Tuesday, September 26, 2017
The Quran was revealed in stages to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by Allah the Almighty in Arabic. The Quran has been handed down intact from generation to generation. It is a book written in mushafs (copies), begins with Surah al-Fatiha, and concludes with Surah an-Nas. Reciting the Quran is one of the best good deeds a Muslim can do. Reciting the Quran is the best act of worship after the obligations. The Quran consists of 323.015 letters, 77.439 words, 6.236 verses and 114 surahs.
The Quran is a holy book that introduces the presence of the Almighty, guides us to live a coherent life by establishing a bond between contemplation, knowledge and behavior and makes belief and performing good deeds the key to lasting happiness and salvation.
The Quran that shows the meaning of existence and life is the cure for minds and hearts, a source of wisdom and knowledge and a guide and roadmap to happiness in this world and the Hereafter. It was sent down to be read and understood and for the universal message that it gives to be assimilated and internalized.
It is an eternal translation of the book of the universe and a torch that illuminates the horizons, paths, hearts and souls of humankind.
It has not lost any of its light since the day it began to illuminate humankind and its values and meanings and ethical principles have always remained fresh and new. The eternal message that it gives must be apprehended while reading it.
“Surely this Qur’an guides to that which is the straightest and gives good news to believers who practice good and they will get a great reward” (Isra 17: 9).
“Allah, there is none worthy of worship except Him, the Living, the Ever Lasting. Slumber does not overtake Him nor does sleep. He knows what lies before them and what is behind them. His authority extends over Heaven and Earth.” (Baqara 2: 255)
“We have sent a Messenger to every Nation. Serve Allah (Alone) and turn a side from false Gods.” (Nahl 16: 36)
“Do you think then that we have created you for nothing and that you would not be returned to Us.” (Mu’minun 23: 115)
Qualities of Mu’min
“They are who are humble in their prayers, who avoid vain talk and who practice the System of Zakah and who faithfully observe their trusts and undertaking...” (Mu’minûn 23: 1-11)
Duty towards Parents
“Be kind to your Parents and the relatives and the Orphans and those in need and speak nicely to people.” (Baqara 2: 83)
“Your Lord has ordered that you worship none but Him and show kindness to your Parents, whether either of them or both of them attain old age in your life, never say to them “Ough” nor be harsh to them, but speak to them kindly. And serve them with tenderness and humility and say: My Lord have mercy on them, just as they cared for me as a little child.” (Isra 17: 23,24)
“Allah commands Justice, kindness and giving (their due) to near relatives.” (Nahl 16: 90)
“Give Orphans their property and do not replace something bad for something good.” (Nisâ 4: 2)
“Believers are but brothers, so set things right between your brothers and observe your duty to Allah so that you may obtain mercy.” (Hucurât 49: 10).
“When you enter houses salute one another with a greeting from Allah, blessed and sweet.” (Nûr 24: 61)
“Be modest in your behaviour and lower your voice. Truly the harshest of all voices is the voice of the ass.” (Luqman 31: 19)
“If you find no one there in still do not enter until permission has been given” (Nûr 24: 27,28).
“O, you who believe, fulfill your undertakings...” (Maide 5: 1)
“Whenever you speak, speak justly even if a near relative is concerned.” (An’am 6: 152)
“O, you who believe! Fear Allah and stand by those who are truthful.” (Tavba 9: 199)
“Tolerate patiently what (Unbelievers) say and part from them in polite manner.” (Muzzammil 73: 10)
“Allah commands justice and fairness...” (Nahl 16:90); (Maida 5:8)
Reliance on Allah
“...He who relies on Allah, Allah is enough for him” (Talaq 65: 3)
“And there are People Who say: “We believe in Allah and the Last Day but actually do not believe” (Baqara 2: 8)
Usury and Interest
”..Allah has permitted trading and forbidden Interest and Usury.” (Baqara 2: 275)
Wine and Gambling
.”..O you who believe! Liquor and Gambling, Idols and Divining arrows are only a filthy work of Satan; give them up so that you may prosper” (Maida 5: 90)
“And keep away from Adultery. Surely, it is a hateful filthy work and a very bad thing.” (Isra 17: 32) 148