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Inconsistencies if Besides the Speech of Allah is shown to be His speech

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A student posed a question, “I do not understand the verse:

من عند غير الله لوجدوا فيه اختلافا كثيرا
(Had the Qur’an been from anyone besides Allah Ta`ala, then there would have been many inconsistencies therein) [4: 82].

It is not necessary that there be inconsistencies in the books of others. Many books have been authored free of inconsistencies in them.” 
Hadrat replied, “Some mufassireen (commentators) have given this answer, that inconsistencies refer to inconsistencies in eloquence. This means that the highest standard of eloquence is uninterrupted in the entire Qur’an. There is no inconsistency in its eloquence, contrary to books prepared by others in which the eloquence is not of a set standard.

Hence, if one poem of a poet has a considerable amount of eloquence then another poem of his will have a lower standard of eloquence and some of his poems will be completely void of eloquence. The essence of the verse is that, had the Qur’an been the speech of anyone besides Allah Ta`ala, then its eloquence would not have been of a set standard. Inconsistencies would have most certainly appeared.

A simple answer that I give is that had the Qur’an been the speech of anyone besides Allah Ta`ala and then attributed to Him giving the impression that it is the speech of Allah, then many contradictions will be found in it. The reason being that on seeing it people will differentiate between the speech of Allah Ta`ala and speech of others.
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