As of the day in which the Prophet of Islam, Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny) presented the divine religion of Islam as an all-encompassing School of Thought for the mankind, he always made use of the beautiful ayahs of Holy Quran in his remarks and sermons.
While the world of humanity was plagued with polytheism, injustice, and ignorance, pushing mankind toward a deadlock, the ayahs of Holy Quran ushered in a righteous and truthful path for humanity that led mankind out of darkness.
Prophet Mohammad noted: Holy Quran and people resemble rainfall and soil. While soil is dried up and dead, suddenly God sends rainfall. Thereafter, creeks, one after the other, start to run through valleys, leading to the growth of plants. Holy Quran has the same effect on people who accept and heed by this Holy Book.
As a reminder, last week we spoke of the beautiful tone, sentences, and phrases of this divine book. Now, we continue this discussion.
The musical tone of the words and sentences of Holy Quran has always captured the attention of experts and researchers. This holy and sacred book in fact maintains an inner musical tone, which is one of its deepest secrets. In fact, the ayahs of Holy Quran maintain a unique structure, which has given rise to a musical tone, via usage of appropriate terms.
The polytheists, in a futile effort to reject the prophet hood of Prophet of Islam, claimed that Holy Quran is a poetry book and the Prophet is a poet. They made this claim because the beauties of the tone and connotations of ayahs of Holy Quran were rather irrefutable. Even the polytheists were attracted to the beauty of the tone of Holy Quran to an extent that they secretly approached the Prophet’s house upon nightfall to listen to the recitations of the ayahs of this Holy Book. Also, many individuals adored and admired the beauty and eloquence of the ayahs of Holy Quran to an extent that they converted to the sacred religion of Islam.
One of the Meccan polytheists was a man named Valid bin Moqairah. He was powerful and known for his vast knowledge and experience among disbelievers. Thus, many Arabs referred to him for resolution of their problems. On the day in which Surat Ghafir of the Holy Quran was descended upon the Prophet of Islam, the Prophet was reciting these ayahs with an attractive tone. Meanwhile, Valid was accidently near the Prophet’s house and heard some of the ayahs of this Surah which noted: “Ha, Mim: The gradual sending down of the Book is from Allah, the All-mighty, the All-knowing, forgiver of sins and acceptor of repentance, severe in retribution, yet all-bountiful, there is no god except Him, and toward Him is the destination. No one disputes the signs of Allah except the faithless. So do not be misled by their bustle in the towns.”
They ayahs highly influenced Valid. When the members of Bani Makhzoum Clan gathered round him and asked him to judge Holy Quran, he noted: The Word which Mohammad has brought about maintains an especial beauty. It is fruitful, blessed, and remarkable, and no other Word is superior to this Word.
Valid made these remarks and departed the crowd. Upon these remarks, the disbelievers of Qoraish realized that he was deeply influenced by the Quranic ayahs. Although Valid had come to realize the grandeur and beauty of ayahs of Holy Quran, he refused to convert to Islam, because of his stubbornness and prejudice.
Although leading polytheists accused the Prophet of Islam of composing poetry to derail the public opinion from the righteous path; they in fact admitted to the extraordinary influence of Holy Quran. However, God reprimands those, who claim Holy Quran is a book of verse and/or the Prophet of Islam is a poet.
The 69th ayah of Surat Yasin in Holy Quran cites God Almighty as saying: “We did not teach him poetry, nor does it behoove him. This is just a reminder and a manifest Quran.”
As we said, the writing style of Holy Quran is neither the style of verse nor the style of prose, because it doesn’t maintain any rhyme and rhythm, in contrast to the works in verse. Moreover, poems are usually paired with a type of poetic imagination, while the enlightening ayahs of Holy Quran are sent from God and do not display poetic imaginations. Poetry is rooted in human emotions and is constantly changing, while the Quranic teachings only display the truth. The beauty of poetry, in majority of cases, is tied to exaggerations, and imaginative similes, while Holy Quran states the truth. In the meantime, Holy Quran is also not an ordinary prose, because it maintains a musical tone, which is not observed in any similar work of prose.
The beauty and the appeal of ayahs of Holy Quran has wholeheartedly influenced Arabs and have made them realize the true nature of this divine, unrivaled gift. Those, who are familiar with the techniques of eloquence, have discovered that the extraordinary fluency and eloquence of Holy Quran goes beyond the abilities of mankind, and is most certainly created by God.
Muslims always recite the ayahs of Holy Quran with a musical tone that is exclusive to this Holy Book. The Islamic teachings always urge us to recite Holy Quran with an appropriate tone.
Meanwhile, many remarkable remarks or texts may just influence people from a particular era and many not be in line with the taste of people of other eras. However, the beauties of Holy Quran are not limited to a particular era, race, or culture. Any nation, who is familiar with ayahs of Holy Quran, has found them highly attractive, and the further they are familiar with Quranic teachings, the more they perceive the grandeur of this Holy Book.
Throughout the course of history, the harmony and beauty of the words and sentences of Holy Quran has deeply astonished the most prominent Arab literary figures, while even the arch-enemies of the Prophet of Islam, such as Valid, have admitted to the unique nature of Holy Quran.
Such confessions are also evident in the remarks of non-Arab thinkers of the contemporary era, and the statements of Eastern and Western translators.
One of the English translators of Holy Quran, Arberry notes: Holy Quran maintains a unique and unprecedented tone and has always maintained its freshness throughout the course of history. Isn’t this a sign of Holy Quran’s divine nature?