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The Miracle of the
“Unlettered Man” in the Bible
I have often talked about the miraculous deeds of The Unlettered Man – Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam – God’s peace, blessings, mercy and grace be upon him and upon all the other prophets of God such as Jesus, Moses, Abraham, David and Solomon.
And upon all those other prophets of God in all other cultures, times and places whose names and specific identities we have not been made privy to by God Almighty.
Over and over again, I have shown fairly clearly and convincingly how his whole existence on earth, in fact, every single moment of his life in this world, was then, and continues to be to this day, a full and complete miracle.
This Unlettered Man: Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam – God’s peace, blessings, mercy and grace be upon him and upon all the other prophets of God.
Of course that is what the Qur’an calls him: Annabiyyul Ummiy – which in the original Arabic language of the Qur’an means exactly that: the Unlettered Prophet.
Guess who else talks about him and calls him that: “Him That Is Not Learned“?
The Bible does.
The Old Testament does.
I wish I had the right reference here with me from the Bible – the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament, is it? – to give you on this topic.
I think it is Isaiah 29:12. Please go, check it out and see for yourself.
May Allah forgive me if I am wrong and give you the wrong reference from a book that contains references to the noble prophets of God, may God Almighty bless them all! Because I am working from memory.
But the point I am trying to make is this: How much clearer does it get?
The Bible clearly and openly calls Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, “Him That Is Not Learned“?
And the Qur’an calls him: The Unlettered Prophet.
How many people are there who are “Not Learned,” and to whom the angel offered “The Book” saying “Read, I pray thee“?
All praise and glory be to God Almighty!
Thank you Lord, God, Almighty!
God of Muhammad, Moses, Jesus, Abraham, Noah, David, Solomon and Joseph – may God bless them all!
Here is the actual quote I was looking for, and yes, it is the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament, as I said, and it is Chapter 29, Verse 12:
“And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying Read this,
I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned” (Isaiah: 29:12).
I added the Italics in this quote – they are not there in the original language of the Bible.
But then when you are talking about the Bible, you need to be careful about which version you are reading or referring to. Not infrequently words (and meaning) can change significantly from version to version – and from edition to edition.
Now please go back and read in Surah Al-’Alaq – chapter 96 of the Qur’an – the word “Iqra’!”
What do you think that word means: “Iqra”!“? It means precisely what the Bible says: “Read,” I pray thee!
And then look up that story in the Hadith in which Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, narrates his encounter with the angel, Gabriel (May God bless him), to his wife, May God bless her.
It goes something like this:
“The angel said to me, ‘Read!‘ To which I replied ‘I am not learned.’“
The actual words of the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, in the original Arabic story of the Hadith are: “Maa ana bi’qaari’.”
I am quoting from memory. May God forgive me if I am wrong!
Literal translation of those words: “I am not a reader.”
Stated differently – in the language of the translators of the Bible: “I am not learned.”
How much more “proof” do we need or want?
Wake up, people, and smell the miracles of The Unlettered Man – before our nostrils are clogged and before the sense of smell is taken away from us.
And, frankly, before the worms of the grave claim us for a feast. For, that is what most us are: wormfeast, waiting to be devoured by voracious worms in our graves.
That is why I say repeatedly that we need a certain minimum amount of intelligence to be able to see and recognize these Everyday Miracles of The Unlettered Man – and of Islam.
And to be able to see and recognize the miracles galore in the daily lives of even the most ordinary of Muslims even today – such as the Muslims of today are, with all their problems and limitations.
And then, in addition to that, we need also the minimum amount of personal integrity, courage and candor to be able to put aside our differences, and our age-old prejudices and fears, and embrace the truth of what God Almighty makes manifest to our eyes and to our hearts.
Let us find out more about the miracles of this man whom both the Bible and the Qur’an refer to as the Unlettered Man or Him That Is Not Learned!
Meaning of original Arabic and Urdu expressions used in the text:
- Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem: In the name of God, the Most Loving and Merciful, the Most Loving and Merciful!
- Payaam-e-Maghrib: A message from the West.
- Auron ka hai Payaam aur, mera Payaam aur hai,
Ishq key dardmand ka tarz-e-kalaam aur hai!
How different is my message from the message of all the others!
How different is the cry of a heart wounded by love!
- Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam: May God Almighty shower his blessings upon him!
- Annabiyyul Ummiy: The unlettered prophet.
- Mashallah: How wonderful! Just as God wished it.
- Alhmadulillah: Perfect! All praise to God. Thank God Almighty!
- Surah: chapter.
- Surah Al-’Alaq: Name of Qur’an’s chapter 96.
- Iqra‘: Read!
- Hadith: Sayings of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
- Maa ana bi’qaari’: I am not a reader. I cannot read. I am not learned.
- Allahu Akbar: God is great. How wonderful!
© 2007 Syed Husain Pasha
Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional
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