In the modern era, the Qur’an came under scrutiny through multiplicity of venues. For example, since this so-called divine book has many historical errors and scientific errors, it came under criticisms of historians and scientists. Linguistically the Qur’an fares equally poorly. It has substantial Arabic grammatical flaws and devout Muslims were forced to try to amend or explain those.
For those who can read Arabic, please watch this video about simple grammatical errors as well as contradictions in Sura Taha, verse 63 and Sura Ma’eda, verse 69, and Sura Cow, verse 62 and Sura Hajj and Nisa’, verse 62:
To clarify, the above video shows simple grammatical errors in the Qur’an that any adult Arab who got elementary schooling can see. It shows the same grammatical rule in the Qur’an done in a correct grammatical way in one instance, and in a wrong grammatical way in another, thus showing a grammatical error and a contradiction in the Qur’an as to its Application of the grammatical rules.
Do Muslims define what a “Miracle” is?
To put the Qur’an in an aura of the untouchable and sacred halo, Muslims of our day promote this manual of terror as an amazingly miraculous book. However, we fail to understand what the Muslim means when he/she says the Qur’an is Miraculous. The problem starts with the concept of the “Miraculous”.
In our everyday language, we humans are lax when it comes to terminology. This is a good thing and makes our language more flexible. For instance we can say that an event was miraculous; meaning that it had an unusual sequence of event. If someone falls from a high building and survives, we may say “it was a miracle that he survived”. Such a statement expresses the low degree of probability that someone survives such a fall. We are using the word “Miracle’ in this instance in a very flexible way and there is no need to define what a miracle is. However, when someone tells us “This spoon is miraculous” or “This tree is miraculous” or “This book is miraculous”, we have a right to inquire: Why so? And what is your definition of “Miraculous”. Else, we will not understand what that person means. The problem is that Muslims promote their hate manual as a miraculous book without telling us why it is miraculous. A Muslim needs to understand that calling something a “miracle”, a frame of reference is needed. We need a specific definition of what constitutes a Miracle. Else, claiming the Qur’an to be miraculous is no more than a bogus claim.
What is a true Miracle
The philosophical definition of a miracle is, in my view, the correct one for a precise concept of a “Miracle”. A “Miracle” is an event that occurs in the natural world where at least one natural law was suspended or broken (violated). For instance if I left a pen in my hand up high in the air, and let go of it and that pen does not go down to the ground, and stays midair,then such an event can be called a “Miracle”. The law of gravity was violated or broken in this instance.
So, …what can I do to understand what Muslims mean by “Miraculous”? I decided the best course of action is to go to Muslim “Miracle” sites to see if I can synthesize what they mean when they say the Qur’an is miraculous. Here is one such site that I went to:
This site offers a plethora of Qur’anic miracles: Historical, and Scientific (including predictive or futuristic inventions), and Mathematical, and Literary.
So, it seems to me the meaning of a Miracle, for those who established this site, is something “unusual” in the Qur’an. Muslims sites do not adopt a strict meaning of a “Miracle” as the one I introduced earlier. Before discussing some of the Islamic “Miracles” in that site, I have to say that all of that exists on that Muslim site is not miracles at all. At best, some may be described as strange or unusual thing at first instance. But once analyzed, the trickery of this site gets exposed like exposing a dark object under the light of truth.
As there are many things on that site, a short article cannot tackle all of the claims on such a site. The best I can do is to analyze some of what is being introduced on that site. I will address some of their “Miracles” from different areas of knowledge
Qur’an 51:7 says “CONSIDER the firmament full of starry paths!”
Do you see a miracle? Well, the above site’s Miracle “Experts” see many in that verse. They see a theory of weaving starry paths. They also see the foundations of the string theory in the universe!
Do I need a rebuttal for this Islamic craziness? Silly me I am scientifically challenged!
Qur’an 28:38 “Pharaoh said, "Council, I do not know of any other god for you apart from Me. Haman, kindle a fire for me over the clay and build me a lofty tower so that perhaps I may be able to climb up to Musa's god! I consider him a blatant liar." (Qur'an, 28:38)”
Well, I hope you spotted the “Miracle” in this one. I didn’t. The Qur’an pirated a lot of statements from the Old Testament and narrations of Jewish Arabs who Muhammad interacted with during his life. The verse above is part of that. There is nothing unusual about that verse.
Science and predictions
One thing intrigued me in that site is the scientific predictions. So, I went to the Airplanes. In its Plane Technology section, I have to give it to that site. They do not say the verses they use point to a miracle. They kind of waver between a miracle and not a miracle. To use a Catholic expression, such verses waver between Heaven and hell in a place called Purgatory!!
Here are the Qur’anic Jewels:
And to Sulayman We gave the fiercely blowing wind, speeding at his command toward the land that We had blessed. And We had full knowledge of everything. (Qur'an, 21:81)
And We gave Sulayman power over the wind-a month's journey in the morning and a month in the afternoon... (Qur'an, 34:12)
I guess prophet Solomon (Sulayman) probably used airplanes to move around. Hence, the Qur’an speaks about the invention of airplanes!! There you go. I found the Miracle in the above verses!!
The Qur’an has no Miracles. In fact, for a Muslim to stay honest to what Muhammad claimed, he/she has to say that the Qur’an has no Miracles, and Muhammad did no miracles. Muhammad said that himself. Modern day Muslim “Miracle Experts” are really going against the Sunna of our beloved Rasool Allah and what he claimed when they say the Qur’an has Miracles in it. I, therefore call upon the Azhar and Qom to declare such “Miracle Experts” apostates, and pave the way for them for some refreshing beheadings right after the Jum’a Mass (to use a Catholic expression)!!