Why didn’t Angel Gabriel reveal the Quran to all Arabians, and God give the Quran in all languages?
It is the accepted tradition that Angel Gabriel communicated the Quran to Muhammad in pure Arabic from God. In other words, God sent down the Quran to Muhammad through Angel Gabriel in Arabic. Actually, when Muhammad first got such an experience, he thought he had been possessed by a ghost and thought of committing suicide! But it was his wife Khadija who convinced him that He had been chosen as a Prophet. This is another clear proof that Islam is not from God. Had God sent an Angel, say Gabriel, to Muhammad to convey the Quran, he would have made Gabriel convey this clearly to Muhammad instead of making Muhammad think that he had been possessed by a demon and driving him to the point of suicide. The very fact that his wife told him that he had become a Prophet and Muhammad himself thought of suicide shows that Muhammad was not chosen as God’s Prophet.
But let us assume that Angel Gabriel did indeed come to Muhammad, sent down by God to reveal the Quran. The ordinary Meccans, Muhammad’s own contemporaries, were almost unanimous in dismissing his revelations as anything but divine. Barring a handful of followers, not more than 70 or 80 people in 12 years of preaching from AD 610 to AD 622, everyone dismissed Muhammad’s claims of receiving Divine messages. Here, if Angel Gabriel really did visit Muhammad for these 12 years, and he and God saw that people are ridiculing Muhammad and dismissing his claims, Gabriel could have easily shown Himself to all Meccans and revealed the Quran to all of them. Even one paranormal act could have been sufficient in showing that Muhammad received Divine messages from God. But Angel Gabriel showed Himself only to Muhammad and Muhammad dictated the Quran! This clearly shows that there was absolutely nothing done which could not have been done by humans. There is of course, no proof at all that Angel Gabriel visited Muhammad carrying God’s messages. It could be that Muhammad genuinely believed what he felt. But if Gabriel went all the way from God to Muhammad and back, he could easily have revealed the Quran to everyone, instead of only Muhammad.
The Hadith also mentions that Aisha, Muhammad’s favorite wife also could not see Gabriel. Bukhari 4.440 says:
“Aisha said that the Prophet said to her “O ‘Aisha’ This is Gabriel and he sends his (greetings) salutations to you.” ‘Aisha said, “Salutations” … and addressing the Prophet she said, “You see what I don’t see.”“
As we have seen Swami Dayananda Saraswati observe, the author of the Quran was not God, it was not even any learned or intelligent person. It was someone with a very limited knowledge and understanding. One who thought that God resides at a particular location in this Universe and is not Omnipresent, that God needs Angels to carry his messages. If God exists, He is all-pervading, and doesn’t need Angels to carry his messages to mankind. Even if it was desired to do so, He would have made Gabriel reveal the Quran and show himself to all Meccans, instead of only Muhammad!
Another scholar has said that if God wants to talk to mankind, He revealing his statements to only one mortal man and depending on that man to reveal it to other mankind is improper. This is because it becomes heresay for other humans. Why should God rely on one mortal human to reveal His statements to other men? And how can other men rely on the mortal man? This was all the more reason for Gabriel to reveal the Quran to all Meccans, and show himself.
Patricia Crone said: “It is a peculiar habit of God’s that when he wishes to reveal himself to mankind, he will communicate only with a single person. The rest of the mankind must learn the truth from that person and thus purchase their knowledge of the divine at the cost of subordination to another human being, who is eventually replaced by a human institution, so that the divine system remains under other people’s control.” [TLS, January 21, 1994, p 12]
“But admitting for the sake of a case, that something has been revealed to a certain person, and not revealed to any other person, it is a revelation to that person only. When he tells it to a second person, a second to a third, a third to a fourth, and so on, it ceases to be revelation to all those persons. It is revelation to the first person only, and hearsay to every other, and consequently they are not obliged to believed it.
It is a contradiction in terms and ideas, to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second-hand, either verbally or in writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication- after this it is only an account of something which that person says was a revelation made to him; and though he may find himself obliged to believe it, it cannot be incumbent on me to believe it in the same manner, for it was not a revelation made to me, and I have only his word for it that it was made to him. When Moses told the children of Israel that he received the two tables of the commandments from the hands of God, they were not obliged to believe him, because they had no other authority for it than his telling them so; and I have no other authority for it than some historian telling me so. The commandments carry no internal evidence of divinity with them; they contain some good moral precepts, such as any man qualified to be a lawgiver, or legislator, could produce himself, without having recourse to supernatural intervention.
When I am told that the Koran was written in heaven and brought to Mahomet by an angel, the account comes too near the same kind of hearsay evidence and second-hand authority as the former. I did not see the angel myself, and therefore, I have a right not to believe it.”
And indeed, as Ibn Warraq, the author of “Why I am not a Muslim” says (pp 130-131): “It is very odd that when God decides to manifest Himself, He does so to only one individual. Why can He not reveal Himself to the masses in a football stadium during the final of the World Cup, when literally millions of people around the world are watching?”
Of course, God did not reveal His sentences to any individual, these individuals like Muhammad falsely claimed to have received God’s messages for their own cause.
Why didn’t God give the Quran in all languages- or make everyone know Arabic?
Another simple and clear logical proof that Islam is not from God is this. God who is claimed to have dictated the Quran is supposed to be omniscient- all-knowing and omnipotent i.e. all powerful. For such a God, it should be very easy to do something which is beyond the reach of ordinary humans like Muhammad, in the Quran itself, like to be able to predict in 620 AD that man will go the moon in 1969 AD, or for that matter, to give the then-unknown chemical formula of water, or to write a then-unknown language including modern Arabic, or Bangla. But nothing of this sort is done in the Quran. Of course, as we have seen, Muslims forcibly try to find ‘miracles’ in the Quran, which are nothing but Islamic hoaxes and none of them is in clear language. The closest that the Quran comes to doing something like this is predicting victory of Romans, but that too is no miracle because both defeat of Romans at the hands of idolator Persians in AD 614-15 and the subsequent victory of Romans over them in AD 628 happened during Muhammad’s own life -time, and the Quran, as claimed by Muslims themselves, was finalized during Caliph Uthman’s period who ruled till AD 656. Also, scholars have shown that the Quran was edited and altered till AD 933, when it was finalized at last. And the Quran contains many contradictions, and many other mistakes as well.
Now, it is the view of many people, including both Muslims and non-Muslims that the Quran cannot be translated. This is what is written by British Muslim Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall in his translation of the Quran (Madhur Sandesh Sangam, New Delhi, India, 1995 AD). He says that the Quran in English or any other language can never take place of the Quran in Arabic, nor is it meant to be. This shows that the Quran is meant for Arabs only, since Arabic was not, and has never been a world language. If God sent mankind a book, He would have given it in a way whereby it would be equally effective and charming in all the languages of the world. Or, as a minimum, he would have made the whole world know Arabic very well, so that it could understand the Quran very easily. A God who keeps his Revelation in a language which only a mortal human being knows cannot be termed as an All-Powerful or wise God.
Why didn’t God do anything which could not have been done by humans like Muhammad? As a minimum, he could have revealed the Quran in a language which was known at that time, but not known to Muhammad, such as Sanskrit, Tamil etc. Muhammad dictating a Quran and getting it recorded in a language which was not known to him could have been some proof of God’s help. If Muhammad came to guide humanity, and got the Quran revealed as a Divine book, why didn’t God reveal the Quran in all the then-known languages of the world? The very fact that the Quran is very difficult to understand, it cannot be fully understood without the help of Hadith and Sira, the Hadith’s are unreliable many of them are outright forgeries and they came into existence more than 120 years after Muhammad’s death shows that it is not from God.
A true God would have made his book understandable to all, easily arranged in chronological order, with proper details of which verse was revealed when, instead of allowing humans to get it written on trees, bones of camels, stones and then putting it together arranging the chapters in any order, starting with the longest first and the shortest last, with no clear certainty of which chapter was revealed when and all this compilation of the Quran done a good 20 years after the death of the man who dictated it, and claimed to have received it from God. A true God would also have given details of the life of his Messenger in the Quran itself, or written another book on it with no forgeries. As a minimum, he would have done something which is beyond the reach of Muhammad.