Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Holy Quran as the Miracle of the Holy Prophet

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The Holy Quran as the Miracle of the Holy Prophet

"All praise belongs to Allah Who has sent down the Book (Quran) to His servant and has not put therein any crookedness.(Al Quran 18:2)

Courtyard of Mosque of Medina

By Zia H Shah MD
This is a short article to introduce the subject to fellow Christians. The  Holy Quran says about them: And thou shalt assuredly find those who say, 'We are  Christians,' to be the nearest of them in love to the believers. That is because  amongst them are savants and monks and because they are not proud.  (Al  Quran 5:83) This  article was originally published in Spring 2010 volume of Muslim  Sunrise:

"Illiterate himself, scarcely able to  read or write, he was yet the author of a book which is a poem, a code of laws,  a Book of Common Prayer, and a Bible in one, and is reverenced to this day by a  sixth of the whole human race as a miracle of purity of style, of wisdom, and of  truth. It was the one miracle claimed by Mohammed—his 'standing miracle' he  called it; and a miracle indeed it is."[1]  Reginald Bosworth Smith

In the 21st century residents of a European  country, namely the Swiss voters have backed a ban on building any more mosques  with minarets in their country.  The Holy Quran, revealed in the desert of  Arabia in the seventh century stated that the purpose of defensive warfare is to  preserve the sanctity of cloisters, churches, synagogues and mosques.   The Quran named the place of worship of the Muslims as the last on this sacred  list.[2]  Is the Quran a miracle or not? Religious tolerance is not the only teaching  wherein the Holy Quran excels all other secular books or religious  scriptures.  Since 1982 half a million people have died in USA alone in  alcohol related traffic accidents, to name only one problem from  alcohol.[3]  The Holy Quran emphatically forbade alcohol, saving the believers from  this mother of many evils.  Is it a miracle or not? Sir  Godfrey Higgins wrote, "By the law of Mohamed all games of chance were expressly  prohibited: the beneficial tendency of this law surely no one will deny. He is  refused all merit for his morality, because it is said that he only copied it  from the Bible. I have not observed the prohibition of this vice either in the  decalogue or the gospels."[4] Fifteen million people now display some sign of gambling addiction in USA, and  inflict themselves and the society with pain.  The Holy Quran nipped the  evil in the bud.  Is it a miracle or not?   "Mohamedism  is reproached with copying its morality from the gospel;"  Sir Godfrey  Higgins wrote in the defense of the Prophet, "a philosopher, perhaps, may  suspect that when the prophet was availing himself of the excellent moral  precepts of Christianism, he had sense, not only to take the good, but to leave  the evil; to adopt the morality, but to avoid the hired priesthood which, in his  day, had filled the world with bloodshed and misery, and was rapidly reducing it  to a state of the most debasing ignorance."[5] The  Holy Quran forbade monasticism in clear terms.[6]  Fourteen hundred years later the Catholic  Church is following suit in their negotiation with the Anglican Church.[7][8]  Every time we contrast the Holy Quran with the  Bible, the Quran comes out ahead.  Is it a miracle or not?
The Quran was revealed in a seventh century  tribal society yet it has 800 verses stressing the study of nature.  Is it  a miracle or not? It anticipates both the Big Bang and the fact that all living  things require and contain water, in the same verse, "Do not the disbelievers  see that the heavens and the earth were a closed-up mass, then We opened them  out? And We made from water every living thing. Will they not then  believe?"[9] Is  it a miracle or not? Read on and in the  words of Francis Bacon, "Read not to contradict … but to weigh  and consider."
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