The Qur'an


Holy Qur’an

How the Qur'an Was Revealed and Compiled 26

The fol­low­ing is a video lec­ture made by Hamza Yusof on July 14th, 1997 and in coöper­a­tion with Alham­bra Pro­duc­tions. The top­ic of the his­to­ry of the Qur’an and its com­pi­la­tion, and forms as part of a Foun­da­tions of Islam” series of lec­tures. Hamza Yusof gave a good his­tor­i­cal back­ground of the Qur’an, its his­to­ry and how it was Revealed in stages to the Prophet Muham­mad (P), its com­pi­la­tion after the pass­ing of the Prophet (P) as well as demon­strat­ing the tex­tu­al integri­ty of the Qur’an, as opposed to the tex­tu­al frailty of the Judeo-Chris­t­ian text which stands on shaky ground. Also of inter­est is the Ques­tion & Answer ses­sion towards the end of this lec­ture which we hope our read­ers will find beneficial.

The issue raised by this mono­graph thus can only exist, as a his­tor­i­cal issue, if there is a marked dif­fer­ence between the Qur’an and what the author par­en­thet­i­cal­ly calls Mus­lim tra­di­tion­al lit­er­a­ture.” This is pre­cise­ly the author’s posi­tion, and he posits that a his­tor­i­cal gap exist­ed between the for­ma­tion of the Qur’an and the appear­ance of this Mus­lim tra­di­tion­al lit­er­a­ture (pp. 17 – 18). The Qur’an, accord­ing to the author, pre­dates all the oth­er lit­er­a­ture. More­over, the knowl­edge hith­er­to accept­ed as his­tor­i­cal that we have about the rise of ear­ly Islam is not, accord­ing to the author, a prod­uct of the Qur’an but of this lit­er­a­ture (which he defines as com­pris­ing every­thing but the Qur’an). The whole of the mono­graph is ded­i­cat­ed to prov­ing that the Qur’an is not argu­ing against real” pagans when it argues with the group it calls mushrikun, those who prac­tice shirk or asso­ci­a­tion­ism, that is, wor­ship­ing oth­er deities in addi­tion to Allah. Rather, the author claims, the Qur’an is adopt­ing a rhetor­i­cal strat­a­gem that is very com­mon to monothe­is­tic tra­di­tions. To call some­one a pagan” or idol­ater” was to label them as less Chris­t­ian or less Jew­ish than the accus­ing fac­tion. The same should be held true for the argu­ments in the Qur’an.

A response to the Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ary and polemi­cist, Jay Smith’s video, Is The Qu’ran Cor­rupt­ed ? Bib­li­cal Char­ac­ters in the Qu’ran” by Iqra Pro­duc­tions. This video will show that the sources that the Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ary Jay Smith uses are dubi­ous, decep­tive and have been dealt with exten­sive­ly by Mus­lim schol­ars of the past. It also expos­es the weak­ness­es of the Bible nar­ra­tives and chal­lenges the mis­sion­ary to explain the sim­i­lar­i­ties of the Bible nar­ra­tives with ear­li­er sources and texts.

Some Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ar­ies have the inher­ent fan­ta­sy that Sura’ al-Fati­hah (the first Sura’ of the Qur’an) some­how sup­ports their false pagan doc­trine of the Trin­i­ty. They will first cite the whole ayaat and then twist this inter­pre­ta­tion to suit their false doc­trine. Let us now deal with this lat­est polemic in the fol­low­ing paragraphs.