Thursday, December 30, 2010

Do we deserve the Qur'an ?


"The Most Gracious, teacher of the Quran." (55:1-2)
From this verse, the believers know that Allah is the teacher of the Quran. The believers also know that Allah does not come to our door, knock, and tell us, "It is Me, Allah, coming to teach you the Qur'an." But rather, God will teach us the Qur'an by one or more of many ways.

"We granted Solomon, the correct understanding..." (21:79)
He may grant you the correct understanding, as He did for His Prophet, Solomon, or teach you by using another human being, a believer, or a non-believer. Allah may use an incident, a dream, a TV show, a movie, a newspaper article, a dog, a pig or an ant to teach you what He wants from the Qur'an.

"No human being can communicate with Allah ecxept through inspiration, or from behind a barrier, or by His sending a Messenger, through whom He reveals what He wills. He is the Most High, Most Wise." (42:51)
Of the many ways Allah chooses to communicate to us His message, Allah emphasized that He communicates with us by sending a Messenger through whom He reveals what He wills. Allah communicates to His human Messengers through His angle messenger and He communicates with the human beings through His human Messengers.
Those who do not see the Qur'an, or have a barrier around their heart do not see that. Allah did communicate with us through a Messenger, a human Messenger. That Messenger did not speak a heavenly language or behaved like an angel. He did not advertise ahead of time that he would be communicating to us what Allah wanted us to know. Whatever Allah wanted him to teach us would have come in any form. The secret here was that : whenever and whatever the Messenger spoke for the message, we are able to find it in the Qur'an. We were blessed by a Messenger who always pointed to the Qur'an for every thought, idea or correction that he came up with.

"O people of the scripture, our Messenger has come to you, to recite to you (to clarify for you) (make things clear unto you), after a period of time without Messengers, lest you say, "We did not receive any preacher or warner." A preacher and warner has now come to you. Allah is omnipotent." (5:19)
This was Allah’s communication with us through His Messenger. We have the complete freedom to accept this communication, reject it, make fun of it, ridicule it, call it idol-worship, replace it with our opinion or dump it in the trash after the Messenger has gone.

"Surely those who slide back, after the guidance has been manifested to them, the devil has enticed them, and has misled them." (47:25)
As Allah told us in the Qur'an and as pointed to us by the Messenger of the covenant, all the rituals of Islam were given to Abraham and passed down to us generation after generation. (22:78) Our Shahada, Salat, Zakat, Fasting and Hajj were given to Abraham, corrupted after him by the Scholars and then corrected again to us through the Last Messenger.
Throughout the Qur'an, Allah gives us, sometimes in detail, the stories of previous generations and how they believed or disbelieved, and how they were guided or misguided. Allah also repeatedly informs us about the reason behind telling us these stories.

"…God thus cites the example for the people, that they may take heed." (14:25)"We cite these examples for the people, that they may reflect." (59:21)
If we do not learn from the Qur'an we do not deserve it.
Who misleads the people ?! Who corrupts the message?! (57:9)"He is the One who sends down to His servant clear revelations, in order to lead you out of the darkness into the light. GOD is Compassionate towards you, Most Merciful."

The student of the Qur'an will find out that, Qur'an is telling us that the messengers of Allah will lead the people from darkness into the and that nowhere in the Qur'an does Allah tell us a story of a community misled by its messenger or given the wrong teachings by him. On the contrary, it is the people who came after the departure of every messenger who misled and misguided the people. They did it in the name of new knowledge and/or new understanding. The religious leaders, the scholars and the self-proclaimed scholars are on the top of the list of this corruption.
" They have set us their religious leaders and scholars as idols, instead of God…" (9:31)

The difference between now and then is that the scholars of today do not have to be graduates of Scholars school, but they could be students or graduates of Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, USC, UA...etc. . They could be anyone who has an opinion specially the one who honors his opinion too much, as in (I, me and my). Do we follow the Messenger and the Qur'an or do we follow the knowledgeable people?
The student of the Qur'an will also notice that, nowhere in the Qur'an does Allah tell us of a person, knowledgeable or not, correcting the message of His messengers. The Qur'an does tell us of the wise man teaching Moses good lessons in his life, but not teaching him his message or preaching his message for him. We are ordered in the Qur'an to follow the messengers for their message and we were never ordered to follow other people, knowledgeable or not for their knowledge or intelligence.
When Allah chose His messengers, He did not specifically choose the most knowledgeable or the most intelligent, but he chose the most honest to deliver the message. The messenger’s own knowledge or intelligence was irrelevant.
There is no mention in the Qur'an of any messenger of Allah, correcting mistakes made by a previous messenger.
It is also significant to notice that there is no mention in the Qur'an of any messenger of Allah, correcting mistakes made by a previous messenger. Messengers of Satan will claim that they are sent to correct the previous messengers of Allah in their quest to mislead and misguide the people. They do this in the name of new knowledge and/or new understanding. Those who will use the Qur'an as their guide will realise that any new messenger of Allah will ONLY confirm what the previous Messengers had brought. Even if they add new information, it should not contradict the previous message. Allah’s message does not change by the change of messengers. Allah’s message has always been the same.
If we believe the Qur'an we should know by now that history will repeat itself. Some people after the departure of the Messenger will distort the message that he corrected from the Qur'an by the Qur'an. They will claim new knowledge and/or new understanding. They do not see their own shortcoming and misguidance. They are the descendants of the same people who distorted the messages of Abraham, Moses and Jesus. They will push the people to believe like them or call them idol-worshipers. Those who are weak at heart and the doubters will fall victim to their claim while the strong believers who hold to the Qur'an as their guide and reference will stand strong, confident and guided despite these claims. They will not be tempted by the sweetness or the eloquence of these people's talk. Allah reminded us of their example in the Qur'an.

"When you see them, you may be impressed by their looks. And when they speak, you may listen to their eloquence. They are like standing logs. They think that every call is intended against them. These are the real enemies; beware of them. GOD condemns them; they have deviated." (63:4)
Should we believe the Qur'an ?! Should we learn from the Qur;an ?! We better.
"This has been consistently the case with all the messengers that we sent before you, and you will find that our system never changes." (17:77)

It is very important to know that our understanding of the Qur'an should not be frozen in a frame of time or a personality. We should realize that our understanding of the Qur'an will continue to grow, because more knowledge will be available to us. This new knowledge will help us understand the wisdom behind certain Qur'anic teachings, that we may not be fully comprehending at this time. Or, help us understand new areas that were never known before. Good examples for us are the origin of the universe and the big bang theory or the development of the human embryo. Neither one was known to the previous generations when they read the Qur'an. This knowledge will not create a new religion or change a well founded Qur'anic rule. We should be open minded to look at all claims without fear or hesitation. We should be certain and proud that we have the right religion, the right book and the right path.
Since the departure of the Messenger, we have heard all kinds of claims and distortions of the clear message we have. Satan has been so upset that the submitters are so confident in their belief and their hold to the Qur'an. He worked his agents day and night to come up with all kinds of claims from messengership to new understanding theories.
If we do not learn from the Qur'an, we do not deserve it.
Allah communicates with us by His sending of a messenger through whom he reveals what He wills.
Messengers of Allah do not mislead the people or misguide them.
All the corruption of religions were done by the people who came after the messengers and claimed new knowledge or new understanding.
We should be able to purge all the lies, fabrication and confusion created by the hypocrites by using the Qur'an as a reference. We should be certain and proud that we have the right religion, the right book and the right path.
It is time to call on all the submitters to take their Qur'an seriously and learn from its lessons and never be intimidated or shaken by all the noise around them. We have the best reference, we have the ultimate truth, we have the Qur'an.
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