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My interpretation of the "Produce a Surah (Chapter) like it" challenge of Allah Almighty to Mankind in the Noble Quran:

The sections of this article are:

1-  The Surah like it challenge.

      -  The wars of apostasy argument.

2-  So what type of challenge is Allah Almighty challenging us here?

      -  The Arabs' poetry and philosophy were thoroughly defeated by the Quran's Literature.
      -  The book, any book, must prove itself to be Divine. 
This is the Quran-Challenge.

  

  

  

1-  The Surah like it challenge:

Let us look at Noble Verse 2:23 "And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our servant, then produce a Sura like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers (If there are any) besides God, if your (doubts) are true."

Let us look at Noble Verse 17:88 "Say: 'If the whole of mankind and Jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this Qur'an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support.'"

In the above two Noble Verses we see two different challenges:  One challenge in the first Noble Verse from Allah Almighty to the unbelievers from the Arabs to produce one Chapter similar to the one in the Noble Quran, and another challenge in the second Noble Verse from Allah Almighty to Mankind to produce a whole Book like the Noble Quran.

The challenge in Noble Verse 17:88 to Mankind proves that Allah Almighty is not limiting His challenge to the Arabic language only, because we see Him clearly challenging all of Mankind and the Jinns as well.  Otherwise, He would've said "If the whole of Arabs were to gather together to....."  We also see that the challenge is also not only limited to the Global languages that Mankind speaks, but also to the language or languages that the Jinns speak or communicate among themselves.

It is true that the Arabic stylistic composition of the Noble Quran is miraculous, and is impossible to imitate.  No one can really imitate it.  Allah Almighty's challenge was never met by the strong Arabic poets 1500 years ago.  In fact, the Arab pagans, who were mostly poets, embraced Islam because of the Spiritually and Miraculously attractive language and style of the Noble Quran.  Today, many Arab Christians who are affluent with the Arabic language poetry, structure, and grammar embrace Islam just by simply listening to the recitation of the Noble Quran on TV or radio.

Please visit:  The overwhelming Numerical and Scientific Miracles, and the STUNNING Prophecies of the Glorious Quran.

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    See also Allah Almighty's Number 19 Miracle [1] [2] [3] in the Glorious Quran.  Allah Almighty Said about it:

    [074:030]  Over it are Nineteen عليها تسعة عشر.
      
    [074:031] And We have set none but angels as Guardians of the Fire; and we have
    fixed their number only وماجعلنا عدتهم الا  as (1) a trial for Unbelievers,- (2) in order that the People of the Book may arrive at certainty, (3) and the Believers may increase in Faith,- (4) and that no doubts may be left for the People of the Book and the Believers, (5) and that those in whose hearts is a disease and the Unbelievers may say, "What symbol doth God intend by this?" Thus doth God leave to stray whom He pleaseth, and guide whom He pleaseth: and none can know the forces of thy Lord, except He and this is no other than awarning to mankind.
      
    [074:032] Nay, verily: By the Moon,
    [074:033] And by the Night as it retreateth,
    [074:034] And by the Dawn as it shineth forth,-
    [074:035]  This is but one of the MIGHTY ONES (Miracles)
    انها لاحدى الكبر.
    [074:036] A warning to mankind,-
    [074:037] To any of you that chooses to press forward, or to follow behind;-

    The Number 19 Miracle is:

    (a)-  A trial to the disbelievers.
    (b)-  To help strengthen the Believers' faith more.
    (c)-  To assure the disbelievers that Islam is Divine.
    (d)-  Because it is one of the Greatest Signs and Miracles!
    (e)-  It is a warning to mankind, and especially for those who want to press forward and advance.

    And once again, GOD Almighty made the number 19 to be the Noble Quran's Main Numerical Miracle.  He called it: "One of the Greatest Ones" in Chapter 74:35.

      

    Quran's STUNNING-Miracles Section: [1]

    Click on the following numbers:

    1-    Geology, Earth's spherical expansion, formation, Mountains and Oceanology.
    2-    The Universe, Time, Astronomy, UFOs and Space Shuttles.
    3-    Embryology, Human Anatomy, Formation, and Creation.

    4-    STUNNING Numerical Miracles in the Glorious Quran.  With 1,000s of examples! [4]

    5-    Medicine, Humans, Insects and Animals.
    6-    Life, Origins of life from water and dust in the Noble Quran, Plants and their origins.
    7-    Psychology.
    8-    Archeology and History.
    9-    Great Web Sites and Online Books.

    10-   Rebuttals.
    11-   General articles.

    12-   STUNNING Prophecies, and Allah's Divine Promises to reveal the Quran's Miracles.
    13-   Audios and Videos.
    14-   Other.

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    Question: Do not the wars of apostasy, after the death of Prophet Muhammad, prove that the Quran is not miraculous?

    Answer:  The wars of apostasy happened mostly against the Eastern Arabs (Islam began from Western Arabia), who:

    1-  Didn't fully receive Islam.

    2-  Many of them were still pagans when they waged wars on Islam.

    3-  From their pagans, there emerged three false prophets, and all of them, - they and their false texts, - were forever destroyed.

      

      

    2-  So what type of challenge is Allah Almighty challenging us here?

    Religious books, in general, can be produced in any other language than Arabic.  But however, the miraculous imitation of the style, poetry and language is impossible.  So a man-made book can sound ok or good, but it can never be miraculous.  At least so far, no Arab was able to imitate the miracle of the Noble Quran.  The type of challenge that Allah Almighty is challenging us here is both physical and spiritual.  The physical one is the imitation of the Noble Quran and Its Textual Miracles [1] [2] [3] [4], and the spiritual one is the guidance and Divine Inspiration that should exist in the man-made book that is supposed to defeat the Glorious Quran.

    There are more than 1.5 billion Muslims today.  Prophet Muhammad did not convert sticks to snakes, or split the sea in half, or raise the dead, or cure the blind, or perform any of the Miracles that Allah Almighty's Messengers did in the past peace be upon all of them.  Prophet Muhammad came with a Book revealed to Him by Allah Almighty.  The miracle is in inspiring the reader of the Noble Quran, and to make him accept the Divine Message of Islam, which is believing in Allah Almighty as the One True Living GOD Almighty, is the spiritual challenge that Allah Almighty declared on both Mankind and the Jinns combined together:

    "Those whom God (in His plan) willeth to guide,- He openeth their chest to Islam; those whom He willeth to leave straying,- He maketh their chest tight and constricted, as if they had to climb up to the skies: thus doth God (heap) the penalty on those who refuse to believe.  (The Noble Quran, 6:125)"

    "Thy Lord knoweth best who strayeth from His way: He knoweth best who they are that receive His guidance(The Noble Quran, 6:117)"

    The miracle of the Noble Quran lives within it.  All of the miracles that the Messengers of Allah Almighty before Muhammad had performed died when they died.  The miracle that Prophet Muhammad brought to earth lived after his death, and will live until the Day of Judgment.  This is the challenge of Allah Almighty that no Man or Jinn can meet.  Many can try to produce chapters that have similar literature that of the Noble Quran, as some already done so, but non of these man-made books can convert a single person.  Only Allah Almighty's Divine Revelations such as the Noble Quran can, as the Holy Book attracted the overwhelming majority of all Arabs to Islam, when they were a nation that was addicted to poetry.  So a false prophet's words would not survive with them.  This is the Miracle of the Noble Quran, and the Miracle of Islam.  The Arabs' poetry and philosophy were thoroughly defeated by the Quran's Literature.

    "Who can be more wicked than one who inventeth a lie against God, or saith, "I have received inspiration," when he hath received none, or (again) who saith, "I can reveal the like of what God hath revealed"? If thou couldst but see how the wicked (do fare) in the flood of confusion at death! - the angels stretch forth their hands, (saying),"Yield up your souls: this day shall ye receive your reward,- a penalty of shame, for that ye used to tell lies against God, and scornfully to reject of His signs!"  (The Noble Quran, 6:93)"

      

    Quran's STUNNING Divine Miracles: [1]

    Here are some of my favorite Stunning Scientific Miracles in the Glorious Quran from among the tens (10s) that are listed in the main sections, below:

    1-  Here is one stunning Numerical Miracle, from the 10s below, for you:

    The Glorious Quran has 114 Chapters. The sum of those Chapters is 6555 (1+2+...+114 = 6555). There are also 6236 Noble Verses in the Glorious Quran. Now, IF YOU ADD EACH CHAPTER # with the number of its Verses, then you get a list of numbers. So 1 (first Chapter) + 7 (# of its Verses) = 8. Do this for all Chapters.

    1-  The sum of the odd numbers from the list = 6555.
    2-  The sum of the even numbers from the list = 6236.

    See the XLS file for 100% confirmation.
      

    2-  The Great Miracle.  Allah Almighty in the Holy Quran called the Number 19 Miracle "One of the Mighty Ones (Miracles)" (74:30-37) [1] [2].  See the 100s of Noble Verses that clearly testify to this Great Miracle.  Also, did you know that Allah Almighty Said in Surat Nuh (that's Noble Chapter Nuh (Noah)) that Prophet Noah lived for 950 years among his people. 

    Yet, all Praise and Glory are due to Allah Almighty Alone, the entire Noble Surah is exactly written in 950 Letters [1] [2]!  You can thoroughly see this in the scanned images that thoroughly verify every single Noble Letter, in the links.  Click on the links to see the many other Numerical Miracles in the Holy Quran.  Also, see the Numerical Miracles section along with all of the other great sections.  Also, 1,000s of examples in zip & PDF (fonts) files all demonstrated in this article!

      
    3-  19 X 115 = 2185 Number 19 and BASMALA Miracle.  The total numerical value of Noble Verses 74:30-37 themselves, which are the heart of the Number 19 Miracle, has a stunning Miracle in it.  The value of these Noble Verses matches the multiplication of the BASMALA's number of letters (19 Letters) and their total numerical values (115): 19 X 115 = 2185.  The Basmala, which full text in Arabic means "In the Name of Allah The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful" is the Key to the Glorious Quran.  It is recited first before reading the Holy Quran, and it is also obligatory upon every Muslim to start with the Basmala before starting any task.  Again, 1,000s of examples in zip & PDF (fonts) files all demonstrated in this article!

      
    4-  Please also checkout the many hundreds (100s) of Great Numerical Miracles, and the many tens (10s) of other Great Scientific Miracles:

      

    Quran's STUNNING-Miracles Section: [1]

    Click on the following numbers:

    1-    Geology, Earth's spherical expansion, formation, Mountains and Oceanology.
    2-    The Universe, Time, Astronomy, UFOs and Space Shuttles.
    3-    Embryology, Human Anatomy, Formation, and Creation.

    4-    STUNNING Numerical Miracles in the Glorious Quran.  With 1,000s of examples! [4]

    5-    Medicine, Humans, Insects and Animals.
    6-    Life, Origins of life from water and dust in the Noble Quran, Plants and their origins.
    7-    Psychology.
    8-    Archeology and History.
    9-    Great Web Sites and Online Books.

    10-   Rebuttals.
    11-   General articles.

    12-   STUNNING Prophecies, and Allah's Divine Promises to reveal the Quran's Miracles.
    13-   Audios and Videos.
    14-   Other.

      
    For example:

    1-  The explosion of the Universe, Galaxies and Stars bring about Smoke.
      
    "When the sky disintegrates, and turns rose colored like paint (
    وردة كالدهان)." (The Noble Quran, 55:37) [2] [3]
      

      

    The Glorious Quran declares that the earth is spherical: [1]
      
    Allah Almighty in the Glorious Quran said that earth is:

           -  Spherical: "egg-shaped" [1].
           -  Is rotating around itself.
           -  Is moving in space in curvy orbits [2].
           -  Is in constant motion.
           -  Is suspended in space.
           -  Is swimming in space.
           -  Is traveling through the constantly expanding universe [3].
           -  The sunsetless North Pole miracle in the Glorious Quran [4]. 

  • At the top of the North Pole, the sun never sets, and I showed the video for that, and also quoted the scientific sources for that. Also in the lands near by, it almost never sets either, and I quoted sources for that as well, and also showed pictures of the "polar night" skies on these lands.
  •        -  The Glorious Quran also speaks about many earths [5] and not just earth.
           -  The Glorious Quran predicts
    11 planets in our solar system [6].

      
    This is also all demonstrated in good details in the following
    video file and articles:

    www.answering-christianity.com/egg-shaped_earth.htm
    www.answering-christianity.com/ac20.htm#links
    www.answering-christianity.com/detailed_meanings_of_scientific_words_in_verses.htm.  I used seven encyclopedic dictionaries:


    This is a picture of the seven encyclopedic dictionaries that I
    used that thoroughly demonstrate the Noble Words that contain
    the Scientific Miracles in them, and how they were used by the
    Arabs of old before and after Islam.  Ample quotations, sayings,
    proverbs and examples quoted from these dictionaries at:
    www.answering-christianity.com/detailed_meanings_of_scientific_words_in_verses.htm

      

    5-  The Glorious Quran's Perfect Preservation despite all of the odds and the many challenges to corrupt It.

  • Hafs vs Warsh, and Ahruf vs Qiraat thoroughly compared here.
      
  • Also, the produce Surah like it Quran challenge to all.  Click here.
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    The book, any book, must prove itself to be Divine.  This is the Quran-Challenge:

    The following was taken from http://www.answering-christianity.com/blog/index.php/topic,3095.msg15373.html#msg15373:

    Al Masihi,

    Religious texts existed before Islam and after Islam.  The Glorious Quran even says that your (Jews and Christians') texts had been corrupted:

    www.answering-christianity.com/warning.htm

    So producing a false quran is nothing new.  In the article in my previous post above, I even quoted this Noble Verse:

    "Who can be more wicked than one who inventeth a lie against God, or saith, "I have received inspiration," when he hath received none, or (again) who saith, "I can reveal the like of what God hath revealed"? If thou couldst but see how the wicked (do fare) in the flood of confusion at death! - the angels stretch forth their hands, (saying),"Yield up your souls: this day shall ye receive your reward,- a penalty of shame, for that ye used to tell lies against God, and scornfully to reject of His signs!"  (The Noble Quran, 6:93)"

    So producing any hogwash text and calling it quran is not the Divine Challenge here, because any bozo can do it.  It is producing a Book like the Glorious Quran's Spiritual and Physical Miracles that truly attracted millions upon millions to Islam, and to prove Itself to be a truly a Divine Book from GOD Almighty, and not just any mere piece of literature.

    Take care,
    Osama Abdallah

      

    Crooked Texts:

    From http://www.answering-christianity.com/blog/index.php/topic,1996.msg15710.html#msg15710:

      

    We Muslims believe that some previous scriptures have remnants of Divine Truth in them.  For more on Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in previous scriptures, visit:

    www.answering-christianity.com/predict.htm

    Also, what agrees with the Glorious Quran, from Hadiths and non-Islamic texts, is closest to the Truth, but not absolute Truth like the Pure Holy Quran.  This is according to the Glorious Quran Itself:

    www.answering-christianity.com/warning.htm

      
    As Muslims, it is not our problem to sort out the non-Muslims' corrupted scriptures.  This is why Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, commanded us to neither say they are false nor true when they're used as evidence.  We always must say Allah Almighty alone knows what is True and what is false in them.  This is also why Allah Almighty Said this about the Glorious Quran:

    [018:001]  Praise be to God, Who hath sent to His Servant the Book, and hath allowed therein no Crookedness:

    [039:028]  (It is) a Quran in Arabic, without any crookedness (therein): in order that they may guard against Evil.

    Only the Holy Quran is without crookedness and man-made lies.  All other scriptures are crooked.  Again, visit the above link.

    Take care,
    Osama Abdallah

      

      

    Further sites to research:

    What is the Wisdom of Islam? And how will Allah Almighty Judge Muslims and non-Muslims?

    The Blessed Jesus and the place of the Jews and Christians in Islam?

    The scientific Miracles of the Noble Quran.

    The Noble Quran - Contradictions lies, History of Preservation, Worship, and Prophecies and Miracles.

    Dhul Qarnayn's story.  Sunrise and sunset.  Also Why حمئة and not حاميةٍ.  Dhil Qarnayn's journey is detailed with scientific and geographical maps that are more 1000 years old.

  • The sunsetless North Pole Miracle in the Glorious Quran [1].
  • Sunrise and sunset in the Hadiths.
  • The iron gates of Dhul Qarnayn were found.
  • The overwhelming Scientific and Numerical Miracles in the Glorious Quran.
  • The North and South Poles, and Prayer and Fasting Times.

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