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Say: “If Allah had so willed, I should not have rehearsed it to you, nor would He have made it known to you. A whole life-time before this have I tarried amongst you: will ye not then understand?”

Asad writes,

This argument – placed in the mouth of the Prophet – has a twofold implication. Ever since his
early youth, Muhammad had been renowned for his truthfulness and integrity, so much so that
his Meccan compatriots applied to him the epithet Al-Amin (“The Trustworthy”). In addition to
this, he had never composed a single line of poetry (and this in contrast with a tendency which
was widespread among the Arabs of his time), nor had he been distinguished by particular
“How, then,” goes the argument, “can you reconcile your erstwhile conviction – based on the
experience of a lifetime – that Muhammad was incapable of uttering a lie, with your present
contention that he himself has composed the Qur’an and now falsely attributes it to divine
revelation? And how could he who, up to the age of forty, has never displayed any poetic or
philosophic gifts and is known to be entirely unlettered (ummi), have composed a work as
in its language, as penetrating in its psychological insight and ‘as compelling in its inner
logic as the Qur’an?”

Narrated `Aisha:

That she asked the Prophet (ﷺ) , ‘Have you encountered a day harder than the day of the battle) of Uhud?” The Prophet (ﷺ) replied, “Your tribes have troubled me a lot, and the worse trouble was the trouble on the day of ‘Aqaba when I presented myself to Ibn `Abd-Yalail bin `Abd-Kulal and he did not respond to my demand. So I departed, overwhelmed with excessive sorrow, and proceeded on, and could not relax till I found myself at Qarnath-Tha-alib where I lifted my head towards the sky to see a cloud shading me unexpectedly. I looked up and saw Gabriel in it. He called me saying, ‘Allah has heard your people’s saying to you, and what they have replied back to you, Allah has sent the Angel of the Mountains to you so that you may order him to do whatever you wish to these people.’ The Angel of the Mountains called and greeted me, and then said, “O Muhammad! Order what you wish. If you like, I will let Al-Akh-Shabain (i.e. two mountains) fall on them.” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “No but I hope that Allah will let them beget children who will worship Allah Alone, and will worship None besides Him.”


Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 3231
In-book reference : Book 59, Hadith 42
USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 4, Book 54, Hadith 454
  (deprecated numbering scheme)

Asad, Muhammad (1980). The Message of the Quran.

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