THE HOLY QUR'AN DESCRIBES ITSELF

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THE HOLY QUR'AN DESCRIBES ITSELF

 

 The most important point in the respect of the Holy Qur'an's describing itself is to quote a number of the verses in this regard since it, being the words of the Best of Sayers, is more knowing of itself than anyone else is. Through these verses, one can recognize the high regard and the greatness of this Book along with its indications, blessings and advantages:

(1)                      "Here is a plain statement to men, a guidance and instruction to those who fear Allah. 3/138"

(2)                      "We have sent down to thee the Book in truth, that thou mightest judge between men. 4/105"

(3)                      "O mankind! Verily, there hath come to you a convincing proof from your Lord: For We have sent unto you a light (that is) manifest. Then those who believe in Allah, and hold fast to Him,- soon will He admit them to mercy and grace from Himself, and guide them to Himself by a straight way.

4/174-175"

(4)                      "There hath come to you from Allah a (new) light and a perspicuous Book, Wherewith Allah guideth all who seek His good pleasure to ways of peace and safety, and leadeth them out of darkness, by His will, unto the light,- guideth them to a path that is straight. 5/15-16"

(5)                      "If only they had stood fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that was sent to them from their Lord, they would have enjoyed happiness from every side. 5/66"

(6)                       "Say: O People of the Book! Ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye stand fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that has come to you from your Lord. 5/68"

(7)                       "Nothing have we omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end. 6/38"

(8)                       "And this is a Book which We have sent down, bringing blessings. 6/92"

(9)                       "When the Qur'an is read, listen to it with attention, and hold your peace: that ye may receive Mercy. 7/204"

(10)                   "O mankind! There hath come to you a direction from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts,- and for those who believe, a guidance and a Mercy. 10/57"

(11)                   "Verily this Qur'an doth guide to that which is most right (or stable), and giveth the Glad Tidings to the Believers who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a magnificent reward. 17/9"

(12)                   "Allah has revealed (from time to time) the most beautiful Message in the form of a Book, consistent with itself, (yet) repeating (its teaching in various aspects): the skins of those who fear their Lord tremble thereat; then their skins and their hearts do soften to the celebration of Allah's praises. Such is the guidance of Allah: He guides therewith whom He pleases, but such as Allah leaves to stray, can have none to guide. 39/23"

(13)                   "And indeed it is an Unassailable Scripture. No falsehood can approach it from before or behind it: It is sent down by One Full of Wisdom, Worthy of all Praise. 41/41-42"

(14)                   "It is Allah Who has sent down the Book in Truth, and the Balance (by which"--to weigh conduct). 42/17"

(15)                   "And verily, it is in the Mother of the Book, in Our Presence, high (in dignity), full of wisdom. 43/4"

(16)                   "If anyone withdraws himself from remembrance of (Allah) Most Gracious, We appoint for him an evil one, to be an intimate companion to him. 43/36"

(17)                   "So hold thou fast to the Revelation sent down to thee; verily thou art on a Straight Way. The (Qur'an) is indeed the message, for thee and for thy people; and soon shall ye (all) be brought to account. 43/43-44"

(18)                   "This is (nothing but) lights from your Lord, and Guidance, and mercy, for any who have faith. 7/203"

(19)                   "Do they not then earnestly seek to understand the Qur'an, or are their hearts locked up by them? 47/24"

(20)             "Qaf: By the Glorious Qur'an (Thou art Allah's Messenger). 50/1"

(21)             And we have indeed made the qur'an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition. 54/17"

(22)                   "That this is indeed a Qur'an Most Honorable. In Book well-guarded. Which none shall touch but those who are clean. 56/77-79"

(23)                   "Has not the Time arrived for the Believers that their hearts in all humility should engage in the remembrance of Allah and of the Truth which has been revealed (to them), and that they should not become like those to whom was given Revelation aforetime, but long ages passed over them and their hearts grew hard? For many among them are rebellious transgressors. 57/16"

(24)                   "Had We sent down this Qur'an on a mountain, verily, thou wouldst have seen it humble itself and cleave asunder for fear of Allah. Such are the similitudes, which We propound to men, that they may reflect. 59/21"

(25)                   "And recite the Qur'an in slow, measured rhythmic tones. Soon shall We send down to thee a weighty Message. 73/4-5"

(26)                   "Nay, this is a Glorious Qur'an. (Inscribed) in a Tablet Preserved. 85/21-22"

(27)                   "Behold this is the Word that distinguishes (Good from Evil). It is not a thing for amusement. 86/13-

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(28)                   "Praise be to Allah, Who hath sent to His Servant the Book, and hath allowed therein no Crookedness. (He hath made it) Straight (and Clear) in order that He may warn (the godless) of a terrible Punishment from Him, and that He may give Glad Tidings to the Believers who work righteous deeds, that they shall have a goodly Reward. 18/1-2"

(29)                   "And We have sent down to thee the Book explaining all things, a Guide, a Mercy, and Glad Tidings to Muslims. 16/89"

(30)                   "But whosoever turns away from My Message, verily for him is a life narrowed down, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Judgment. 20/124"

The previous has been a few attributes and good qualities of the Holy Qur'an, which is indeed a blessed, unassailable, glorious and honored book. It is also an enlightenment, guidance, admonition, mercy, healing, reminder and illumination that have been revealed with the truth in order to judge between people, to include the believers with the mercy and grace of Almighty Allah and to lead them to a straight path. In addition, it is elevated, full of wisdom, clear argument for people, weighty message and decisive, not joke. Accordingly, the Holy Qur'an's facts—for which the aforementioned attributes have been made as containers and examples intended for approximating to the mentalities its connotations—have been preserved in a sealed Book and a preserved Tablet the actual meanings of which cannot be perfectly comprehended by anybody save those who are purified from sings, acts of disobedience and wrongdoings. Because the hearts of those individuals have been completely cleaned from any impurity, they reflected excellently the pages of the Preserved Tablet (al-Lawh al-Mahfuz), while the others are in reality unworthy of bearing the Holy Qur'an's meanings except according to the amount of perfection, which has been conferred upon them. In this regard, the Holy Qur'an reads, "He sends down water from the skies, and the channels flow, each according to its measure. 13/17"

People have been commissioned to ponder over, recite in slow, measured rhythmic tones, adhere to and listen to the Holy Qur'an carefully, for "Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy. 4/82" If people undertake and adhere to the Holy Qur'an, they will certainly enjoy happiness from all sides, their hearts will humble themselves and then soften to it and they will be worthy of receiving the Divine emanations. On the other hand, if they neglect it, they will live in harshness, will be prevailed by the devils gradually until they become their matches and their hearts will be hardened and will be "like a rock and even worse in hardness; for among rocks there are some from which rivers gush forth; others there are which when split asunder send forth water; and others which sink for fear of Allah. 2/74" Indeed, the hearts that are away from the Holy Qur'an and the reference to Almighty Allah are so deaf and hard that a single drop of the rivers of Divine knowledge will not find a way to them; "And such are the Parables We set forth for mankind, but only those understand them who have knowledge. 29/43"