which was before it [i.e. the Taurat (Torah), and the Injeel (Gospel), etc.], and afull explanation of the Book (i.e. laws and orders, etc, decreed for mankind) -wherein there is no doubt from the the Lord of the 'Alamin (mankind, jinns,and all that exists).Or do they say: "He (Muhammad
) has forged it?" Say: "Bring then a Surah(chapter) like unto it, and call upon whomsoever you can, besides Allah, if you are truthful!"Qur'an (10:37-38)Or they say, "He (Prophet Muhammad
) forged it (the Qur'an)." Say: "Bringyou then ten forged Surah (chapters) like unto it, and call whomsoever youcan, other than Allah (to your help), if you speak the truth!"Qur'an (11:13)Or do they say: "He (Muhammad
) has forged it (this Qur'an)?" Nay! They believe not!Let them then produce a recital like unto it (the Qur'an) if they are truthful.Qur'an (52:33-34)
'Abdur Raheem Greenmentions that:These are the sixteen Al-Bihar (literally "Seas", so called because of the waythe poem moves, according to its rhythmic patterns):
At-Tawil, al-Bassit, al-Waafir, al-Kaamil, ar-Rajs, al-Khafeef, al-Hazaj, al-Muttakarib, al- Munsarih, al-Muktatab, al-Muktadarak, al-Madeed, al-Mujtath, al-Ramel,al-Khabab and as-Saria'
. So the challenge is to produce in Arabic, three lines,that do not fall into one of these sixteen Bihar, that is not rhyming prose, norlike the speech of soothsayers, and not normal speech, that it should containat least a comprehensible meaning and rhetoric, i.e. not gobbledygook. Now Ithink at least the Christian's "Holy spirit" that makes you talk in tongues, partof your "Tri-Unity" of God should be able to inspire one of you with that!
The pagans of Mecca repeated accuse Prophet Muhammad
for being a forger,a soothsayer etc. Interestingly enough, these old arguments are recycled againand again by the people even today! The Arabs who were at the pinnacle of their poetry and prose during the time of revelation of the Qur'an could noteven produce the smallest
of its like. Poetry in Arabic falls into sixteendifferent
as mention above and other than that they have the speech of soothsayers, rhyming prose, and normal speech. The Qur'an's form did not fitinto any of these categories. It was this that made the Qur'an inimitable, and