Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Glorious Quran

Quran....the last message of Allah to mankind, after which shall come no other message or warning, the last chance for humans to take heed of Allah's instructions, before the day of accountability approaches.

Quran is the final revelation of God given to mankind through his last Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The Quran was revealed to Muhammad (pbuh), bit by bit, spanning a time period of 23 years. It is the last and final message of God to man, asking him to follow the true path of monotheism. The Quran relates to man the fate of previous generations of people who had been given books and scriptures through various messengers and who time and again rejected these messengers and their message and finally met their doom. Allah, in the Quran, asks us to take lessons from the fate of those perished generations and thereby avoid meeting the same fate ourselves.

Allah also lays down guidelines for us to follow in this life, so that we live a life that is pleasing to Him and therefore gain salvation. Allah speaks in detail about what we are to meet after our deaths, a certainty indeed. He speaks about Hell and Heaven, and how we are supposed to strive in this life so that we avoid the former and are instead rewarded with the latter.

Verily this Qur'an does guide to that which is most right, and gives the glad tidings to the Believers who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a magnificent reward.(The Holy Quran 17:9).

A major part of the Quran speaks about various rules and regulations that are to be followed in our lives as short it speaks of a complete way of life. These rules or prescriptions pertain to the various situations that both commonly and uncommonly arise in our lives.Be it a simple thing, like a normal business transaction and ethics related to it or a more complex issue as inheritance or divorce, the Quran speaks about them all, and the practical illustration of it we get through the prophet's (pbuh) life and his works.

There exists only a single Quran.The language of the Quran is Arabic alone. All others are just translations of the meaning of this Arabic Quran.The Quran now is just as it was, when it was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), more than 1400 yrs ago.The matter of retaining the Quran in its original form, unchanged and unmanipulated rests with Allah alone who takes its responsibility, declaring so in the Quran itself, that it shall remain unaltered and not tampered with till the last day.

We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption).(The Holy Quran 15:9). 

There is no book like unto the Quran.Allah places a challenge to this effect in the Quran itself to those who doubt the divine origin of Quran to bring the likes of it, a small portion alone if they can,..... if they are true in their doubt.

Or they may say, "He forged it," Say, "Bring ye then ten suras forged, like unto it, and call (to your aid) whomsoever ye can, other than Allah.- If ye speak the truth! (The Holy Quran 11:13). 

No falsehood can approach it from before or behind it: It is sent down by One Full of Wisdom, Worthy of all Praise.(The Holy Quran 41:42).

Allah chose Arabic as the language of the Quran, for it was the language of the prophet (pbuh) and also of the people of Arabia, who were to be the immediate audience to its revelation. But this doesn't exempt others from the duty of trying to understand the Quran, and living their lives according to it. Allah revealed the Quran, for the whole of mankind, and made it simple for all to understand, who wish to understand.It is an obligation on all Muslims to try and decipher the message, Allah wishes to give to His slaves, and do their best in molding their lives accordingly as per their strengths.

The Quran and the message in it, is a criterion, by which is tested every other thing, every other ruling or method of living, which, if found contradicting to the Quran and what it prescribes, is to be avoided and not followed at all.The Quran is also called as Al-Furqan, for this very reason, its role as a criterion in our lives.

It is a necessity that we strive in understanding the Quran, living according to it, and spreading the message to others as well, only then can we achieve the pleasure of Allah, and save ourselves from his wrath.
May Allah give us the strength to do so.Ameen

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