An Elementary Introduction to the Holy Qur’ān
by Faizan Ahmad
Our world today is stricken by severe calamity and chaos, and it seems as if that disorder has become the destiny of our world. The answer to this unease caused by all of this uncertainty lies within the Holy Qur’ān. The Holy Qur’ān is a complete manuscript for mankind, guiding it to the right path, in the direction of their true Creator. The Holy Qur’ān was revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad(sa) 1400 years ago. Allāh the Almighty had revealed many books before the Holy Qur’ān, however, with the passage of time, many alterations and modifications were made to these earlier scriptures. The Holy Qur’ān is the only pristine and universally authentic scriptures that Allāh Himself has safeguarded.
Previous books of Allāh were only meant for the people unto whom they were revealed, as God states: As a result of this guarantee, the text has been unaltered for the past fourteen hundred years.
ُهَال َّنِإَوَرْكَِّ االذ َنْلَّزَنُنْحَانَّنِإ ونُظِافَحَل
The Holy Qur’ān is the only text that applies to all aspects of the human condition, and speaks to every aspect of man’s cognition.
The word Qur’ān means that which is often read or recited. It is a record of verbal revelations from Allāh the Almighty to Hazrat Muhammad Mustafasa, over a period of 22 years and five months (610-632 A.D.).
The first revelation of the Holy Qur’ān was revealed unto the Holy Prophetsa in the sanctified month of Ramadhan. All revelations to that point were repeated to him, every Ramadhan, by the archangel, Gabriel. In the last Ramadhan of the Holy
Prophet’ssa life, the Holy Qur’ān was revealed to him twice. The Divine revelations that were revealed to the Prophetsa were committed to memory and also written down by well-versed scribes that the Holy Prophetsa had himself appointed. On the basis of divine knowledge, he indicated the arrangements of the verses and the chapters of the Holy Qur’ān as we find it today; however, the compilation of the entirety of the Holy Qur’ān in one volume was undertaken after his death.
The recitation of the Holy Qur’ān is a spiritual experience that provides an enlightenment of the mind and comfort for the soul. Exhorting believers in verse 73:21, Allāh advises “Recite, then, as much of the Qur’ān as is easy for you.” We may recite the Holy Qur’ān at any convenient time, but the superlative time prescribed by Allāh the Almighty is after Fajr prayer, “Verily, the recitation of the Qur’ān at dawn is especially acceptable to God.” (17:79)
The blessings of the Holy Qur’ān are so immense and easy to achieve that even listening to it is beneficial to us. “And when the Qur’ān is recited, give ear to it and keep silent that you may be shown mercy.”(7:205). God bestowed us with a manuscript which expounds all that is needed for complete fulfillment. Allāh the Almighty has chosen Islām as His absolute religion and the Holy Qur’ān as his final book.