By Dr. Gary Miller
If one assumes that the Qur’an is the product of a man’s mind, then one would expect it to reflect some of what was going on in the mind of the man who “composed” it. In fact, certain encyclopedias and various books claim that the Qur’an was the product of hallucinations that Muhammad underwent. If these claims were true — if the Qur’an originated from some psychological problems in Muhammad’s mind — then evidence of this would be apparent in the Qur’an itself. Is there such evidence? In order to determine whether or not there is, one must first identify what things would have been going on in the Prophet’s mind at that time and then search for these thoughts and reflections in the Qur’an.
It is known that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) had a very difficult life. All of his daughters died before him except one, and he had a wife, Khadijah, who was very dear and important to him, who not only preceded him in death but died at a very critical period of his life. As a matter of fact, she must have been quite a woman: When the first revelation came to him, he ran home to her, afraid. Certainly, even today one would have a hard time trying to find an Arab who would tell you, “I was so afraid that I ran home to my wife.” They just aren’t that way. Yet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) felt comfortable enough with his wife to be able to do that. That is how influential and strong she was. Although these examples are only a few of the subjects that would have been on Muhammad’s mind, they are sufficient in intensity to prove my point.
The Qur’an does not mention any of these things — not the death of his children, not the death of his beloved companion and wife, not his fear of the initial revelations, which he so beautifully shared with his wife — nothing. Yet, these topics must have hurt him, bothered him, and caused him pain and grief during periods of his life. Indeed, if the Qur’an was a product of his psychological reflections, then these subjects, as well as others, would be prevalent or at least mentioned throughout.