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What is the Qur’an?

14 centuries ago a window opened in the heavens and God spoke to man – Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala began the revelation of His Message to His Messenger sallā llāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam. This revelation continued for 23 years from that day and ended when Rasoolullah  sallā llāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam passed away, never to be
resumed until the end of time. It was not the first time that this had happened but it was to be the last. So it contained information which was not only new but which was also what humanity would need to live, prosper and flourish as long as the earth exists. It also contained in it information which no amount of scientific development can ever bring us, information about a world whose existence mankind always suspected but could never know for sure. A world that they saw everyone going to but nobody returning from to tell others what there was. A world we enter through a door called death. An entry that we have no control over but which we know we have to make.

The Qur’an not only told us about that but about what would happen to us thereafter and how we could control that at will. How we could choose the ending we want.

The Qur’an is the actual speech of Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala. It is not the meaning of what He said. It is not Rasoolullah sallā llāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam’s understanding of what Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala said. It is the actual speech of Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala. But the big question is, ‘Are we listening?’ Listening is different from
hearing because listening is the result of understanding, not merely registering sound. So do we understand what we hear?

The Qur’an is the spoken word. It was revealed as the spoken word. Not as writing on a piece of parchment. That is why listening to it is the most powerful way of approaching it. The Qur’an enters first the heart, then the mind. First it connects the spirit, then the intellect. First it wakes us up, then tells us what we need to hear. So let’s ask if we are still asleep after listening to the Qur’an for ten days this Ramadan or if we are awake.

Our hard hearts will tell us, our dry eyes will tell us, our fearless lives of disobedience will tell us, our hurtling towards our own destruction while reciting the recipe for rescue will tell  us. So let us ask ourselves. For there is none so destitute as the one who looked upon a treasure but returned empty handed.

Allah Subhanahu Wa Taalasaid about the power of His Kalaam:

Hashr 59: 21. Had We sent down this Qur’an on a mountain, you
would surely have seen it humbling itself and rending asunder by the
fear of Allah. Such are the parables which We put forward to mankind
that they may reflect.


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