The Amazing Quran

Here I discuss just two (of many) phenomena that demonstrate why the Quran is such an amazing book. There are few, if any, books in the world today that come anywhere close. 

One of the miraculous properties of the Quran is that the reciter never tires of it and the listener cannot forbear it, and, on the contrary, the delight of the recitation only increases the longer one devotes oneself to it and repeats the words, so that one cannot but love it. Its bloom and its freshness never cease. Other recitations, even if they equal the Quran in beauty and eloquence, finish by producing weariness if constantly repeated. But our Book fills one, as often as one returns to it in seclusion, with enjoyment, and the recitation of it brings happiness even in adversity. This is not found in other writings, so that their admirers have composed melodies for them and devised external means of enlivening their recitation. That is why the Messenger of God described the Quran with words that it does not grow stale no matter how often one recites it, and that is teachings never run dry and its wonders have no end.

Quotation from Qadi Iyad’s Shifa vol. 1 p. 276.  Iyad was a high judge (qadi) in Granada. He died 1149 AD.

The Quran, which created an incredible civilisation, addresses simple people and sophisticated people, philosophers and kings, as well as peasants and shepherds.  That’s one of the attractions and powers of the Quran is that it literally speaks to the highest and the lowest and there is a common ground because it is speaking about the most important things that we deal with. Also worth mentioning is that the Quran spread within a hundred years from China all the way to Spain and all of those various peoples spoke different languages and yet in spite of the fact that the Quran was in Arabic the Quran was able to speak to all of them because it was speaking to their hearts and minds not just to their ears, to their tongue. It was speaking about meanings that human beings share and that is why the Quran is a universal book.     

One of the things if you read some other traditions you will notice that in their scriptures there is a great deal of geographical description, things that really relate to living in the jungle for instance whereas Islam if you look at the Quran its speaking to people who travel on the ocean despite the fact that the Arabs did not travel on the ocean, so it speaks to sailors in the middle of the ocean dealing with massive waves, it also speaks to people travelling in the desert, it speaks to people traveling in the mountains, people who live agricultural lives, pastoralists, its speaks to merchants and it speaks to people who have trades who make things by hand, so everybody will find themselves in the Quran and the Quran does speak to everyone.

From a talk by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf.

I find it remarkable that someone such as myself, an Englishman living in 2017, can find the Quran to contain such inexhaustible riches of wisdom, spiritual insight and truth. It never bores me or grows stale. Truly, an amazing Book! For those who want to know the secret of Islam’s success throughout history and its profound influence upon people’s lives today need look no further than this Book of books.

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Categories: Arabic, Books, Islam, Quran

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  1. One of the things if you read some other traditions you will notice that in their scriptures there is a great deal of geographical description, things that really relate to living in the jungle for instance whereas Islam if you look at the Quran its speaking to people who travel on the ocean despite the fact that the Arabs did not travel on the ocean, so it speaks to sailors in the middle of the ocean dealing with massive waves, it also speaks to people travelling in the desert, it speaks to people traveling in the mountains, people who live agricultural lives, pastoralists, its speaks to merchants and it speaks to people who have trades who make things by hand, so everybody will find themselves in the Quran and the Quran does speak to everyone.

    LOL!! This is what happens when you plagiarize stories form other cultures and faiths – you get stories that have little to do with the place of origin. Ironically, geographical markers in scripture help to establish authenticity. The quran lacks this geographical authentication.

    Of course, pagans, jews and christians will find themselves in the book for all the wrong reasons.

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  2. Brother Paul,

    Murad Hoffman, the German ambassador to Nato who converted to Islam also stated similarly to you…he said that he reads the Qur’an every year and each year he is amazed to find wisdoms that he somehow missed in the earlier readings.

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  3. Wonderful.

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  4. I’ve read the Koran from cover to cover. It was very incoherent and tedious. Repitition ad nauseum

    Sorry, Paul, I simply don’t believe that you believe those things. Deep down in your heart you know the truth

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    • Plus, you don’t speak or understand Arabic. So you listening to a recitation is hardly soul gratifying, is it? You literally have no idea what your fellow brethren are reciting.

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    • Paulus, if that’s your way of Judging a holy book then i guess we must become Hindu then, it’s filled with exciting epic battles, complicated philosophies, romance and stuff…the Quran is supposed to be the word of God, not a history book like the bible, the reason it’s repetitive from time to time is because it wants to deliver a clear message for our salvation…

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    • “Repitition ad nauseum”
      LOL! Coming from a crosstian who believes in a book that contains 4 gospels which repeat the same stories (well actually sometimes they do at least because mostly they just contradict each other on the same stories and matthew and luke change mark to their liking, so much for the word of god).

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    • LOL, does anyone care what some idiot troll thinks?

      Why don’t we look at what an ACTUAL scholar thinks? Here is how AJ Arberry described the Quran:

      “…I have been at pains to study the intricate and richly varied rhythms which—apart from the message itself— constitute the Koran’s undeniable claim to rank amongst the greatest literary masterpieces of mankind.””

      Sorry Cerbie, but we just don’t take you seriously, because you are just an idiot. It’s nothing personal. It’s just who you are. If you want to be taken seriously and not be considered an idiot, then you need to try learning about Islam in a sincere manner. Oh and also, leave your silly cult called Christianity. It’s for your own good.

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    • Here are some more quotes from western scholars on the Quran, taken from Islamic-Awareness:

      “As a literary monument the Koran thus stands by itself, a production unique to the Arabic literature, having neither forerunners nor successors in its own idiom. Muslims of all ages are united in proclaiming the inimitability not only of its contents but also of its style….. and in forcing the High Arabic idiom into the expression of new ranges of thought the Koran develops a bold and strikingly effective rhetorical prose in which all the resources of syntactical modulation are exploited with great freedom and originality.” – Hamilton Gibb

      “The Quran is one of the world’s classics which cannot be translated without grave loss. It has a rhythm of peculiar beauty and a cadence that charms the ear. Many Christian Arabs speak of its style with warm admiration, and most Arabists acknowledge its excellence. When it is read aloud or recited it has an almost hypnotic effect that makes the listener indifferent to its sometimes strange syntax and its sometimes, to us, repellent content. It is this quality it possesses of silencing criticism by the sweet music of its language that has given birth to the dogma of its inimitability; indeed it may be affirmed that within the literature of the Arabs, wide and fecund as it is both in poetry and in elevated prose, there is nothing to compare with it.” – Alfred Guillaume

      “That the best of Arab writers has never succeeded in producing anything equal in merit to the Qur’an itself is not surprising. In the first place, they have agreed before-hand that it is unapproachable, and they have adopted its style as the perfect standard; any deviation from it therefore must of necessity be a defect.” – E.H. Palmer

      Now let’s compare this to what scholars say about the Bible:

      “In contrast to the stylistic perfection of the Kur’an with the stylistic imperfections of the older Scriptures the Muslim theologian found himself unknowingly and on purely postulative grounds in agreement with long line of Christian thinkers whose outlook on the Biblical text is best summed up in Nietzsche’s brash dictum that the Holy Ghost wrote bad Greek.” – von Grunebaum

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    • You care enough obviously.

      I know it’s my opinion which is why anecdotal evidence as provided by PW is useless. I’ve read the Koran and was totally bored. It’s incoherent, has no dconsistency. Clearly just a collection of random Arab thoughts.

      Now, if it is only applicable in Arabic, then what good is it to non Arabs like Paul. He sits in the masjid with zero comprehension of what he hears. Allah must be so pleased to have adherants like that.

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    • Paulus, “If it is only applicable in Arabic, then what good is it to non Arabs like Paul”

      Applicable in terms of what bro? I’m pretty sure you know why emphasis is put on Arabic…christians know better than us how translations can be a pain sometimes….

      Paul can learn the Quran in both English & Arabic there’s no problem with that, only his good intentions and devotion to God that counts and no one stops him to learn…want proof? Read this…

      Aa’ishah (RA), relates that the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

      Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

      “Incoherent, has no consistency”

      Well i guess we should respect your opinion, but in my opinion it is the complete opposite of what you said…it’s beautiful, poetic and stuff….

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    • Well … Paulus, I don’t think that your approach to Qur’an is honest to begin with. The message of Quran is the most profound message you can ever hear. Also, that profound message is so accessible . It’s accessible for little children and for illiterate ones. It’s doesn’t need “mysterious” approach as you have in your polytheistic religion. No! It’s so simple.
      Moreover, Jesus said “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” So, I’m wondering how the vapid letters of your false prophet can be understood by children?
      How can children receive the message of mysterious god man 3 in 1 & 1 in 3? Hmmm?

      “I’ve read the Koran and was totally bored”
      QT “And when Allah is mentioned alone, the hearts of those who do not believe in the Hereafter shrink with aversion, but when those [worshipped] other than Him are mentioned, immediately they rejoice”
      What do you want to read? A story about how a brother seduces his sister? Or how daughters seduce their father? Well.. you won’t find such things in Qur’an.

      QT
      “And We send down of the Qur’an that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.”

      Deep down in your heart is just a pride the extent of which you cannot reach.

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    • Non Arabic speakers (most often Non-Muslims) often complain about the repetitiveness of the Qur’an, but this is actually one of its great strengths.

      The repetition, drives home the main point of the message, drilling it home and profoundly emphasizing a lesson or point that is being taught. Given that the Qur’an is an Oral/Aural message which is meant to be recited and listened to aloud, this means that any portion of the Qur’an that is read, will likely contain a repeated motif, or reiteration of some important theological point or another. Thus the teaching is often condensed in these repetitions, which echo teachings, and lend coherence from and to other portions of the Qur’an as well.

      While in translation this may sound like needless or “tedious” reoccurrences, however, it actually serves an important purpose in the oral recitation and aural listening, which helps to focus and improve comprehension and absorption of the message for those who are listening to the recitation.

      Thus the “tedious repetitions” will never make sense to those who never fully attempt understand the Qur’an in the Oral/Aural mode that it was meant to be understood.

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    • If the Bible repetitiously reiterated the Trinity in the same “ad nauseum” way that the Qur’an repeats the Unitary nature of God…..Christians like Paulus would never let us hear the end of it.

      Christians must surely envy the clarity of the Qur’anic message in comparison with their own “tedious” book.

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    • Paulus,

      According to the Qur’an, your expressed opinion of the Qur’an is completely expected.

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    • Paulus is essentially calling brother Paul Williams to be a hypocrite….this is slander and as expected from Paulus.

      He (Paulus) is not someone who is for the truth but instead worshipping his desire for the incoherent and unjust doctrines of Christianity to be true.

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    • There is nothing profound in the Koran. Theologically speaking it is clearly the work of an uneducated nomad. It lacks depth, insight and need I say it again, is boring

      While Arabs may insist that it is an audible work and needs to be recited, that then leaves non arabs like Paul sitting in his masjid not understanding anything he hears. How does that please Allah? Allah wants people sitting around listening to something that is incoherent to them?

      If the Quran cannot be translated well, then its fundamental message clearly isn’t as simple as you claim.

      “And We send down of the Qur’an that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.”

      And the citation of this verse only demonstrates how terrible the koran is. Look at how incoherent that verse it to an English speaker? My guess is that since Muslims are so obsessed with the arabic, they have no ability to understand translation philosophies and end up producing incoherent babble.

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    • Paulus: There is nothing profound in the Koran. Theologically speaking it is clearly the work of an uneducated nomad. It lacks depth, insight and need I say it again, is boring

      Now let’s see what one of the foremost contemporary scholars, Angelika Neuwirth, has to say about the Quran:

      What makes the Koran unique is its complexity, its multiple layers, the fact that it speaks at different levels. On the one hand, of course, that is the huge aesthetic attraction. However, it is also, if you like, hugely attractive in rhetorical terms or in terms of its power of conviction…The entire Koran is basically a paean to knowledge, the knowledge that is articulated through speech…The focus on knowledge is undoubtedly something new that was not there before. This is linked to its genesis in Late Antiquity, a time when people were simply willing to give priority to knowledge. What’s more, another novelty is that the universalisation of the message, a message that is now sent to all people, plays a major role in the Koran.

      I wonder who’s insight I should go by: some Islamophobic troll’s or an important scholar’s?

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    • Paulus wrote

      ‘Look at how incoherent that verse it to an English speaker?’

      LOLOL

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  5. Quran is not a book, which can only be authenticated by geographical markers and neither it is a mere geography book that needs to be verified by geographical markers.

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  6. What I like about the Qur’an is that it is no nonsense, and it cuts through all of the unneeded superfluous detail and baggage that the Bible carries and gets straight to the point…..how we can have a personal relation with God, how we can commune with him and please him and ultimately achieve salvation into the eternal gardens of paradise.

    It is not necessary to know Arabic in order to understand the basic message (in translation) of the Qur’an. However, in order to understand the fullness, depth and nuance of meaning, then Arabic definitely helps expand ones comprehension of the message. For instance, the Qur’an speaks to all mankind when it says, “Verily Your (Plural large group) God is ONE.” (37:4) You can only see that in Arabic, and yet the translation still suffices to get the basic understanding across to any general reader.

    Another aspect that intrigues me is that the Qur’an can be understood on multiple levels, it is the speech of Allah (swt), a message to Prophet Muhammad (sws), and to his contemporaries, it addresses events, theological questions, and religious issues of the Prophets day, which still have significance, and importance in the lives of every human alive today. It can be understood in the concrete and abstract, the exoteric and the esoteric. It is a message to all of mankind, as well as speaking directly to the individual reader all at once. When the Qur’an is understood in context, and on all multiple levels at once, it can be overwhelming, powerful, engulfing, and such a spiritual experience that one cannot help but be emotionally moved.

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  7. beautiful brother
    i read a book with the same title : The Amazing Quran by Gary Miller
    its a small book [46 pages ] but its interesting.
    PDF copy https://islamhouse.com/en/books/1407/

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