Why is the Qur’an the greatest miracle? This question may come across your mind! That’s why I want you to think about this assumption. If you gave a presentation from your memory to a group of people, and then you were asked to repeat the same presentation the next day, will you be able to repeat it the same exact way without a single word changed?
Think about it…
The reality is if you say anything today out of memory, not written, and you try to repeat it again next day you will never be able to repeat it the same exact way. Especially if you have no reference or nothing written to go back to.
I remember in our very first class of Mass Communication at the university, they taught us a crucial message through a little game.The game was that the professor called the first student in class and said something in her ears. Then, he asked her to say it to the person next to her. Repeatedly, the person next to her would say it to the person next to her and so on until the last person in the class. By the time, the message reached the last person. Finally, he was asked to repeat it before the whole class. Surprisingly, we all laughed when he did because the message got quite distorted. So, we learned that a message can’t simply be repeated or transmitted from memory without being changed.
Now here is the most important part…
Do you know that prophet Muhammad recited the same exact message impeccably from memory for 23 years (TWENTY THREE YEARS!)
How can a man who doesn’t know how to read or write and doesn’t have a written reference recite the same message steadily, sharply and articulately for 23 years from memory without changing a word?
Allah Almighty said,
Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur’an and indeed, We will be its guardian.” [Qur’an 15: 9](1)
Your companion [Muhammad] has not strayed, nor has he erred, Nor does he speak from [his own] inclination.It is not but a revelation revealed,” [Qur’an 53: 2-4](2)
That’s one aspects of how The Qur’an is the greatest miracle.
Let’s see, how is it more significant than other miracles?
Momentary Vs. everlasting miracle
There is a momentary miracle that happens before a group of people and benefits them solely or exclusively. For example, parting the sea for the Children of Israel was a miracle for them. Actually, this won’t necessarily benefit you today directly or personally.
But there is, however, a miracle that gets divinely preserved from the minute it was revealed until the end of time, thus acts as a renewable source of guidance, healing, satisfaction, awe and inspiration to all people at all times!
That’s truly the greatest miracle! This is how men and women from different walks of life, ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds find personal peace, guidance, healing, light, and purpose through the Qur’an, whenever they sincerely reach out to it. Amazingly, this remains with them and grows with them throughout their life journey! It never seizes to teach them. Moreover, they never seize to find what they need in it.
Allah Almighty said,
Say, ‘If the sea were ink for [writing] the words of my Lord, the sea would be exhausted before the words of my Lord were exhausted, even if We brought the like of it as a supplement.’ ” [Qur’an 18:109](4)
Qur’an is the greatest miracle! Explore it and delve in its meanings. Only then, You will truly realize the magnitude of this gift that has been descended upon us! A revelation from the Creator to all mankind.