What Makes the Qur’an Miraculous?: Ibn Hajr

In his famous explanation of Saheeh al-Bukhari, al-haafidh ibn Hajr included the following words regarding some of the ways in which the Qur’an is miraculous:

وَقَدْ جَمَعَ بَعْضُهُمْ إِعْجَازَ الْقُرْآنِ فِي أَرْبَعَةِ أَشْيَاءَ : [ ص: 624 ] أَحَدُهَا : حُسْنُ تَأْلِيفِهِ وَالْتِئَامُ كَلِمِهِ مَعَ الْإِيجَازِ وَالْبَلَاغَةِ . ثَانِيهَا : صُورَةُ سِيَاقِهِ وَأُسْلُوبِهِ الْمُخَالِفِ لِأَسَالِيبِ كَلَامِ أَهْلِ الْبَلَاغَةِ مِنَ الْعَرَبِ نَظْمًا وَنَثْرًا حَتَّى حَارَتْ فِيهِ عُقُولُهُمْ وَلَمْ يَهْتَدُوا إِلَى الْإِتْيَانِ بِشَيْءٍ مِثْلِهِ مَعَ تَوَفُّرِ دَوَاعِيهِمْ عَلَى تَحْصِيلِ ذَلِكَ وَتَقْرِيعِهِ لَهُمْ عَلَى الْعَجْزِ عَنْهُ . ثَالِثُهَا : مَا اشْتَمَلَ عَلَيْهِ مِنَ الْإِخْبَارِ عَمَّا مَضَى مِنْ أَحْوَالِ الْأُمَمِ السَّالِفَةِ وَالشَّرَائِعِ الدَّاثِرَةِ مِمَّا كَانَ لَا يَعْلَمُ مِنْهُ بَعْضَهُ إِلَّا النَّادِرُ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ . رَابِعُهَا : الْإِخْبَارُ بِمَا سَيَأْتِي مِنَ الْكَوَائِنِ الَّتِي وَقَعَ بَعْضُهَا فِي الْعَصْرِ النَّبَوِيِّ وَبَعْضُهَا بَعْدَهُ . وَمِنْ غَيْرِ هَذِهِ الْأَرْبَعَةِ آيَاتٌ وَرَدَتْ بِتَعْجِيزِ قَوْمٍ فِي قَضَايَا أَنَّهُمْ لَا يَفْعَلُونَهَا فَعَجَزُوا عَنْهَا مَعَ تَوَفُّرِ دَوَاعِيهِمْ عَلَى تَكْذِيبِهِ ، كَتَمَنِّي الْيَهُودِ الْمَوْتَ ، وَمِنْهَا الرَّوْعَةُ الَّتِي تَحْصُلُ لِسَامِعِهِ ، وَمِنْهَا أَنَّ قَارِئَهُ لَا يَمَلُّ مِنْ تَرْدَادِهِ وَسَامِعَهُ لَا يَمُجُّهُ وَلَا يَزْدَادُ بِكَثْرَةِ التَّكْرَارِ إِلَّا طَرَاوَةً وَلَذَاذَةً . وَمِنْهَا أَنَّهُ آيَةٌ بَاقِيَةٌ لَا تُعْدَمُ مَا بَقِيَتِ الدُّنْيَا ، وَمِنْهَا جَمْعُهُ لِعُلُومٍ وَمَعَارِفَ لَا تَنْقَضِي عَجَائِبُهَا وَلَا تَنْتَهِي فَوَائِدُهَا . اهـ مُلَخَّصًا مِنْ كَلَامِ عِيَاضٍ ، وَغَيْرِهِ . ـ

Some scholars have said that the Qur’an’s miraculous inimitability is made up of four things:

First: Its beautiful composition and arrangement of its words along with its conciseness and eloquence.

Second: The way that its style and manner of expression is distinct from the literary style – whether poetry or prose – of the most eloquent Arabs. It was so distinct that it befuddled their minds and they were not able to produce anything like it despite the abundant motivations they had to do so and the criticism directed at them for not being able to do so.

Third: The information that it contains regarding what has passed of the previous nations and their long-lost legislative rulings which only a very few of the Ahl al-Kitab know of even partially.

Fourth: The information that it contains about the worldly events that were to come, some of which took place during the Prophet’s era and some of which came about later.

And then besides these four points, there are also numerous ayaat describing certain people as being unable to do something, and then those people are in fact unable to do that thing despite how they would claim that this is not true. Take for example inviting the Jews to wish for death [c.f. 2:94-94, 62:6-7].

Another point is the fear that it inspires in the listener.

Also, there is the fact that the reciter does not become bored of repeating it, nor does the listener become bothered. The more that it is repeated, the fresher and sweeter it is.

Another point is that it is an ongoing miracle which will not cease to be so long as this world continues.

Another point is that it had gathered together the different fields and areas of knowledge. There is no limit to its amazements, nor any end to its benefits.

All of this is a summary of the words of al-Qadhi ‘Iyyadh and others.

[Fath al-Bari 8/622 (see here)]

See also: Appropriate Miracles for Each People and Era: Ibn Kathir

See also: The Preservation of the Qur’an and the Preservation of the Tawrah: Imam al-Shinqitee

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  1. Pingback: Appropriate Miracles for Each People and Era: Ibn Kathir | Tulayhah

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