13) Will a book become divine merely by way of its own claim of being
No. Any book which lays claim to its own divine status must
necessarily prove that it is, indeed, divinely inspired. However, onthe other hand, it is of primary importance that if a book is of divine
origin, it must, of its own accord, or by way of the messenger who
had come with it, raise that claim. In reality, none has the right to
claim divine status for a book unless and until either the Book itself
or the person who came with it makes that claim first. If, the followers
of the book, then, say that it is of divine origin, it will be but their
witnessing to the truth of the claim already made by the book or by
the individual who had come with it. But if that claim itself is not
there, any witnessing to that claim is obviously irrelevant.
This is the case with all the other religious scriptures apart from
the Qur’an. None of them has claimed divine origin for itself. In fact,
it was their followers who conferred on them the status of divinity. As
of the laws of dialectics and argumentation, this is but a gross anomaly;
a thing so irrelevant as to be unworthy of consideration by the intelligent.
It is to be dismissed as simply as the witness who appear in court for
the proceedings of a case in which there is not the very subject of
This, however, is not the case with the Qur’an. It itself declares
that it is of divine origin. As such there exists a claim. What remains to
be seen, then, is the veracity of this claim. Indeed, there is meaning
and substance in such a verification. This is quite unlike the futile
and pointless scrutiny of the divine origin of books which make no
such claim in the first place.