The ultimate manifestation of God's grace for man, the ultimate wisdom, and the ultimate beauty of expression: in short, the word of God.² If one were to ask any Muslim to depict it, most likely they would offer similar words. The Qur'an, to the Muslim, is the irrefutable, inimitable Word of God. It was revealed by God Almighty, through the instrument of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The Prophet (pbuh) himself had no role in authoring the Qur'an, he was merely a human secretary, repeating the dictates of the Divine Creator:
"He (Muhammad) does not speak of his own desire. It is no less than an Inspiration sent down to him." [53:3-4]
The Qur'an was
revealed in Arabic, to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), over a period
of twenty-three years. It is composed in a style so unique,
that it cannot be deemed either poetry or prose, but somehow
a mixture of both. The Qur'an is inimitable; it cannot be simulated
or copied, and God Almighty challenges mankind to pursue such
an endeavor if he thinks he can:
The Quran's language
is indeed sublime, its recitation moving, as one non-Muslim
scholar noted, it was like ³the cadence of my heartbeat².
Due to its unique style of language, the Qur'an is not only
highly readable, but also relatively easy to remember. This
latter aspect has played an important role not only in the Quran's
preservation, but in the spiritual life of Muslims as well.
God Himself declares,
The Qur'an is
a book which provides the human being the spiritual and intellectual
nourishment he/she craves. Its major themes include the oneness
of God, the purpose of human existence, faith and God-consciousness,
the Hereafter and its significance. The Qur'an also lays a heavy
emphasis upon reason and understanding. In these spheres of
human understanding, the Qur'an goes beyond just satisfying
the human intellect; it causes one to reflect on implications.
There are Qur'anic challenges and prophecies. One of the most
exciting fields in recent years has been the discovery that,
of the significant amount of scientific information in the Qur'an,
including the event of the Big Bang, embryological data, and
other information concerning astronomy biology, etc., there
is not a single statement that has not been borne out by modern
discoveries In short, the Qur'an fulfills the heart, the soul,
and the mind.