They say that keats is the best in the english language, but that doesnt mean that it is divine, so they say that the Qu'ran being the best in arabic doesnt equal divinity, esp for non arabs. Whats the reply?
I have to say that many Muslims don’t do justice to the topic of the “miracle of the Quran.” The above mentioned response from a detractor would be a justified one. The reason that this response has been given is because the advocate of the idea of the Miracle of Quran has not articulated the argument very well.
Firstly, in my humble opinion, the argument for the Miracle of the Quran is not to do with its meaning or eloquence, hence the case for the Quran is not one to do with aesthetic appreciation as such. However, there are scholars that have argued from this point of view. I on the other hand, believe it is too susceptible to refutation, i.e: it raises more issues than it resolves, notably in relation to the meaning and quantification of notions such as beauty, meaning, and of course, the issue of subjectivity.
So what then is the miracle of the Quran? The miracle of the Quran has to do with the mode of expression. Currently we have two types, prose and poetry and within these categories, there are sub-categorises (please see my debate on 18th April 08). The Quran does not fall into any of these categories. Basically, it is in a category, or ‘mode of expression’ of its own. Is this argument subjective? No, as objective measurements are required to identify the difference between prose and poetry. With that in mind, the Quran is established as a miracle, as the challenge to produce another piece with the same mode of expression has not been meet.
I have piece on the miracle of the Quran coming soon i.A, I hope this will suffice for the time being.