INSYAALLAH, with a few more days, we will celebrate a very important event in the human history — the revelation of the Noble Quran, the most precious gift Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) brought for mankind. The Qur’an, the Word of Allah, is the final Revelation sent down to humanity through His Messenger Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), the Seal of the Prophets.
One night in Ramadhan 14 centuries ago, in order to bring back humanity from the disgrace of slavery into the position of His emissary on earth, Allah the Lord tasked Angel Jibril to send the first revelation to Prophet Muhammad. On that special night Angel Jibril made an eternal link between the heaven and the earth. That was a night that shaped the destiny of humanity. It was the night that we observe as the Nuzul Al-Quran.
We have to thank Allah the Exalted for having sent His Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) to deliver the message of the Qur’an which contains guidance and wisdom in the form of laws, stories, parables, and arguments for those who have an intellect. Allah says: “This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:2)
Has anybody ever come across a book that contains a preface where its author mentions its infallibility from any single error? Has anyone ever heard of any author who talks with such confidence and authority? This is the Qur’an; it was revealed to one special human being named Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and its Author is Allah, the Lord and Sustainer of the Universe.
At a time when the world sank to its lowest, oppression and tyranny exceeded all limits, human beings were enslaved by arrogant kings and emperors, and women lost their human dignity on earth, a night in the month of Ramadan was destined to determine the course of human history from then on.
The miraculous aspect of the Qur’an is its status as the motivator of change. It has a wondrous impact on those who receive it as a book of guidance and remedy. Its influence on them is great and radical; the Qur’an reforms the character and remolds it into a new form that is loved by Allah. One who doubts this effect has to consider what happened to the Companions of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).
It is a unique Book that supports the previous revelations and restores the eternal message and truth of Allah the Almighty. It represents the first and primary source that constitutes the way of life and code of conduct, The Straight Path, known as Islam. It is essential for the believers to deeply understand the meanings and implications of the Book of the Creator in order to truly reflect and correctly act upon it.
As a brilliant and lasting miracle of Almighty Allah, the Qur’an was Prophet Muhammad’s only source of inspiration for the revolution he brought about. With Allah’s Book in hand, the Prophet formed a model of the nucleus of a universal society in Arabia. This society was formed out of those scattered and bad tempered desert tribes who had very little scientific knowledge or material resources. Their initiation into a stable Islamic cultural order was effected independent of all the socio-political systems or powers existing in the world at that time. The Qur’an was the backbone of this unique spiritual revolution which has shined throughout history. The verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘Alaihi waSallam) over 23 years of his life. As soon as he received these verses, he dictated them to his Companions who not only wrote them down, but also learned them by heart.
There were so many people who had memorised the Qur’an, that from the first day of its revelation, it was in the hands and hearts of the people. We cannot say this about the Bible or about any other scripture.
Before Islam, the Companions led a miserable, ignorant life. The change effected by the Qur’an in their life testifies to its power of change and reformation. Those poor, insignificant, barefooted desert dwellers were reshaped into new beings; their ambitions were elevated to sublime goals; and their hearts were raised and attached to Allah. Thus, within a few years, a fresh force emerged from the desert of Arabia, conquering the strong empires of the time and seizing leadership from them.
How could the Qur’an bring about such dramatic change? Actually, what made the Qur’an so effective is the excellent approach followed by the Prophet’s Companions toward it. They understood the Qur’an and appreciated its value, taking in this regard the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘Alaihi waSallam) as their best example.
Our Prophet lived the Qur’an and was imbued by its spirit, approving what it approved and rejecting what it rejected. Therefore, it is not strange that his wife ‘Aisyah described him as the “Qur’an walking on the earth”.
The above example affirms that reciting the Qur’an was not mere lip service practiced by the Prophet and his Companions. Actually, the real value of the Qur’an lies in its meanings and in its ability to affect change in the reader. The Qur’an is meant to revive believers’ hearts and to reform their minds. This in turn would produce people who know Allah and worship Him sincerely.
It is very relevant for us to reflect on His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s advice to make the Quran as guide. Delivering a titah at the Nuzul Al-Quran celebration in 2012, His Majesty appealed to the people to read, learn and understand the Quran and apply its teachings in their daily lives to create and achieve a Quran-following generation.
His Majesty said that the Muslim Ummah can regain the golden era of Islam by making Al-Quran their guide to life. The Ummah has been left behind because they are not taking much inspiration from the Book. They only read the Quran but are not making it their guide (to life).
That’s why it’s obligatory for Muslims to seek the guidance from the Quran to achieve the glory. In other words, we need to rise as the generation of Quran readers who at the same time also practise its teachings. In this regard, families need to give serious attention to the learning of the Book for children as early as possible. There should be no exception to this responsibility.
The Brunei Times/Editorial
Fri, 11 July 2014