First Jummah – Ijaz ul Quran

Posted by on May 4, 2007 in Jummah Speeches

First Speech.

In the name of Allah most Gracious most Merciful

Khutbah Al Hajjah

How are we sure that Islam is the right religion. A famous philosopher argued that we take our beliefs from our parents and the society that we grow up in. How can anyone claim to hold the truth?? Our beliefs are just an accident of where we are born.

So how do we know that we as Muslims shall do good deeds and earn the pleasure of Allah and go to Jannah with his blessing?

The way we understand these things is a simple step by step process.

Firstly, we can prove the existence of Allah swt. Muslim scholars have emphasized this point through out our history. Be it the Kalam argument of Imam Ghazali or the discussion of limited vs unlimited by Sheikh Taqi ud Din Al Nabhani. So inshaAllah I shall discuss with you one day how we can prove the existence of Allah swt.

But after we prove that God exists, we take a second step in our Iman and that is the key point on which all of our religion is based. That Muhammad saw was the final messenger of Allah. So how do we prove that Muhammad saw was a messenger.

The Miracle:

When Allah sends messengers, these chosen people claim that they are from God. To prove this claim they perform miracles. What is a miracle? It is called a Moajizah in Arabic and in Urdu. The scholars described three qualities of a miracle.

  1. It is somthing that seems to break the law of nature
  2. It comes as a challenge
  3. It cannot be repeated by anyone except the messenger himself

So we are told that Eesa pbuh had the miracle to bring dead back to life. Can anyone do that? He challenged that he is the messenger of God and no one could do what he did. Miracle is different from Magic as Magic can be repeated by other people as it is a form of art.

So the main miracle of Muhammad saw is the Quran. Because Muhammad saw is the final messenger of Islam. he left an ever lasting miracle for all mankind and jinn to observe and experience. How is it a miracle? It is a miracle of Arabic language.

It breaks the established laws of this language. Any language has three things.

  1. Grammar
  2. Meaning
  3. Style

In the Arabic language it is very hard to combine all three together. So if a person writes something in Arabic he can combine Grammar and Meaning at the expense of Style. Or Style and Meaning at the expense of Grammar. The Quran though combines all these three elements beautifully!!!

Furthermore the experts of Arabic language have described 16 styles in the Arabic language. Whenever an Arab speaks his speech can be classified into 1 of these 16 styles of Arabic language. The Quran however has a style of its own. It is a unique style in its own. It simply cannot be imitated. It is like a colour that a person can see without being able to reproduce it!!

If an Arab had written the Quran he would have said Qul Hoo Allaho Wahid instead of Qul Hoo Allaho Ahd.

The Challenge:

Let me read you the translation of the meaning of the Quran.

Say: “If the mankind and the jinns were together to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they helped one another.” [Quran 17:88]

And if you (Arab pagans, Jews, and Christians) are in doubt concerning that which We have sent down (i.e. the Quran) to Our slave (Muhammad Peace be upon him ), then produce a surah (chapter) of the like thereof and call your witnesses (supporters and helpers) besides Allah, if you are truthful. [Quran 2:23]

And this Qur’an is not such as could ever be produced by other than Allah (Lord of the heavens and the earth), but it is a confirmation of (the revelation) which was before it [i.e. the Taurat (Torah), and the Injeel (Gospel)], and a full explanation of the Book (i.e. laws and orders, etc, decreed for mankind) – wherein there is no doubt from the the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinn,and all that exists).Or do they say: “He (Muhammad saw) has forged it?” Say: “Bring then a surah (chapter) like unto it, and call upon whomsoever you can, besides Allah, if you are truthful!” [Quran 10:37-38]

The challenge is repeated.

Or they say, “He (Prophet Muhammad) forged it (the Quran).” Say: “Bring you then ten forged surah (chapters) like unto it, and call whomsoever you can, other than Allah (to your help), if you speak the truth!” [Quran 11:13]

The challenge is repeated again.

Or do they say: “He (Muhammad) has forged it (this Quran)?” Nay! They believe not! Let them then produce a recital like unto it (the Quran) if they are truthful. [Quran 52:33-34]

The shortest surah in the Quran is only three lines. Surah Kothar. So Arabs tried to bring something like the Quran.

Inimitability:

The Arabs came up with this… 🙂

Al feel… mal feel

Wa maa adraaka mal-feel

Lahu dhanabun radheel, wa khurtoomun taweel

This translates into…

The elephant… What is the elephant?

And what would have you know what the elephant is?

It has a scraggly tail and a very long trunk.

Ask any Arab speaker… Christian, Jewish or Atheist… Does this even come close to the language of the Quran and this is the objective yardstick because even non Muslim Arabs agree that there is nothing like the Quran in the Arabic language!!!

This miracle of Quran is called Ijaz ul Quran or the imitability of the Quran.

Second Speech

Brothers I would like to tell you about the location of one of the Oldest written copies of the Quran. It is in a mosque in Uzbekistan. This land however is being ruled by a brutal dictator by the name of Islam Karimov, who is known to boil Muslims to death!!! Please look up the details of this by searching on the internet for ex British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray. Make dua for the oppressed Ummah. If you like, I can do further Jummah speeches for you. JazakAllah Khair for listening.

Aqeem us Salah.