Question: One of our listeners writes: Our brother who is a knowledge-seeker from Jeddah has some concerns and this is one of them. He says: Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (those adhering to the Sunnah and the Muslim main body) are known for their position that the Qur’aan is the Word of Allah which was revealed and not created. It originated from Him and to Him it will return. Regarding the letters with which the Qur’aan was written: Are they not created? Are they Arabic letters? Was the Qur’aan written in Al-Lawh Al-Mahfoozh (the Preserved Tablet) with these letters, or were they developed by the Arabs? Please clarify the Madh-hab (juristic school/School of Jurisprudence) of the Salaf (righteous predecessors) regarding this issue. I also hope that you will reply to this paradox if it is considered to be so.
Answer: This question has been answered by Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah, as they all agreed that Qur’aan is the Word of Allaah, that was revealed and not created, from Him it originated and to Him it will return. The Qur’aan’s letters and meanings are Allaah’s Speech as He has spoken it. It was heard by Jibreel (Gabriel) and conveyed by Muhammad (peace be upon him).The entire Qur’aan, its letters and meanings is the Word of Allaah; therefore, whoever claims that it is created commits Kufr (disbelief) according to the ruling of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah. The whole Qur’aan is Allaah’s Word, its letters and meanings. Furthermore, it also exists in Al-Lawh-ul-Mahfoozh with the same letters and meanings, as He (Glorified be He) states: Nay! This is a Glorious Qur’aan, (Inscribed) in Al-Lawh Al-Mahfooz (The Preserved Tablet)! Therefore, as previously mentioned, the entire Qur’an is the Word of Allah that was sent down not created, from Him it originated and to Him it will return, along with its letters and meanings as stipulated by Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah and according to the declaration of ‘Aboo Al-`Abbaas Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) in his books, such as Al-`Aqeedah Al-Waasitiyyah in which he mentioned the `Aqeedah (creed) of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah. Again the whole Qur’aan; its letters and meaning, is Allaah’s Word which Jibreel conveyed to the honorable Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Allaah also confirmed its existence in Al-Lawh Al-Mahfoozh as He clarified in His Book (Glorified and Exalted be He). Thus, whoever denies this violates the Sharee`ah (Islaamic Law), innovates in the Deen (religion) of Islaam and opposes Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah.
Question: A questioner from Yemen asks: Did Al-Bukhaaree (may Allaah have mercy on him) declare that the Qur’aan is Allaah’s Word that was not created but its utterance is created?
Answer: The Qur’aan is the Word of Allaah. Al-Bukhaaree and others declared that it is the Word of Allaah. It is revealed not created, but if he said that his utterance of the Qur’aan is created, this is possible. This is why scholars chose not to delve into this matter. Furthermore, if he meant with that his voice, it is also created. On the other hand, if he meant by that his speech, this is wrong. For that, many scholars reprehended saying that as it could be misleading. But, if someone says that their voice is created but the Qur’aan is the Word of Allaah along with clarification, there is no harm in this. However, as previously mentioned, some scholars censured saying that without explanation. On the other side, some of them approved of this regarding the intention of uttering. In conclusion, the uttered words, which are the Qur’aan, are Allaah’s Word that is revealed not created, whether it is recited from memory, pronounced, or written. Whatever the case may be it is the Word of Allaah that is not created... read more here.