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Discover the Qur’an – A Reality Check

DR.PASHA | February 27, 2005 | Section: Articles | 986 reads

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Discover the Qur’an – A Reality Check

Dr. Pasha

 

Come let us discover the Qur’an together. In our next Qur’an program!

And here is why.

This much we know: We exist.

We also know something else: So does the world in which we live – it also exists.

In addition, we also know this: We function. And so does the world.

This is reality – no matter how we understand it. No matter what we take it to mean.

Thus, the reality is that we exist and the world exists. We function and the world functions. Our reality is embedded in the reality of the world in which we live.

Here is something important we should know about reality: Reality is of two kinds – whether it is the reality about us or the reality about the world in general.

That means:

  1. There are some things, some aspects or parts of reality, we can see – and touch, and hear, and smell, and taste. They are open and available to our senses.
  2. And there are some things, some aspects or parts of reality, we cannot – we cannot see, touch, hear, smell or taste them.

The first is visible reality – the reality that is open to our senses. And the second is invisible reality – the reality that lies beyond the reach and purview of our senses.

The Qur’an calls the first Sha-haadah – ‘Aalam Ash-Shahadah. And the second it calls Ghaib – ‘Allam Al-Ghaib.

For most of us, Sha-haadah is not difficult to figure out. But Ghaib can be quite tricky. Because in most cases no one – no one – can really figure out where it reaches or ends.

We all understand that we cannot see behind closed doors or at very long distances. Those with impaired vision cannot see even close.

Astronomers understand that there are galaxies – billions upon billions of them – out there in the universe that we cannot see.

Therefore, most smart people would never deny that there are things in existence that are beyond the immediate reach of our senses. Most of what we can legitimately claim is that we do not know them.

Most smart people will also readily concede that God exists. He is the ultimate Ghaib – the invisible and the unseen.

Qur’an calls him Allah, but says no matter by what name you refer to him, it is to him that all beautiful names belong.

Therefore, for most people the problem is not whether or not God exists. It is what kind of God he is and what do we know about him.

But that is not the real problem. The real problem is how do we know what we say or think we know about God?

Most people would say: “Oh that is what I think!” Some people would say “Oh that is how I feel.”

That is great. But what difference does it make to reality or to God, the ultimate reality, what you think or feel? This is a serious, life-and-death, human predicament.

The Qur’an comes to our rescue. It offers a practical solution.

The Qur’an says think logically. And think incrementally. Approach this problem like you would approach most problems in life.

First of all, decide if the universe had a creator what would he be like? He would be most powerful and most capable, would he not? Well, you have taken the first step to knowing God – and to meeting him.

That is right, to meeting him. For, that is where you are headed – to meet with your maker and master. Did you know you have an appointment with him – and the hour is approaching fast?

He, you would say next, is the creator of everything and all of us. So, he is the true owner and master of everything, right? Right! If that is the case, then we must all listen to him and obey him. We must all do the bidding of the owner.

It is that simple! But how?

Next question is how do we know what he wants? This is tough. Qur’an says God sends messengers into this world to teach human beings what they do not know and cannot see.

God’s messengers and prophets are the finest people in the world. Honest, good, sincere, capable people. And they taught good things. And they were given the power to perform miracles.

Moses and Jesus were such people. May Allah bless them!

Then came Muhammad, may Allah bless him. He was God’s last messenger to humanity – to all people, for all times to come. No one was better, nobler, kinder or more capable than him.

His teachings had a great impact on the world. He made the world a better place for all people. And like so many other prophets before him, he performed miracles.

His biggest miracle was the Qur’an. It is a miracle that lives. It is a miracle that is with us to this day – in the form and shape in which he left it 1400 years ago, which is a miracle in itself.

Qur’an is a book. It has 114 chapters called Surahs. And over 6000 passages – sentences and phrases called Aayats.

The word Aayat means a sign or a miracle. Thus, not only is the whole Qur’an a miracle, so is every individual passage or Aayat of the Qur’an. That is why, following the Bible, it is not quite right to refer to parts of the Qur’an as “verses.”

The sentences and phrases of the Qur’an must always be referred to as Aayats – divine signs that point to the fact that this Qur’an is a divine book in human hands.

Muhammad, may Allah bless him, claimed the archangel Gabriel brought it to him. The Qur’an itself – not its followers but the Qur’an itself – claims repeatedly that it is a book directly from God. To the best of my knowledge, no other book makes such a claim.

 

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