Lesson – 42
Affirmation of the Truth of the Word of God (Qur’aan)
Surah ‘Al-‘Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verse – 23 of 286, Section – 3 of 40 (Part - 1)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
23. And if ye are in doubt concerning that which We have revealed unto Our slave (Muhammad), then produce a Surah of the like thereof , and call your witnesses beside Allah if ye are truthful.
23. Wa ‘in- kuntum fii ray-bim-mimmaa nazzal-Naa ‘alaa ‘AbdiNaa fa’-tuu bi-Suuratim-mim- mis-lih. Wad-‘uu shuha-daaa- ‘akum- min- duuNIllaahi ‘in- kuntum saadi-qiin.
Nazzal-Naa – (We revealed). This word has been derived from tanziil, which means “to bring anything from upper to down”. Here it aims Holy Qur’aan which was revealed unto Muhammad ‘the Last Prophet’ (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) by Allah Almighty through the Angel Gabriel (peace be upon Him).
Mis-lihii – (Like this), In this word, it has been indicated towards the both excellences of Holy Qur’aan, ‘literal’ as well as ‘spiritual’. Its text is so easy that everybody can understand easily. The meaning is discussed beautifully, entirely and clearly. Second big excellence of the Holy Qur’aan is that the way of living has been taught to every person ‘male’ and ‘female’. If an individual goes on this true path, he/she will succeed in this world and on the Day of Resurrection. If any infidel is in doubt that it is not the Word of God, it is a talk of any human only, then he should try to bring any one surah like this, which has both excellence as mentioned above. If not so, then he should accept it that the Holy Qur’aan is really the Word of God Almighty. And certainly, nobody can make any such Book, if someone is doubtful and wishes, he may include the entire world in this work, he is free.
Shuha-daaa- ‘akum – (Your witnesses), this word is plural of shahiid, which means “informed, intelligent”. Here it aims “supporter in creation of any surah like Qur’aan. Second famous meaning of it is “any witness”. If here its meaning is taken as a witness, then it will be meant “Call those people to witness your claim, who verify you, that you have written the answer of this Surah.
In the previous verses, God Almighty commanded that He is the Creator of all human beings and establishes them. So He is the Worshiped only. It was necessary to prove it that by the proof of the prophet-hood of the Messenger (Peace be upon Him) it must be proved, so that it may be clear to the human beings that the Holy Qur’aan, which was bestowed to the Messenger, is the Word of God.
Due to this reason, after the announcement of Oneness of God, the people were invited to accept the Prophet-hood. And it was told them that if they had any doubt in the truth of Prophet, and they presume that the Holy Qur’aan is not the Speech of God (we seek shelter of Allah) then they should produce and show any word like this. The entire nations and their scholars who oppose Islam, tried their best to do so, but they could neither do so and nor they would be able to do so in future.