Lessons from Holy Qur'an

No man can forge; like the Word of God

Quran Chapter 11-13 (Pt-12, Stg-3) (L-1353) – درس قرآن

No man can forge; like the Word of God

Surah Huud (Hud) – 11


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

13.  Or do they say: He hath forged it. Say: Then bring ten Surahs, the like thereof, forged, and call on everyone ye can beside Allah, if ye are truthful! 13.  ‘Am  yaquu-luunaf-taraah.  Qul  fa’-tuu  bi-‘ashri  Suwarim-mislihii  muftara-yaatinw-wad-‘uu  manis-tata’-tum-min-  duu-Nillaahi  ‘in  kuntum  saadiqiin.




Muftara-yaatin – (forged), this word is plural of muf-taraah, which is an adjective and feminine of muftaraa. It is from ‘iftaraa’, origin of which is faraya. Faraya means “cutting and clipping in accordance with own will”. ‘Iftaraa’ means “forging any new thing after thinking”.


It was described in the verse before it that they allege falsely for believing not in Muhammad as Messenger of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him), that “while He does neither have a treasure nor any angel is with Him; then how should we believe that He is Messenger of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him)”?


When Qur’an is produced before them that It is the Word of Allah Almighty and it is the biggest portent of His Messenger-hood, then they say: He has forged it Himself (God forbid) by contriving from right and left.


The unbelievers of the Arab have been addressed in this verse: As you are Arabians also and you are claimant that you have the best language, then you should bring (not the whole but) only ten Chapters as of Qur’an. If it is not possible for you to do so; you can collect all intelligent people for help in this matter. Moreover, you can get support of all those whom you have chosen as your deities beside Allah Almighty, if they are able to help you.


If you really consider that it has been forged by Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) himself, then why do you delay? You should try your best to forge ten Surahs, the like thereof, leaving all other works. If any mankind can make such Word then you will also make, otherwise; your objection is false; from which; nothing can be acquired.


In Holy Qur’an, this suspicion of the disbelievers and its reply has been repeated again and again in different styles. In the beginning, it was said: If you do not believe that It is the Word of Allah Almighty, show such Word by forging yourselves. After that, it was described: OK. If you cannot bring all, then bring ten Surahs, the like thereof, forged by you, as it has been mentioned in this verse. Then in Surah ‘Al-Baqarah and Surah Younus, it was asked: Bring only one Surah like this, forged by you. But they did not have any reply to this.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).  https://youtu.be/xGedSHaUJkw