Excellence of the Holy Qur'an and Belief in The Unseen

Hudhur gave a discourse on the excellence of the Holy Qur’an and belief in the unseen in his Friday Sermon today. Hudhur began by reciting the following verse: ‘The month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur’an was sent down as a guidance for mankind with clear proofs of guidance and discrimination. Therefore, whosoever of you is present at home in this month, let him fast therein. But whoso is sick or is on a journey, shall fast the same number of other days. Allah desires to give you facility and He desires not hardship for you, and that you may complete the number, and that you may exalt Allah for His having guided you and that you may be grateful.’ (2:186). Hudhur explained that this verse mentions the particular significance the Holy Qur’an has with the month of Ramadan. It is a month to read it with particular attention and deliberation. The revelation of the Qur’an started in this month to the perfect man (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) about whom the Qur’an states: ‘Say, ‘O mankind! truly I am a Messenger to you all from Allah…’ (7:159) and ‘And We have not sent thee but as a bearer of glad tidings and a Warner, for all mankind, but most men know not.’ (34:29).

The Qur’an expounds that the advent of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) was for the rest of time. There will be no Prophet after him who will bring a law-bearing Book. He is for all mankind till the Day of Judgement and this is the message the Qur’an gives.

If only the extremist mullah realises that the Holy Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and Quranic teaching is to dispense mercy and grace in the world and not to take away the peace of the peaceable and to ruthlessly play with the lives of the innocent.

The Qur’an has guidance for entire mankind with manifest signs, it distinguishes between truth and falsehood. It is thus for a true believer to avail of the blessings of Ramadan, which is a month of spiritual development, to gain Divine nearness, to enhance the level of worship of God. And to keep the teaching of the Qur’an in view and reflect over it while reciting it.

The Qur’an states that ‘…it is a guidance for the righteous,’ (2:3). Hudhur explained the standard of this guidance are varying. There is guidance for the righteous because guidance does not discontinue after belief, rather it is a continual process. If the claim of those who say they are righteous is true, it is essential for them to adhere to the all the finer points of this teaching. Otherwise, as the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said, the fast of those who do not deliberate on the Qur’an is merely going through thirst and hunger. Stress is given on self-purification in this month. Adherence to all this can alone make us worthy of taking this teaching to other and we can tell the rest of the world that the way they have opted for leads to destruction and that it is not a mere claim of the Qur’an that in it is guidance for mankind.

In order to call others to Islam, the practices of Muslims should be first and foremost. Unfortunately, today it is the practice of the Muslims that is giving the detractors of Islam opportunities to raise objection against the Qur’an. An American Church, Dove Outreach Center, has a vicious plan to burn the Qur’an on 11 September. They have raised ten frivolous objections against the Qur’an. Objections can also be raised against the Bible, but we do not wish to create disorder. However, intellectual discussions should be carried out about these matters and this indeed is our practice. Yet, no Muslim has the right to burn the Bible because it negates the Unity of God. Indeed, the Qur’an purports the Unity of God from the beginning till the end, all Prophets of God came to establish it and no religion can have a basis without it.

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