Islamic Wisdom: The Importance of the Quran in Islam

“And this is a Book which We have revealed as a blessing: so follow it and be righteous, that ye may receive mercy.”(al-Anam, 6/155)

“And this is a Book which We have sent down, bringing blessings and confirming (the revelations) which came before it: that thou mayest warn the Mother of Cities and all around her. Those who believe in the Hereafter believe in this (Book), and they are constant in guarding their prayers.”(al-Anam, 6/92)

“Do they not ponder on the Qur’an (with care)? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.” (an-Nisa, 4/82)

“The Qur’an as a guide to mankind also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong)…”(al-Baqara, 2/185)

“The Quran is guidance and glad tidings for those who believe.”(al-Baqara, 2/97)

“This Quran is a guidance and glad tidings for those who believe.”(Sad, 38/29)

The following is reported from Harith bin Awar: Once, Hz. Ali said:

“I heard the Messenger of Allah say:

‘Behold! Dissension will come.’ Thereupon, I asked,

‘O Messenger of Allah! What is the way out of it?’ He said,

‘It is to obey the Book of Allah.’(Then Hz. The prophet explained the characteristics of the Quran as follows:

‘It contains all information about what has happened to those communities before you, news of dissensions and tumults that will happen after you, and signs of Doomsday. It is the distinguisher between the truth and the falsehood. If anyone seeks guidance elsewhere Allah will lead him astray. It is the strong rope of Allah. It is a reminder of wisdom, and it is the straightest path. It protects souls who obey it from being ruined and misguidance and tongues that recite it from ambiguity.

Scholars of the Qur’an always crave more from it. Reading it again and again never bores its reader; neither does the reader lose any taste by reading it over and over again. Its magnificent wonders that astonish mankind never end, “They said `We have really heard a wonderful Recital.” (al-Jinn 1). He who utters it, speaks the truth. He who acts according to it will be rewarded. He who pronounces judgment according to it, will be just. He who invites people to it, will guide them to a straight path.’” (Tirmidhi, Thawabu”l-Qur’an 14, 2908)

The Miracle of the Quran:

The Quran contains all kinds of principles of creed, deeds, and ethics that will make man attain real bliss. It is a great literary miracle in terms of its words and meaning. The Prophet (PBUH) stated the following regarding the issue:

“Every Prophet was given miracles because of which people believed, but what I have been given, is Divine Inspiration which Allah has revealed to me. So I hope that my followers will outnumber the followers of the other Prophets on the Day of Resurrection.”(Bukhari, Fadailu’l-Qur’an, 1)

In fact, the miracles of the other prophets ended as their time passed. The miracle of the Quran will exist until Doomsday. In various verses of the Quran, it is insistently stated that the Quran is a miracle:

“Say: “If the whole of mankind and Jinn were to gather together to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support….”(al-Isra, 17/88)

As a matter of fact, nobody has been able and will be able to produce a verse similar to the verses of the Quran in terms of style and eloquence. The Quran is a miracle in terms of its words and meaning. The Prophet (PBUH) could not read and write. He did not learn anything from anybody. Therefore, he was regarded to be illiterate. However, the book he brought contained great realities and informed about many scientific truths that science and experience managed to find in fourteen hundred years. This proves that the Quran is the word of Allah directly. For instance, the fact that the sun rotates around itself and moves toward a fixed point along with the other planets dependent on it, the opening of the pyramids, and the mummified bodies of the Pharaohs were discovered in the last century.

The Importance of the Quran and Its Immunity from Distortion

Christian, Jewish, and Muslim scholars all agree on the fact that the Holy Scriptures and texts of Christianity and Judaism have been a victim of distortion and alteration. The Quran however is different from all other holy books because it never has and never will be affected by such impediment as stated in verse nine of Chapter Al-Hijr. This is yet another proof of the importance of the Quran.

The Importance of the Quran as the Final and Most Complete Holy Book

Another aspect that highlights the importance of the Quran as an exceptional book is the fact that it is the last of its kind and the most complete and comprehensive of all divine scriptures. The Quran is the final and updated version of all heavenly books, the same way Islam is the last religion sent by God for the guidance of mankind.

Importance of the Quran and Reciting and Learning It for Believers

Prophet Muhammad has said the Quran is better than everything and that its superiority over other books is akin to the superiority of God over His servants.14 Imam Ja‘far al-Sadiq (جَعفَرُ الصّادق), the sixth Shiite imam, has also said that the Quran is God’s pact with His servants; therefore, it is worthy that every Muslim individual looks at his pact and reads [at least] fifty verses of it every day.15

The Importance of the Quran and Its Teachings

The Quran teaches people many things that are essential for their lives. For example, by reading, reciting, and understanding the Quran, every Muslim and believer must become acquainted with and believe in the five principles and fundamentals of Islam known as Uṣūl al-Dīn (أُصولُ الدين), aka the pillars of Islam.

  • Tawḥīd or Tawheed(تَوحيد): Monotheism
  • Nubuwwah (نُبُوَّة): Prophethood
  • Ma‘ād (مَعاد): Resurrection
  • ‘Adl (عَدل): Justice
  • Imāmah (إمامَة): Imamate

The Importance of the Quran and Tawheed

One of the first and most fundamental beliefs that every Muslim must follow is Tawheed, meaning monotheism or belief in only one God. A person who does not believe in Tawheed is not considered as a Muslim even by name. This belief has been repeated many times in various chapters (Arabic: سورة Latin: surah) and verses (Arabic: آیة Latin: ayah) of the Quran. Specifically, there is an entire chapter concerning this belief known by its two names, surah Tawheed and Ikhlas (الإخلاص: pure intention). It is chapter 112 of the Quran in juz (جزء) 30. When one realizes that such chapters teach such important things, one recognizes the importance of the Quran.

The Importance of the Quran and Nubuwwah

It is almost impossible for people to know that God exists and know what He wants from them unless there is an intermediary and representative who would inform them about things such as:

The Importance of the Quran and Hadith

The importance of the Quran can be better understood when we know that in Islam, there are two criteria that are used to interpret Islamic laws and rulings as well as other issues such as moral guidance. The first and more important one is naql (نَقل) meaning transmission, and the second is ‘aql (عَقل),meaning intellect. The Quran and hadith fall under the former category, as they have been transmitted to us; the Quran by God, and hadith by the Prophet and his vicegerents (i.e. the Imams).

Importance of the Quran: The Quran as Criterion for Authenticity of Hadith

There is a direct relationship between transmission and intellect. That is, intellect must approve transmission and vice versa. Because the Quran is the word of God and there is no doubt over its veracity, intellect can never contradict it. If it seems to do so, it is not genuine intellect.

Best Interpreters of the Quran

The Prophet of Islam and his pure household are the best interpreters of the Quran. That is because they are infallible, their intellect is perfect, and have God-given knowledge. In this regard, the Quran asserts that whatever Prophet Muhammad says is from God and that he does not say anything based on his own desire. The Quran states this in surah Najm:

Importance of Quranic Education

The Quran is a book that gives us a great deal of information and words of advice as to how we should behave and treat others. It advises us to be wary of God, to be righteous, and to treat one’s fellow brothers and sister in faith with mercy and compassion and to make peace between them. 17

The Most Important Verses in the Quran

There is no doubt that the entirety of the Holy Quran is of most significance and all of its chapters and verses must be taken into high regards. Each verse from the Quran contains levels within levels of complex knowledge and aside from their apparent meaning, there are countless other hidden meaning in each verse as well.

Ayatul Kursi(آیَةُ الکُرسی)

Ayatul Kursi or “the Verse of the Seat [of power]” is verse 255 of Chapter al-Baqarah which begins at “الله لا إله إلّا هو” and ends at “وهو العلیّ العظیم”. A hadith from the Noble Prophet reports that Ayatul Kursi contains 50 words and 170 letters. In another narration, when asked of the noblest verse revealed unto him, Prophet Muhammad mentioned Ayatul Kursi to be the greatest verse he received. 22

Verse of Mubahalah (مُباهَلَه)

Verse 61 of Chapter Aali-Imran otherwise known as the verse of Mubahalah was revealed on the occasion of the opposition of the Christians against Prophet Muhammad. Thus, God commanded him to gather his family members and commence in an act of mubahala to prove their rightfulness. Mubahalah is when two groups of people compete each other, each asking God to inflict punishment on the other. This is a way of showing one’s rightfulness.

Verse of Taṭhīr (تَطهیر)

The second part of verse 33 of Chapter Al-Ahzab was revealed to the Noble Prophet in regard to his household, once again proving their distinction over all in the eyes of God; that they have been selected above all of creation for the purpose of guiding mankind with the light of their purity. The importance of this verse is due to the fact that it proves the infallibility of the people of the household, thus, making them the best role model, as they are immune to sins and mistakes.

Verse of Authority (اولی الامر)

In verse 59 of Chapter an-Nisa, Allah (SWT) lays obedience towards Him, His Prophet and those of authority as the prerequisite for believing in God. To clarify the position of the Prophet and those of authority furthermore, He places submission to them at the same rank as submitting to God. By doing so, it becomes undebatable for the believers that in order to have their faith reflect into its active aspect, they must hold the authority of the Noble Prophet and those appointed by him as the principle of their religion.

Verse of Wilayah (وِلايَة)

Verse 5 of Chapter Al-Ma’idah is the concept of wilayah which means authority and mastership. The importance of this verse is best understood when one comprehends the objective and principles of Islam. Furthermore, in this verse God specifies absolute ownership and authority to Himself, His Prophet, and the believers whom give charity while bowing during their prayers. It has been agreed upon in both Sunni and Shia sources that “those who give charity while bowing in prayer” refers to Ali ibn Abi Talib. 23

Final Thoughts:

The essentials of all true ways and paths are present in the Quran. Every fruit tree perceives a different fruit based on their structure in the universe; similarly, every tafsir scholar perceives different meanings in the Quran, finds doors of different knowledge, becomes exposed to the manifestations of different names of Allah and presents a different way of guidance. With this aspect, the Quran serves like a library though it is a single book. (see Badiuzzaman Said Nursi, Sözler (Words) , Yirmi Beşinci Söz (Twenty-Fifth Word)

Verily good deeds do away with evil deeds.

Be patient with yourself. And Keep learning!!

I will be calmer, I will spread love as long as I can, I will live a spiritual life, I will do what I please no matter what and I will prove my theories.

Always start your day by renewing your intention that everything you do for yourself and your community, whether it be your acts of worship or daily chores. It all has to be merely for the sake of Allah (SWT) and also, I ask Allah (SWT) to make my work dedicated only to him and forgiveness from Allah (SWT), if I have got anything wrong. It is He who is the Hearing, the knowing.

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