Read it to the end guys, pretty mind blowing.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Side note: Ustadh Nouman not only conducts Arabic & tafseer classes, but he also teaches the linguistic miracle of the Quran.
As Muslims, we are all intellectually convinced that the Quran is the Kalam of Allah, that it is impossible for anyone else to produce a similar work such as the Quran, what more to produce the Quran itself. We all know this. However we should also be spiritually convinced as well because having a strong conviction in our hearts will satisfy our hearts & increase our Iman.
And (remember) when Ibrahim said, "My Lord! Show me how You give life to the dead." He (Allah) said: "Do you not believe?" He [Ibrahim] said: "Yes (I believe), but to be stronger in Faith." (Al-Baqarah 2:260)
Ask ourselves: where is our Iman as compared to the level of Iman of Ibrahim a.s., whom Allah called as His Khalil (friend - Quran 4:125)? Yet Ibrahim a.s. asked this question to Allah because he wanted to put his heart at ease. When anyone, even the Messengers, sees a miracle of Allah, something will happen to their hearts. It will become tranquil & put at ease. So we should study & appreciate the miracles of the Quran to satisfy our hearts, because through that we will appreciate the Greatness of Allah s.w.t.
Ustadh Nouman shared with us several miracles of the Quran in this lecture. But due to my own weakness & limitation, I am unable to perfectly capture the grandeur of each miracle in my writing, but I will try to at least share one of them.
One of my favorites is the miracle of Suratul Kursi. It is made up of 9 sentences as follow:
Allah: There is no God but He, the Living, the All-Sustaining
Neither dozing overtakes Him nor sleep
To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is on the earth
Who can intercede with Him without His permission?
He knows what is before them and what is behind them
While they encompass nothing of His knowledge, except what He wills
His Throne extends to the Heavens and to the Earth
And it does not weary Him to look after them
He is the All-High, the Supreme. (Al-Baqarah 2:255)
The 1st & the Last Sentence
1st sentence - Allah: There is no God but He, the Living, the All-Sustaining
9th sentence - He is the All-High, the Supreme
The 1st beautiful sentence ends with 2 of Allah's Names (Al-Hayy & Al-Qayyum). This sentence has something in common with the 9th sentence where it also has 2 of Allah's Names (Al 'Aliyy & Al-Azim).
The 2nd & the 2nd Last Sentence
2nd sentence - Neither dozing overtakes Him nor sleep
8th sentence - And it does not weary Him to look after them
In the 2nd sentence, Allah s.w.t. says about Himself that neither drowsiness nor sleep overcomes Him. These are things that only happen to His creations: we get exhausted, we get drowsy, and then we fall asleep.
The 2nd last sentence says that guarding the Skies and the Heavens does not exhaust Allah. It correlates with the 2nd sentence.
The 3rd & the Last 3rd Sentence
3rd sentence - To Him belongs all that is in the heavens & all that is on the earth
7th sentence - His Throne extends to the Heavens and to the Earth
Let's understand the 2 Names of Allah first i.e. Al-Malik & Al-Maalik Al-Mulk:
Maalik refers to Owner, owning a particular object or property.
Malik refers to Ruler/King, owning a Kingdom (referring to people).
The 3rd sentence is about Allah's Ownership, that He s.w.t. owns every single thing in the heavens and all that on the earth.
In the last 3rd sentence, His Throne i.e. Kingdom is mentioned. If you're just an owner, it does not necessarily mean you're a King and vice versa. But Allah is the Owner of all things AND the King of all things. Both sentences complete the picture.
The 4th & the Last 4th Sentence
4th sentence - Who can intercede with Him without His permission?
6th sentence - While they encompass nothing of His knowledge, except what He wills
The 4th sentence says on Judgment Day, no one can make intercession (syafa'at) without Allah's permission. Nobody will have any authority, and the only exception is if Allah permits it.
The last 4th sentence says that they encircle nothing of His knowledge, except if Allah permits it. The 4th and the 6th sentences are statements about Allah and His exceptions.
Now let's review again the correlation: The first sentence correlates with the last, the 2nd with the 8th, the 3rd with the 7th, the 4th with the 6th. What's left?
The 5th sentence: The Middle
5th sentence - He knows what is before them and what is behind them
Subhanallah... At this point, we were overcome...
Allah s.w.t. said He knows what is before and what is behind. Right in the middle of this ayat, perfectly situated amongst all the other perfect correlations, this sentence implies that Allah s.w.t. knows what is coming ahead of the ayah and what was behind it.
Subhanallah... Who speaks like that? This is the grandeur in which Allah s.w.t. delivers His Kalam.
The disbelievers claimed that the Qur'an are the words of Rasulallah s.a.w. But absolutely no human being can speak perfectly like this. No one. When Allah s.w.t. revealed the Quran to Rasulallah s.a.w., it was not in writing but in speech and the difference in writing & speech is that we can amend our error, add a few sentences here and there, before we publish them. But when we say something - it's done, left without any room of mistakes