al-Kutub al-'Ilmiyya

Sun Setting In Murky Water

Crit­ics of this verse should be aware that the Qur’an is not descrip­tive prose, and the words of the Qur’an is of high poet­i­cal elo­quence, some­thing which the Bible is not able to claim. Since the beau­ty of the Qur’an is in its poet­i­cal nature, there­fore it is only nat­ur­al that the Qur’an uses emphat­ic expres­sions to describe some­thing like a sun­set”. Keep in mind that the Qur’an is in poet­i­cal prose and is meant to be a chal­lenge to the pagan Arabs in Mec­ca who prid­ed them­selves as writ­ers of good poet­ry. Those neo­phytes who like to use this verse as a stick to beat Islam with should try to study the Ara­bi­an Lit­er­a­ture and His­to­ry of that peri­od before com­ing up with sil­ly conclusions.