The Holy Qur’an is the expression of Divine Truths which are inscribed in a wonderful cosmic tablet. It is the wondrous existence that inspires the good hearted women and men who read it with the wisdom that their Creator has imbued in it. It is;
The honour ed
The Clear Argument
The One that Explains
The Covenant with God
The Confirmer of the Truth
The Rope of God (a safe handhold)
The Guardian of previous Revelations
The Distinguisher between truth and falsehood
The Holy Qur’an provides answers to basic human questions such as: Why am I alive? What am I supposed to do? What is the meaning of the creation? Who made me? Who is the source of the beauty and perfection in the universe? And many other such questions.
Good News & Warning
The Holy Qur’an came to the world as the completion and Seal of the Divine Scriptures. It confirmed the universals of what had come before and introduced some new Divine Laws that were needed by the humans in the last age of humanity, because it would be one that saw unprecedented changes in the world and the rise unprecedented levels of evil and ignorance.
Therefore as well as giving glad warnings the Holy Qur’an would be a stern reminder to the people to stay on the straight path, during an age when less people would be inclined to do so, as the lure greed and the pull of the worldly life would become ever more powerful as the healthy traditional societies were gradually replaced by corrupt and iniquitous ones.
Revelation of a Cosmos of
The cosmos of Divine truths and wisdom that we call the Qur’an was Revealed in the most awesome of ways.
Sometimes God would send the Angel Gabriel to teach the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) a new part of the Qur’an in Wahi Malaki (Revelation through the Angel), whilst other times God would inspire the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) by putting the words of the Holy Qur’an into his heart (Wahi Qalbi) and on two very special occasions Almighty God honoured the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) by Speaking to him directly (Kalaam Ilahi), just as He had Spoken to Prophet Moses (may God bless him and give him peace) many centuries earlier.
Those who were present when the Revelations came down to the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) were filled with awe as the self changing Divine Impression of these Wisdoms would even cause the Prophet to shiver and beads of sweat would run down his forehead.
The weight of these Revelations was so great that when they occurred whilst he was riding a camel it was observed that the camel itself would have to sit down under their weight, but by the end of the transmission of the Revelation a wonderful thing had happened and that was that these cosmic Truths, Wisdoms and Divine Mercies had been indelibly inscribed in the Prophet’ heart and memory, so that he truly became a living exponent of the Holy Qur’an and could explain it in every way to the Children of Adam who were fortunate enough to share his company.
Every part of the Holy Qur’an is Divine Revelation and no part is of the work of men and just as Prophet Jesus is reported to have said of the one who would come after him that;
…for he shall not speak from himself,
But whatever he shall hear
(from the Divine)
that shall he speak
(Purported Gospels, John, 16,13)
And the Holy Qur’an it states;
Nor does he (Muhammad)
speak from his own desire.
It is no less than inspiration
sent down to Him.
He was taught by one mighty in power
(Surah Najm 3-5)
From the first Revelation of the Last Testament of the Holy Qur’an in 610 CE until the final Revelation in 632 CE the One True God God Revealed the spiritual wisdom and the Divine Laws for the people of the last age of humanity upon the Earth a part at a time and in accordance with the growing capacity of understanding and wisdom of the Companions of the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace).
As soon as a new Revelation was sent down to bless the Children of Adam the scribes amongst the Companions (who varied from between 40-70 at one time or another) would come and record it in writing – keeping every word just as the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) told them and the large parts of the community of believers soon memorized these Revelations with utmost care (learning both the Divine Text and its broader meanings) and from its very Revelation hundreds of people would preserve it in their memories word for word – all 114 chapters of it – and they would teach the Holy Qur’an to the new generation who in turn would pass it on word perfectly and thus it can truly be said that although it exists on paper the real home of the Holy Qur’an is in the hearts of men and women. In the modern age there are literally millions of wise believers who preserve the Holy Qur’an (every single letter of it) in their hearts.
The Holy Qur’an is both a Good News and a Warning. It invites to the good and gives the good news of Paradise, yet it also warns the Children of Adam against sin and evil in the most frightening of ways, but those who read it and are frightened should be happy, because to fear God is in fact a most special honour and something that guides us Children of Adam to perform good deeds and avoid evil ones (to make ourselves truly benevolent and worshipful beings).
Wise people remember that God sent the Angel Gabriel (may God bless him and give him peace) to teach the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) the Qur’an and he then taught to the Companions and the wise of the Companions taught it to their successors and so on, passing on the way of truly understanding it from generation to generation.
From its Revelation it has been spoken by the tongues of the believers and remembered in their hearts, word for word.
The Holy Qur’an contains Oceans of knowledge and to fully and truly understand its broader and deeper meanings the reader needs certain qualities, such as a good heart that God has with wisdom, and skills, such as a full knowledge of classical Arabic and a full knowledge of the Sunnah and Seerah of the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace), but happily it is that God has made the Holy Qur’an a Clear Guidance to humankind and provided us with wise spiritual teachers who could explain to us the wonderful meanings of this most Holy Book.
Those people with open hearts may even gain Divine inspiration, mercy and understanding from reading the translations of the meanings of the Holy Qur’an into other languages – particularly if they have some contact with a wise and merciful elder or Sheikh who has absorbed the teachings and the way of the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) and who can therefore e share this wisdom with others.
In Sahih Muslim it is recorded that the Companion Abu Malik al-Harith ibn Asim al Ashari (raa) narrated how one time the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) explained;
Prayer is light; Charity is a proof;
Patience is an illumination
and the Qur’an is an argument
for you or against you.
Everybody starts his day
and is the vendor of his soul,
either liberating it or bringing its ruin.