The word "qul / say" is used 332 times in the Quran. What is the wisdom behind it?
- Does this not disrupt the flow of the sentence?
- Would it not be better if there were no “say” at the beginning of the chapter of al-Ikhlas?
Submitted by on Fri, 03/01/2020 - 09:23
Dear Brother / Sister,
It is possible to list some wisdoms behind the use of the word “qul” meaning “say” very much as follows:
1) The word "say" used in the verses expresses that the words of the Quran are a revelation coming from Allah, in other words, that "the word of the messenger is the word of the one who sends him"; that is, the messenger has no intervention but conveying His words. (cf. Yazır, Hak Dini, VIII/324) The saying "do not shoot the messenger " expresses this fact.
2) The use of the word “qul” shows that the Quran is the word of Allah in terms of both words and meaning.
3) The use of the word “qul” meaning “say” more than three hundred times in the Quran shows the existence of a command coming from outside.
As a matter of fact, messengers express the words of those who send them in a different way. For instance, if someone says to a person, "Go and tell such and such a man: Allah is one", the messenger will not repeat the same words when he goes to that person. On the contrary, he will add the person who sent him and say, "The person who sent me wanted me to tell you that Allah is one." Let us consider this example and have a look at the style of the Quran:
"Say: He is Allah, the One and Only." (al-Ikhlas, 112/1)
"Say (to the Rejecters): My Lord is not uneasy because of you if ye call not on Him." (al-Furqan, 25/77)
"Say: I have no power over any harm or profit to myself except as Allah willeth." (Yunus, 10/49)
4) There are four main aims of the Quran: oneness, prophethood, creed of resurrection, justice and worshipping. The word “qul” points to oneness and prophethood, which are always the first two of those four aims. For the one that utters the command “qul / say” is Allah; the addressee of it is the Prophet (pbuh).
5) The abjad value of the word “qul” is 132 -together with its two letters-, which is also the abjad value of the word “Muhammad”.
It means the command “qul” s repeated 332 times in the Quran because it approves the prophethood of Hz. Muhammad (pbuh).
We say “barakallah (blessings of Allah) a thousand times” for “the infinite divine knowledge and wisdom”, which decorated the Quran with such nice conformities.
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