1Sahil B = ""Muhammad was right to worry about being compared to a Kahin. What is impossible to discern in any
translation of those first few verses of the Revelation is their exquisite poetic quality. That initial recitation,
and those that immediately followed, were delivered in rhyming couplets which were very much like the
ecstatic utterances of the Kahin. This would not have been unusual; after all, the Arabs were used to
hearing the gods speak in poetry, which elevated their language to the realm of the divine. But much later,
when Muhammad’s message began to clash with the Meccan élite, his enemies would seize upon the
similarities between the oracles of the Kahin and Muhammad’s recitations, asking mockingly: “Should we
abandon our gods for the sake of an insane poet?” (37:36).
The fact that there are dozens of verses in the Quran refuting the accusation that Muhammad was a
Kahin indicates how important the issue was for the early Muslim community. As Muhammad’s movement
expanded throughout the region, the Revelation gradually became more prosaic and ceased to resemble
the oracular style of the early verses. However, in the beginning, Muhammad knew exactly what would be
said of him, and the thought of being considered a Kahin by his contemporaries was enough to bring him to
the edge of suicide."- No god but God, Reza Aslan "