The Quran: A Source of Guidance

The last manifestation of God’s grace for man, the supreme wisdom and the supreme beauty of expression: in short, the word of God. If someone asked any Muslim to describe it, they would probably say similar words. The Qur’an, for Muslims, is the irrefutable and inimitable Word of God . It was revealed by Almighty God, through the instrument of the Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessings be upon him). The Prophet ﷺ had no role in the authorship of the Qur’an, he was merely a human secretary, repeating the orders of the Divine Creator:

“AND HE DOESN’T SPEAK OUT OF PASSION; HIS SPEECH IS NOTHING BUT REVELATION REVEALED TO HIM. ” [HOLY QURAN 53: 3-4]

The Qur’an was revealed in Arabic to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ over a period of twenty-three years. It is composed in such a unique style that it can be considered neither poetry nor prose, but somehow a mixture of both. The Qur’an is inimitable; it cannot be simulated or copied, and Almighty God challenges mankind to pursue such an enterprise if he thinks he can:

“OR DO THEY SAY,” DID HE FORGE IT? ” SAY: “THEN BRING FORTH A SURA LIKE HIS, AND FOR THAT, CALL ON WHOMEVER YOU CAN, APART FROM ALLAH, IF YOU ARE TRUE.” [HOLY QURAN 10:38]

The language of the Qur’an is indeed sublime, it is recitation in motion, as a non-Muslim scholar observed, it was like the cadence of my heartbeat. Due to its unique style of language, the Qur’an is not only highly readable, but also relatively easy to remember. This latter aspect has played an important role not only in the preservation of the Qur’an, but also in the spiritual life of Muslims. God Himself declares:

“AND, IN EFFECT, WE FACILITATE THE QUR’AN, FOR REMEMBRANCE. SO, IS THERE ANYONE WHO REMEMBERS THAT? ” [HOLY QURAN 54:17]

One of the most important features of the Qur’an is that it remains today, the only holy book that has never changed; remained free from any and all adulteration. Sir William Muir observed: “There is probably no other book in the world that has remained (fourteen) centuries with such a pure text.” The Qur’an was written during his lifetime and under the supervision of the Prophet, who was illiterate, and was passed shortly after his death by a rigorous method that examined written and oral traditions. Thus, its authenticity is immaculate and its preservation is seen as the fulfillment of God’s promise:

“CERTAINLY, WE BROUGHT DOWN THE QUR’AN AND, OF COURSE, WE ARE CUSTODIANS.” [HOLY QURAN 15: 9]

The Koran is a book that provides human beings with the spiritual and intellectual food that they desire. Its main themes include the oneness of God, the purpose of human existence, the faith and conscience of God, the Future Life and its meaning. The Qur’an also emphasizes reason and understanding. In these spheres of human understanding, the Qur’an goes beyond just satisfying the human intellect; makes someone think about implications. There are challenges and prophecies of the Qur’an. One of the most interesting fields in recent years has been the discovery that, of the significant amount of scientific information in the Qur’an, including the Big Bang event, embryological data and other information about astronomical biology, etc., there is not a single claim that has not been confirmed by modern discoveries. In short, the Qur’an fills the heart,

Perhaps the best description of the Qur’an was given by Ali, the cousin of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ when he expounded on this as,

“The Book of God. In it is the record of what was before you, the judgment of what is between you and the prophecies of what will come after you. It is decisive, not a case of levity. Whoever is a tyrant and ignores the Koran will be destroyed by God. Whoever seeks guidance in another way will be mistaken. The Qur’an is the unbreakable link of connection with God; it is the memory full of wisdom and the straight path. The Qur’an does not become distorted by tongues, nor can it be deflected by whims; never numb from repeated study; scholars will always want more of this. The wonders of the Qur’an never end. Anyone who speaks to him will speak the truth, whoever rules with him will be just, and whoever clings to him will be guided to the right path. [At-Tirmidhi]

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