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Exalted Prophet Muhammad - Highlights - 2
By:Dr Shabbir, Florida
Date: Monday, 19 November 2018, 5:44 pm
In Response To: Exalted Prophet Muhammad - Highlights - 1 (Dr Shabbir, Florida)

WHEN MUHAMMAD (S) IS COMMISSIONED, 4/16/610:

It can be stated without exaggeration that April 16th, 610 CE was the most significant day in all human history. He was still under 40 on that epoch making day of 25th Ramadhan, April 16th, 610 CE. On this day, the unseen Angel Gabriel came to the Prophet with the first Message from Allah. As soon as he shared his experience with his noble wife, Khadijah, she immediately accepted the Revelation. She said from her heart, "You are loyal to your family, truthful and trustworthy. You always help the poor and needy, take care of the widows and orphans, are hospitable to your guest and comfort the grieved. Allah will never let you be unsuccessful."

THE QUR’AN:

It is worth noting here that, contrary to popular reports, the Qur’an was revealed to the exalted Prophet in the exact order as we see it today. The entire Book was, so to speak, down-loaded on his heart but came to his tongue and was conveyed to people in stages over a period of 22 plus years. It was written down by honored scribes on well-scored parchment complete with vowels and punctuation. All reports that a particular Surah (Chapter) or verse was revealed as demanded by a certain situation (Shaan-e-Nuzool) are totally false. All claims that the Book was arranged in the currently available order by the Prophet (S) are unsupported by the internal evidence. It was revealed in the arranged form by Allah. That is why a discerning mind can notice a perfect sequence not only between verses but also in the Surahs. Similar is the situation with conspiracies that the Qur’an was initially written on stones, waste leather, bones, tree-barks and leaves, and that it was compiled by the third Caliph, Hazrat Uthman. The Qur’an was indeed very much present, written on parchment and in book form right in the lifetime of the exalted Prophet. The Qur’an states, "Zaalik-al-Kitaab" (This is the Book), in the very beginning.

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WHY IS QUR'AN THE WORD OF GOD?

2:174 Those who conceal the Book of God, and barter it away for a trifling gain, they eat into their bellies nothing but fire. God will not even address them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He make their own ‘self’ grow. Theirs will be an awful suffering.
[Those who conceal the Book = The ones who start making their own lists of the lawful and unlawful, and thus, usurp the Divine Right of law-making. Also note that this verse clearly mentions the ongoing growth and evolution of the ‘self’ in the Hereafter. Tazkiah from Zaku = Growth = Purity from vice = Development of the ‘self’ = Self-actualization]

2:175 It is those who take error in exchange for guidance, and torment in exchange for the protection of forgiveness. How steadfast are they in their pursuit of the fire!

2:176 This is so, because God has revealed the Book in absolute truth. And those who seek disputes in the Book, are in open schism and vehemently oppose each other.

[4:82, 25:30. Shaqq and derivatives = To split = Fall apart = Schism = Fall into disputes = Opposition = Oppose one another = Splitting of personality = Break apart the unity = Enmity]

4:82 Will they not then, try to understand this Qur’an? If it were from other than God they would have found in it much contradiction and inconsistencies.

The Book has more than 6000 verses on extremely diverse subjects such as history, commands, laws, science, the future, personalities, humanity, the universe, psychology, animate and inanimate objects, bad and good societies, good and evil, human behavior, pragmatism (do this and this will happen - always), oceans and land, planets, rocks, trees, origin of life, evolution, water-cycle, animals, guidance, the permanent laws of rise and fall of nations, life and death, the Hereafter, the law of recompense, success vs failure, and much more. Yet, we find not a single error or contradiction in the Qur'an as it claims. I tried very hard to find just one error or contradiction but failed. And I read the Book closely at least 25 times.
Those who know the Quranic Arabic, marvel at the Book for its style, eloquence, choice of words, the beautiful rhythm and the noble guidance practicable for all times. It is the only text that is neither prose nor poetry, sounds an impossible proposition but true it is.
There is overwhelming internal evidence that the Book cannot be a human effort. No wonder that not a single person in the last 1400 years has been able to take the challenge and bring one little Surah like it.

10:38 Or, do they say, “He has invented it”? Tell them, "Bring one Surah like this and call for help everyone you can besides God, if you are truthful.” [2:23, 11:13. One chapter like this in beauty, eloquence and wisdom - And “besides God” would mean, without copying phrases and sentences from the Qur’an]

The opponents fought 82 battles against Muslims during the exalted Prophet's lifetime and got beaten again and again. The choice was clear. The most eloquent Arabs could have composed one little Surah like this and that would have been the demise of Islam. So, why did they fight those 82 battles?

CAN YOU BRING ANY BOOK THAT COMES A SHADE CLOSE TO THE QUR'AN?

Hadith Literature? Forget it. Even the language miserably pales in comparison. What to talk about the absurdities, errors and contradictions! Anyone can have a taste of Hadith in my book "THE CRIMINALS OF ISLAM" or by studying any of the Sunni SAHAH SITTAH ("The Six Right Ones”) or the Shi'ah "SAHAH ARBA'AH" (The Four Right Ones).

(From "The Qur’an As It Explains Itself" by Shabbir Ahmed, an understanding, not literal translation) 2:2 This Book is the Guidance you asked for! There is absolutely no doubt concerning its authority and authenticity. This Divine Writ, Al-Qur’an, is a Monograph that finds its own way from your mind to your heart. And you will soon notice, as you proceed, that this Scripture leaves no lingering doubts in a sincere, seeking heart. If you remember that this is a Book of Guidance, and hence, consult with it as such, the glittering reality will dawn upon you that this is a Beacon of Light! It is a Guide for all those who wish to journey through life in true honor and security. [Recorded on parchment by honorable scribes appointed by the Messenger - The Almighty Himself guarantees the Truth of this Revelation, its explanation and its preservation. And you will find it free of contradictions. ‘Al-Qur’an’ = The Lecture or Monograph that finds its own way to sincere hearts, becoming ‘Az-Zikr’ = The Reminder. 4:82, 10:37, 15:9, 29:48-49, 32:2, 52:2-3, 75:17-19, 80:13-16]

The "Shaan-e-Nuzool" Conjecture – Was the Qur’an possibly a one-time down-load?
A sinister Dilemma occurred when the commentators of the Qur’an, centuries after its Revelation, tried to connect every verse with a certain historical event, calling the process ‘Shaan-e-Nuzool’ (circumstances of a Revelation.) Here the words and terms of the Qur’an were given tailor-made meanings to fit the supposed story, with total disregard to their original vibrant meanings, concepts and Messages.
This deplorable practice only serves to bind the verses of the Timeless Qur’an to some supposed incidents and chain the Word of God in another set of shackles!
An important Islamic jurist, Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal (780–855 CE /164–241 AH) in those early times saw the chaos and raised a very strong voice against this awful practice, "Three kinds of books are absolutely unfounded: Maghaazi, Malaahem and Tafseer” (the exalted Prophet's battles, his dreams, and expositions of the Qur’an). [Ref: ‘Tazkarah-til-Maudhua’at’ by Ash-Shaikh Muhammad Tahir Al-Makki and ‘Maudhu’aat-e-Kabeer’ by Mulla Ali Qari, Allama Shibli Na'maani in his "Seera-tun-Nabi"]
Inevitably so, this conjecture of Shaan-e-Nuzool was attributed to the exalted Prophet and his noble companions. This led people into believing that this was how they used to understand the Qur’an! Thus the ‘disabled’ Qur’an was, practically, taken out of the picture, giving way to the hearsay written by Imams of Hadith and History. Mankind was robbed of the Supreme Gift of Guidance bestowed upon them by the Creator, and foundations for the Muslim decline were laid down.
It is worth noting here that, contrary to popular reports, the Qur’an was revealed to the exalted Prophet in the exact order as we see it today. The entire Book was, so to speak, down-loaded on his heart but came to his tongue and was conveyed to people in stages over a period of 22 plus years. It was written down by honored scribes on well-scored parchment complete with vowels and punctuation. All reports that a particular Surah (Chapter) or verse was revealed as demanded by a certain situation (Shaan-e-Nuzool) are totally false. All claims that the Book was arranged in the currently available order by the Prophet (S) are unsupported by the internal evidence. It was revealed in the arranged form by Allah. That is why a discerning mind can notice a perfect sequence not only between verses but also in the Surahs. Similar is the situation with conspiracies that the Qur’an was initially written on stones, waste leather, bones, tree-barks and leaves, and that it was compiled by the third Caliph, Hazrat Uthman. The Qur’an was indeed very much present, written on parchment and in book form right in the lifetime of the exalted Prophet. The Qur’an states, "Zaalik-al-Kitaab" (This is the Book), in the very beginning.
2:185 The month of Ramadhan has been chosen for this collective training since this is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed, a Guidance for mankind, clearly explaining the ‘why’ of every Rule. And it is the Criterion of right and wrong. Hence, whoever is present at home during this month should participate in the collective program of ‘Saum’. But if any of you is sick or on a journey, let him practice ‘Saum’ for the same number of days later. God desires for you ease and He desires for you no hardship. The postponement is to enable you to complete the period. The objective of this training is to establish the supremacy of God (on earth) for, He has shown you a well-lighted road for you to show gratitude.
[The entire Qur’an was revealed upon the Prophet’s heart (‘down-loaded’) in Ramadhan of 610 CE in the order as we see today. Thereafter, it was conveyed to people in stages. The concepts therein are not defunct theories and empty hypotheses. It has a Permanent Universal Code of Values and Laws. The yearly training of ‘Saum’ (Abstinence) in this month connects the Message with intensive reflection and study. Note: The Qur’an does not forbid menstruating women from praying or participating in the program of Abstinence. However, a menstruating woman may be considered unwell. The only thing forbidden by the Qur’an during menstruation is intimate husband-wife relationship. In addition, a pregnant woman may be exempted from fasting to avoid dehydration of the fetus. Shukr does not mean just verbal thanks. It involves showing gratitude in practice by sharing the God-given bounties with others. It also denotes fulfillment of one’s noble efforts. 2:87-97, 2:183, 2:222, 2:233, 7:189, 9:32-33, 14:1, 16:2, 17:85-86, 26:193, 31:14, 42:52, 44:1-4, 46:15, 53:13, 70:4, 81:17-19, 97:1, ‘Saum’ 2:183. It is interesting to recall the Lord’s Prayer in the Bible about Supremacy of God on earth. Luke 11:2 … Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth]
Surah 24 and Shaan-Nuzool. The Conjecture of Shaan-e-Nuzool - 'Circumstances of Revelation': The ‘hadithized’ translations and explanations succumb to a horrible fabrication that names a Mother of believers, making up a long, malicious and wicked story, while the Qur’an does not mention any particular person as the subject of slander at all. Any events safe-guarded by this Divine Revelation are meant to guide us in knowledge and wisdom and are, therefore, timeless in their import.
Surah 44: 1,2,3.
44:1 H.M. Ha-Meem (Hakeem the Wise, Majeed the Glorious, states that),
44:2 By this Divine Writ that is clear in itself and makes things clear.
44:3 We have revealed it on a Blessed Night. We have always been warning. [The entire Qur’an was revealed (down-loaded on the Prophet's heart) in a Blessed Night in the month of Ramadhan, 610 CE, and then conveyed to mankind in stages over a period of 23 years. 2:185, 97:1]
Surah 80. 'Abasa – Someone Frowned
[Author’s Note] This is the 80th Surah of the Qur’an. It has 42 verses.
Unfortunately, most commentators maintain that the exalted Messenger frowned upon a blind, poor but sincere seeker of the truth. The reason for this grievous mistake is, once again, blind following of false traditions, and the conjecture of Shan-e-Nuzool (the so-assumed circumstances of a Revelation).
Surah ‘Abasa does not name the person who frowned. Through Tasreef, it becomes obvious that a proud Qureshite leader was in the habit of frowning at people (74:22). Hadith names him as an archenemy Waleed bin Mugheera. ‘Abasa (80:1), then, actually addresses the arrogant and all those who would like to invite people to God. Assigning this incident to the exalted Messenger is one of the old conspiracies against Islam.
God’s Messengers invariably paid special attention to the poor, the disabled, the deprived, and always refused to turn them away even though pressured by the elite to do so. [6:52, 8:62-64, 11:27, 18:28, 26:111-114]
Another example of such fallacy is found in most expositions of Surah 24, An-Noor, in which no names or even a hint is given, yet most exponents insist that it was the mother of believers, Ayesha r.a. who was slandered! - Again because of the ‘Shan-e Nuzool’ conjecture.
Surah 97. Al-Qadr – The Majesty
[Author’s Note] This is the 97th Surah of the Qur’an. It has 5 verses. The Night of Majesty is when the entire Qur’an was revealed through Gabriel on the exalted Messenger’s heart in the month of Ramadhan in the year 610 CE. Its order and arrangement was exactly as we see today. (Verse 97:1 does not say that the Revelation was started in the Night of Majesty.) Thereafter, it was revealed to mankind in stages over a period of 23 years. Contrary to popular belief, Iqra was not the first word revealed to the exalted Prophet. The Qur’an came as the Ultimate Criterion between the Right and the Wrong and ushered in a Splendor that has been spreading on earth during the last 14 centuries, hence the Night of Majesty or the Night of Destiny. 2:87-97, 2:185, 9:32-33, 14:1, 16:2, 17:85-86, 26:193, 42:52, 44:1-4, 70:4, 78:38, 81:17-19]
97:1 Indeed, We have revealed it in the Night of Majesty. [44:3]
It does not say that the Revelation was started in the Night of Majesty.
AGAIN, THE FOLLY OF SHAAN-E-NUZOOL
Again, it is to be noted that the timing and the place of the revelation of a Sur'ah is absolutely of no significance since the Book of God transcends temporal and spatial bonds. Long, contradictory and futile argumentation between the commentators about the Shaan-e-Nuzool (the circumstance of a particular revelation) are sheer waste of time and energy, and more noxiously, this exercise tends to shackle the Glorious Book to certain events of no significance. This point is proven to “The Qur’an As It Explains Itself” readers by the fact that at no point anywhere in the Mighty Book will they miss what 'caused' a certain Surah or verses to be revealed.
The belief in “Shaan-e-Nuzool” also implies that if a certain even had not taken place, a particular verse would not have been revealed.
The entire Qur’an had been down-loaded on the heart of the exalted Prophet in Ramadhan 610 CE and then revealed to people in stages over a period of 23 years. 2:185, 3:44, 97:1.

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Dr Shabbir, Florida -- Monday, 19 November 2018, 5:44 pm