The Book That Shaped the World
Has anybody ever come across a book that contains a preface where its author mentions its infallibility from any single error? Has anyone ever heard of any author who talks with such confidence and authority? This is the Qur’an; it was revealed to one human being named Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and its Author is Allah, the Lord and Sustainer of the Universe.
Fourteen hundred years ago, Allah, the Lord, decided to bring back humanity from the disgrace of slavery into the position of Allah’s emissary on earth. That was Laylat Al-Qadr (the Night of Power); the night when Angel Gabriel, on the command of Allah, made an eternal link between the heaven and the earth. That was a night that shaped the destiny of humanity.
This is the Qur’an that:
Those were the Arabs who were on the verge of self-destruction because of their lawlessness, vulgarity, stupidity, and, to use the Qur’anic terminology, jahiliyyah (ignorance). They were the people despised by the two super powers of the time, the Persians in the east and the Romans in the west, to the extent that neither of these two powers was even interested in taking over these barbaric and lawless territories.
Yet, the Qur’an was revealed to them, which is a proof that Allah can easily change the fate of a nation if He wishes. But Allah’s sunnah (typical way or principle) is not simply to guide people without any reason; they have to acquire guidance with their own action and endeavor. Only then, Allah may confer his favor and help on them, as He, the Almighty, says in the Qur’an,
The heavenly revelation has been termed as:
Revealing some of these terms about the Qur’an, Allah, the Exalted, says,
He also says,
It is dhikr (a reminder) and the kalam (word) of Allah. Allah showered His mercy on humanity in the form of a direct communication with His Messenger for 23 years in the barren Arab land. Within 10 years, the tiny oasis of Yathrib, just named Madinah, became the blessed land where a comprehensive code of life evolved from nothing. Madinah became the center of a divine civilization, the center of inspiration for humanity.
This is because of the Qur’an’s miracle and the unique person that received and memorized it by heart, namely, the last Prophet, Muhammad; the heart that received the full weight of divine love for humanity, leading it with the Qur’anic message.
It was the weight that no other creation would ever have dared to bear, as it was revealed in the Qur’an itself,
The Qur’an elevated the Arabs, who produced a miracle within only one generation. The hearts of the Arabs expanded to such an extent that those barbaric people grasped the true meaning of the message and learnt how to live as the best nation on earth. The fountain of love and universal brotherhood created the “best people” on earth. Praising the Muslim Ummah in the Qur’an, Allah, the Almighty, says,
This (best of the nations) was reformed by the Qur’an, as the Qur’an:
What a marvel! While other heavenly books are either lost or corrupted, the Qur’an is still preserved in its pristine form, either as a mushaf (a book) or as a code of beliefs in Muslims’ hearts. That is because Allah promised to protect it; He, the Exalted, says,
Whenever a Muslim recites the Qur’an, Allah is speaking to him. Allah reminds us to think, to reflect on and look for His signs around us and even inside ourselves, to learn from the past, to follow His guidance, to serve humanity, and to look after His creation. Do we understand Him, His call, and His message? And if we understand, do we respond? And if we respond, do we act wholeheartedly?
Are we prepared to take the challenge?