The Book that Shaped the World
by M. Abdul Bari
This is the Book whereof there is no doubt, a guidance for those who ward off
Has anybody ever come across a book that contains a preface where its author
mentions about its infallibility from any error? Has anyone ever heard of any
author who talks with so confidence and such authority? This is the Qur'an,
revealed to one human being named Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him),
and its Author is Allah, the Lord and Sustainer of the universe.
At a time when the world sank to its lowest, oppression and tyranny exceeded
all limits, human beings were enslaved by the arrogant kings and emperors,
women lost their human dignity on earth, one fateful night in the month of
Ramadhan determined the course of human history. Fourteen hundred years ago,
Allah, the Lord, decided to bring back humanity from the disgrace of slavery
into the position of Allah's emissary on earth. That was the night of power,
the lailatul qadr, the night when angel Jibrraeel, on the command of Allah,
made an eternal link between the heaven and the earth. That was a night that
shaped the destiny of man.
This is the Qur'an that transformed a nation stooped in chaos, revolutionised
them and elevated them to the peak of human perfection. This is the Qur'an
that changed people's heart, moulded their character, uprooted their
ignorance and reconstructed their society in the noblest and divine fashion.
They were the Arabs who were on the verge of self-destruction because of
their lawlessness, vulgarity, stupidity and, to use the Qur'anic terminology,
because of their Ignorance (Jahiliyah). They were the people despised by the
then two super powers, the Persians in the east and the Romans in the west,
to the extent that none of them was even interested in taking over these
barbaric and law-less people.
Yet the Qur'an was revealed to them to, probably, prove that Allah can easily
change the fate of a nation if He so wishes. But Allah's sunnah or principle
is not simply to help a community without any reason, they have to acquire it
with their persevered action. Only then Allah's favour descends on them.
Say, 'O Allah! Master of the Kingdom! You give sovereignty to whoever You
will, You take sovereignty from whoever You will. You exalt whoever You will,
You abase whoever You will. All good is in Your hand. You have power over all
The revelation has been termed as a guidance (huda), clear sign of the
guidance (baiyinah), criterion to discern the true from the false (furqan),
clear explanation (baiyan) and admonition (mau'idhah).
The month of Ramadhan is the one in which the Qur'an was sent down as
guidance for mankind, with clear signs containing guidance and criterion….
This is a clear explanation for all mankind, and guidance and admonition for
those who ward off evil. …. (al-Qur'an 3:138).
It is a reminder (dhikr) and the word (kalam) from Allah. Allah showered His
mercy on humanity in the form of a direct communication with His messenger
for 23 years in the barren Arab land. Within ten years the tiny oasis of
Madinah became the blessed land where a comprehensive code of life evolved
from nothing. Madinah became the centre of a divine civilisation, a centre of
inspiration for humanity. It is all because of Qur'an's miracle and the
unique person that received it in his heart, the last and the noblest of the
messengers. The heart that received the full weight of divine love for
humanity led the ignorant humanity with the Qur'an's message. It was the
weight that no other creation would ever have dared to bear.
If We had sent down this Qur'an onto a mountain, you should have seen it
humbled, crushed to pieces out of fear of Allah. (al-Qur'an 59:21)
The Qur'an, meaning 'read again and again', elevated the Arabs who produced a
miracle within a generation. The Arab hearts expanded to such an extent that
those barbaric people grasped the true meaning of the message and learnt how
to live as the best creation on earth. The fountain of love and universal
brotherhood created the 'best people' on earth.
You are the best community that has been raised up for mankind. You enjoin
the right, forbid the wrong and you believe in Allah. (al-Qur'an 3:110)
The Qur'an created a world where a young woman could travel alone between two
distant places of Arabia without any fear for her chastity. The Qur'an
created minds that willingly surrendered to Allah (SWT) to such extent that a
sinner rushed to the prophet to be punished in the world rather than
suffering from fire in the hereafter. The Qur'an created compassionate hearts
that cared for other living things and the natural world.
The Qur'an promises about prosperity and victory for those who live by it.
The generations that grew up with the Qur'an in their hearts made mountains
and oceans move from their way in their fight to establish a just world
order. The Qur'anic generation left behind a legacy that continued for more
than a thousand years. The shining Qur'an is still alive and looking for
people who would live by it and change the fate of the world. It is
rekindling the hearts of millions and demanding action from them. What a
marvel! While other religious books are either lost or corrupted, the Qur'an
still preserved in its pristine form.
It is We Who have sent down the Reminder (Qur'an) and We Who will preserve
it. (al-Qur'an 15:9)
Every time we recite from the Qur'an, Allah speaks to us. Allah reminds us to
think, to reflect and to look for His signs in and around us, to learn from
the past, to follow His guidance, to serve humanity, to look after His
creation. Do we understand Him, His call, His message? Even if we understand,
do we respond? Even if we respond, do we have the guts to act wholeheartedly?
The spiritual harvest awaits us in the month of Ramadhan. The fateful night
visits us every year. The powerful night calls us to challenge the
neo-Jahiliyah of the modern days.
The night of power is better than a thousand months (al-Qadr 97:3).
Are we prepared to take the challenge?
Lo! Allah changeth not the condition of a folk until they (first) change
that which is in their hearts. (al-Qur'an 13:11)
Learn Holy Quran because it will be a proof for us muslim on the Day of Judgment.
This is due to the statement of the Messenger: “And the Quran is a proof for you or against you.” [Muslim] so the deputy of every Muslim is to read quran and learn quran with tajweed so one of two things will occur with this proof, the Book of Allah. And this quran education will be in your favor, a proof for us on the Day when we will need every single good deed and learning quran along with doing quran memorization is one of it and to add more spread the quran teaching and spread the kids quran knowledge and listening to quran online and understand the quran tafseer , it will be something standing against us and follow the guidance of or prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, and these good deeds will be a proof against us! Who could be saved from the terrors of that Day if Allah’s own Speech is against him?!?! Think carefully, so reading Arabic Quran and teaching our kids quran qaida with the tafseer of quran and let the kids memorize quran dear Muslim brother or sister, about your position with the reading Quran! Are you neglecting it, contradicting it, being heedless of its orders and prohibitions, are you thinking deeply over it?! Will it be on your side on the Day of Judgment.? So learn quran recitation! O Allah! We ask you, by Your Glorious Speech and the rest of your beautiful Names and Attributes, to make the Quran a proof for us! So the Quran tutor should let his student know about these facts also,