This month I have been reciting the Quran and listening to the Tafseer of Juz Amma by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan on bayyinah.tv. This is a paid subscription and I have found it very helpful so today I would like to share with you the one Surah that never ceases to overwhelm me – Surat Al’Ala.
In this Surah I have found the last two verses (ayat) very moving.
إِنَّ هَٰذَا لَفِي الصُّحُفِ الْأُولَىٰ – 87:18
Indeed this is in the former scriptures
صُحُفِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَىٰ 87:19
the Scriptures of Abraham and Moses.
These verse truly overwhelm me because they prove that this is truly the work of Allah. This is a Meccan Surah which means it was revealed before the Prophet was in the company of the Jews of Madina, who could actually vow or testify to this fact. The prophet was illiterate there is no way he could have known this himself. To give you simple example of the reasons as to why I truly believe that the Quran is a Holy scripture is that I did a degree which covers psychology and sociology and I also am a history student. I could easily discuss the Rise of Lenin and Stalin and talk about the history of WW2 as I have studied those subjects. I have some notion of the Dark Ages, which was the time of the Prophet and how literature had been mostly burnt or used only for the purposes of the Clergy. But I could tell you nothing about Chinese history and I mean nothing without Google. The Prophet knowing this information and being able to recite it in this way it is truly the words of the one God as, in the middle of the dessert, he did not have access to libraries or the internet.
At a time when the world was in the dark, lacking knowledge, an illiterate Arab man which was known as trustworthy and the teller of the truth by his tribe started reciting Holy scripture and brought light into the world again. Due the Gift of the Quran bestowed upon him, people started becoming more educated and clean, female babies were no longer buried alive and women were given an elevated position unlike any other religion or tribe at the time. Women were encouraged to work and study medicine, teach Quran, Hadith and use any literature available to them in order to learn and develop in fields of science, ethics and morals, history, etc. In fact, had it not been for the value put in knowledge by the Caliphates of the Ottoman Empire, the world would have lost many of its great literary works. If you want to read more on the life of the Prophet please click here if you are interested in a more in depth read I’d recommend this book by Tariq Ramadan.
I know that many people will not agree with the divinity of the Quran and that is ok. At university we are given many Sociological Theories and we then choose to specialise in a specific one. We can’t know everything about everything but here is what I know: I have read Marx, Socrates, Kant, Shakespeare and many religious texts and nothing has made sense to me as much as the Quran has. I am always happy for people to discuss the Quran with me because I may learn something new but what I find is that most people haven’t actually given it a fair chance or even read it.
I find that a lot of points of views divide us in this world but the Quran has the power to soothe my heart, strengthen and challenge my ethics and morals in a way no other book has ever been able to achieve. The way muslims pray in unison, wherever they are from, always amazes me. To this day the Quran remains intact and is still passed down from generation to generation not only in the written but in the spoken form. All muslims will know at least one Surah of the Quran by heart and I believe that if you ask any Muslim the Recite Surah Al Fatiha they will comply. It’s like a miracle.
My most Favourite words in the Quran are the first words:
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ – 1:1 In the Name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful the Especially Merciful.
Ramdhan is the month of the Quran. And as such I urge you to actually read some of the Quran, think of its history, the time in which it was written and how amazingly it remains relative to our times in a way that defies most literature. You can find the Quran online here.
شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۗ يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ – 2:185
The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.
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