According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of the word ‘miracle’ is: “An extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws, and is, therefore, attributed to a divine agency.”
The Quran is a unique book. It is completely unlike any other book you have ever read. This is so because it is the Speech of Allah, God, in the Arabic language. There are many things which vouch for the fact that the Quran is divine text and is a miracle in itself. Here are some of the miraculous attributes of the Quran:
The Quran is in the Arabic language, yet no writer, Arab or non-Arab, has ever been able to produce a text matching the majesty and power of the Quran using the same letters and the same language. In fact, the Quran, itself, has challenged those who scorn it without reading it, to come up with a book similar to it, or at least to produce just ten chapters equal in grace and depth to those of the Quran; nay, even a single Surah of matching quality. It is a historical fact that no one has ever been able to take up the challenge. The reason is simple: the Quran is divine speech and, hence, it cannot be reproduced by mere mortals.
Like most people of the time, Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, was totally unlettered. That is, he could neither read, nor write. There is absolutely no possibility, therefore, that he could have read any other divine text, copied from it, and then written the Quran himself. This is yet another proof that the Quran is divine text and, therefore, a miracle.
Another fact is that there is absolutely no contradiction or discrepancy in the Quran. The Quran has survived intact, word for word, for hundreds of years. It is still as consistent and accurate as it was when it was first revealed almost fifteen hundred years ago, and there are no signs that this will ever change. No other book in the world has survived unchanged for that long a period.
There are several scientific facts related in the Quran pertaining to various branches of science, from medicine and biology to astronomy and physics, the discovery of which came about many centuries later, although they had been accurately mentioned in the Quran. Scientists are, therefore, astounded when they read the Quran.
The Quranic text, hence, is a divine miracle. All miracles are from the one, omnipotent and omniscient, God, even those that people tend to ascribe to other people or things.
A parable of how divine speech differs from human speech – and one which is applicable for all God’s creation – can be observed in the common earth soil upon which people walk every day. This soil is made up of elements whose properties have been thoroughly studied by scientists and are well established.
Yet, the most advanced products man has been able to manufacture out of soil is bricks, tiles, assorted containers, such as pots and jugs, or at the most various types of composite buildings. But Allah, on the other hand, has created life with these same elements of the soil.
The Quran – The Speech of Allah in the Arabic language – is similar to the example just given in that it uses although it employs the letters of the Arabic language, yet it is far superior to the ordinary Arabic language in its meaning and grammar. The second Surah, or chapter, of the Quran opens with these words:
“This is the Book; there is no doubt about it; a guidance for those who are conscious of, and fear, God.” Al Quran, Surah 02, Ayah 02.
This is an implicit example of the divinity of the Quran. The Arabs of the time when these verses of the Quran were revealed could not imagine producing anything like it, even though it was an era when the Arabic language was at its finest and most refined form. Yet, neither the Arabs of that era, nor has anyone ever since – Arab, or non-Arab – been able to replicate the superior vernacular of the Quran.
That is why the people of those times were certain that the Quran was divine speech and they readily embraced its message of true monotheism. This holds true even nowadays. Anyone who reads the Quran becomes certain that it is The Speech of Allah and accepts Islam despite every effort to portray Islam negatively.
Thus the Quran first establishes the divine origin of its message, and then clearly proclaims that only those people would benefit from it who fear God. That the Quran is the unadulterated word of God, there is no doubt.
Anyone who reads the Quran with an open mind and an unbiased heart will discover this fact right away. All it takes is clearing one’s heart of any traces of arrogance; for arrogance is the mark of obstinate people, and read Quran with a sincere wish for guidance and knowledge.
But what if one does not know how to read Quran? Thanks to modern communications technology, one can easily learn to read Quran online nowadays via the internet. Just search for a reputable online Quran school and register for online Quran lessons, and you will be on your way to the most amazing experience of your life.