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The Revelation of the Qur’an

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of Allah
(swt), the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful

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The Qur’an is the wondrous speech of Allah (swt), revealed to the seal of Prophets, Muhammad (saws), through the medium of Jibraeel [AS].The Qur’an has the effect of rendering man impotent and paralyzed if he dares challenge the Qur’an.

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِيَ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَى سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ يُرِيدُ اللّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلاَ يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُواْ الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُواْ اللّهَ عَلَى مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ
Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.
[Al Qur’an – Surah al Baqarah (002:185)]

Revelation of the Qur’an commenced on the 17 Ramadaan, when Prophet Muhammad (saws) was forty years old and in meditation in the cave of Hira. Jibraeel [AS] thrice hugged Nabi (saws) to his bosom, each time commanding Nabi (saws) to recite the word ‘Iqra’. Nabi (saws) replied, ”I do not know how to read”, each time. On the third occasion Jibraeel [AS] recited the first 5 verses of Surah Iqra. This was the commencement of revelation. Revelation then occurred in various forms:

1.Direct dialogue between Allah (swt) and His Rasul (saws)
3.Through Jibraeel [AS],in original, human and invisible form
4.By means of a tingling sound in Nabi (saws)’s ear

During Nabi (saws) time, the Sahaba (r) although they were illiterate, they expressed great enthusiasm in committing the Qur’an to memory. This is another remarkable feature which retained in the hearts of believers. The Qur’an was also compiled on paper, palm branches, flat stones and bones. Finally the Qur’an was compiled in the form that we presently have it due to the effort of Hazrat Abu Bakr (r) and Hazrat Uthman (r).As far as the merit of Ramadaan is concerned it has been said that Allah (swt) has chosen this month to reveal scriptures. Therefore we should take advantage of this month and increase the recitation of this divine Book. Nabi (saws) has mentioned that on the plains of Resurrection [when every person will approach its reciter in a very handsome and beautiful form, stand by his side and the following discussion will ensue:

Qur’an: Do you know who I am?
Reciter: No I don’t recognize you, please indentify yourself.
Qur’an: I am the one to whom you had shown so much honor and respect to in the world. For my sake you had remained awake at nights and recited me during the days.

Narrated Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari:
The Prophet said, “The example of him (a believer) who recites the Qur’an is like that of a citron which tastes good and smells good. And he (a believer) who does not recite the Qur’an is like a date which is good in taste but has no smell. And the example of a dissolute wicked person who recites the Qur’an is like the Raihana (sweet basil) which smells good but tastes bitter. And the example of a dissolute wicked person who does not recite the Qur’an is like the colocynth which tastes bitter and has no smell.
[Sahih Bukhari]

Knowing that this auspicious month dawns upon us once a year and no one is guaranteed whether he’ll live to see the next Ramadhaan, let us make our decision now as to which reciter of the Noble Qur’an we would like to be categorized as.


Written by al Muddaththir

June 6, 2008 at 7:52 pm

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