None can produce even a Surah of the like thereof (Qur’aan)
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verse –23 of 286, Section – 3 of 40 (Part - 1)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
And if ye are in doubt concerning that which We have revealed unto Our slave (Muhammad), then produce a Surah of the like thereof , and call your witnesses beside Allah if ye are truthful.
Wa ‘in- kuntum fii ray-bim-mimmaa nazzal-Naa ‘alaa ‘AbdiNaa fa’-tuu bi-Suuratim-mim- mis-lih. Wad-‘uu shuha-daaa- ‘akum- min- duuNIllaahi ‘in- kuntum saadi-qiin.
Nazzal-Naa – We revealed. The Word (Holy Qur’aan) was revealed unto Muhammad ‘the Last Prophet’ (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) from Allah Almighty through Angel Gabriel (peace be upon Him).
Mis-lihii – (Like this). In this word it is pointed out towards the both excellent meanings of Holy Qur’aan, ‘literal’ as well as ‘spiritual’. Its text is so easy that everybody can understand easily. Motive is discussed beautifully, entire and completely. Second large excellence of the Holy Qur’aan is that every person ‘male’ and ‘female’ have been taught the way of living. If an individual moves on this true path, he/she will succeed in this world and on the Day of Resurrection. If any infidel is in doubt that It is not the Word of God, it is a talk of any human only, then he should try to bring any one surah like this which has both excellence as mentioned above. If not so, then he should accept that the Holy Qur’aan is really Word of God. And nobody can make any such book without any doubt, if someone wishes, he may include the entire world in this work, he is free.
Shuha-daaa- ‘akum – (Your witnesses). Call the people to witness your claim that you have written the answer of this Surah and they verify you.
In the previous verses, Allah Almighty told that He is the Creator of all human beings and sets up them. So He is the Worshiped only. It was necessary to prove the prophet-hood of the Messenger (Peace be upon Him) so that it might be clear to the human beings that the Holy Qur’aan, which was bestowed to the Messenger is the Word of God. Due to this reason, after the announcement of Oneness of God, the people were invited for acceptance of Prophet-hood. And it was told them that if they had any doubt in the truth of Prophet, and they presume that the Holy Qur’aan is not the speech of God (we seek shelter of Allah) then they should produce and show any speech like this. All the nations and their scholars tried to do so but they could neither do so and nor they would be able to do so.
Holy Qur’aan is a proof of truth itself. It is the claim of Holy Qur’aan that if anybody does not accept it as the Word of God, he should produce any speech like this.
God Almighty commanded in one verse of Holy Qur’aan, “Prepare and produce ten surahs like Holy Qur’aan”. On other place, “Bring only three like this”, and in this Surah, “if not, produce at least one Surah like this. You can call and collect your all protecting friends to try, but it is the only condition that your speech would have all those excellence, which are held in the Speech of God and your speech would affect the life of human being like the Chapters of Holy Qur’aan”.
Before Islam, the Arab nation was in the rear from other nations in many matters. Morally she had lost essence of humanity. Socially and economically they were at the stage of lowest. Politically they had not wisdom totally. They were plain from the conception of religion. Really they were brave but due to ignorance and bigotry, they became idiots and oppressors.
God Almighty revealed this Word upon His last Messenger (Peace be upon Him) and with its source, this nation became Spiritual Guide of the entire world. The Messenger (Peace be upon Him) did never remained pupil of any teacher from human beings. He (Peace be upon Him) did not know “How to read and write” absolutely. He (Peace be upon Him) did not have any information regarding any outer part of the world. The people of His (Peace be upon Him) country were illiterate and they were proud of their ignorance and illiteracy.
With the Word of God, the Illiterate Prophet (Peace be upon Him) carried His illiterate and ignorant nation on the steps of improvement and perfection that there is no comparison in the history of the world. These Arabian became Guides of the nations of the world in morality, spiritualism, sociology, economics, politics, sovereignty and the religion i.e. every field of life.
In the history of one thousand four hundred years of Islam, any scholar or learned person could not accept this challenge of Holy Qur’aan. Ibn maqna’ tried boundless in the era of Caliph Haroon Rasheed and after him, before some centuries, the scholars and writers of Lebanon, but they could not write the answer of seven verses of “The Opening” (Surah ‘al-Faatihah).