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Loud and Clear – Quran Arabic

by | Feb 20, 2022

We have mentioned a few weeks ago, the arguments as to why the Quran would be revealed in Arabic. However, we did not visit this argument on the guidance aspect.

Since the Arabic language is extremely precise in its vocabulary, rich in its linguistic content, beautiful in its rhythm, detailed in its intricacies, easy to remember in its phonetics… Regardless, this medium facilitates a multitude of facets of guidance.

And We have certainly presented for the people in this Qur’an from every [kind of] example – that they might remember.

[It is] an Arabic Qur’an, without any deviance that they might become righteous.

Surah Az-Zumar (39 – 27-28)

The fact that it is in Arabic, the language itself allows the examples to be pertinent and well explained; short and sweet; concise. There is no place for deviation in form and content.

And thus We have revealed to you an Arabic Qur’an that you may warn the Mother of Cities [Makkah] and those around it and warn of the Day of Assembly, about which there is no doubt. A party will be in Paradise and a party in the Blaze.

Surah Ash-Shoura (42 – 7)

Since each prophet comes from within his people; therefore, he speaks their language. So the prophet received revelation in Arabic, the tongue present in that region. However, in a window of fewer than 50 years, Islam spread from the Iberian peninsula to China. The reason I bring this up is not about conquest, but about ideology and vessel. We know the Quran is a source of guidance, but its means are through the Arabic language. For hundreds of years, people have learned Arabic more than nowadays people learn English. This does not mean that other languages were abandoned, or culture was reprimanded; just that there was a common ground of faith and the best way to communicate this brotherhood was via the language Allah had decided to convey his last revelation. From Samarkand to Seville, faith and language were shared. Regardless of status, race, or origin, there was a borderless sea of land that allowed Muslims to travel freely from one end to the other.

Indeed, We have made it an Arabic Qur’an that you might understand.

Surah Az-Zukhruf (43 – 3)

So, what is there to understand or reflect on? A language is a language, right? Yes and no. Arabic is a language, but not just any language; a revelation was brought down in this language. So?!? The Gospel was revealed in Aramaic (Syriac), and the Torah was in Hebrew. So?!? A major difference is that these languages went by the dodo; Hebrew almost went extinct a century ago and Aramaic… precisely! The Arabic language is still present and alive. Even if colonial rule took over practically all Arabophone countries, it is still prevalent in these regions to this day.

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

If anyone is a betting man, he knows that most of the time he will lose; it is a question of numbers. Winning every time is improbable and practically impossible. When flipping a coin, you have one chance out of two of getting it right. 50%, not bad; but repeat it four times straight; not too confident, are you?

Let’s transpose that example to the prophet Muhammad; he got every single verifiable (with our limited knowledge to date) phenomenon right. Not only he got them right, but most of them are also explained; not just enunciated or left for interpretation. Let’s say there are about 20 scientific/natural phenomenon (Actually, more have been mentioned and others left out since a multitude of authors have done a better job than me explaining them. Plus, 20 seems like a pretty round number, and we don’t want to sound boastful either) that were elucidated 1400 years ago, by an illiterate Arab that had no aspirations to science whatsoever… When you do the math: ½ at the power 20 is ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½. That gives you the possibility of 1/1 048 576 of getting it right. That is less than one in a million probability; becoming less and less a betting man…Keep in mind, considering that the questioning is in a yes or no format; true or false to a given question (without formulating the solution and adding all the explanation that comes with it in the Quran and Hadith).

The thing is, it is not because the prophet Muhammad was an expert in astronomy, geology, chemistry, nuclear physics, biology, botany, entomology, oceanology, or even historical science that he got it right all the time. It is because the only thing he got right out of all of this is that he wholeheartedly believed in Allah. All these, verses, signs, scientific phenomenon were not explained or tackled by the prophet Muhammad; they were brought forth by Allah, the All-Knowing.

And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 59)

Faith

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