THE HOLY QUR'AN: THE PATH TO THE RECOGNITION OF ALMIGHTY ALLAH

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THE HOLY QUR'AN: THE PATH TO THE RECOGNITION OF ALMIGHTY ALLAH

The first of the religion is the recognition of Almighty Allah; therefore, one who desires for and seeks journeying towards Almighty Allah must abide by the Holy Qur'an. Imam 'All has been reported to have said, "Almighty Allah has manifested (His glory) before His creatures in His Book; yet, they cannot see." In addition, one who desires for self-discipline and for redemption from inner diseases must, too, abide by the Holy Qur'an; one who desires for reforming the society and rectifies it on bases of tranquility and pleasure must again abide by the Holy Qur'an for it is the guide to every act of decency and the director to righteousness. Naturally, when a set breaks down, we straightly take it to the manufacturing body since a manufacturer is more expert in its products than others are; and when we feel sick, we immediately see a physician for treatment. Likewise, the Holy Qur'an is the specialist in the reformation and discipline of the human soul whose secrets are too mysterious to be recognized by the bearer of it as well as the others. The Holy Qur'an is also the guarantor of enacting a perfect system that achieves human reformation and happiness. Accordingly, we, the imperfect and unqualified beings, must refer to this specialist in our search for perfection since this specialist, namely the Holy Qur'an, is the representative of the Maker and Creator of human beings and, certainly, He is more knowledgeable than anyone else with the proper treatment.

The great experiment of the Holy Prophet has practically confirmed the feasibility of the Holy Qur'an's activity in the reformation of both individuals and communities. A simple comparison between the pre-Islam and the post-Islamic communities manifests the great change that would not have occurred without the blessing of the Holy Qur'an and its bearer, the Holy Prophet. This Holy Book has changed a savage, dispersed community that took pride in the commitment of vices and offenses into a civilized, united society that has been characterized by high moral standards and has had an elevated system of life and whose like shall never be found on this earth and shall never be experienced by those peoples who have isolated themselves from Almighty Allah.