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24 I SPECIAL FEATURE Passion Islam I October 2008
Belief in the
Noble Qur’an
The Muslim believes that the Noble Qur’an them to the Straight Way.” (5:15-16) read, wrote, or joined a school, the Noble
is the Book of Allah revealed to the best And: Qur’an comprises (unquestionable) facts
of His creatures, the most eminent of His “Then whoever follows My guidance, related to various branches of knowledge,
Prophets and Messengers – our Prophet he shall neither go astray nor shall he be like astronomy, history, legislation and
Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) distressed. But whosoever turns away law, the sciences of war and politics. The
as He revealed the other Books to the from My Reminder, verily for him is a presence of such various knowledge is a
previous Messengers. He believes that life of hardship, and We shall raise him strong evidence that it is the Word of Allah
the rules in the Noble Qur’an abrogated up blind on the Day of Resurrection.” revealed by Him. Reason rejects the idea
the rules and regulations of the previous (20:123-124) that an unlettered man could know all of
Divine Books. He also believes that And: these branches of knowledge.
Messengership ended with the Message “And verily, it is an honourable well- The challenge of Allah, the One Who
of Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa fortified respected Book. Falsehood revealed to mankind and the jinn to
sallam). cannot come to it from before it or behind produce the like of it. As He said:
It is the Book that comprises the it, (it is) sent down by the All-Wise, Worthy “Say: if mankind and the jinns were
most comprehensive Divine Law. Allah of all praise (Allah).” (41:41-42) together to produce the like of this Qur’an,
guarantees happiness in this life and in And: “Verily, We, it is We Who have sent they could not produce the like thereof,
the Hereafter for those who adhere to its down the Dhikr (the Qur’an) and surely even if they helped one another.” (17:88)
commandments. He threatens those who We will guard it.” (15:9)The statements of The Noble Qur’an has been
turn away from it with wretchedness in the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi challenging the fluent and eloquent of the
this life and the Hereafter. [This is based wa sallam) to whom the Noble Qur’an Arabs to produce ten Surahs, or even one
upon Allah’s saying: “Whoever follows My was revealed: Surah similar to its shortest Surah, but
guidance, then he will not stray.” 20-123] “Indeed! I have been given the Book and they failed to meet the challenge. This is
The Noble Qur’an alone is the Book the like of it along with it.” (Abu Dawud, the most obvious proof and the clearest
that Allah guards against additions and Ibn Majah, and Ad-Darimi) evidence that it is the Word of Allah, not
omissions, alterations and distortions. And: the speech of mankind.
It will last intact until this life ends. This “The best among you is he who learns The Qur’an foretells many events
belief rises from the following textual and the Qur’an and teaches it.” (Abu Dawud, of the unseen, some of these events
rational proofs:Textual Proofs At-Tirmithi and Ibn Majah recorded it and already took place as informed without
Allah the Almighty said about the it is Hasan) discrepancies. [Among these is the case
Qur’an: And: of the Roman victory over Persians.
“Blessed is He Who sent down the “There should be no envy except for During the time of the revelation about it,
Criterion (of right and wrong, ie the two men: A man whom Allah has taught the Romans appeared to have no chance
Qur’an) to His slave (Muhammad) that he the Qur’an and he recites it during the to outdo the Persians. But no more than
may be a warner to the ‘Alamin (mankind hours of the night and during the hours two years passed before the Romans
and jinn).” (25:1) of the day, and a man whom Allah gave defeated the Persians. Allah says: “Alif-
And: wealth and he spent ii (in good) during Lam-Mim. The Romans have been
“We relate unto you the best of stories the hours of the night and the hours of the defeated in the nearer land. And they
through Our Revelations unto you, of this day.” (Al-Bukhari) will, after their defeat, be victorious within
Qur’an. And before this, you were among And: (three to nine) years.” – 30:1-4]
the heedless, those who knew nothing “There was no Prophet among the As long as Allah the Almighty has sent
about it (the Qur’an).” (12:3) Prophets but he was given some signs down Books other than the Noble Qur’an
And: that would cause humanity to believe to the Messengers other than Muhammad,
“Surely, We have sent down to you in him. The one given to me was what such as the Tawrah to Musa, the Injil to
(O Muhammad) the Book (this Qur’an) in Allah revealed to me, so I hope to have ‘Isa, it should not be denied that Allah has
truth that you might judge between men by more followers than them on the Day of sent down the Noble Qur’an likewise.
that which Allah has shown you, so be not Resurrection.” (Muslim) Does reason reject or deem impossible
a pleader for the treacherous.” (4:105) “Had either Musa or Jesus been alive, he the notion of sending down the Noble
And: would have no choice but to follow me.” Qur’an? Nay, reason implies that it would
“O People of the Scripture (Jews and (Recorded by Abu Ya’la with different be revealed.
Christians)! Now has come to you Our wording.) All the prophecies of the Noble Qur’an
Messenger explaining to you much of that The belief and certainty of billions of came true as they were foretold by the
which you used to hide from the Scripture the Muslims that the Noble Qur’an is the Qur’an. All of its information and narrations
and pass over (ie leaving out without Book of Allah and His Revelation to His were (carefully) scrutinised and found to
explaining) much. Indeed, there has come Messenger – along with their recitation and be non-contradictory.
to you from Allah a light and a plain Book memorisation of it, and their adherence to All of its rules, regulations, and laws were
(this Qur’an). Wherewith Allah guides all its rules and legalisation. tried and proved the security, dignity, and
those who seek His Good Pleasure to Rational Proofs glory they were designed for.
ways of peace, and He brings them out of In spite of the Prophet (Muhammad)
darkness by His Will unto light and guides being an unlettered man who never By Abu Bakr Jabir al-Jaza’iri
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