The Qur’an was most fascinating to the Arabs when it was
first revealed and recited to them. They were a nation that
took great pride in its natural talent of beautiful expression.
Numerous were their poets, despite the fact that they were
largely unlettered. They rated fine expression as the top talent
anyone could have. Therefore, a poet was given a high status in
his tribe and he returned that favour by continuously singing his
All this changed when the Qur’an was recited to them by Muhammad, the final messenger God sent to mankind. They recognised its great superiority to anything they had experienced. They realised that it was totally different from poetry, but they could not compare it to any style of expression they knew. It
was enough to listen to one passage of the Qur’an for the chief of one of their largest tribes to comment: ‘This is not the speech of any human being. Had it been human speech, we would have recognised it’.
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