In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
Say: “If the ocean were ink [wherewith to write out] the words of my Sustainer, sooner would the ocean be exhausted than would the words of my Sustainer, even if we added another ocean like it, for its aid.(18:109)
[This mighty verse is a vast, elevated ocean. A large volume in order to describe all its jewels. So postponing those precious jewels to another time, for now I shall explain a few rays of a subtle point in order to recall those truths. They appeared faintly to me a few days ago during the tesbihat, recited following the five daily prayers, which is an important time for me, and struck my attention. I did not write them down at the time and they gradually grew fainter. So before they are lost altogether so as to hunt down a manifestation of those points, I shall say a few words as though encircling them.]
F i r s t W o r d : In respect of being a divine attribute like knowledge and power, pre-eternal speech is infinite. Certainly, if the seas were ink for something infinite, they would never get to the end of them.
S e c o n d W o r d : Speech is the clearest and most powerful thing that makes known someone’s existence. Hearing someone’s speech proves that he exists as clearly as a thousand proofs, indeed, as clearly as seeing him. Thus through its allusive meaning, this verse says:
“If the seas were ink to the extent of divine speech, which demonstrates the All-Glorious Sustainer’s existence, and the trees were pens, and they were to write His speech, they would never come to the end of them. That is to say, just as any speech points to its own extent and at the degree of witnessing to the existence of the one who spoke it, so the extent that the above speech points to and tells of the One who spoke it – the Single and Eternally Besought One – is beyond measure, so that if all the seas were ink they would still be insufficient for writing it.”
T h i r d W o r d : When teaching the truths of belief to all classes of men, the Qur’an of Miraculous Exposition apparently repeats the same truth, which is in accordance with the wisdom of establishing, verifying, and convincing them of a truth. This verse is in effect an answer to the entirely unjustifiable attacks of the Jewish scholars, who were the learned People of the Book of the time, on the Illustrious Prophet (UWBP) concerning this, because he was unlettered and not learned. It is as follows:
The verse says: “The repetition of a truth containing numerous benefits