Holy Quran: A book of divine guidance
[ July 24, 2015 ]
Muslims say they know the answers because they have the holy Quran. But people of other religions also have their own scriptures, so what is so special about the holy Quran? The holy Quran is basically a book of divine guidance in areas that cannot be covered by the human senses or intellect, such as faith, acts of worship, a moral code and a code that governs the transactions between people.
These are the four basic foundations of religion, an area in which man always needs divine guidance. Muslims contend that the holy Quran is the last revealed scripture by Almighty Allah. The holy Quran is the recorded words of Almighty Allah himself dictated verbatim to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) n installments, verse by verse or a group of verses, through the angel Gabriel (AS) over a period of 23 years between 610 and 633 AD. It is divided into 114 units, each called a surah.The Prophet Muhammad (SAW)received revelation of the Quranic surahs as and when the Almighty Allah chose to bestow on him new revelation. At times several surahs, particularly the longer ones, were being revealed to him concurrently.
look at jurisprudence the holy Quran is unique, in the area of worship, the holy Quran instructs people how to worship the Almighty Allah. The concepts of divinity, prophet hood, and morality are all unique in the holy Quran.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to have a group of scribes entrusted with committing immediately whatever was revealed to him to writing. Those scribes used parchment, pottery, date palm leaves, flat stones, tree bark, wood, dried animal skins and even the shoulder blades of sheep or camels to write on; and the revealed verses were memorized by heart as the mere recitation of the holy Quran is in itself an act of worship, and as Muslims used these verses in their judgments and in their daily five prayers. In this manner, the verses of the holy Quran were preserved in the hearts of muslims, as well as written down, during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was instructed by angel Gabriel (AS) where to place every new passage in the surahs. The surahs were named by divine decree, and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) recited the whole of the holy Quran in front of Angel Gabriel (AS) more than once in the last year of his life. Similarly, the arrangement of the surahs in a specific order was given by the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) who indicated it mostly by reading the surahs, particularly in prayer, in a specific order. No revealed book has ever enjoyed the authenticity of the holy Quran or had the cherishing, reverence, surveillance and care of its followers as the holy Quran. The whole holy Quran has been memorized by a large number of Muslims in the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The holy Quran is the oldest book within the hands of humanity that has been kept intact in exactly the same language of revelation word for word and letter for letter. That is why the holy Quran is unique, because it is the word of the Creator in its purest divinity. If you look at jurisprudence the holy Quran is unique, in the area of worship, the holy Quran instructs people how to worship the Almighty Allah. The concepts of divinity, prophet hood, and morality are all unique in the holy Quran.