The Qur’an is the complete book of guidance for mankind. It is the Sacred books for the Muslims and the main source of Law in Islam. The whole of the Qur’an is from Allah. Each word of it is a revealed word. It was sent down to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. The Qur’an is in the Arabic language. It was revealed, piecemeal and completed over a period of twenty three years.
No other book in the world can match the Qur’an, even with respect to its recording and preservation. The astonishing fact about this book of Allah is that it has remained unchanged, even to a dot, over the last fourteen hundred years. The Qur’an was recorded as soon as it was revealed under the personal supervision of the Prophet Muhammad .
The Qur’an exists today in its original form. It is a miracle, in the sense that it has survived so many centuries without being altered or tampered with in any way. The message of the Qur’an is a mercy to mankind and is the final revelation from Allah to humanity. The Qur’an addresses humanity and calls them to contemplate their creation, the purpose of their existence and then to act upon the truth based on proof.
The Qur’an is recited and memorised by Muslims all over the world everyday. No variation of text can be found in it. You can check this for yourself by listening to the recitation of Muslims from different parts of the world.
Every word in it has been preserved intact.
Allah the almighty, has Himself taken the responsibility of preserving the Qur’an and He says:
“Surely, We have revealed this reminder and lo, We verily are its guardian.”(Qur’an, Al-Hijr 15:9)
The Qur’an is a living proof of the existence of Allah, the All Powerful. It is also a testimony of the validity of the Islamic way of life for all times. Arabic the language of the Qur’an, unlike the languages of other revealed books, is a living, dynamic and a very rich language. Millions of people all over the world speak and use Arabic in their daily life. This is further testimony to the unchanging character of the Qur’an.
The subject matter of the Qur’an is MAN and HIS ULTIMATE goal in life. Qur’anic teaching cover all areas of this life and the life after death. It contains principles, doctrines and directions for every sphere of Human activity. The theme of the Qur’an consists broadly of three fundamental beliefs – TAWHEED, RISALAH AND AKHIRAH. Tawheed is the basic theme of the Qur’an. All the Prophets and Messengers of Allah called people towards Tawheed. The Qur’an gives a picturesque description of Paradise which will be rewarded to the true obedient servants of Allah. The severe punishment to be metered out to the evildoers has also been depicted vividly in the Qur’an.
The Qur’an urges mankind to follow its guidance and teachings. The success of human beings on earth and in the life after death depends on obedience to the Qur’anic teachings. We cannot perform our duties as the servants of Allah and His agents, if we do not follow the Qur’an. The Qur’an urges us to work for the supremacy of Islam and for the removal of all evils.
The superb style of the Qur’an has a tremendous effect on its readers. It totally changes the pattern of the life of those who believe and practice its teachings. It leaves a soothing effect on the mind of the reader, even if he does not fully understand its meaning.