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The Holy Quran, the Eternal Miracle

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This article divided into six parts as follow:

Part 1: How the Quran views itself a Miracle?

Part 2: The Quran in terms of its’ eloquence and fluency

Part 3: Understanding the miracle of Quran (from the aspect of eloquence and fluency)

Part 4Other aspects of the miraculous character of the Holy Quran (Part 1)

Part 5: Other aspects of the miraculous character of the Holy Quran  (Part 2)

Part 6: The final word & Deduction

Has the time of miracles ended? Will we no longer witness any miracles? Considering the fact that the miracles of the previous prophets were specifically designed for a certain time and place, must we then for the sake of our own faith refer back to the historical accounts on miracles to become a believer?

In quest for finding answers to these questions, we come across the holy book of Islam.  The Holy Quran is the only book that clearly and firmly claims to be a living miracle for all humans of any race, in any place, and with any ethnicity they hold.

How the Quran views itself a Miracle?

As we already know, a miracle is an extraordinary act that can not be performed by just any person.  One whom claims to be a prophet will then prove his status by presenting a miracle. 

The message miracles tend to get across to humanity is that since human capacities fail to create miracles, then surely the miracles must be planned and ordered by a power exceeding above human powers: the power of the creator of this world.

 In other words, by giving the power of miracles to the prophets, His chosen people, Allah (SWT) has confirmed His direct connection with the prophets. 

Similarly, to prove that it surely is a miracle from Allah, the Holy Quran challenges the people that doubt the divinity of this book to bring a book similar to the Holy Quran.  It then clearly alleges that if all the people unite to bring a complete book like that of the Quran, they will not succeed.  To make its point more clear and to further prove the incapability of man in bringing a book like the Quran, the Quran this time challenges the people to then bring only ten chapters like the chapters of the Quran.  And just as the answer is obvious to the Quran, it claims that indeed man cannot do such, “Or, do they say: He has forged it. Say: Then bring ten forged chapters like it and call upon whom you can besides Allah, if you are truthful; But if they do not answer you, then know that it is revealed by Allah’s knowledge” (Quran 11:13-14).  And finally to show the extremity of their weakness, it agrees to continue this challenges with only one chapter, “And if you are in doubt as to that which We have revealed to Our servant, then produce a chapter like it and call on your witnesses besides Allah if you are truthful” (Quran 2:23).  And again the Quran alleges that they can not do such, “But if you do (it) not and never shall you do (it), then be on your guard against the fire of which men and stones are the fuel; it is prepared for the unbelievers” (Quran 2:24).

It is interesting to know what aspect the Quran used for this challenge.  Islamic scholars believe that the entire Quran offers many different miracles. 

However, when the Quran challenges based on each one of its chapters it focuses on the eloquence and fluency of the verses.

Source: roshd.org

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Ethical Teachings of the Quran (Part 1)

Ethical Teachings of the Qur’an (Part 2)

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