The manipulation of 17:46

We have placed veils over their hearts so that they do not understand it,
and deafness in their ears. And when you commemorate your Lord,

in the Quran alone, they turn their backs and run away in aversion.

The words in 17:46 send out a clear message, but sadly, this verse has also been subject to manipulation. The emphasis of the words in 17:46 is as follows:

..... when you commemorate your Lord, in the Quran alone .....

The word "wahdahu" (alone), which is placed immediately after the word "Quran" is masculine as it speaks of the "Quran" which is also masculine.

The manipulation was in changing the order of words to give a different meaning to the verse. The way the hadith advocates interpret this verse is as follows:

.... when you commemorate your Lord alone in the Quran.

As indicated, by changing the order of the words they categorically change the meaning of the verse. This clear manipulation can easily be exposed in the light of the Quran. We have no less than five solid pieces of evidence to confirm the correct meaning of 17:46:

1- The key word "alone" (wahdahu) is deliberately placed by God after the word "Quran” and not after the words "your Lord".

If God intended the meaning to be (if you mention your Lord alone in the Quran) God would have placed the word "alone" after "your Lord" and not after "Quran".

2- The key word "alone" (wahdahu) appears in the Quran a total of 6 times, they are (7:70, 39:45, 40:12, 40:84, 60:4 and 17:46). In the first five mentioned verses the word "alone" is placed after the word "God", but only in 17:46 does this word come after the word "Quran". Bearing in mind that God is mentioned in 17:46 "your Lord", this can only be a deliberate arrangement by God to indicate that the word "alone" speaks of the "Quran" and not of "your Lord".

3- We read in the Quran that the Book is clear, easy to understand and has no ambiguity:

An Arabic Quran without any crookedness. 39:28

A.L.R. These are the signs of the clear Book. 12:1

We have made it (the Quran) easy to understand, in your own tongue, so that they may be reminded. 44:58

God being the All Knower, knows that this verse will be subject to deliberate manipulation. For that reason alone, God would not place the word "alone" after the word "Quran" if the intended meaning is "your Lord alone".

Only the ones who trust God and believe that the Quran has no ambiguity will have this certainty. On the other hand, those who disbelieve God's words in 39:28, 12:1 and 44:58, and believe their scholars and imams who tell them that the Quran is very difficult to understand, will not see the simple meaning in 17:46. This is a key issue in understanding the Quran.

There will be some who will say, "In the Arabic language it is possible to place words in various orders". This is quite true, but surely God is aware of all grammatical allowances of the Arabic language. However, it is more important for God to give us a direct and simple meaning rather than to give us an arrangement of words that would be subject to dispute. This understanding will be evident to those who believe (39:28, 12:1 and 44:58).

4- Further to the above, let us assume for a moment that the correct meaning is:

..... when you mention your Lord alone in the Quran.

If we stop for a moment and consider this meaning we find that it is practically impossible to read the Quran and mention the name of God alone! The Quran is full of other names: messengers, angels, ordinary people and so on. By simply reading the Quran we would mention all the names written in the Book, they cannot be omitted. However, it is possible to mention, commemorate and praise God by using the Quran alone and not any other source.

This confirms that the false meaning they attempt to inject in 17:46 is not feasible.

5- If we read 17:46 one more time, we note that from the beginning of the verse until the end, the subject is the Quran:

We have placed veils over their hearts so that they do not understand it (Quran), and deafness in their ears. And when you commemorate your Lord, in the Quran alone, they turn their backs and run away in aversion. 17:46

6- The mathematical code of the Quran (19) also confirms that the word "alone" in 17:46 refers to the Quran and not to "your Lord".

The word 'Wahdahu' (alone) occurs in the Quran in 6 verses:
7:70, 17:46, 39:45, 40:12 & 84, and 60:4.
Five of these occurrences refer to God, they are:
7:70, 39:45, 40:12 & 84, and 60:4.
The proof that 17:46 does not refer to God but to the Quran (Quran alone) can be derived by adding the numbers of the Suras and Verses which refer to 'God alone' above.
The Sura numbers are 7 + 39 + 40 + 60 = 146
The Verse numbers are 70 + 45 + 12 + 84 + 4 = 215
Total = 361 = 19 x 19
However, if we add the Sura and verse numbers of 17:46 we would get:
361 + 17 + 46 = 424 (not a multiple of 19).
The mathematical proof through the code 19 is firm evidence that the subject in 17:46 is not God alone, but the Quran alone.