Some people say, “We already believe in the Quran! Are proofs really necessary?” when they are informed about the mathematical and scientific miracles in the Quran. We have nothing to say to the people who state that they believe in the Quran without seeing any proofs, but if they say, “Are proofs really necessary?” then we should advise them, “Now, stop there!”
The Prophet Abraham is praised in the Quran for opposing the ignorance of idol worship promoted by his father and his community. But even Abraham, who was praised as a prophet in the Quran, once asked for signs or evidence from God (See 2-The Cow, 260). We should ask the following question of the people who look down upon the divine evidence and who ask if proofs are really necessary, “Is your faith stronger than the faith of the Prophet Abraham?”
The believers should be grateful for God’s signs and miracles. If God displays a sign, then He must have a reason. A person might pretend that he or she does not need miracles or divine signs, but then wouldn’t it be better if he or she witnessed those miracles in order to share with others who are in desperate need of a divine sign or evidence? If believers do not appreciate the importance of God’s miracles, who will?
The same is true for the miracle of the number 19, which we will examine in this chapter. The number 19 is a proof that the Quran has a miraculous structure. Besides, God draws attention to the number 19 in the Quran to strengthen the faith of the believers (74-The Hidden, 31).
People who do not utilize their faculties of reasoning cannot witness the miracle of mathematics. The miracle in question challenges all imitation, while laying the cornerstone of truth. These miracles may not be accessible to those who attach excessive importance to the spiritual and economic support of their friends, of their respective communities and family members. These miracles may not be witnessed by those who are dependent on the approval of their communities; they disregard God’s evidence and opt for conformity rather than discursive reason. Those who fear being rejected or rebuked by their communities and worry about how to answer people cannot witness God’s miracles.