Sunday, March 16, 2014

Quran challenge

The Quran Challenge

The strange thing about the Quran is that it constantly has ‘God’ speaking claiming that He is the source of the Quran, whereas the Bible rarely has God having to constantly declare to the reader that He is the ultimate author of the Book. The Quran goes a step further, bragging about itself as a wonderful book insisting no one can make even a single Surah (chapter) like the Quran because it’s so great. We see this in Quran verses like:

Say, "If mankind and the jinn gathered in order to produce the like of this Qur'an, they could not produce the like of it, even if they were to each other assistants."Quran 17:88

And if you are in doubt about what We have sent down upon Our Servant [Muhammad], then produce a surah the like thereof and call upon your witnesses other than Allah, if you should be truthful.—Quran 2:23

This claim is strange since a number of chapters of the Quran are fairly simple. Such as:
Surah 109

Say, "O disbelievers,
I do not worship what you worship.
Nor are you worshippers of what I worship.
Nor will I be a worshipper of what you worship.
Nor will you be worshippers of what I worship.
For you is your religion, and for me is my religion."

 Surah 109’s pattern is easily reproducible and is only a few lines long! Yet, apparently this is too difficult for us non-Muslims to reproduce!
Surah 108
Indeed, We have granted you, [O Muhammad], al-Kawthar.
So pray to your Lord and sacrifice [to Him alone].
Indeed, your enemy is the one cut off.

Surah 108 is a mere 3 verses long! This surah does not look complicated either! Yet, apparently the person that made the Quran thinks producing 3 lines would be like landing a man on the Sun! If someone handed you this Surah, would you automatically be able to detect its divine origin? Or would you just assume some human wrote it? 

Surah 106
 For the accustomed security of the Quraysh -
Their accustomed security [in] the caravan of winter and summer -
Let them worship the Lord of this House,
Who has fed them, [saving them] from hunger and made them safe, [saving them] from fear.

Its just another short Surah, only a few lines long.

Surah 103
By time,
Indeed, mankind is in loss,
Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.

Another 3 verses that are IMPOSSIBLE to match in style! The Quran does not seem to state explicitly who is the judge of what qualifies as being LIKE the surah is, but it would seem to make most sense that it would be the disbeliever of the Quran, since he is the one that must be convinced. The average Muslim on the other hand would never concede that the unbeliever had made a Surah that sounds like it is in the Quran, because doing so would be an admission that there is nothing divine about the Quran AT ALL. 

Perhaps this "Surah" is like the Surahs of the Quran:

"If there were two valleys full of riches for the son of Adam,
he would long for a third valley,
and nothing would fill the stomach of the son of Adam but dust."
Does this sound like it could be a Surah or at least part of one? Why or why not?

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