How do we refute someone that says:
"How do you know that this is a word of God? What if Muhammad just made it up as if it is a word from God."
Please tell me how to convince him that Qur'an is a true word from none other but Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger.
Praise be to Allaah Who has made good dear to you; we ask Him to increase you in guidance and faith. With regard to the Quraan and the proof that it is the word of Allaah, these are specious arguments which were put forward out of stubbornness and arrogance by the first kaafirs to whom the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) was sent. Allaah refuted what they said in many ways, proving their words to be false and pointing out what was wrong with it. For example:
It's a Challenge From Allaah
1.This Quraan is a challenge from Allaah to mankind and the jinn to produce anything like it, but they were unable to. Then He challenged them to produce only ten soorahs like it, and they were unable to. Then He challenged them to produce something like the shortest soorah in the Quraan, and they could not do it, even though those who were it, even though those who were eloquent and well-spoken of mankind, and the Quraan was revealed in their language. Yet despite that they stated that they were completely incapable of doing that.
This challenge has remained down throughout history, but not one person has been able to produce anything like it. If this were the word of a human being, some people would have been able to produce something like it or close to it. There is a great deal of evidence for this challenge in the Quraan, for example, the aayah:
"Say: If the mankind and the jinn were together to produce the like of this Quraan, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they helped one another another"(Q17[al-Israa]:88)
Also, Allaah says, challenging them to produce just ten soorahs:
"Or they say, He (Prophet Muhammad) forged it (the Quraan). Say: Bring you then ten forged Soorah (chapters) like unto it, and call whomsoever you can, other than Allaah (to your help), if you speak the truth! (Q11 [Hood]:13)
And Allaah says, challenging them to produce just one soorah:
"And if you (Arab pagans, Jews, and Christians) are in doubt concerning that which We have sent down (i.e. the Quraan) to Our slave (Muhammad), then produce a Soorah (chapter) of the like thereof and call your witnesses (supporters and helpers) besides Allaah, if you are truthful."(Q2[al-Baqarah]:23)
No Contradictions In It
2- No matter how much knowledge and understanding mankind attains, they will still inevitably make mistakes, forget things or fall short. If the Qur’aan were not the word of Allaah, there would be some contradictions and shortcomings in it, as Allaah says:
"Had it been from other than Allaah, they would surely, have found therein many a contradiction. "(Q4[al-Nisaa]:82)
But it is free from any shortcoming, error or contradiction; indeed, all of it is wisdom, mercy and justice.
Whoever thinks that there is any contradiction in it, that is because of his diseased thinking and mistaken understanding; if he refers to the scholars they will explain to him what is correct and clear up the confusion for him, as Allaah says:
"And verily, it is an honourable well fortified respected Book (because it is Allaah's Speech, and He has protected it from corruption). Falsehood cannot come to it from before it or behind it, (it is) sent down by the All Wise,Worthy of all praise (Allaah)" (Q41 [Fussila]:41-42)
Allaah Preserves It From Corruption
3- Allaah has guaranteed to preserve this Quraan, and He says:
"Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Quraan) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption)" (Q 15 [al-Hijr] :9)
Every letter of it was transmitted by thousands from thousands down throughout history, and not one letter of it was altered.
If any person tried to alter anything in it, or add something or take something away, then he would be exposed straight away, because Allaah is the One Who has guaranteed to preserve the Quraan. This is unlike the case with other divinely-revealed BOOKS which Allaah revealed to the people of a particular Prophet only, and not to all of mankind, so He did not guarantee to preserve them, rather He delegated their preservation to the followers of the Prophets. But they did not preserve them, rather they introduced alterations and changes which distorted most of the meanings.
The Quraan, on the other hand, was revealed by Allaah to all of mankind until the end of time, because the Message of Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) is the final message, so the Quraan is preserved in mens’ hearts and in written form, as is proven by the events of history. How many people have tried to change the aayahs of the Quraan and deceive the Muslims, but they were quickly exposed and their falsehood was discovered, even by Muslim children.
Miracles & Matters Of The Unseen
Another of the definitive signs that this Quraan was not produced by the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) but that it was revealed by Allaah to him is the following:
4- The great miracles which the Quraan contains of legislation, rulings, stories and beliefs, which could not be produced by any created being no matter how great his intelligence and level of understanding. No matter how hard people try to promulgate laws to regulate their lives, they can never succeed so long as they are far away from the teachings of the Quraan; the further away they are, the greater their rate of failure. This is something that has been proven by the kuffaar themselves.
5- Reports of matters of the unseen, both past and future, which no human being could speak of independently, no matter how great his knowledge, especially at that time which is regarded as primitive in terms of technology and modern tools. There are many things which had not been discovered yet, and which have only been discovered after lengthy and difficult exploration with the most modern equipment, but Allaah told us about them in the Quraan, and the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) mentioned them, fifteen centuries ago, such as the stages of embryonic development, the nature of the oceans, etc.
These things have made some kaafirs state that this could only have development of the embryo: Only 60years ago, researchers confirmed that man does not come into existence all at once, but rather he passes through stages of development one after another. Only 60 years ago, science discovered this one Quraanic fact.
Shaykhal-Zandaani said, we met an American professor, one of the greatest American scientists, whose name was Professor Marshall Johnson, and we told him that it says in the Qur'aan that man is created in stages. When he heard this, he was sitting down, but he stood up and said, Stages? We said, "That was in the seventh century CE! This Book came and said, man was created in stages". He said, "That is impossible, impossible!"We told him, Why do you say that? This Book says:
"He creates you in the wombs of your mothers, creation after creation in three veils of darkness. (Q39[al- Zumar]:6)
And also, it says;
"What is the matter with you, that [you fear not Allaah (His punishment), and} you hope not for reward (from Allaah or you believe not in His Oneness). While He has created you in (different) stages. (Q71 [Nooh]: 14)"
Then he sat back down on his chair and after a few moments he said; "There are only three possibilities. The first is that Muhammad had a huge microscope through which he managed to study these things and he knew things that the people did not know, and he said these things.
The second is that this happened by accident, it was a coincidence. The third is that he was a Messenger from God. "We said, "With regard to the first idea, that he had a microscope and other equipment, you know that a microscope needs lenses, and lenses need glass and technical expertise and other equipment. Some of this information can only be discovered with an electron microscope which needs electricity, and electricity needs knowledge which should have been acquired by an earlier generation. It is not possible for this knowledge to have been acquired all at once in a single generation; the previous generation would have had to strive hard in developing science and transmitting it to the next generation, and so on. But for this to be the work of one man, with no one coming before him or after him, either in his own land or the neighbouring lands for the Romans, Persians and Arabs were ignorant and had no such equipment for one man to have all these instruments and tools which he did not pass on to anyone: else this is not possible".
'He said, "That’s right, it would be very difficult". 'We said, "And for it to have been an accident or coincidence, what would you think if we said that the Quraan did not mention this fact only in one verse but in several verses, and that it did not refer to it in general terms but that it gave details of every stage, saying that in the first stage such and such happens, in the second stage such and such happens, in the third stage and so on. Could that be a coincidence?"After we explained to him all the details of those stages, he said, "It is wrong to say that this is an accident! This is well-founded knowledge". We said, "Then how do you explain it"? He said, "There is no explanation except that this is revelation from above"!
And More •••
With regard to the many statements in the Quraan concerning the sea, some of these facts were not discovered until very recently, and many of them are still unknown. For example, these facts were discovered after hundreds of marine stations had been set up, and after images had been taken by satellites. The one who said this was Professor Schroeder, one of the greatest oceanographers in West Germany. He used to say that if science advanced, religion would have to retreat. But when he heard the translation of the verses of the Quraan, he was stunned and said, "These could not be the words of a Human being".
And Professor Dorjaro, a professor of oceanography, told us of the latest developments on science, when he heard the aayah:
"Or (the state of a disbeliever) is like the darkness in a vast deep sea, overwhelmed with waves topped by waves, topped by dark clouds, (layers on darkness upon darkness: if a man stretches out his hand, he can hardly see it! And he for whom Allaah has not appointed light, for him there is no light." (Q24[al- Noor]:40)
He said. In the past, man could not dive to a depth of more than twenty meters because he had no special equipment. But now we can dive to the bottom of the ocean, using modern equipment, and we find intense darkness at a depth of two hundred meters. The aayah says avast deep sea.
The discoveries in the depths of the Sea give us an understanding of the aayah, (layers of) darkness upon darkness. It is known that there are seven colours in the spectrum, including red, yellow, blue, green, orange, etc. When we dive down into the depths of the ocean, these colours disappear one after another, and the disappearance of each colour results in more darkness. Red disappears first, then orange, then yellow the last colour to disappear is blue, at a depth of two hundred meters. Each colour that disappears adds to the darkness until it reaches total darkness.
With regard to the phrase waves topped by waves, it has been proven scientifically that there is a separation between the upper and lower parts of the ocean, and that this separation is filled with waves, as if there are waves on the edge of the dark, lower portion of the sea, which we do not see, and there are waves on the shores of the sea, which we do see. So it is as if there are waves above waves.
This is a confirmed scientific fact, hence Professor Dorjaro said concerning these Quraanic verses, that this cannot be human knowledge. (See al-Adillah al- Maadiyyah ala Wujood-AIlaah by Muhammad Mitwalli al-Sharaawi)
And there are very many such examples.
Rebuking The Prophet
6- In the Quraan there are some aayahs which rebuke the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) and mention some things to which Allaah drew his attention. Some of them may have been embarrassing for the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam). But if this Quraan had come from the Messenger of Allaah, there would have been no need for this; if he were to conceal any part of the Quraan, he would have concealed some of these verses which contained rebukes or drew his attention to certain matters which he should not have done.
Examples include verses such as that in which Allaah says to His Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam):
"But you did hide in yourself (i.e. what Allaah has already made known to you that He will give her to you in marriage) that which Allaah will make manifest, you did fear the people (i.e., their saying that Muhammad married the divorced wife of his manumitted slave) whereas Allaah had a better right that you should fear Him. (Q33[al-Ahzaab]:37)
After this, can there be any doubt left in the mind of any intelligent person that this Quraan is the word of Allaah, and that the Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) conveyed that which was revealed to him in full?
Moreover, we tell this person, try it for yourself, read a sound translation of the Quraan and use your mind to ponder these rules and regulations. There isno doubt that any intelligent person who has the power of discernment will see a great difference between these words (of Allaah) and the words of any person on the face of the earth. We ask Allaah to guide him to Islam, and to make goodness easy for him and for us, and to keep all evil away from him and from us. Ameen.