with that otherwise, the Quran, Allah. The problem with this entire approach is that science is a human effort to understand the world around us. And like all human efforts, it's constantly evolving, something we believe to be a scientific fact 20 years ago, many of those scientific facts have been proven untrue today. So 20 years ago, someone says that science is this and the Quran says the same thing. Therefore the Quran is true. And then 20 years later, the scientific fact is proven wrong. What happens to the amount of people who was built entirely upon the science, their science bases? The problem here is not to the
Quran, which will us which will ask elevating science to a level that is not supposed to be at that science is not a infallible way of deciding truth and falsity.
Science is simply human way of understanding this world. Right? And science can be wrong. Science over the years has proven to be very, very wrong. It's what we understand at this point in time. You know, we could be, we could have an understanding of the world today that could be proven completely wrong tomorrow. And the other problem with the scientific medical approach is that people became so obsessed with it, that they began to miss translate the brand to match science. So there's so many verses in the Quran that have absolutely nothing to do with science. And then people begin to impose scientific meanings on it to show that it matches with science. So I'm not going to go into the
scientific medical approach. I don't believe that's the correct approach. Rather, what we can say is that the Quran describes nature in a way that only the creator can describe it. That doesn't make more sense, right? In the Quran, his description of nature, is in a way that only the creator can describe it, not in the way that the Arabs wanted 1400 years ago would have understood it, that is a miracle. But to say that it definitely agrees with every aspect of science opens the doors to many, many problems, especially in deciding which science we accept in which science we do not. Because if we say it agrees with every aspect of science, what then do we do with Darwin's theory, which is one
of the most accepted aspects of science which clearly, clearly contradicts the Quran. But that's a discussion for another day. But Therefore, I believe that the scientific miracle is a wrong approach to the Quran. It's not a scientific medical, it's a medical form a dozen different aspects. And science is not needed to prove it. Anything is empirical. In fact, the whole definition of America is that you can't scientifically explain it. That's, that's what America is. You can't scientifically explain something to somebody. So it doesn't need to agree with science. The third problem with our approach
is that we assume that the knowledge is obvious and not in need of explanation. Now this problem comes primarily in how we teach the subject to our children.
How many Islamic schools Mr. dresses have a subject about the miraculous nature of the Quran, or even a topic.
We just how the children it's a miracle must believe it's a miracle and we leave it as that.
Right? Or maybe worse than that, we'll just give them the science approach and nothing else. I will say it's a miracle because it has the big bang theory in it. Meanwhile, not even all scientists believe in the Big Bang Theory. It's still an unproven theory, right? But
we just assume that it's so obvious, we don't need to explain it. This is a problem. We have to explain it.
So three problems. Number one, we only focus on one part of it. Number two, we present it from the perspective of science which
To move beyond this, we need to adopt a more holistic approach. My approach to the scientific miracles also into the miraculous nature of the Quran is the approach that Muslims have been using for 1300 years before this new approach came about the approach you will find in all the old books of web series. And the other approach is that there's not just one record, there are dozens of articles in dozens of articles, or maybe hundreds, maybe 1000s. that each person who engages with the Quran will find something different about in miraculous, some people will find it totally miraculous. Some people will find its content for accuracy, some people will find the impact it has
on the heart miraculous, but there are so many different approaches, that it's not enough to just study one, we have to study as many as possible.
when you explain this topic to somebody,
what you want to do, and we will cover this also, when we study proofs of profit, is that you want to set the scene.
If you tell someone that the Quran is empirical, the first reaction is, but it's just a book, How can a book be overcome. So you have to set the scene. Now as the author,
I can tell you that writing a perfect book is impossible.
You can edit the book five times, you will still be in it.
Even the best books have to be peer reviewed, you have to go to second editions have to go to third editions, and it's still not perfect.
The Quran, there has never been a second edition. There's never been a revised manuscript. There's never been a spelling error found in it. It was perfect from the very first moment. And therefore, the first thing that you have to let people know when setting the scene is to remind them just how hard it is to write a flawless book. It's not just hard, it's practically impossible. Now put that in the context of when the Quran was revealed. Put that in the context of when the Quran was revealed. It was revealed at the time when the Arabs were not an advanced civilization they became an advanced civilization because of Islam. We'll discuss that inshallah another day. But at that
time, you will not in advanced civilization. Give me a tribal society that will almost the Persians look down upon, but they expel also they excelled in speech and poetry. They excelled in the power of the word.
They were the world's best at describing things in the language of being able to, you know, explain any topic in a poetic manner that will be untouchable.
Now, despite being the world's experts of poetry, and despite being the best in the world at that, when the option came to them to provide one surah like the Quran, they chose a war instead of producing one surah like the Quran.
So the question you have to ask people is, if it was possible, to produce one surah like the Quran? Why did the Arabs choose to fight their own people to boycott their own people to expel their own people to go to war against their own people to lose lives, when they could have just produced one three verse to rot like the Quran instead? What possessed them to go to war.
The only thing that would have possessed them to go to war is the fact that they knew it was impossible to produce something like that.
Right? That's where the imitability
wedeco comes in.
Point number four when setting the scene is that the prophets relies on himself was not an expert right now again, put this back into what we said about books having mistakes. The best of authors in the world today would have written at least 10 or 20 books before becoming the best in the world. And even after becoming the best in the world, the book still needs the editor, it still need peer reviewing, it still needs multiple revisions before that book is at its best. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Allah chose him because he could not read and write. Why so nobody can accuse him of being an expert water. Nobody is excusing or being an expert in this field. Right? He came with
the only book in human history that is flawless, that is without mistakes, without contradictions, that is in the best possible language. And he did this without the editor without a teacher without any experience in writing books, without any experience in poetry, without any revisions without any peer reviews, nothing. That's not humanly possible. It clearly wasn't from him.
the current impact on this world
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primary challenge being flawed, right produce one sooner like if I find a mistake in it had that argument being being a flawed right there in the first generation Abuja hall or Abu lahab, or se llama or someone like that would have pulled out mistakes from the Quran, do they produce a chapter like the Quran, you will have ended Islam.
The fact that not only the unable to do that, but within 100 years, the Arabs went from a primitive tribal society to a world superpower completely destroyed. The Persian Empire crippled the Roman Empire became the most powerful nation on Earth for the next 1000 years. All built upon the ground.
How would that happen with something that's that that's, that's a floorboard? Like how would they have How would it have inspired generations upon generations of people to become the greatest nation on Earth, if it was easy to find a mistake in it.
And the final point you need to bring up to people before explain to them the miraculous nature of the Quran is that it is a timeless miracle, and can be experienced by anyone with any error. So we might not be able to experience how the Arabic is a political, because we don't appreciate Arabic. Even if we understand that, you know, who I has, is me, we can appreciate the rhetoric of the Quran. That's another level. Right? Maybe you might not appreciate the impact in how the Arabs of that time. Because we now see the earth as they are today, not as they were at that time. But we can appreciate other aspects,
we can appreciate the impact it has on our hearts, we can appreciate the fact that there are millions of people around the corner and around the world who have memorized the entire Quran, we can appreciate the fact that the Quran has been preserved exactly as it was revealed. And that brings me to my approach to a Jojo Quran, which we will do a brief discussion on now and a detailed discussion on in our next session. And that is a comprehensive, multi dimensional approach to digital Quran.
That the miraculous nature of the Quran is not limited to just one or two things. It's not just the fact that it's immutable, but so much more. So I have divided the miraculous nature of the Quran into five broad categories, and each of these five categories into two or three smaller categories. Right, so let's take a look at some of these. Just to give you a preview of of how miraculous the Quran is. And this is why, you know, when we focus only on the miraculous or the scientific angle, we we miss out on so much about the beauty of the Quran.
So linguistically, that's the immutability factor, and you cannot produce a single chapter like it. Now this has been explored in details in almost every book of tafsir. If you have to open the Arabic books of tafsir, they explain for the verse of the Quran, how the kurama is a vertical, the choice of words, the poetry, the eloquence, the metaphors, the variant readings, all of these are verticals.
Now what we'll do next week is I'll give some examples of this. So for example,
if you analyze the rhyming ensued about the fact that Intel's coherent story after coherent story, with the rhyming, never, ever stopping, the rhyming is perfect. Like it has perfect rhyming, it has perfect stories, it has consistent message throughout, and it has a powerful impact on the heart. All of these things can be found throughout what you write. And it's a perfect example of the kurama the choice of words, and the poetry all in one shoe, a shoe arrives another good example the shoe, man is another good example of that. Now there's one aspect of the language art that we tend to leave out and for me, this is one of the biggest miracles of the Quran. And we tend to leave it out
because we find it controversial, but in reality is not controversial is part of the miracle of the Quran. And that's the fact that the Quran has been revealed in 10 different ways
that the attend variants of the Quran 10 different ways of reciting the Quran. A lot of people leave this out because they think it's controversial. They think it's different editions of the Quran, they think it might weaken the argument. In reality, this is the strongest argument to me that the Quran so Allah,
I want you to think about this, like we have 10 readings of the Quran.
There's not a single contradiction between two and 10 readings.
Right? We said that it's not humanly possible to write a book without mistakes. Now imagine the prophets lawyers, who is not a poet, not a skilled author or not.
man known for publishing books, living through wars, living through tragedies, living through trauma, living through exile. And he comes to the book in 10 different versions, all of which give, all of which give additional information, but never contradictory information.
Where's this coming from? This is coming from Allah. This is not something any human can do no human in history as evidence. No human history have ever produced a work at the exact same time in 10 different ways of reciting it with this alternative meanings, but there's no contradictions. And for those who don't understand what a period recite, recitation is, for example, we have a molecule Medina and molecule within the Quran was revealed in both ways it's a fatty, right molecule, we didn't master the Day of Judgment, molecule meaning of the Day of Judgment. Is there a contradiction there? No. Now would it be more eloquent for the worst of the molecule meaning one molecule meeting
to have a repetition it? No, there wouldn't be a additional eloquence for repetition. But there is the additional eloquence for having it in two different forms. In some parts of the world is recycled in one way other parts of the world is recycled the other way. But both meanings are correct, both meanings are true. And both meanings complement each other. And this is found throughout the Quran for many, many verses. So this adds a layer to the miraculous nature of the Quran. This adds a very powerful layer to the miraculous nature of the Quran.
Is it the type of people
that's a whole nother science? The truth is the various readings The truth is that there are so many different opinions on it, there is no consensus, a consensus of where it comes from. The only consensus we have is that all chain recitations heavy chain of the readers going back to the prophet SAW us. But whether those differences come from the dialects or whether they come from something else, there's like 20 or 30 different opinions on
my view is that all 10 are from within the Qureshi dialect. But the idea to provide alternative meanings and alternative forms of of political eloquence, right, so the idea to strengthen the miracle of the Quran in that way.
But I don't think they found alternative dialects because Maliki amalickiah are both the same dialect. They both Qureshi Arabic, once the Croatian word for master designation, one for King, so there's no dialect difference there. Example of a dialect difference that is found in the variant readings is like, what do you have, and what do
I do is a true recitation of the same verse. Both are correct. Both are found within the 10 recitations, they don't change the meaning at all. It's just two different eloquent ways of reciting the same surah.
And they're both powerful.
Simply call Pakistan into Pakistan. abandonment, or Meanwhile, we have the one specific reading perhaps.
it's to do with the printing press. it's to do with the printing press. When they first started printing brands, they printed it in that one recitation, and that became a standard.
before printing was invented, different countries or neighborhoods had different recitations, each being taught by the teachers were taught by their teachers, and every community had their own their own variant readings of the Quran, which were preserved. But what happened was when the Ottoman Empire started printing neurons, they chose the huffs recitation for the print to be the standardized print format. And that became printed and distributed globally. And that became the global norm. In most countries, there are still some countries which have other ones. And then after that, the other readings were preserved more amongst experts. So today, you have experts who is part
of the medical, they don't just memorize the Quran, they memorize all 10 periods of time, we still have 1000s of people that like that all over the world. So that's how the others have been preserved. But had we lived about 500 years ago. Derrida recitation that we know today to be most popular was not one.
That only happened because the Ottomans chose it for the print edition.
Okay, let's finish off we have about 10 minutes left and we have a lot to go through.
The history of the Quran is also part of its America in two ways. Number one, the preservation of the Quran and the preservation of the Quran is a miracle because no other religious scripture in history has been preserved the way the Quran has been preserved. Right? We know as a fact, the Old Testament the New Testament have been through various rewritings and editing and even the oldest additions go back like 300 years before after the time of Esau de sola. Right though
Too many versions before have been lost. The Quran has not just been preserved from the time of the Prophet slicin motto now, but he has been preserved in all 10 ways the reciting would perfect that you read in all 14, I mean all, in all 10 of you, it has been preserved with perfect that read, we didn't just preserve the words, we preserved how to recite every single letter in each and every different manner.
This level of preservation does not exist anywhere else. Furthermore, the meaning of the Quran has been preserved through the Hadees. And through the explanations of the Sahaba then not only do we preserve the Quran, but we can say this verse of the Quran, the prophets why some explain it like that. And we can give a full chain of narrators from ourselves to the prophets law use Allah for that explanation. Right, so we haven't just preserved the Quran, we preserve the meaning of the Quran as well explanation of the Quran as well. Another aspect of his medical related to history is the reaction of the Arabs and already explained this one that they could have chosen to produce a
sutra like it. Instead, they chose to go to war. They either chose to go to war, or they converted to Islam, or they chose to go to war. And then later on, they converted to Islam. Right. But none of them said that, you know, let's meet meet this challenge. I mean, they had experts amongst the people like Walid even more, you know, we're experts, they were the ones who if you if anyone could meet the challenge of the Quran, he would have been there, but was even boveda who didn't die as a Muslim he died as indisputable. When he listened to the Quran. He said, this is not the word of any human being.
He said there's no way human career producers, and they forced him to come up with an explanation. And he had to come up with an explanation to justify his cover. So his explanation was, it's magic.
that argument won't hold today. Right? If someone says is not the word of human being is magic, that that's up in the hole today. It is not the word of human being What is it? It's claiming to be from quality, it must be from God. And he explained that when we come to the next part, which is the message of the Quran, the message of the Quran is itself in vertical. And this is the part of the miracle that we can convey to non Muslims today. Right, they may not be able to appreciate the grammar, or the poetry or the eloquence of the Quran. But anyone who is sincerely seeking the truth, can appreciate the message of the Quran. Number one, the fitrah. And I spoke about this in the past
Juma football, where I said that one of the primary proofs of Islam is the fitrah that in the heart of every human being is a natural set of beliefs.
And the power of the Quran is that it agrees with what is within the fitrah.
So any human being who pushes aside the brainwashing of of the society. So for example, today's society has brainwashed us into your believing in these in these new sexual norms and all the other immoralities if you put that aside, and you go back to the fitrah, you will find that whatever the fitrah tells you is right there, whatever your inner consciousness told you is right and wrong, is consistent with the message of the Quran is no contradictions to what is ingrained in the human consciousness with the message of the Quran. And this is why I find I find this to be the most important medical to present to people today. That if you want to do Dawa, to people today, get them
in touch with a Petra when someone is in touch with a finger up, and then they recite the Quran, they see how the Quran matches their Phaedra and that is enough to convince them.
And you know, a few years ago I, I studied like 100 biographies of people who recently converted to Islam to find common links between them. And I found the majority, about 60 or 70 of them converted to Islam because Islam match defeater the majority of converts to Islam with people who first did introspection or meditation or the journey of insight, you know, to do to try and figure out you know, what do I really believe I believe there's one god I believe there's a purpose to life, I believe there's an afterlife, I believe God must have sent us a message. You know, I believe alcohol is bad, I believe whatever it was, they came to these beliefs naturally. And
when they looked at the Quran, they found the Quran explained a message that match defeat.
That is part of the miracle of the Quran because there is no other scripture that claims to be divine that matches the fitrah like that. The other aspect of the Quran is message that is a miracle is in its description of tawheed of monotheism.
Now, people may say, but the Jewish and Christian scriptures also present a concept of oneness of God. I would say that the miracle of the Quran is
has the most logical, and the most
clearest description of the oneness of God. Because the Christian concept of oneness of God is very confusing and unclear. Is it three is one or one is three? Or is it three or the one? It's not clear, they call it a mystery. Right? The Jewish understanding of the oneness of God is very anthropomorphic. They describe God like a man.
The Quran is consistent, in that it says there is nothing like it. And it describes God in other worldly terms where you cannot create an image of God in your mind that when you study monotheism, from the Quranic perspective, you do not come up with any image. This is the only religion with is no image of God. We don't have any picture of what Allah looks like, because we know Allah is beyond human understanding, whatever you imagine, cannot be caught. And this is something miraculous about Islam.
It's another reason why many, many people convert to Islam.
Just last year,
elderly atheist lady, she told me the reason she doesn't believe in religions, it because she refuses to worship an old white man.
So I explained to him that in Islam, we don't picture God as a man. And our description of God is completely free from any human attributes. When I told you that, you have a face to adoption, like, Wow, I didn't know there was any religion like that. I'll look into that study that further. But that shows for many people, the reason they became atheist was because he couldn't accept a
man like image of God because it goes against the backdrop. And again, that shows us the miraculous nature of the Quran. It's the only book that provides a truly feature essential understanding of who is alone.
The next aspect of his medical in terms of its message is that it is coherent, he is no contradiction in the Quran. no contradiction. Now in terms of its facts, not in terms of its commands, not in terms of its beliefs, there are no contradictions in the Quran and any so called contradictions that are raised by the islamophobes are very, very easy to refute. And we will cover that in a later session. We running out of time very quickly the last few parts of all this, we are going to study the slightly more details next time in sha Allah.
The information of the Quran is also critical to the Quran, even in its historical accuracy is miraculous. by the famous example, Nick is installed our use of so we will come to administering stuff inshallah. But there's an example there of a mistake in the Bible that's not in the Quran, about historical accuracy about the people at the time of use of it. So the prophecies of the Quran are American.
The best example being, when Allah Subhana, Allah revealed the opening verses of surah rule,
which states that the Romans had been defeated by the Persians, and after a few years, the Romans will be victorious. And on that same day, the Muslims will also be victorious. And that was revealed at a time when the Persians were crushing the Roman Empire, it looked like the Roman Empire was about to end. But nine years later, the Romans thoroughly defeated the Persians in the exact same year when the Muslims won the battle.
So that was the prophecy that came through perfectly, and there are many others in the Quran and the Chinese.
For me, one of the biggest aspects of the miracle of the Quran that we do not discuss now is the phenomenon of leprosy.
Is there any other book on earth that can be explained with the level of depth as the Quran? Well, you can take once you I mean, someone just lent me this book. Now. This is a subset of Surah Fatiha.
Right, this is a tough scene of literally the first seven verses of the Quran.
And this is just one person's understanding of it. I've seen a bigger observer here, right? I've seen a bigger tafsir savatya than that. And I guarantee you almost any surah in the Quran, there are 1000s of pages of tafsir written about it 1000s of pages. And people continue to discover more and more depth to its meaning even 1400 years later, mute of seals are being written today. Because the meanings of the Quran doesn't end. And this is where the infinite speech of Allah comes in. Last month, Allah says that, you know, if all of the trees were, were painted all the oceans with ink, you will never end writing the word of Allah. Allah just revealed to us a fraction of that word, the
Quran. But these meanings are so deep, that tafsir never ends, and obscene will never end I believe the obscene will never end. And we don't appreciate the FSI. We just treat it as an academic subject. We don't realize the fact that the obscene exists is itself America
is the Tafseer of the Bible is a subset of the Old Testament on this level, there might be but not to the level that we have for the Quran, not to the level of depth that we have for the Quran that we
have like 10 different methodologies of Tafseer. In each of them there have been hundreds of books written 1000s of pages written for each surah. This itself in vertical. And the final vertical of the Quran is its impact on society, on an individual level on a societal level, and even the hymns of the Quran is a miracle that we take for granted. Is the any other book or the budget a child can memorize cover to cover the language they don't understand?
How is that even humanly possible? Try try memorizing any book in a language that you don't understand. It's not humanly possible. Yet we have seven year old children who can recite the entire Quran from memory will propagate the dream without making any mistakes. And some of those children by the age of 20 can recite in all 10 recitations with no mistakes. And how is that even humanly possible? That is itself a modular vertical of the Quran. And the final miracle to end is its impact on our own hearts, that the Quran has the power to transform. Historically, we've seen this with the example of Omar Abdullah who, just reciting one page of Surah Taha turn turn him from a man who
wanted to murder the prophets loggia saddam into one of the greatest human beings to ever love. And we seem it in the modern world as well. I mean, just look at Cat Stevens, one of the leading singers of the West read through our use of and becomes such a great Muslim man. Now have you seen this with 1000s of people in our own time, people who are gangsters, people who are gang leaders, people who are caught up in the worst of sins, they recite the Quran, and the transformation is radical, it's immediate, it's lifelong. There's nothing else that has an impact of the human heart the way the Quran has, and that is part of its medical. The Quran describes this miracle as the Quran being
water that falls upon the soil, and some of that soil is fertile and some of the soil is not having the soil is fertile, the grass grows green, that's the impact of the Quran on the hearts of those who are sincere. So with that, we come to the end of part one inshallah, next time, which will probably be in two weeks time, we will discuss each of these in details, we are looking at an example of each of these an example of the grandma miracle, the poetry monocle perience, it matches with the fitrah, the tafsir
the impact on society, I will try to provide examples from the Quran of each of these. So inshallah we'll reach a level of yaqeen that the Quran is a miracle, and it is definitely from Allah, and therefore Islam is definitely the true religion. So with that, we come to an end of today's presentation, any questions?
meaning of fitrah means natural beliefs, or control your natural consciousness. So the definition of fitrah according to even taymiyah Ramallah is that Allah has put into the human heart, certain things that he already believes by nature, right? Like, why do humans believe that murder is evil?
Even a child whose mother is evil, where does that come from? That's the fitrah. Why does the child know that there's something called injustice, they give you give one child the sweet and don't give another babies, even a small baby. If you give one baby sweet and you don't give it to the other, they feel that injustice has been done. So where does the concept of justice and injustice come from? Even taymiyah are explained as being part of the things that we have ingrained in our hearts, these natural understandings of right and wrong, and that the head is really prophesized and was asked, How do I know if something is evil? He said, If you feel bad about it in your heart, so
again, that's talking about the fitrah. So when we say that the Quran matches the fitrah, within whatever the human heart naturally believes, is what the Quran teaches. Like one God, I get something as part of the Patreon. They believe that life has a purpose. They believe that God must have sent some kind of revelation about what to do with our lives. They believe that murder is equal to believe that justice is important to believe that Mercy is important. All of this is part of the fixed route, it's already there. And the Quran builds upon it. It shows us how to serve example. Our feature tells us You must be just the Quran teaches us how to be just our fitrah tells us that we
supposed to have a sense of modesty. Higher Higher is part of our fitrah how do you how do you be modest, that's what the Quran teaches us lowering the gaze wearing the hijab. That's not part of the picture. That's the Quran teaching us how to live with the vitriol how to maintain that high up, it's already in our nature. So that's what we mean when we say the message of the Quran matches the fitrah and builds upon it.
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Yeah, I get what you're saying that that that is a problem in our community
that we have those who say if you read the Quran understanding, you'll be misguided or, you know, you misinterpreted, that's more the point of view is more that you that you the reader will misinterpret the Quran.
I, my approach to that topic is that there are different levels of reading the Quran, right? that anyone can read the Quran with a sincere open mind and open heart and experience all of this. Anyone Muslim or non Muslim with a sincere open heart and open mind reads the Quran will experience the transformative effect on the hearts the matching the fitrah the coherence of the message, the power of the message, anyone can experience that. But it's also for the reader to know his or her limits, right? So the limits is only two things, the
details of a key dynamic, that's it. That's where you may step back and say okay, let me ask the woman to explain this to me.
Now, if somebody knows that then there's no problem with them, reciting it to reading or reading a translation of the Quran, the fear comes that people are going to wake up their own fake formula.
That's where the fear comes in. And that's understandable view. But you don't fight that fear by saying nobody read the Quran.
That defeats the entire purpose of the Quran, which is for people to experience the miracle of the Quran, and to engage Allah subhanho wa Taala and to hear the message of Oman themselves. Rather, what would be a more
balanced approach is to teach people to read the Quran, teach people to reflect to the Quran, teach people to understand the Quran, but also teach people that fear is a complicated science. So any verse of the Quran dealing with law just check with Allah what it means instead of instead of trying to derive our own meaning for those type of verses, and inshallah we'll discuss that more when we do the
lessons on how to approach the Quran which is also now topics.
Any other questions?
inshallah So, with that we come to a conclusion and
next week or the week after inshallah we will go into more details about this and discuss each of these different dimensions in more details.
Before I close off, does everyone ever find this beneficial
with any of this new information or is this all stuff you've heard before?
This approaches inshallah hopefully more comprehensive. One of my goals I hope is that we are able to take this information and not just provide non Muslims but our children as well. I engage with your children and your nephews and your nieces and the children, your communities on this aspect of the miraculous nature of the Quran and present this information to them and help them inshallah to attain levels of yuckiness. Well, we always want to help us and may He guide us and make us from the people of the Quran. Subhan Allah is merciful masala Mussolini I mean, Salaam Alaikum.