Sunday, 9 March 2014
Posted by Sophisticated Purity at 17:43
The inability of any person to produce anything like the Qur’an, due to its unique literary form, is the essence of the Qur’anic miracle. A miracle is defined as “events which lie outside the productive capacity of nature”. The argument posed by Muslim Theologians and Philosophers is that if, with the finite set of Arabic linguistic tools at humanity’s disposal, there is no effective challenge; then providing a naturalistic explanation for the Qur’an’s uniqueness is incoherent and doesn’t explain its inimitability. This is because the natural capacity of the text producer, or author, is able to produce the known literary forms in the Arabic language. The development of an entirely unique literary form is beyond the scope of the productive nature any author, hence a supernatural entity, God, is the only sufficient comprehensive explanation.
 Qur’an Chapter 96 Verse 1. This verse is known to have been the first revelation, there is a consensus amongst the scholars on this issue.
 Please see Martin Lings. Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources. 1987. Inner Traditions; for a detailed account on the life of the Prophet Muhammad and details of the first revelation.
 The Qur’an is undoubtedly the most influential book in Arabic literature. Non-Muslim and Muslim Scholars do not contend that the Qur’an is an authority in Arabic literature and has had an unparalleled influence. For example Chicago University Wadad Kadi and Mustansir Mir, Professor of Islamic studies at Youngstown State University state that:
“Although Arabic, as a language and a literary tradition, was quite well developed by the time of Muhammad’s prophetic activity, it was only after the emergence of Islam, with its founding scripture in Arabic, that the language reached its utmost capacity of expression, and the literature its highest point of complexity and sophistication. Indeed, it probably is no exaggeration to say that the Qur’an was one of the most conspicuous forces in the making of classical and post-classical Arabic literature.” Wadad Kadi and Mustansir Mir, Literature and the Qur’an, Encyclopedia of the Qur’an, vol. 3, pp. 213, 216. Please also see Muhammed Abdel Haleem. 1999. Understanding the Qur’an: Themes & Styles. I. B.Tauris Publishers, p. 1 –4
 Understanding the Qur’an: Themes & Styles, p. 1
 See Hussein Abdul-Raof. Qur’anic Stylistics: A Linguistic Analysis. Lincolm Europa. 2004; The Qur’an: An Encyclopeadia. Edited by Oliver Leaman. “Qur’anic Style”. Routledge; and Hamza Andreas Tzortzis, Three Lines that Changed the World: The Inimitability of the Surah al-Kawtar (available from www.theinimitablequran.com) for a detailed analysis.
Posted by Sophisticated Purity at 17:36