Eternal Miracle for an Everlasting Religion
By: Ayatullah Dastghaib Shirazi
I swear by the Quran full of wisdom... Most surely you are one of the apostles, (36:2-3)
The polytheists were denying the messengership of the last Prophet. In this holy verse the Lord of the worlds swears by the Quran, which itself is a true testimony to the messengership of Muhammad (‘s). This shows extreme nicety of the holy verse, which, if you ponder over it, has both sworn and presented a proof of its stand. Quran itself is a witness to the truth that Muhammad (‘s) is a Messenger of God!
According to Holy Quran and the unanimous stand of all historians, Muhammad (‘s) never went to any school, he never read any book, he never held a pen in his hand, and he never had a teacher:
And you did not recite before it any book, nor did you transcribe one with your right hand, for then could those who say untrue things have doubted. (29:48)
Then how is it that this book (Quran) is full of the foremost and the latest sciences? And whatever is necessary for mankind, a variety of sciences. Is there any room for doubting that it is sent only by Almighty God? It is before your own eyes that Muhammad (‘s) passed forty years of his life in Mecca. He has not come from any other place. Is there anyone who can claim that he had a teacher or he went to a school? So these sciences are definitely not his own. Necessarily they are from Almighty God. How nice has someone expressed this in these couplets:
How wonderful that my beloved never went to any school.
Nor he wrote anything and yet he has become equal to two hundred teachers.
Secondly, the Quran challenges the Arabs who were considered at the pinnacle of eloquence: Join all of you together and try to compose even a Chapter like a Chapter of this Quran.
Say: If men and jinn should combine together to bring the like of this Quran, they could not bring the like of it, though some of them were aiders of others. (17:88)
Every messenger had a miracle with him. When he passed away, his miracle also went away with him. For example, when Moosa (‘a) used to cast his staff, it turned into a serpent, when he hit a rock with his staff, twelve springs gushed therefrom. Isa (‘a) used to enliven the dead. But when he ascended to the heavens his miracle also went away with him. But in the case of Muhammad (‘s), his miracle remains till the Day of Judgment and that miracle is the Holy Quran. Just as his religion (Islam) is present, it will on the Day of Resurrection, testify his truthfulness that the one who brought it (Quran) is the messenger of God, sent by God Himself. It is impossible for one who never attended any school to compose even a verse like that of Quran; which is full of eloquence and rhetoric. Each verse testifies to the fact that he is the last Prophet.