It never ceases to amaze me how simple and how clear the Qur’an is. And then I realize that this Qur’an was originally sent down to an Illiterate Man among an Illiterate People.
So the Qur’an had to make clear and intuitive sense to those unsophisticated and straight-thinking children of the desert.
And then it begins to hit me, on practically every count, how right and how correct and how accurate and true to reality the Qur’an is. So much so that even some of the most sophisticated minds of modern time will have difficulty finding fault with the Qur’an.
And then I realize that this Qur’an is from the master and maker of the worlds, who is not only all-powerful, but who is also all-knowing and most wise.
Just read the following Aayat Karimah from Surah Ar-Room – the chapter called The Romans – and notice how the Qur’an so simply, so directly and yet ever so elegantly and powerfully captures the perfect curvilinearity of the Human Lifecycle:
Allahul-Ladhee Khalaqa-kum min Da’fin,
Thumma Ja’ala min Ba’di Da’fin Quwwatan,
Thumma Ja’ala min Ba’di Quwwatin Da’fan,
Paraphrase using someone else’s translation:
Allah is the one who created you from weakness,
then made after weakness strength,
then made after strength weakness—
and grey hair.
He creates what he wants,
and he is all-knowing, all-powerful.
When did we ever see anything so clear, so sharp, so powerful and yet so simple and so true?
Something that is so eminently borne out by ageless common observation and yet, at the same time, something that is confirmed by valid contemporary science using its most sophisticated tools of inquiry?