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Muhammad was able to read and write

Muhammad Wrote God’s Revelations With His Own hand

The first revelation was “Read,” and included the statement “God
teaches by means of the pen” (96:1-4), and the second revelation
was “The Pen” (68:1). The only function of the pen is to write.
Ignorant Muslim scholars of the first two centuries after the Quran
could not understand the Quran’s challenge to produce anything like
it. They had no idea about the Quran’s mathematical composition,
and they knew that many literary giants could have composed works
comparable to the Quran. In fact, many such literary giants did
claim the ability to produce a literary work as excellent as the
Quran. The latest claim came from Taha Hussein, the renowned
Egyptian writer. The ignorant Muslim scholars then decided to
proclaim Muhammad an illiterate man! They figured that this would
make the Quran’s extraordinary literary excellence truly
miraculous. The word they relied on to bestow illiteracy upon the
Prophet was “UMMY.” Unfortunately for those “scholars,” this word
clearly means “Gentile,” or one who does not follow any scripture
(Torah, Injeel, or Quran) [see 2:78, 3:20 & 75, 62:2]; it does NOT
mean “illiterate.”

The Prophet was a successful merchant. The “Muslim scholars” who
fabricated the illiteracy lie forgot that there were no numbers
during the Prophet’s time; the letters of the alphabet were used as
numbers. As a merchant dealing with numbers every day, the Prophet
had to know the alphabet, from one to one-thousand.

The Quran tells us that Muhammad wrote down the Quran – Muhammad’s
contemporaries are quoted as saying, “These are tales from the past
that he wrote down. They are being dictated to him day and night”
(25:5). You cannot “dictate” to an illiterate person. The Prophet’s
enemies who accuse him of illiteracy abuse Verse 29:48, which
relates specifically to previous scriptures.

On the 27th night of Ramadan 13 B.H. (Before Hijerah), Muhammad the
soul, the real person, not the body, was summoned to the highest
universe and the Quran was given to him (2:97, 17:1, 44:3, 53:1-18,
97:1-5). Subsequently, the angel Gabriel helped Muhammad release a
few verses of the Quran at a time, from the soul to Muhammad’s
memory. The Prophet wrote down and memorized the verses just
released into his mind. When the Prophet died, he left the complete
Quran written down with his own hand in the chronological order of
revelation, along with specific instructions as to where to place
every verse. The divine instructions recorded by the Prophet were
designed to put the Quran together into the final format intended
for God’s Final Testament to the world (75:17). The early Muslims
did not get around to putting the Quran together until the time of
Khalifa Rashed `Uthmaan. A committee was appointed to carry out
this task.

The above is quoted from appendix 28 from Quran, authorized
translation by Dr Rashad Khalifa.