Ajeeb vs. ‘Ujaab

Here is post number 5 in the Divine Speech series. This is comparing the words Ajeeb. vs. ‘Ujaab.
Allah says in the Quran:
“Nay, they wonder that there has come to them a warner (Muhammad SAW) from among themselves. So the disbelievers say: “This is a strange thing!” [50:2]
“And they (Arab pagans) wonder that a warner (Prophet Muhammad SAW) has come to them from among themselves! And the disbelievers say: “This (Prophet Muhammad SAW) is a sorcerer, a liar.” [38:4]
“Has he made the aliha (gods) (all) into One Ilah (God – Allah). Verily, this is a curious thing!” [38:5]
  1. Ajeeb vs. Ujaab
  2. ‘Ajeeb (strange)
    1. “They find it strange that a warner came to them from among themselves. So the disbelievers said: “This is a strange thing.”
  3. ‘Ujaab (extremely strange)
    1. “A warner came to them, he is perpetual liar, they had many gods and he came and made them into one, he is a magician”
  4. Two major insults—BUT, they include complements
    1. They called him a Magician
      1. What is magic? Something beyond reason.
      2. Prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is just saying words. These words have such an impact that their response to what his is saying is that it is magic (magic not associated with what you hear but it’s something you see)–the Quranic words mystified them.
      3. First accusation
      4. By calling him a magician–they have already taken half a leap of faith–because they have acknowledged that this is something above a human. This cannot be from man.
    2. They called him a Perpetual Liar (kadhab)
      1. Kadhib. Someone who lies over and over again.
      2. Either you have to change your story or your audience in order to continue lying. The Prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) does neither.
      3. Prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) refuses to change his story and his audience
      4. Keeps saying the same thing. The same message of Tawheed—Oneness of Allah azzawajal.
      5. Every time he does, it’s like a mystifying liar who doesn’t stop.
      6. So what were the Kuffar saying: Basically that–Words have power, and he is committed. Complement. :)

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