25.5. They also say: "(It consists of) only fables of the ancients which he has got written. They are being read to him in the early mornings and evenings (while people are at home). "

وَقَالُوا أَسَاطِيرُ الْأَوَّلِينَ اكْتَتَبَهَا فَهِيَ تُمْلَى عَلَيْهِ بُكْرَةً وَأَصِيلاً

5. They also say: "(It consists of) only fables of the ancients which he has got written. They are being read to him in the early mornings and evenings (while people are at home)."3


3. Such baseless allegations are no different from those which the rientalists raise against the Qur'ān. The only difference is that those who made these allegations during the Prophet's time were more honest than their contemporary counterparts. Unlike current orientalists, they never claimed that the Messenger, upon him be peace and blessings, had acquired the essence of his teaching from Bahīrā, whom he met in his childhood during his travels. Nor did they assert that he was taught by the Christian or Jewish scholars during these same travels. They were well aware that the Messenger, upon him be peace and blessings, made these journeys during his childhood and youth along with the caravans, and they also knew that those who were with him would have refuted such claims. In addition, the Messenger, upon him be peace and blessings, declared his Messengership many years after his travels. Among the many false objections they raised, they also claimed that, at times when people were at home, some relatively more knowledgeable people in Makkah would secretly recite to him from some old books so that he might have these ideas written down, subsequently conveying these to other people during the day. No one ever believed these baseless allegations. Even those who fabricated them did not truly believe them, and they soon started to make many other allegations.