The Qur'aan contains many predictions of the events to come in the future. Included in this category are all the descriptions of the Day of Judgement, and Heaven and Hell. However, when these events come true, " ... no good will it do to a person to believe then, if he had not believed before ... " (Q6.[Anam]:158) Without a doubt, though, the greatest prediction of the Quraan is concerning its own miraculous, nature (ijaaz). In other words, the Quraan has predicted that it will remain unrivalled and unimitated for all of eternity. "Say: If all of mankind and jinn gathered together to produce the like of the Quraan, they could not produce it even if they helped one another!" (Q17[lsraai]:88)
The futility of trying to imitate the Quraan has explicitly been foretold: "And if you are in doubt as to what We have sent down to Our servants, then produce a soorah similar to it... , if you are truthful. But if you do not do it - and of a surety you cannot do it - then fear the Fire whose fuel are men and stones, prepared for the disbelievers" (Q2 [Baqarah]:23-24) Ibn Katheer, commenting on this verse, said, " ... and of a surety you cannot do it ... , meaning, that this is a challenge for all of eternity, and this, itself, is another miracle, since Allaah has predicted, in very certain and sure term , without any doubt or fear, that nothing will be able to match this Quraan, for all of eternity. And this is exactly what has occurred! None have successfully challenged it to this day of ours, and neither can they do so, for how can they do so when the Quraan is the kalaam of Allaah ... ?" (Tafsseer ibn Katheer)
The Quraan has also predicted the fact that it will remain uncorrupted and preserved for all of eternity: "Verily, it is We who have revealed the Quraan, and of a surety We will guard it (from corruption)." (Q15[Hijr]:9) There are also predictions related to worldly events. For example, the Quraan predicted the outcome of a battle that would occur between the Romans and the Persians. Before the advent of Islaam, the Persians had attacked the Romans, and conquered a part of Syria, which had been under Roman control. A few years before the hijra of the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam), the Romans attacked back, and tried to regain their lost territory.
The Muslims in Makkah were hoping that the Romans would win, as they were Christians (and thus closer in faith to them), while the disbelievers of Makkah were hoping that the Persians would win, since they were fire-worshippers. During this battle, the Persians won, and this was a cause of great celebration for the disbelievers of Makkah. At this, Allaah revealed, "Alif Lam Meem. The Romans have been defeated. In a land nearby, and they, after their defeat, will soon be victorious. Within three to nine years and on that day" the Muslims will rejoice with the help of Allaah.." (Q3O[Rum]: 15)
Exactly seven years after the revelation of these verses, the Romans attacked the Persians again, and this time they were victorious, and managed to, regain their territory. This battle occurred on the same day as the Battle of Badr, when the Muslims were themselvesrejoicingbecause of their victory over the Quraysh. Thus, this verse predicted two events: the victory of the Romans, and the victory of the Muslims. Other predictions also tell of the victory in the Battle of Badr (Q54[Qamar]:45), the eventual conquest of Makkah (Q48[Al-Fath]:27), And the establishment of Islaam as the ruling authority in the land (Q24[Nur]:55).
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited