the holy qur'an
A Guidance For The Seekers
All men of God seek their Creator in the stillness of solitude. For many years, before he received the Divine call, the Prophet (sa) would seek God on solitary retreats to a cave called Hira, in the surrounding Mountains of Mecca, where he would stay for days at a time. On one fateful day in the year 610, when the Prophet (sa) was on one of these spiritual retreats he received his first revelation from God. In all its awe and majesty, that encounter was the beginning of the Qur’an. In the 1400 years since its revelation, the Quran is universally accepted as being unaltered – not a dot of it has changed; a miraculous distinction that religious scholars of all stripes testify to. This universally acknowledged fact was prophesied by the Holy Qur’an itself:
“Verily, We Ourself have sent down this Exhortation, and most surely We will be its Guardian” (15:9)
For 14 centuries, its recitation has mesmerized people from all around the world.
“Therein, verily, are Signs for a people who reflect” (13:4)
It is the most recited book in the history of mankind as over 1 billion Muslims recite its verses every single day, in all 5 daily prayers. The scope of its subject matter has awed researchers from hundreds of fields throughout the ages, as its verses cover every area of human life, as well as the universe around us, from the earth we live on, to the planets and beings beyond it; from embryology to astronomy, and so forth.
It is a book that fosters spirituality. “Only in the remembrance of God do hearts find comfort”. (13:29)
It is a message of mercy: “Surely God is the most forgiving and merciful”. (4:107)
A message of forbearance: “God loves those who forgive”.
A message of hope: “God burdens not any soul beyond its capacity”. 2:287
A message of equality: “Allah rewards the believing men and women” (no other scripture even mentions women).
It grants freedom of religion to all and is categorical about freedom of consciousness: “There is no compulsion in religion” (2:257). It is universal in its concept of the divine: “All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds” (1:2). The Qur’an brings humanity together by teaching that all religions at their root are true. In fact, Muslims must believe in the truth of all prophets, and emphasizes that they are all from the same One True God. Even more, the Quran grants the prophets of all religions a position of great honour, bringing people from all creeds together. And its message grants hope to all, that the gates to God’s mercy are not just for one nation, or one people, but for all who make good with their lord.
Ultimately, a book of this nature and composition, of this emotion and depth, of this spirituality and magnanimity, is not a manual of ideology. It is a scripture of spirituality. It is not a manifesto for militants–
it is a guide for the seeker; for those in search of God and becoming at one with the Creator and with creation; who wish to fulfill the rights of God and man; who seek peace in their hearts and peace on earth.
unchanged in 1400years
The Holy Qur’an is the verbatim word of God, as revealed directly to Prophet Muhammadsa, in the first-person perspective in which Allah is speaking to Prophet Muhammadsa, providing guidance and instructions to mankind.
The fact that the book is not an account of someone else, but rather is the direct narrative of God is a unique feature that no other scripture of past religions shares. The Qur’an was revealed over a period of 23 years, and is divided into 114 Surahs or Chapters with each Chapter consisting of individual Ayaat or verses. There are in total 6,348 verses in the Holy Qur’an. The Surahs are of varying lengths, some consisting of a few lines while others run for many pages. Surah Al Baqarah (Ch.2 ) is the longest Chapter comprising 287 verses while Surah al Kauthar (Ch. 108) is the shortest with only four verses.
The text of the Holy Qur’an has remained unchanged over the past 1400 years. The millions of copies of the Quran circulating in the world today are all identical down to a single letter. And this is not strange since God says in the Holy Quran that He Himself will guard this book:
"Surely it is We Who have revealed the Exposition, and surely it is We Who are its guardians" (15:10)
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At the time the Holy Qur’an was revealed, the human understanding of the nature of the cosmos and the movement or the stillness of the heavenly bodies was extremely primitive and obscure. This is no longer the case, as our knowledge of the universe has considerably advanced and expanded by the present age.
Some of the theories relating to the creation of the universe have been verified as facts, whereas some others are still being explored. The concept of the expanding universe belongs to the former category, and has been universally accepted by the scientific community as 'fact'. This discovery was first made by Edwin Hubble in the 1920s. Yet, some thirteen centuries before this, it was clearly mentioned in the Qur’an:
“And the heaven We built with Our own powers (aydin) and indeed We go on expanding it” (51:48).
It should be remembered that the concept of the continuous expansion of the universe is exclusive to the Qur’an. No other Divine scriptures even remotely hint at it. The discovery that the universe is constantly expanding is of prime significance to scientists, because it helps create a better understanding of how the universe was initially created. It clearly explains the stage by stage process of creation, in a manner which perfectly falls into step with the theory of the Big Bang.
The Qur’an goes further and describes the entire cycle of the beginning, the end and the return again to a similar beginning. The first step of creation as related in the Qur’an accurately describes the event of the Big Bang in the following words:
“Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were a closed-up mass (ratqan), then We clove them asunder (fataqna)? And We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?” (21:31)
It is significant that this verse is specifically addressed to non-believers, implying perhaps, that the unveiling of the secret mentioned in this verse would be made by the non-believers, a sign for them of the truth of the Qur’an.
In this verse the words ratqan (closed-up mass), and fataqna (We clove them asunder), carry the basic message of the whole verse. Authentic Arabic lexicons give two meanings of ratqan, that have great relevance to the topic under discussion. One meaning is 'the coming together of something and the consequent infusion into a single entity' and the second meaning is 'total darkness'. Both these meanings are significantly applicable. Taken together, they offer an apt description of the singularity of a black hole.
A “Black Hole” is a gravitationally collapsed mass of colossal size. It begins with the collapse of such massive stars as are 15 or more times the size of the sun. The immensity of their inward gravitational pull causes the stars to collapse into a much smaller size. The gravitational pull is further concentrated and results in the further collapse of the entire mass into a supernova. At this stage the basic bricks of matter such as molecules, atoms etc. begin to be crushed into a mass of energy. Thus that moment in space-time is created which is called event horizon.
The inward gravitational pull of that something becomes so powerful that all forms of radiation are pulled back so that even light cannot escape. A resultant total darkness ensues which earns it the name black hole, reminding one of the word ratqan used by the Quran indicating total darkness. This is called singularity which lies beyond the event horizon.
“Their skins will bear witness against them as to what they have been doing” (41:21)
The fingerprints system at borders, criminal investigation cells and immigration centres prove the fulfillment of this Qur’anic prophecy.
“Corruption has spread on land and sea because of what men’s hands have wrought” (30:42)
One of the interpretations of the above verse of the Holy Qur’an is the environmental pollution, caused by human being. And that is spread both in land and sea due to our own inventions, i.e., fumes from chimneys of factories, chemical and nuclear waste, huge traffic in the cities, noise and creation of ozone hole are manifest testimonies of the fulfillment of this prophecy.
Establishment of Israel
“And after him We said to the Children of Israel, ‘Dwell Ye in the promised land; and when the time of the promise of the Latter Days come, We shall bring you together out of various people.” (17:105)
Creation of Israel and gathering of Sephardic, Ashkenazi and the Jews of many other different races in Israel proves the authenticity of this prophecy and hence Qur’an.
“They will alter Allah’s creation.” (4:120)
The Holy Qur’an has prophesied the plastic surgery, genetic engineering and cloning in this short and concise sentence.
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