Allah revealed the Book (the Noble Quran) in order for us to read and mull over it with care and vigilance. The Quran exists to enrich our souls from its remembrance, to carry it and construe it in the best of manners, to affirm it and strive to establish its commands and prohibitions; to pick the fruits of its precious knowledge that leads us to Allah, and to glean the wisdom from its flowers and gardens.
For it is His Book, and nothing else, that can guide His seekers to Him. It is the path that leads the traveler to Allah. It is His brilliant Light that illuminates the darkness of uncertainty and disbelief. It is His mercy of guidance and source of happiness for all creation. It is the bridge that connects His devotee to Him when all else fails. It is the great door to Him that remains open when all else is closed. It is the straight path that is not tainted by the opinions of mortals. It is the remembrance full of wisdom that is not swayed by desires. It is the noble revelation containing wisdom that sages can never fathom. Its wonders never end, nor are its clouds barren, its signs are never exhausted, its agreements never contradict.
The more a soul delves into its depths, the more it increases in insight and guidance. It is the cure for mankind from diseases of the heart. It is life to the hearts and brilliance to the souls. It is the harbinger that calls night and day: “O seekers of good, hurry to me”
It is the caller of faith at the head of the straight path, calling (what means): “O our people, respond to the caller of Allah and have faith in Him so He may forgive your sins for you and may save you from a painful chastisement.” [Referring to verse 31 of chapter 46]
The Quran is Allah’s greatest blessing on us. It is the fulfillment of His promise to Aadam and his descendants, as Allah Almighty Says (what means): ”…There comes to you Guidance from Me, and whoever follows My Guidance, there shall be no fear on them, nor shall they grieve.” [Quran 2:38]
It is the only weapon for struggling against the forces of evil and temptation in this world. It is the only means to overpower our fear and anxiety. It is the only Light as we grope in the darkness, with which to find our way to success and salvation. It is the only healing for our inner sickness, as well as the social ills that may surround us. It is the constant reminder of our true nature and destiny, of our station and our duties.
But alas! Desires have put out the lamps of the hearts, and opinions of the mortal humans have shut those doors of Divine guidance, losing the keys. The hearts are laden with the rust of their own earning, so much so that they do not find the realities of the Quran opening to them. The burdens of ignorance have so settled upon it that its knowledge does not blossom into righteous actions.
It is for every seeker of the truth who might have once wondered what the religion of Islam is all about, who Allah is, what is the ultimate goal of man’s existence, or what happens after death, for these questions and many others are prompted at certain occasions, but brushed aside by various factors. Islam is indeed a misunderstood and misrepresented religion in the West.
This misconception is hardly surprising , remarks the French Dr. Maurice Bucaille, in his book, The Bible, The Qur’an and Science.’ when we consider the way in which so many generations in the West were instructed in the religious problems facing humanity and the ignorance in which they were kept about anything related to Islam.