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Quran Also Carries

Muhammads Words!

by Mohammad Asghar
20 Nov, 2008
One of the cardinal beliefs of the Muslims is this: The Quran is the only Religious Book that
was not written by any human, and that all of its messages had come down to Muhammad in
Allahs own words.
My research into the Quran proves that the above claim is false. Here is what its verse 16:51
says, and what I have understood from it.
Allah has said: Take not (for worship) two gods: for He is just One Allah: then fear Me
(and Me alone).
If we need a specific verse from the Quran that irrefutably proves that it also contains
Muhammads words and statements, this is it!
Not only the first three words and the construction of the statement prove that the speaker of
the statement was Muhammad; even the nuances of the Arabic grammar that govern the use
of punctuation marks make it absolutely clear that it was Muhammad, and not Allah, who
spoke those words of the verse.
The verse, previous to this one, ended with a big circle (a full stop in English) along with an
instruction to the reader to bow his or her head after reaching its end. In other words, verse 51
is independent of verse 50 and that we should judge it solely on the basis of its contents.
Approaching the contents of the verse from the above standpoint, we find that the speaker of
the words Allah has said were the words that came from Muhammads mouth. There is no
way that Allah could have expressed Himself in those words, as doing that would have made
Him not only batty, but also a subject of ridicule and contempt.
The sooner Muslims accept this fact, the better it will be for them. The realization of the truth
by them will herald a new era in which the people of other religious denominations would not
only be able to talk to them on social and economic issues, but also on their religion and it s
varied doctrines, without fear of being assaulted or lynched by them.
If any thing most Muslims respect and love more than their own lives is the Quran. This is a
psychological disorder the root of which runs to a belief that tells them that what their
Religious Book contains were spoken by none but Allah Himself. Despite the fact that the
Quran contradicts this belief, Muslims do not want to consider even the possibility of it
having words that could also have come from Muhammads mouth.
Muslims belief that all the words of the Quran are from Allah makes it an extremely sacred
Book. To preserve its sacredness, they are willing to do anything, including killing
themselves, if it becomes necessary. This behavior of the Muslims is known as
fundamentalism. Also known vicariously as Islamic Fundamentalism, which espouses
violence, causes death and destruction, it has become today the major problem of our world.
It is not true that only the illiterate or half- literate Muslims are guilty of fundamentalism,
even the scholars of Islam harbor it in their heart. This is discernible from the efforts that they
have been making, for hundreds of years, for defending what is indefensible. Here is an
example of how a reputable Muslim scholar avoided telling his readers the truth that lies
behind the Qurans authorship.
Allah is Most High, Most Wise: man is, in spite of his high destiny, often the lowest of the
low (95:5). Yet Allah, out of His infinite Mercy and Grace, has bestowed His revelation on
man. How does it come about? Three ways are mentioned: (1) Wahyun, Inspiration; (2) from
behind a veil; and (3) by sending of a Messenger.
Wahyun, Inspiration, is interpreted to be of two kinds: (1) a suggestion thrown by Allah into
the heart and mind of man, by which man understands the substance of the Message, whether
it is a command or prohibition, or an explanation of a great truth; and (2) verbal or literal
inspiration, by which the actual words of Allah are conveyed in human language. Orthodox
opinion admits the existence of both kinds, though the latter (recited, matlu) is held to be of
a superior degree, only vouchsafed to the greater Prophets, while the former (other than
recited, gair-matlu) may be given not only to the greater Prophets but to the other men of
spiritual insight who have not attained the degree of Prophethood. If we accept the theory of
verbal inspiration, it would also cover the Messages brought by the angel Gabriel.[1]
It is clear from the Quran itself that it is the bearer of messages that had come supposedly
from Allah to Muhammad in two forms. One of them came in the form of inspiration, which
Allah Himself threw into Muhammads heart.[2] The second came through the medium of
angel Gabriel, who, too, put it down to his heart by Allahs Will.[3]
In both the cases, no direct words from Allah were involved. Muhammad received the
messages either directly from Allah or through angel Gabriel into his heart and mind, and
then expressed them to his followers in his own words. This is what the Quran implies, and
also, this is what the learned scholar has said indirectly in his commentary.
The Muslim scholars unwillingness or desire to speak clearly on the authorship of the Quran
is a reason that leads all Muslims to believe that all of its contents came directly from Allah,
and in His own words. Therefore, they are not only extraordinarily sacred to them, they are
also infallible.
This dogmatic belief has made the Muslims not only excessively reverent of the Quran; it has
also made them highly sensitive to any criticism that is made by those who hold differing
views on its authorship.
Given the state of mind with which almost all Muslim children grow up and lead their lives,
we are not likely to see a peaceful world until steps are taken to debrief them on the Quran
and its contents. And this can be done only through the Muslim scholars and preachers.
We do not know how Muslim scholars and preachers can be made to change what they have
been preaching to their readers and listeners, but this is something that we need to do, if we
want to see a less dogmatic and placid community of Muslims to emerge in our midst
sometime in future.
Insofar as the question of two gods spoken of in the verse is concerned, the concept of two
gods had actually originated in ancient Persia much before Judaism, Christianity and Islam
took their birth. Not only did the Persians of the yore believe in Resurrection after death as
well as Free Will for man to choose between good and bad, they also believed that there were
two gods; one of which, known as Ahura Mazda, Lord of Wisdom, Supreme Ruler of the
World, was the Creator of all good things. The other, called Angra Manyu, the Evil Spirit,
created all that is evil in the world.
The ancient Persians, also known as Zoroastrians, therefore, worshipped Ahura Mazda so that
he could continue to favor them with all the good things of the world. The presence of Angra
Manyu in their midst reminded them of the evil things, which they needed to shun in their
lives.
The tradition of having two gods was also prevalent among the Meccan Pagans of
Muhammads time, but with a difference. To them, both the gods were good, hence worthy of
veneration and worshipping.
In keeping with this tradition, they had two statues of the gods Isaf and Naila installed on the
hills of Safa and Marwa. When performing their annual hajj rituals, the Pagans ran from one
hill to another, each time stopping briefly only to touch the idols.
Muhammad retained the Pagans practice of running between the two hills seven times in
Islam, but without the idols. Though the Pagans practice carried some sense, Muslims
replicating it during their annual hajj does not.
What people, not familiar with the hajj rituals, should make of millions of Muslims, who run
between the two hills without, unlike the Pagans, a logical cause or ostensible reason?


[1] Abdullah Yusuf Ali, op. cit. Vol. 2, p. 1321.
[2] Cf. The Quran, 4:163.
[3] Cf. The Quran; 2:97.