Monday, 22 July 2013

Seven Reasons to read the Qur'an

I. Inimitable

It dares you to disprove it. How? It says that humans cannot write a book like this even if they pooled all their resources together and got help also from the spirits. The Quran said this fourteen hundred years ago and yet no one has been able to disprove it. Billions of books have been written -but not another one like the Quran.

2. Incorruptible

It is the only religious sacred writing which has been in circulation for such a long time and yet remains as pure as it was in the beginning. The Quran was kept intact. Nothing was added to it: nothing was changed in it; and nothing was taken away from it ever since it was completely revealed 1400 years ago.

3. Unsurpassable

The Quran is God's final revelation to humankind. God revealed the Torah to Moses, the Psalms to David, the Gospel to Jesus, and finally the Quran to Muhammad. Peace be upon Moses, David, Jesus and Muhammad. No other book will come from God to surpass his final revelation.

4. Indisputable

The Qur'an withstands the test of time and scrutiny. No one can dispute the truth of this book. It speaks about past history and turns out right, It speaks about the future in prophecies and it turns out right, It mentions details of physical phenomena which were not known to people at the time; yet later scientific discoveries confirm that the Quran was right all along. Every other book needs to be revised to accord with modern knowledge. The Quran alone is never contradicted by a modern discovery.

5. Your Roadmap for Life and Afterlife

The Quran is the best guidebook on how to structure your life. No other book presents such a comprehensive system involving all aspects of human life and endeavour. The Quran also points out the way to secure everlasting happiness in the afterlife. It is your roadmap showing how to get to Paradise.

6. God's Gift of Guidance

God has not left you alone. You were made for a reason. God tells you why he made you, what he demands from you, and what he has in store for you. If you operate a machine contrary to it's manufacture specification you will ruin that machine. What about you? Do you have an owner's manual for you? The Quran is from your maker. It is a gift for you to make sure you function for success lest you fail to function. It is a healing mercy from God. It satisfies the soul, and cleans the heart. It removes doubts and brings peace.

7. Your Calling Card to Communicate with your God

Humans are social creatures. We love to communicate with other intelligent life. The Qur'an tells us how to communicate with the source of all intelligence and the source of all life - the One God. The Qur'an tells us who God is, by what name we should address God, and the way in which to communicate with God.

Are these not seven sufficient reasons for reading the Qur'an?

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Verses from the Quran

It is He Who created
The night and the day,
And the sun and the moon:
All (the celestial bodies)
Swim along, each in its
Rounded course. (21:33)

Do they not travel
Through the earth and see
What was the end
Of those before them?
They were superior to them
In strength: they tilled
The soil and populated it
In greater numbers than these
Have done: there came to them
Their apostles with clear (signs),
(which they rejected, to their
own destruction): it was not
God who wronged them, but
They wronged their own souls. (30:9)

Do they not look
At the sky above them? ---
How We have made it
And adorned it,
And there are no
Flaws in it?
And the earth ---
We have spread it out,
And set thereon mountains
Standing firm, and produced
Therein every kind of
Beautiful growth (in pairs)
To be observed
And commemorated
By every devotee
Turning (to God).

And We send down
From the sky rain
Charged with blessings,
And We produce therewith
Gardens and grain for harvests;
And tall (and stately)
Palm-trees, with shoots
Of fruit-stalks, piled
One over another ---
As sustenance for
(God’s servants) ---
and We give (new) life
therewith to land that is
dead: thus will be
the Resurrection. (50:6-11)

Do they not look
At the camels,
How they are made? ---
And at the sky,
How it is raised high? ---
And at the mountains,
How they are fixed firm? ---
And at the earth,
How it is spread out.........