Holy Qur’an is one huge Miracle. It is a Book of Miracles which may be
expounded from innumerable points of views. I have tried from some simple
aspects to share with you that which I, as a layman was enthralled with. There
is no end to this research. I leave this task to my more learned brethren, and
the erudite scholars of Islam. May I live to see their efforts. Let me end with
this, my final example, for this short publication.
few years ago, a controversy arose in Swaziland. King Sobuza lost his Queen
elect. The Christian Churches in the country began quibbling on the subject of
the period of waiting before a man can remarry. It was not such a serious
problem for discussion because the King still had eight more wives. So the topic
changed to “How long must a woman wait if her husband dies.” As the
debate was raging furiously in the tiny Kingdom, the benevolent King ordered a
synod of all the Churches in the country to thrash out the problem.
Moosa Borman, a Swazi brother who had embraced Islam, sought permission from the
King to have his “Church” (Islam) also represented in the debate. With the
King’s blessings, I too was honoured to attend the discussion.
Sunday morning, in the King’s kraal, representatives of the various
denominations of Christianity gathered to arrive at some consensus on the period
after speaker delivered his discourse. God Almighty had gifted the African, each
and everyone is a potential Billy Graham or Jimmy Swaggart!
the end of each sermon the audience applauded enthusiastically. The next speaker
came and he brushed off his predecessor with the expression "paalish"
(meaning porridge), implying rubbish, garbage! And performed to resounding
applause. From morning to evening the performance went on. Around 5 p.m. my turn
came. With the volume of the Holy Qur'an you see on the cover of this booklet,
in my hands, I began, "From morning till night, we have been fumbling for
an answer, as to how long is a woman to wait before remarrying after the demise
of her husband: and we have heard what the Old Testament says and what the New
Testament says, a-n-d what the New Testament says and what the Old
Testament says, but we have not yet got the answer! Because the solution to our
problem is in the -
Last Testament" was a bombshell for the Christian priests and preachers.
They had never heard the expression THE LAST TETAMENT in their lives.
"Quoting OLD and NEW, NEW, and OLD will not help because the answer is in
the LAST TESTAMENT of God to mankind!" I brandished the Book above my head,
and read only the English of the Holy Qur'an, chapter 2 verse 234. a reference
which is very easy to remember – 2:234, just
any of you die
And leave widows behind,
Four months and ten days:
Fulfilled their term,
There is no blame on you
they dispose of themselves
in a just and reasonable manner,
God is well acquainted
With what ye do
(SURA BAQARAH) Holy
I asked the audience, "FOUR MONTHS AND TEN DAYS, do you need any
interpretation!?" They all answered in chorus, "NO!", I explained
to the learned clergy the wisdom behind the period of "four months and ten
days". In the preceding verses, in this Last and Final Testament of God, we
are told about the period of waiting after divorce:
women shall wait
for three monthly periods …
(SURA BAQARA) Holy
This is in order to see that the marriage conditionally dissolved was likely to result in an issue. Whereas in the case of widowhood an extra period of one month and ten days are prescribed. Very logical everyone will agree, but what is miraculous about all this? Any wise man could have guessed these 3 months period after divorce and 4 months and ten days after the demise of the husband. Muhammad's (pbuh) guess is as good as anybody else's! This is true, but the proof that all this healthy useful teaching is not Muhammad's (pbuh) handiwork is in the verse following the 4 months and ten days period:
is no blame on you
hold it in your hearts.
knows that ye cherish
them in your hearts:
do not enter into
except in terms honourable,
resolve on the tie of marriage
till the term prescribed is fulfilled.
(SURA BAQARAH) Holy
"Do not resolve to the
tying of the marriage knot till the fixed period of waiting is over". This
is not Muhammad’s (pbuh) cleverness! This is the Wisdom of the All-Wise God.
The Omniscient Creator knows the weaknesses of his creatures. Man in his greed
and cupidity will take unfair advantage of the poor distraught widow. She has
just lost her backbone and support the breadwinner. She has a number of little
mouths to feed and she has also perhaps lost her looks, and value in the
marriage market has diminished. She is likely to clutch at any straw. In her
emotional, unsettled condition when a predator makes the proposal. In her haste
and insecurity she might readily accept. The Master Psychologist (not Muhammad
(pbuh) ) is fully aware of all the snares laid by men. Hence the warning – "NO
CONTRACT until the appointed term is fulfilled!"
The 'iddah' ['Iddah':
period of waiting after divorce or after bereavement.]
after a divorce is three
months. Here she is given an extra 40 days to regain her equilibrium and
equanimity. In the meantime, if suggestions of marriage had come, she would have
the opportunity of discussing the matter dispassionately wit her friends and
relatives. She could avoid the pitfalls of a hasty acceptance with a long drawn
out and painful development.
Did Muhammad (pbuh) think and work out all these ramifications in the
desert fourteen hundred years ago? Alas, you give him too much credit! He is
made to repeat again and again that the Qur'anic Wisdom is not of his making, "It
is no less than an inspiration sent down to him”[
Holy Qur'an 53:4] by
his Benevolent Creator. If you still doubt his testimony then meet his
challenge. He is made to say:
"SAY: IF THE
WHOLE OF MANKIND AND JINNS WERE TO GATHER TOGETHER
BANI ISARA-IL) Holy
The world is challenged to produce a Book like the Holy Qur'an and has
not produced one in fourteen centuries. The Arab Christians who boast a
population of 15 million today, not to be out done, have produced the Christian
gospels in Qur'anic style. They have plagiarized [PlagiariZe:
To steal and use (the ideas or writings of another) as
one's own.] the
Holy Qur'an by stealing words and phrases and even the style, not forgetting the
Bismillah! [The formula –
"In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most merciful", with which each
chapter of the Holy Qur'an begins.] Every chapter of their most modern invention begins
with the first verse of the Qur'anic Revelation. You have to see it to believe
Here is another proof, if proof was needed that the Qur'an is
inimitable. Try as you might. the challenge still stands. The Holy Qur'an is
God's Word revealed to Muhammad (pbuh) and it is the Miracle of Miracles!
A MIRACLE INDEED IT IS!"
Rev. Bosworth Smith