Creator (God) vs Creation (Human Being)


Think about this;

The sun is created by the Creator, while the lamp is created by the Creation.

The sun lights up the whole part of the earth that faces the sun, while the lamp can only lights up a certain area.

Creations may imitate the creator, but they can never match what the creator has created.


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Sun (created by God) vs Lamp (created by Human)


On the other hand, the Quran is written by the Creator, while the translation is written by the Creation.

Can you understand the difference?

Let’s give a try at translating Shakespeare’s poems into the Malay language.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate

Bolehkah saya bandingkan awak dengan hari di musim panas?
Awak lebih indah dan lebih sederhana.

Apart from converting the words from one language to another,  are we able to translate the ‘beauty’ of the work as well?
Absolutely not.

The case is similar with the Quran, through translation we may be able to derive some meaning of the verses, but the process of translation  is inadequate to recreate the beauty of each word and grammatical rules which Allah has chosen.

11 times in the Quran, Allah describes the Quran as Arabic.

Here is one example from Surah Yusuf [12:3]:
“Indeed, We have sent it down as Arabic Quran in order that you may understand.”



Nouman Ali Khan – Why and How to Learn Arabic for Comprehension of the Quran

Photos of stadium – courtesy of William Ames Photography.


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