Chapter 12: The Challenge Offered By The Quran
The Second Test if the Challenge Given by the Quran in Mankind and Jinn to Produce the Like of the Quran
This test is set by the Quran itself in the following verse:
Say: " If the whole of mankind and Jinn were to gather together to produce the like of his Quran they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support" (Surat Al-Isra 17:88).
This challenge was met. In the age of Jhailia before Muhammad there were men who produced the like of the Quran.
Before he became a prophet, Muhammad heard Qus Ibn Saedah Al-Ayadi, who died in the year 600 A.D., speaking in the Okas Market and admired him very much. Abu-Bakr who memorized what Qus Ibn Saedh said, used to repeat his speeches to Muhammad. his Arabic speech was similar to the Quran and many of his words were mentioned in the Quran.
The poet Omaia Ibn Abi Alsalat, who died in the year 624 A.D., mentioned in his poetry Gabriel and Michael, whom Muhammad mentioned in his Quran. The poet Al-Haseen Iban Hamam, who died in the year 611 A.D., mentioned in his poetry the scales by which the deeds of men will be weighted in the day of judgment. The same wording was mentioned in the Quran in Surat Al-Araf 28.9.
The poets Antara Al-Abasi (who died in 610 A.D.), Waraka Ibn Nafal (who died in 592 A.D.) and Lubaid ( who died in 671 A.D.) all wrote poetry similar to the Quran. The poet Roba Ibn Al-Ajaj wrote somethign every similar to Surat Al-Fil (Islamic Caliphate, pages 60-71).
Now ho about the jinn? Were they able to produce the like of the Quran? The answer is: certainly.
The Quran includes Surat Al-Jinn. It is surat number r72. In the surat, a company of Jinn listened to the Quran:
They said: "We have really heard a wonderful recital! It gives guidance to the right and we have believed therein: we shall not join [in worship] any [gods] with our Lord (Surat Al-Jinn 72:1, 2).
The rest of Surat Al-Jinn recorded the words of the jinn as if they were the words of Allah. The style of the jinn is very similar to the style of the Quran. The Quran declares that the jinn are evil creatures associated with satan:
Iblis [satan] he was one of the jinn, and he broke the command of his lord (Surat Al-Kahf 18:50).
The jinn were able to produce the like of the Quran and in fact, they produced one whole chapter of the Quran and this is why it is called "Surat Al-Jinn." In that surat the jinn told Muhammad, "Amongst us are some who are Muslims (literal translation) (Surat Al-Jinn 72:14).
Ahmad Bahgat in his book Prophets of Allah, page 386, quoted Abdallah Ibn Massoud who said:
The Messenger of Allah said to his followers, "Everyone of you is escorted by a jinni and an angel." "Even you, messenger of Allah?" they asked. "Even me, Muhammad answered, but Allah helped me and he was converted to Islam, since that time he does not order me to do good.
here we have to ask, since Muhammad was escorted by a jinni, what kind of suggestions did the jinni give to Muhammad before the jinni became a Muslim?
The challenge of the Quran was met by poets and jinn to assure us that the Quran is not the word of God.