The Holy Qur’an – The Miraculous Book of Guidance

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The Holy Qur’an – The Miraculous Book of Guidance

The Holy Qur’an – The Miraculous Book of Guidance

When the Prophet (peace be upon him) recited the Qur’an or listened to someone else’s recitation, it had a profound impact on him, beyond what could be normally imagined. His face would reflect fear, his eyes would brim with tears, and his cheeks would be moistened with flowing tears. At night, while everyone slept, he would rise for prayer and recite the Qur’an with such dedication that his feet would swell. People would express sympathy for his feet, saying, “Why do you subject yourself to such hardship when Allah has forgiven all your past and future sins?” He would respond, “Should I not be a grateful servant, thankful for the blessings bestowed upon me?”

 

The Qur’an was revealed during a time of profound spiritual darkness. The Blessed Prophet (peace be upon him) was sent to an era where moral values and standards were virtually non-existent. He was entrusted with the noble task of reforming a people steeped in misconception, misguided beliefs, and cruelty, who were deeply immoral, warlike, and devoid of any moral compass. Yet, the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) inspiring words and actions had a transformative impact, revolutionizing their inner and outer lives. Those who had been lost for generations embarked on the path of righteousness, while the spiritually dormant awoke from their laziness. Polytheists became monotheists, disbelievers became believers, and idolaters broke their idols. Formerly misguided individuals became beacons of guidance for others. The Prophet’s teachings eradicated the brutality, racism, and petty disputes that had once plagued them, replacing them with virtues like self-control, trust in God, forbearance, and detachment from worldly desires. A God-fearing, truthful, and devout community emerged, silencing the voice of idolatry that had once resonated across Arabia. The region of Arabia witnessed a unique call to the Oneness of God, as idols were broken, the long-standing fires of the Zoroastrians were extinguished, incorrect beliefs faded away, and the cultural heritage of superstition was eradicated.

 

Anyone familiar with Arab history recognizes their pre-Islamic era as a time of rampant ignorance, brutality, and cruelty. They lacked any written scripture, whether human or divine. Taking a life was trivial to them, and their ignorance was so profound that they would worship stones, elevating them to sacred status. Their rebellious nature made them unwilling to submit to any ruler’s authority, and their spiritual desolation left them aimlessly drifting through life. Transforming such an ignorant and defiant people into beacons of knowledge and civilization was a very difficult task, yet they eventually became masters in various fields – physics, social dynamics, religious practices, morality, and politics – to the extent that scholars from around the world sought their wisdom.

 

Doctor Gustave Le Bon writes: “The Prophet of Islam led a life that is utterly astonishing and fascinating. With his powerful oratory, he subdued a nation that had never been ruled before, elevating them to a position of dominance over their contemporary superpowers. Even in death, this unlettered prophet continues to inspire unwavering faith in millions of people, a testament to his enduring legacy.”

 

The Prophet’s exceptional beauty and character are evident in the fact that he held no royal title, came from no royal lineage, amassed no wealth, inherited no vast riches, commanded no personal army, and lacked the support of his hometown and even of his own kin. Despite this apparent powerlessness and vulnerability, the Prophet courageously shared a message that was universally despised and reviled at the time, to a people submerged in cruelty, knowing that he himself would be detested by his people for preaching it.

 

The message “There is none worthy of worship but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah” brought about a remarkable transformation in Arabia, overthrowing the reign of idolatry and illuminating the darkness of disbelief and ignorance like a lightning bolt. It swept away the clouds of idolatry, and the sun of monotheism emerged from the shadows of disbelief that had once concealed it. In short, a seemingly powerless man inspired a profound faith in a barbaric nation, introducing a revolutionary idea in a time of despair. The followers understood the importance and mission of the Last Prophet, prompting them to sacrifice everything – to share the message of the Holy Qur’an with humanity. They left their homes and families, traveled across oceans, mountains, and deserts – to educate humanity on the purpose of life, ideal belief, worship, human interactions, and social life – setting unmatched moral standards.

 

The Prophet’s exceptional character was complemented by his extraordinary intelligence, evident in his ability to bring forth a comprehensive religion, a legal code, and a masterpiece of literature – the Qur’an – despite being unlettered and untutored. Born in a region devoid of civilization and scholarly expertise, he never received formal education. Yet, he brought to light a book that surpasses the greatest achievements of scholars. The Qur’an stands as a living intellectual miracle, unmatched in its eloquence, rhetorical flair, scientific precision, and preservation from corruption. For 1400 years, it has openly challenged anyone to produce a work of comparable excellence, and none have dared to attempt it, not even a single chapter. The Qur’an’s grandeur has been attested to by people of high intellect, and its beauty and wisdom continue to inspire and awe humanity.

 

One of the most compelling types of evidence of the Holy Qur’an’s divine origin is its majestic portrayal of Allah’s attributes, unparalleled in literary excellence. The Qur’an describes Allah’s attributes with such splendor and majesty that no other book can compare. It sublimely affirms Allah as the Creator, Sustainer, Cherisher, Most Merciful, and Most Worthy of praise. The Qur’an is replete with Allah’s diverse qualities and attributes, to an extent unmatched by any other book. It seems eager to invoke Allah’s name, mentioning it on every page and in every section, regardless of the context. While the Qur’an addresses various worldly and spiritual matters, as well as legal codes, it consistently invokes Allah’s name. The word “Allah” appears 2,699 times, not counting His other names and pronouns. In the last verse of Surah Muzzammil [Holy Qur’an 73:20], the word “Allah” occurs seven times! This emphasis on Allah’s name and attributes underscores the Qur’an’s unique status as a divine revelation.

 

    It is customary to invoke Allah’s name in litanies and prayers, but the Qur’an distinguishes itself by seamlessly integrating Allah’s name and attributes into discussions of social conduct and legal principles, making it a unique and unparalleled scripture. Unlike the Old and New Testaments, which have scores of pages devoid of God’s mention, the Qur’an mentions Allah’s names or attributes on every single page. Allah has masterfully crafted the Qur’an to weave His remembrance into every subject, story, and passage. Alongside teaching legal and divine principles, the Qur’an serves as a constant reminder of Allah’s presence, ensuring that every page read resonates with His majesty. This universal focus on Allah is a key reason why reciting the Qur’an yields immense spiritual rewards, as it is a divine book of devotional litanies, invocations, and supplications that nurtures a profound connection with the Almighty.

 

    Consider the chapter on divorce (Surah “Talaq”, 65). At first glance, it appears to solely contain rulings and guidelines related to divorcing women. However, it is replete with lessons, admonitions, reminders, and diverse attributes of Allah. This concise chapter (two pages) mentions the name “Allah” 25 times, highlighting His nurturing nature twice, aside from numerous pronouns referencing Allah. Despite the chapter’s primary focus on divorce, Allah’s name is seamlessly integrated throughout. It would have been challenging for a human author to naturally insert Allah’s name even once or twice in a chapter on divorce. Open any book claiming divine authorship and observe how frequently and majestically God’s name is mentioned. A genuinely revealed book will consistently remind you of His essence at every turn, demonstrating its heavenly origin.