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The Qur’anic Approach to the Presentation of Opponents’ Suggestions and its Response:
An Analytical Study
Ali ibn Humayd al-Sinani, Ph.D.
Associate Professor at the Faculty of Qur’anic Studies
Islamic University, Madinah
1. Presenting the Qur’anic method of stating its argument and evidence to refute the objections of its persistent opponents;
2. How to benefit by the Qur’anic presentation of opponents’ suggestions, within the field of Islamic advocacy. The stubbornness faced by advocates of Islam is a normal attitude. Therefore, advocates must remain firm, unperturbed by the stubbornness of their opponents;
3. Recognition of the nature of opponents’ attitude who persist with their falsehood, regardless of all the clear evidence put to them;
4. Highlighting the stark difference of attitudes of believers and their opponents when clear evidence is presented. Believers find their faith strengthened, while their opponents go further away from the truth, unwilling to admit it.
The paper focuses on the Qur’anic approach to the presentation of opponents’ suggestions and their refutation, adopting an inductive methodology in citing and analysing its material, giving it suitable headings. The paper starts with a foreword that defines the verses that includes such suggestions. It shows that signs and miracles were given as an act of God’s grace, so that people would recognise the truth. The paper concludes with a presentation of its main findings, including:
The paper provides comprehensive indexes.
Key words: The Qur’an, suggestion, people of earlier revelations, stubborn opponents, miracles, rejection, examples of verses stating suggestions, persistence, denial, refutation of argument.