Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Why believe the Qur'an

Why believe in the Qur’an

1. The Qur’an challenges Man that if they doubt it is from God, look into it for discrepancies because God does not speak as such. This is a challenge still to be met.

2. God in the Qur’an challenges Man that if they doubt the Qur’an is from God, then produce a book like it, or even a chapter of it or even 10 verses and He says no man can. Indeed no one has succeeded, though not for want of trying.

3. The Qur’an speaks of many truths which was impossible for a man, who was illiterate and living in the 6th century in the desert to have known on his own. One example is that of the expanding Universe, which was unknown to Man until discovered recently by Stephen Hawkings.

4. God in the Qur’an has promised Man that He will ensure that it is safeguarded. No other Scripture makes such a claim.

5. Other Scriptures, if we know how to interprete it, foretells of the coming of Prophet Muhammad and his mission to bring Man to God. This is found, amongst others, in the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible, and in the Vedas and Puranas.

6. The Qur’an from the time of the Prophet was perfectly preserved by scores of men in every generation memorizing the whole text so that no one could change it. No other Scripture is so memorized.

7. The Qur’an is preserved in the original language in which it was revealed. The same is not true of all other Scriptures.

8. The Qur’an prescribes a way of life for Man to lead. It prescribes a complete code of life. Other Scriptures leave Man to fend on his own.

9. The Qur’an reconciles all the different Scriptures and explains the differences by stating that Man had altered parts of earlier Scriptures. No other Scripture explains or even tries to explain the differences.

10. When reading the Qur’an, it is clear that it is worded in the fashion of God speaking to you directly and not of some narrative written by Man as is the case of other Scriptures.

11. The words of Man are not included in the Qur’an, not even the sayings of the Prophet are included. It is the absolute word of God. Every alphabet in it is God’s. The same cannot be said of other Scriptures.

12. The religion of Islam is not named after a person or a people, nor was it decided by a later generation of man, as in the case of Christianity which was named after Jesus Christ, Buddhism after Gautama Buddha, Confucianism after Confucius, Judaism after the tribe of Judah and Hinduism after the Hindus( which in its origins referred to people living across the river Indus).

13. The Qur’an teaches the purest form of monotheism, a clear concept of God. It teaches that God is one. God has no son.

It calls man away from worship of creation and invites him to worship only his Creator. False religions all have in common one basic concept with regard to God --- they either claim that all men are gods, or that specific men were God, or that nature is God, or that God is a figment of man’s imagination.

Thus, it may be stated that the basic message of false religion is that God may be worshipped in the form of His creation. False religions invite man to the worship of creation by calling the creation or some aspect of it God.

14. Universality of God’s religion--- the true religion of God cannot be confined to any one people, place, or period of time, as is the case of some religions.

15. No intermediaries in Islam.

16. The Qur’an secures consistency and rationality of belief through its logical and rational principles.

17. In Islam, there is no celibacy, because celibacy is against human nature. Islam urges the Muslim to get married as soon as he can, because it is difficult for normal people to be religious and unmarried at the same time. Islam, as a rule, organizes human nature, but never destroys or goes against it.

18. It does not humanize God nor does it deify man. Everything is carefully placed where it belongs in the total scheme of creation.

19.There may be many sects in Islam, but there is only one Qur’an. The same cannot be said of some of the other Scriptures.

20. Mathematical formula. There are numerous instances of the mathematical formulas in the Qur’an. One prime example is:

The word "land" (barr, yabas) appears 13 times in the Qur'an and the word "sea" (bahr) 32 times, giving a total of 45 references. If we divide that number by that of the number of references to the land we arrive at the figure 28.888888888889%. The number of total references to land and sea, 45, divided by the number of references to the sea in the Qur'an, 32, is 71.111111111111%. Extraordinarily, these figures represent the exact proportions of land and sea on the Earth today.
LAND ---13 times---13/45=28.88888889
SEA ---32 times---32/45=71.11111111
TOTAL---45 times---100


21. Unity of different timings of revelation---23 years. It was revealed bit by bit over 23 long years and yet when compiled into a single text bears consistency, order and carries with it a sublime message for Man devoid of discrepancies.

22.Reasons with reader. It does not command blind faith but explains and reasons things to Man before then asking him to believe.

23. Abu Lahab. One of the great enemies of the Prophet and Islam could so easily have disproved the Qur’an by simply stating that he believed in it and yet, as had been foretold by the Qur’an, he never did.

24. Accurate knowledge of past events

25. Iram. Until recent archaeological discoveries, no one in the history of Man knew what this word appearing in the Qur’an meant. Now Man knows of the ancient city of Iram.

26. Prophet reprimanded. If the Qur’an were the concoction of the Prophet, he would not have included within it the occasions when he was reprimanded and corrected by God. It would have been so simple for him then to have omitted those verses.

27. Never in the history of Man has anyone who has penned any prose containing messages as magnificent as the Qur’an go on to state that it is not his own work but that of another. It is not in the nature of Man to deny authorship of something magnificent that he himself created. On the contrary, Man is disposed to copying and plagiarising a thing of beauty and claiming authorship of it. Why would the Prophet then, if it were his own creation, deny authorship of something so magnificent?

28. Perfect balance of words. Dr Gary Miller, a Canadian Professor of Mathematics in the University of Toronto,recently with the help of computers discovered the perfect balance of words found in the Qur’an. When the Qur’an says that something is like another thing, then both words appear the same number of times in the Qur’an. For example when it says the Jesus is like Adam, we find that both names each appear an equal number of times in the Qur’an. When however it says that something is not like another, we find that both will appear an unequal number of times in the Qur’an, being different by the digit of one. Thus for example when it says that interest is not like trade, we find that both words appear an unequal number of times, being different by the digit of one. And so it is in all instances where the Qur’an says that something is like another or where it says that something is not like another.

Any alteration to the Qur’an by Man, bearing in mind that the perfect balance was only recently discovered, would have unwittingly destroyed this perfect balance and the perfect balance is hence testimony to God’s promise to perfectly preserve the Qur’an.

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