Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Can you describe the Qur'an with its general features?

The Qur’an consists of the rhythmic verses, phrases, sentences, and chapters relayed by the Prophet as they were revealed to him by God, and which he proclaimed as the everlasting miracle testifying to his Prophethood. He challenged the Arabs of his time who doubted its Divine origin, as well as all unbelieving Arabs and non-Arabs who would come later.
Earlier Divine Revelations
God revealed His books to His Prophets before Prophet Muhammad in exactly the same way. God informs us in the Qur’an of some of them: the Pages of Abraham, the Torah, the Zabur (the Psalms), and the Injil (the Gospel). We do not know the names of the books given to other Prophets, and therefore cannot say with certainty whether they were originally revealed books or not.
These earlier Divine books were sent down in now-dead languages that only a few people today claim to understand. Given this, even if these books still existed in their original and unadulterated form, it would be virtually impossible to understand them correctly and to interpret and implement their injunctions. Fur-thermore, as the original texts of most of these earlier Divine books have been lost with the passage of time, only their translations exist today. Obviously a translation can never be the same as the original. Therefore even if they had not been corrupted, we still would not have them in their original form. The Qur’an, on the other hand, exists in its original language, which is still spoken and understood by millions of people.
The movement of returning to the Qur’an, which began about a century ago, continues with its ups and downs. The Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad over a 23-year span and mostly on different occasions. This last “version” of the Divine Word, which was planted in the Last Prophet as a seed, grew swiftly and raised on its stem, put out its shoots, came to leaf, blossomed, and yielded fruit in all aspects of life. Almost one third of the world lived a peaceful life under its calm, serene shade for many centuries.
However, the Qur’an was veiled by the neglect and unfaithfulness of its “friends” and the pitiless hostility of its “enemies.” As a result, the rapacious appetite of the modern Prometheus produced by scientific materialism has engulfed the globe like a poisonous octopus. After a few centuries of misery in the clutches of this octopus, Muslims all over the Muslim world felt the dire need of returning to the Qur’an and found that this Word of God was as fresh as when it was first revealed and is “growing younger as time gets older.”
The Muslims’ very essence was deeply injured by this poison, and they and other people are looking for an immediate cure. Only the Word of God has this cure, but only “doctors,” upon whom humanity’s future depends, can present it. If the Qur’an had been understood fully and accurately and practiced effectively, these modern poisons would have found only a few Muslim customers even it they had been presented in golden cups. Unfortunately, these poisons are easily injected into Muslim minds, and some so-called Muslim “doctors” who should have defied them with the Qur’an took them as if they were the antidote. They even have identified the true cure—the Qur’an—with them and, furthermore, have ventured to test it in the laboratory tubes where the poisons are produced.