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Take the Alphabet Challenge – Quran Arabic

by | Jan 30, 2022

In the Quran, many Surahs (29 out of 114) start with seemingly random letters, some scholars profess that these letters have hidden meaning; yet, there is nothing in the Quran nor the Hadiths that tend towards this.

Others say that each letter contains a numerical value attached to it. Where the story of the Jews of Medina that said the reign of Muhammad will last 71 years because the first Surah revealed in Medina begins with Alif, Lam, Mim (Alif = 1, Lam = 30 and Mim =40). And we know by now that there was Islamic rule for well over 1300 years (fall of the Ottoman Empire), and Muslims are found in numbers across all continents. Therefore, none of this is supported factually nor by any teachings of the prophet.

The most plausible explanation is since the Quran was revealed in Arabic and that Arabs are the most knowledgeable in that field; therefore, with the same letters, they should come up with something similar in greatness to the Quran. It is the alphabet challenge that has never been taken up in over 1400 years, or more likely, no one has ever succeeded; nor will anyone ever succeed.

Overwhelmingly, in Surahs that start with letters, the verse right after mentions the greatness of the Quran, i.e. the fact that it is inimitable.

Alif, Lam, Meem.

This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah –

Surah Al-Baqarah (2 – 1-2)

Alif, Lam, Ra. [This is] a Book whose verses are perfected and then presented in detail from [one who is] Wise and Acquainted.

Surah Hud (11 – 1)

Alif, Lam, Ra. [This is] a Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that you might bring mankind out of darknesses into the light by permission of their Lord – to the path of the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy –

Surah Ibrahim (14 – 1)

Alif, Lam, Meem.

[This is] the revelation of the Book about which there is no doubt from the Lord of the worlds.

Or do they say, “He invented it”? Rather, it is the truth from your Lord, [O Muhammad], that you may warn a people to whom no warner has come before you [so] perhaps they will be guided.

Surah As-Sajdah (32 – 1-3)

Can any other book pretend to that?

This is also apparent in multiple verses in the Quran

And it was not [possible] for this Qur’an to be produced by other than Allah, but [it is] a confirmation of what was before it and a detailed explanation of the [former] Scripture, about which there is no doubt, from the Lord of the worlds.

Or do they say [about the Prophet], “He invented it?” Say, “Then bring forth a surah like it and call upon [for assistance] whomever you can besides Allah, if you should be truthful.”

Surah Younus (10 – 37-38)

Then would you possibly leave [out] some of what is revealed to you, or is your breast constrained by it because they say, “Why has there not been sent down to him a treasure or come with him an angel?” But you are only a warner. And Allah is Disposer of all things.

Or do they say, “He invented it”? Say, “Then bring ten surahs like it that have been invented and call upon [for assistance] whomever you can besides Allah, if you should be truthful.”

And if they do not respond to you – then know that the Qur’an was revealed with the knowledge of Allah and that there is no deity except Him. Then, would you [not] be Muslims?

Surah Hud (11 – 12-14)

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

If anyone is a betting man, he knows that most of the time he will lose; it is a question of numbers. Winning every time is improbable and practically impossible. When flipping a coin, you have one chance out of two of getting it right. 50%, not bad; but repeat it four times straight; not too confident, are you?

Let’s transpose that example to the prophet Muhammad; he got every single verifiable (with our limited knowledge to date) phenomenon right. Not only he got them right, but most of them are also explained; not just enunciated or left for interpretation. Let’s say there are about 20 scientific/natural phenomenon (Actually, more have been mentioned and others left out since a multitude of authors have done a better job than me explaining them. Plus, 20 seems like a pretty round number, and we don’t want to sound boastful either) that were elucidated 1400 years ago, by an illiterate Arab that had no aspirations to science whatsoever… When you do the math: ½ at the power 20 is ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½. That gives you the possibility of 1/1 048 576 of getting it right. That is less than one in a million probability; becoming less and less a betting man…Keep in mind, considering that the questioning is in a yes or no format; true or false to a given question (without formulating the solution and adding all the explanation that comes with it in the Quran and Hadith).

The thing is, it is not because the prophet Muhammad was an expert in astronomy, geology, chemistry, nuclear physics, biology, botany, entomology, oceanology, or even historical science that he got it right all the time. It is because the only thing he got right out of all of this is that he wholeheartedly believed in Allah. All these, verses, signs, scientific phenomenon were not explained or tackled by the prophet Muhammad; they were brought forth by Allah, the All-Knowing.

And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 59)


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