The Holy QuranAlmost all religions in the world have a book that the members consider fearful, thereby having it as the reference of faith and beliefs. For instance, Christians, whether Catholics, Protestants, or Orthodox believe in the Bible.
The Buddhists believe in the Tripitaka, the teaching of Gautama Buddha. Confucians believe in the Tao Te Ching. But for Muslims, above all these books is the basis Islamic faith – the Quran. The Quran contains the words of Allah, which He revealed to Muhammad through direct conversations and through the angel, Gabriel. The Quran tells us what happened in the past and what will happen in the future. In fact, the things that are happening now have been foretold by the Quran.
Starting off from this, I would like to quote a passage from p. 95 of Islam and the Destiny of Man:“Each of us in this little corner is a participant in a drama – both cosmic and metacosmic – beside which the greatest earthly convulsions of storm and hurricane, of earthquake, and volcanic eruption, are little more than the theatre scenery. But the dominant theme which runs through the Quran from the beginning to end is the mercy of God, in whose hands even such a drama as this is but a small thing, and we are assured that those who live have grasped the ‘firm handhold’ offered to them have nothing to fear (Eaton 95).”The events that are happening in the world now, famine, hunger, violence, and many other mishaps and tragedies are enough to frighten anyone about what will happen tomorrow. In the news, we always hear or read of disasters and many other unlikely events. These, however terrifying they may be are nevertheless proofs for the Muslims that Quran contains the words of Allah, the one true God, who is omnipotent, and omniscient. A Muslim will not be surprised to hear sad and terrifying news because these have all been prophesied in the Quran. Whenever there are calamities that strike, and violent events, these are but manifestations of the truth that is written in the holy book of Islam.
Muslims are not happy about the misfortunes that many people suffer, but there is something to be optimistic about – Allah is watching and He is making things happen according to what He foretold.The Quran was handed down orally by God and His angel, Gabriel, to Muhammad for the salvation of mankind from eternal damnation in hell. He revealed His will, that is, His counsel that the people should follow as way of life for them to be righteous and worthy of living in the land of promise. God did not create humans to punish them, but if they continue to live lives in a prodigal way, the Lord will have no choice but to send them to eternal punishment.
God is merciful, but He is also just. That is why he sent forth His messengers to transcribe His will in the book that we now call the Quran.In Islamic faith, the Quran is the highest source of authority in religious reference. In as much as the Bible and other books of other religions are treated sacred, more is Quran for the Muslims, and this should be so. Unlike the Bible, the Quran that we have now is still the original text in the original language with which it was written. The Bible has been handed down form generation to generation and was translated and has had different versions and interpretations.
One pastor may explain one verse in a different way as another, but an Imam would explain a verse from Quran in much the same way any other Imam would. The words may be different. But the meaning that they would be pointing out will definitely be the same.The meaning of the message of Quran was meant to be understood by the people.
God did not reveal His words to remain as a mystery, but as a clear guide to the path that humans should take to live lives that would be pleasing in His sight, and then be worthy of the blessing He has always had in store for them. This is a manifestation of His mercy that people understand what He wants so they may be able to obey and have eternal life in the end. This mercy is the whole theme of the words of Allah in the Quran.If Allah is merciful, why then does He send forth plagues and calamities to mankind? The quoted passage clearly states that everything that is happening is His will. The suffering of people is according to His will. If He is a God of love, why then does He let these things happen?As mentioned earlier, these calamities and disasters have been long foretold by Allah.
These things happen perhaps for two reasons. One reason is certainly to warn us that the end is near, so we should live our lives doing good deeds to store up a good basis for Allah to grant us eternal life in Paradise. He did not tell exact when the end will be, but He gave us signs about the time when the end is already near. The volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, poverty, rise of crimes, are but signs of the coming Day of Judgment. Moreover, these signs prove, too, that the day will come. The signs are happening, so we can be certain that the Day of Judgment will come.Another thing that we have to understand about these bad things happening, when these things happen, we ought to understand more that there is a God who makes these things happen His way. He reminds mankind of His presence as the one who can provide peace and safety, as the only one who can really be the fortress of our lives.
But we must not think that God’s only way of reminding us of Him are the bad things happening in this world. The Quran states that it is God who makes the sun rise everyday, the one makes the rain fall to replenish the rivers and streams that fill up the seas and oceans, and the one who lets us wake up each morning with the breathe of life that we can use to do as we please, especially good deeds. But in difficult times, sometimes… it is only in difficult times when we remember to call His name. Many people forget about Him in their times of bounty and merriment. They lay their trust in their own strengths and the power and influence of other people. The Quran is against this. So, Allah sends forth reminders to mankind to tell them that He is the source of every good thing, and He is waiting for people to pray for His help.For Muslims who have faith in the Quran, tomorrow is not a problem.
The disasters may come, but the faithful servants of Allah who believe in the Quran will not fear, for they believe that the one who sends forth the disasters and allows evil things to take place is also the same God who will protect them from danger and hunger. For sure, they were not created for hunger and poverty, but for His own glory. The Quran acknowledge this fact, and so faithful Muslims have faith in it. They will not fret and should not fret, for God is the one holding them in His hands, and in His hands, they are safe.Safe, in this context does not mean free from facing danger or being spared totally from the sufferings of this world, but that they are sure of where they are going.
They may face death in the journey in this life, but in the hereafter, they are assured of a safe place in Paradise . Indeed, the Quran clearly describes how lucky people are if they put their trust in Allah and obey His will and refrain from everything that is haram. They are sure to receive His blessings here on earth and more in the hereafter.The Quran may have been physically transcribed by men, but these words of Allah, hence, Allah is the author of the Quran. It is wrong to think that the Quran is a set of laws invented by man, for the words in the Quran are proclamations of the Almighty.
But it is not enough that we know that they are the words of the Almighty Allah. He relayed them to His prophet for the people to know, so that they may obey and in so doing attain eternal life by His side when the Day of Judgment comes. Muslims can prove their love for Allah, not by lip service, but by actions and deeds that manifest their Muslim faith.
For the faithful Muslim, the words of Allah in the Quran are not difficult to do, but light. They will not be afraid of anything or anyone, because Allah will be beside them all the way.Work CitedEaton, Charles Le Gai. Islam and the Destiny of Man. Albany, NY: State University of NewYork Press, 1985.