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The Qur’an as a Guide

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  • Zakir Hussain
    The Qur’an as a Guide * source: islamonline.net By Harun Yahya [ He brought it down upon your heart, by Allah’s authority, confirming what came before, and
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 31, 2005

      The Qur’an as a Guide*

      source: islamonline.net

      By Harun Yahya

       

      [He brought it down upon your heart, by Allah’s authority, confirming what came before, and as guidance and good news for the believers.] (Al-Baqarah 2:97)

      The Qur’an presents certain facts, and in every instance includes the most accurate information revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). For this reason, people who take it and the Sunnah of our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as their sole criteria in life are guided to Allah’s mercy. This attribute of the Qur’an is related as follows:

      [This Qur’an guides to the most upright Way and gives good news to the believers who do right actions that they will have a large reward.] (Al-Israa’ 17:9)

      [This (the Qur’an) is clear insight for humanity and guidance and mercy for people with certainty.] (Al-Jathiyya 45:20)

      Those who adopt the Qur’an and the way of our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as a guide have a far different lifestyle than others. For example, they do not feel despair, restlessness, hopelessness, gloom, or desperation, and do not suffer from trouble or panic when facing unexpected events, for the Qur’an and the Sunnah of our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) guide them at all times. Remembering that they live according to the destiny that Allah has chosen for them, they submit to Him and thus live in peace and respond to all events with Allah’s commands in mind. Every decision, spoken word, and written line indicates their adherence to the Qur’anic values. This being the case, they always have a clear conscience and experience the spiritual peace brought about by this state. Allah relates this in Surat Yunus as follows:

      [O mankind! Admonition has come to you from your Lord, and also healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers.] (Yunus 10:57)

      The Qur’an lays down what is right and what is wrong. Therefore, people who are inclined to guidance, follow their conscience, avoid the selfish whims and desires of their lower selves, and are committed to live by Allah’s judgments easily find their way to the true path. Everyone can understand the Qur’an, a Book of Divine Wisdom, for its descriptions of moral perfection and judgments are extremely clear, intelligible, and easy. Every sincere person guided by Allah can readily comprehend the Qur’an and feels no difficulty in living by its dictates, as we read in:

      [The Qur’an was sent down as guidance for humanity, with Clear Signs containing guidance and discrimination.] (Al-Baqara 2:185)

      However, only those who love and fear Allah, submit wholeheartedly to Him, and prefer the Hereafter to this life pay attention to the Qur’an and ponder its verses. In another verse, Allah commands us as follows:

      [We did not send down the Qur’an to you to make you miserable, but only as a Reminder for those who stand in awe (of Allah).] (Ta-Ha 20:2-3)

      This issue is also an important secret of the Qur’an. To understand it, all that is needed is a firm intention, a profound faith, and sincerity, as opposed to a high level of intelligence, for Allah guides His sincere servants to the truth, ensures that they benefit from the Qur’an, and attain salvation. However, this Revelation of Allah to humanity only guides those who love and fear Him and observe His limits. Some of the related verses are as follows:

      [On that Day We will raise up among every community a witness against them from among themselves, and bring you as a witness against them. We have sent down the Book to you making all things clear, and as guidance and a mercy and good news for the Muslims.] (An-Nahl 16:89)

      [Say: “The Purest Spirit has brought it down from your Lord with truth, to make those who believe firm, and as guidance and good news for the Muslims] (An-Nahl 16:102)

      [Those are the Signs of the Wise Book – a guidance and mercy for the good-doers.] (Luqman 31:2-3)

      [O mankind! Admonition has come to you from your Lord, and also healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers.] (Yunus 10:57)

      As these verses state, the Qur’an admonishes humanity and guides all Muslims who are humble and observe Allah’s limits. Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, a great Turkish Islamic scholar, writes that the Qur’an is a guide for Allah’s devoted servants: “The All-Wise Qur’an is the leader to the aware and the conscious, the guide of jinn and men [and women], the teacher of those attaining to perfection, and instructor of those seeking reality.” (Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, The Risale-i Nur Collection, “The Letters: The 26th Letter”).


      * Taken with kind permission from Taking the Qur’an as a Guide, by Harun Yahya with slight modifications.

      Harun Yahya was born in Ankara in 1956. He studied arts at Istanbul’s Mimar Sinan University, and philosophy at Istanbul University. Since the 1980s, he has published many books on political, faith-related and scientific issues.


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