As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu my dear brothers and sisters. I’ll be going through the timeline of Surah Yusuf, (to outline a powerful linguistic aspect of the Quran).
I wish to start of by saying that, each of the Prophets (pbut) had with them some miracle or the other to represent that they were carrying a message from God to deliver to the people. So for them to possess these particular miracles signified that they were extraordinary people in that God had selected them in particular to convey His swt call to the people, in order that we may heed the truth. Just to outline some of the such miracles, Prophet Isa عليه السلام , he was able to cure the blind person, Prophet Musa عليه السلام , his staff turned in to a snake, and there are many more examples. Now then, the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, what miracle did he carry?
Most of us can’t appreciate the Quran as we don’t understand classical Arabic. Back when the Quran was revealed, upon hearing its’ recitation, people would instantly announce the Shahadah. Why was that so? Let me explain by stating 3 qualities of the Quran.
The Quran has these qualities to such a degree, that no other book can rival it. And why would it? This book has come from God, so ofcourse no other man-made book can ever match up to it.
This is the miracle story timeline – of Surah Yusuf. You can find this in many websites. The layout of the plot of Surah Yusuf is as follows:
1 – Yusuf (alayhis-Salam) has a dream
2 – His brothers plot against him
3 – His owner’s wife attempts to seduce him
4 – Her friends attempt to seduce him
5 – He (as) is imprisoned
6 – The king has a dream
6 – The king’s dream is interpreted
5 – Yusuf (as) is released from prison
4 – The ladies confess
3 – His former owner’s wife confesses
2 – His brothers learn their lesson
1 – Yusuf (as)’s dream is interpreted and realized.
This plot is spread out in exactly this order over 100 verses. So the first half describes the problems Prophet Yusuf عليه السلام undergoes, whilst the second half outlines how each of the problems were solved, but in reverse symmetric order. So just to make this point clearer, the first issue, (which was his dream), was the last thing written to be solved, (which is when the dream was interpreted). The second issue, (which was his brothers plotting against him), was the second last thing to be solved, (which was his brothers learning their lesson), and so forth.
Remember that the Qur’an wasn’t revealed as a book, it was later on compiled as a book. It was revealed in parts, as verses of speech over the life time of the Prophet Muhammed (saw) over 23 years! And so these were verses of speech!
In order for a human being to process a story like this and to then say it in this way, you’d need a stack of writing. To do this in your mind, in this order, then delivering it as speech, is beyond human capacity! And it’s not like our Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, could have gotten away with doing this on paper, as he was illiterate as well!
So to also have this kind of consistency in speech over the 23 years in which the entire Quran was revealed, is beyond human capacity. Think about it logically, normally the longer you write, with the more experience you gain with writing, you improve; if you want proof of that, read something you wrote in year 7, and compare it to something you wrote in year 9. I go through things I wrote only a couple of months back, and I can see the improvement in my writing by comparing it to the articles I have written more recently.
Anyways, so going back to the point of the way in which the entire plot of Surah Yusuf is spread-out. Armies of the best authors in this world wasn’t able to do it, even with the luxury of being able to make mistakes and also being able to correct them.
I have mentioned earlier that the Quran has the qualities of beauty, content and grammar to such a degree, that no other book can rival it. Well I’ve outlined just a bit of this. And inshAllah I would like to continue talking about some more of the miraculous aspects of the Quran by going in to Verse 22 of Surah Baqarah.
Do let me know what you think of this miracle so far.