What do William Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michael Jordan have in common?
Well, they worked hard to get to the top of their perspective fields of expertise, and are known the world over.
William Shakespeare, the infamous playwright, is arguably best known for his plays, such as Hamlet, MacBeth, Julius Caesar, The Tempest, and Romeo and Juliet. Michael Jordan is most notably known for his on-court heroics, his last-second shots, his quick crossover and dunking ability. He is vastly recognized as the greatest basketball player to have ever played the game. Leonardo da Vinci is renown primarily for his paintings, and although his gifts traverse many fields, his most famous painting is the Mona Lisa. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of it.
Ask anyone on the street just who these people are, and they will have heard the name and recognize some of their greatest accomplishments. They would have known Shakespeare for Romeo and Juliet, Michael Jordan for his NBA championships, and Leonardo da Vinci for the Mona Lisa. The point is, they worked their way to the top, leaving a trail of hard work and practice, and a legacy littered with drafts and determination symbolizing their struggle to the top. There is no such thing as a one-hit wonder, just the perception thereof.
Now, you’re probably asking yourselves, “What does this have to do with anything?” Well, I’m sure you can’t fathom that Shakespeare simply woke up one day and wrote Macbeth without any formal education and attempts at writing, that Michael Jordan just walked onto the basketball court for the Chicago Bulls without ever learning to dribble, and that Leonardo da Vinci simply put brush to canvas creating memorable masterpieces without chucking a few in the trash-bin before he became known for who he was.
As for the Qur’an, the Prophet ﷺ simply couldn’t have authored it. When the Qur’an is objectively examined, and its historical context analyzed, it’s just not possible.
Let me explain.
For every Shakespeare, there was the studying of the works of the great classical authors and dramatists, such as Ovid, Plato, Horace, Virgil, Cicero, and Seneca in grammar school. For every Leonardo da Vinci, there was a working for his father as an apprentice in the renown workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence, and being exposed to the long-standing da Vinci painting tradition. For every Michael Jordan, there was a getting cut from his high school basketball team, which he used as motivation to practice even harder to become who he was.
“Maybe, it’s my fault. Maybe I led you to believe it was easy, when it wasn’t. Maybe I made you think that my highlights started at the free-throw line, and not in the gym. Maybe I made you think that every shot I took, was a game winner, that my game was built on flash, and not fire. Or maybe it’s my fault that you didn’t see that failure game me strength, that my pain was my motivation. Maybe I led you to believe that basketball was a God-given gift, and not something I worked for every, single, day of my life.” ~ Michael Jordan
Now, how often do you hear detractors claim that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ authored the Qur’an? How often do they make that assertion only to expose themselves when asked to support their theories with actual evidence?
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was a shepherd coming from humble origins. Orphaned as a young child, he was never formally taught in any center of learning, only to be raised by his tribe. He was both, unable to read and unable to write. History informs us that he was never known for poetry, or speaking much for that matter. From this pious and humble man from the deserts of Arabia, comes the Qur’an? Revelation that touches upon subjects, such as, astronomy, geology, embryology, genetics, biology, archaeology, established world religions, politics, laws, mannerisms, guiding the human soul, and setting a gold standard that will have been ultimately adopted by 1.8B people?
The Qur’an is the pinnacle of eloquence that serves as the root of classical Arabic grammar. A recitation that contains a unique rhythmic sequence, that makes it easy to memorize, and that seeks not to be read or chanted, but recited in its harmonic, majestic beauty. It rocks the soul to the core, which only has people coming back for more.
Never has repetition been so insightful, so intriguing, so mesmerizing, so inspiring that it causes the soul to weep from within only to push the body to overreact, unable to contain itself, causing it to bow down in humility. A recitation that cannot turn back. There was no practice. Verses were immediately absorbed by the people only to be adhered to, religiously.
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was the most recorded man in history. Where are those documents written in his handwriting? Where are those scholars he supposedly learned from? What are their names? Where are his poems?
And if the Qur’an claims he was an ummi (unlearned), and it does, and was caught reading a book, why would anyone follow him? He would have been accused of forgery by his closest companions. This was a man who was a Prophet, a husband, a soldier, a warrior, a politician, a father, and spiritual guide. He was constantly surrounded by his followers. When would he have had the time to construct such a detailed feat involving intricacies of other world religions, and offer wisdom that some followers take a lifetime to attain?
Why wouldn’t he take credit for writing or conceiving it? If he received council from these unknown scholars, where were they for a span of 23 years as the Qur’an was revealed and compiled? Why didn’t they speak up and claim they taught the Prophet ﷺ, looking to attribute themselves to its early success? And if they weren’t interested in that, then why didn’t they expose him as a fraud? Had the verses of the Qur’an been authored by the Prophet ﷺ, he would have needed a number of drafts, and the work would have needed updating and editing, but this didn’t happen.
The verses were written down by scribes as dictated by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ only once, and no redrafting, editing, or updating took place after that. The only trail of hard work and practice you will find when it comes to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, is practicing the faith as dictated to him by the Lord of the Worlds.
By: Nader (MW Admin)