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“al-Jassas and Qur’anic Inimitability”

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“Imam Abu Bakr al-Jassas on

Qur’anic Inimitability”

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  • Imam Abu Bakr al-Jassas al-Hanafi, theologian, jurist, exegete and linguist (d.370/981)[1] comments regarding the challenge of the Qur’an:

“His words (Most High), ‘Say: {If mankind and the jinn were together to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they helped one another}[2] indicate the inimitable nature of the Qur’an.[3] Some people say that its inimitable quality is in the wording or construction (nazm)[4] on the one hand and in the meanings (ma`ani) and the arrangement in which ideas are presented, on the other hand. They use as evidence the fact that in this verse [just mentioned] the Qur’an challenges the Arabs and the non-Arabs, the jinn and humans. It is well-known that the non-Arabs could not be challenged on the…

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