taken from Dhikrullah Blog
The Quraan, the Guide, the Cure, The Light, the Book of Allah.
If there was only one book you could read in your entire lifetime, then let it be none other than the book of Allah, the Quraan.
It is the book of Allah, revealed directly from the Lord of the Worlds to his Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) through his angel Jibraeel.
It is the book that changed the world. It changed the people, their thinking, their actions, their thoughts.
It is the book that was revealed at a time of choas and ignorance. A book which brought the people out from the darkeness and into the light. As Allah (aza wajal) says:
اللّهُ وَلِيُّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ يُخْرِجُهُم مِّنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّوُرِ
“Allah is near unto those who have faith, taking them out of deep darkness into the light..” (2:257)
The Quraan, the book which guides to that which is right and distinguishes good from evil. As Allah (subhanahu wa ta’la) says:
إِنَّ هَـذَا الْقُرْآنَ يِهْدِي لِلَّتِي هِيَ أَقْوَمُ
“…and it guides to that which is right..” (17:9)
The Quraan, the guide for mankind. It explains to us how to best live our lives. A handbook for humans, their source of guidance. Allah (aza wajal) says :
ذَلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لاَ رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِي
“This is the Book (the Qur’aan), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are the pious.” (2:2). Through it Allah guides many and also leaves many astray and He guides whom He wills.
The Quraan, the cure for mankind. It cures the heart and gives light to the blind. A cure for the soul, removing the diseases of the heart. Allah (aza wajal) says:
وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاء وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَلاَ يَزِيدُ الظَّالِمِينَ إَلاَّ خَسَارًا
“And We send down of the Qur’aan that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe, and it increases the (polytheists and wrongdoers) nothing but loss”. (17:82)
The Quraan, the book which we should refer to throughout our lives, through hardship and through ease. When life pushes us to our limits and the tests seem unbearable, you will be amazed at how easily you will find the solution in this amazing book. Allah (aza wajal) says in the Quraan:
لاَ يُكَلِّفُ اللّهُ نَفْسًا إِلاَّ وُسْعَهَا
“Allah does not burden a soul more than it can bear” (2:286).
When we find ourselves facing hardship after hardship, we can find rest in the words of our Lord when He (aza wajal) says:
فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا. إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا
“Verily after hardship comes ease. Verily, after hardship comes ease” (94:5-6)
The Quraan, the book of miracles. It explained to men what they knew not. It explains what humans later found out to be true and even have yet to find out. The book revealed to a man who could neither read nor write. The book which, to this day, has yet to be challenged. As Allah (aza wajal) says:
وَإِن كُنتُمْ فِي رَيْبٍ مِّمَّا نَزَّلْنَا عَلَى عَبْدِنَا فَأْتُواْ بِسُورَةٍ مِّن مِّثْلِهِ
وَادْعُواْ شُهَدَاءكُم مِّن دُونِ اللّهِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ
صَادِقِي. فَإِن لَّمْ تَفْعَلُواْ وَلَن تَفْعَلُواْ
“If you are in doubt about what we have sent to our servant (Muhammad), produce a surah like and call upon your partners besides Allah if you are truthful. You will be unable to, and never will you be able to..” (2:23-24)
The Quraan, the book of facts. It explains the world around us, the measurement of the universe, the forming of clouds, the miracles of nature, the miracle of creation. As Allah (aza wajal) says:
أَكَفَرْتَ بِالَّذِي خَلَقَكَ مِن تُرَابٍ ثُمَّ مِن نُّطْفَةٍ ثُمَّ سَوَّاكَ رَجُلً
“Do you not, then, believe in Him Who created you from dust, then from a drop of sperm (nutfah), and then formed you as a man? (18:37)
The Quraan, the book of stories (of truth). It narrates the best of stories in order for us to benefit. It tells us the stories of the great people of the past, the prophets and pious people and It allows us to derive lessons from the punishments of those who disobeyed Allah (subhanahu wa ta’la). As Allah (aza wajal) says:
فَاقْصُصِ الْقَصَصَ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ
“Narrate to them the stories so they may reflect” (7:176 )
The Quraan, the book of history. It covers the entire period of history from the beginning of time until the end of time and beyond. It explains how life began and how it will all end by Allah’s permission. It informs us of events that occured in the past, events that were happening at the time of revelation and events that will happen in the future. As Allah (aza wajal) says in the last ayah to be revealed:
وَاتَّقُواْ يَوْمًا تُرْجَعُونَ فِيهِ إِلَى اللّهِ
“And fear a day you will be returned to Allah..(2:281)
The book of Allah is all this plus so much more. There has never been a book like it, there is currently no book like it and there never will be any book like it. It is the miracle of the last messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) and a miracle for mankind. It is a miracle until the day of judgement as the Lord of the Worlds has vowed to protect it.
Allah has promised to us that He will protect the Quraan from both corruption and distortion. Allah (aza wajal) says:
إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ
“Indeed We have sent the reminder, and indeed, We will preserve it (15:9)
So no matter what the non Muslims try to do to this amazing book, they will never be able to destroy it. They may try to burn it, they may try to throw it in the sea, they may even try to shoot it but none of this will affect the Quraan or the words of Allah even in the slightest.