13 Jun Miracles of the Qur’an
Some gifts might last a day or two, like chocolates, for example. But others, they last for a really long time- sometimes even, till the end of time.
To every Prophet, Allah bestowed upon them miracles, but as time passes by, gone are the Prophets and their miracles. However, to Prophet Muhammad s.a.w, Allah gave him a timeless miracle, and that miracle is undoubtedly the Holy Qur’an.
The Qur’an is the Word of Allah s.w.t as revealed to His Prophet, Muhammad s.a.w for men’s guidance. The Qur’an comprehends the complete code from the Almighty Creator, for the human beings to live a good, chaste, abundant and rewarding life in obedience to the commandments of Allah, in this life and to gain salvation in the next. It is indeed the “chart of life” for every man, and it is the “constitution” of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.
The Holy Qur’an is indeed a miracle in many aspects, some of which are described here below:
- The Exclusive eloquence of the Qur’an
- The Inimitable Quality of the Qur’an
- The Scientific Miracle of the Qur’an
- The Accuracy of the Historical Records in the Qur’an
- The Predictions in the Qur’an
- The Challenge of the Qur’an
Qur’an is for mankind, a “compass” in the turbulent voyage of life, as it has explained itself in Surah Al-Maaedah, verse 15-16: Indeed, there has come to you light and a clear book from Allah; With it Allah guides him who fill follow His pleasure into the ways of safety and brings them out of utter darkness into light by his will and guides them to the right path.
Historically, it is Qur’an which transformed the simple shepherds and wandering Bedouins of Arabia into the founders of empires, builders of cities and collectors of libraries. If a system of religious teachings is evaluated by the changes which it introduces into the way of life, the customs and beliefs of its follower, then Qur’an as a code of life is second to none. It is not strange then, that more studies on Qur’anic topics, translations and more commentaries of the Holy Qur’an have been published, than that of any other book claimed to be the Divine Revelation.
Being complete true revelation, the Qur’an is itself a miracle. As it is authentically known and also was mentioned in the above, at the time of the Qur’an’s revelation the literary talent and eloquence of Arabs were at their peak, yet the miraculousness of the Qur’an is not confined to its inimitable literary excellence and eloquence. It stands on its own different merits, some of which are beyond the reach of the complete conception of the literary geniuses of the Arab world. It has such a rhetorical capacity and linguistic excellence that is able to express different views and knowledge in a manner that is understood and appreciated by every rational human being of any standard and accomplishment of all the ages. Then everybody in any time, once provided with the opportunity to become acquainted with the Holy Qur’an, which offers information by which all of his/her arguments will be completed, he/she can find himself or herself convinced by it. Such extensive knowledge and such power of expression is beyond the limitations of human ability. Even of the literate Arab people, as were previously referred to, especially at the time of the Qur’an’s revelation when the literature of the Arabic language had reached its climax, none dared to bring a Surah similar to even its shortest one. This very single point is the smallest miraculous aspect of the Qur’an.
There is no doubt that if the Qur’an were the word of a human and the Prophet himself, who was known to the world as an illiterate one, had produced it, they would bring many Qur’ans like it and would prove that this is not the word of Allah revealed to him s.a.w. In that condition, the enemies of Islam would maintain their works which would be available everywhere and in any ages so that they could publish and distribute them, even now, to defame the one genuine Qur’an, but there is none.
Apart from its inimitable literary excellence, the Holy Qur’an with its other names such as ‘Furqan’ and ‘Tibyan’ referring to the abilities it has, presents to the human world definite prophecies fulfilled and yet to be fulfilled, and long after. It contains some facts about endowments in nature which the human knowledge of science as it progresses will have to understand, for its further advancement. The perfectness of such nature, naturally, will be the last word with regard to the ideas, religious and social laws, sciences, and many many other things that it contains and will remain for ever, until the Hereafter.
This universality of the truth expressed in the idea and beauty and the attractive force of the language is so divine that, as we said before, it is beyond the reach of the expressive power of any limited being. It is in this regard that the Holy Qur’an claims to be not only the word of Allah, inimitable, but the Final Word in respect to truth and justice the better or even the like of it is impossible to be produced by any one.
However, it is true to say simply and shortly that the Holy Qur’an is a miracle with respect to its contents which is the source of all knowledge and science, as Allah has mentioned in Surah Al-Kahf, verse 109; Say : If the sea were ink (wherewith to write out) for the words of my Lord, the sea would surely be consumed before the words of my Lord are exhausted, though We were to bring the like of that (sea) to add thereto for its aid.
The religion of Islam is superior to any other in that it guarantees happiness in a man’s life hereafter, if he/she abides by the universal law set in the Holy Qur’an. For Muslims, Islam is a belief system with moral and practical laws that are inculcated in the Qur’an for all human beings.
Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Israa’ verse 9: Indeed this Qur’an guides to the path which is clearer and straighter than any other. Most surely this verse strengthens the fact that mankind is in a loss if he/she does not heed the advise given to us in the Holy Qur’an.
In Surah Al-Qalam, verse 52, Allah says, “It (The Qur’an) is nothing but a reminder to the world.” Surely the world is a inhabited by all creeds and race and so the book remains the source of guidance to all the people of the world. The word ‘mankind’ has been mentioned at least six times in the Qur’an. In light of this Islam has embraced by a number of leading members of other religions, including idol worshippers of Mecca, Jews, Christians, and people from other communities, such as Salman of Persia, Suhayb from Rome, and Bilal from Ethiopia.
The Qur’an uses the word ‘people’ to address the universal message of Islam. There are 513 times that the Qur’an uses the word people in various verses. The terminology that the Qur’an uses clearly indicates that the Qur’an is not for Muslims but to the whole mankind.
This gift and miracle of the Qur’an might last to the end of time, for every single person on Earth. But whether we choose to open it up to experience His love, knitted close to every miraculous verse.. is entirely up to us.
Allah is talking to you.
Are you going to respond?
Guest Writer from MIRROR