Way to the Quran

The New world that Awaits You

As you come to the Qur'an, you come to a new world. No other
venture in your life can be so momentous and crucial,so blissful
and rewarding, as your journey to and through the Qur'an. It is
a journey that will take you through the endless joys and riches
of the words that your Creator and Lord has sent to you and all
mankind. Here you will find a world of untold treasures of
knowledge and wisdom to guide you on the pathways of life, to
mould your thoughts and actions.In it you will find deep
insights to enrichyou and steer you along the right course.From
it you will receive a radiant light to illumine the deeper
reaches of your soul.Here you will encounter profound emotions,a
warmth to melt your heart and bring tears running down your
cheeks. It is crucial for you because, as you travel through the
Qur'an,at every step you will summoned to choose,and to commit
to Allah.To read the Qur'an is nothing less than to live the
Qur'an willingly,sincerely,devotedly,and totally.The outcome of
your entire life depends on how you heed the call given by
Allah.The journey is therefore decisive for your existence,for
mankind,for the future of human civilization. A hundred new
worlds lie in its verses. Whole centuries are invlved in its
moments. Know ,then,that it is the Qur'an,and only the
Qur'an,whichcan lead you on and on to success and glory in this
world and in the world to come.

What is the Qur'an?

 It is beyond man's power to comprehend,or to dscribe, the
 greateness and importance of what the Qur'an holds for
him.Yet,to begin with, you must have some idea of what it is and
what it means to you ,and such that you are inspired to immerse
the whole of yourself in the Qur'an,in total commitment,complete
dedication and ceaseless pursuit,as it demands.  The Qur'an is
Allah's greatst blessing or you .It is the fulfilment of His
promise to Adam and his descendants:'there shall come to you
guidance from Me, and whatsoever follows My Guidance no fear
shall e on them, neither shall they sorrow'(al Baqarah 2:38).It
is the only weapon your frail existence as you struggle against
the forces of evil and and temptation in this world.It is the
only means to overpower your fer and anxiety.It is the only
'light' (nur) ,as you grope in the drkness,with which to find
your way to success and salvation.It is the only healing(shifa)
for your inner sickness, as well as the social ills that may
surround you .It is the constant reminder(dhikr) of your true
nature and destiny, of your station,your duties,your rew It was
brought down by one who is powerful and trustworthy in the
heavens- the heart of the Prophet Muhammad, blessings and peace
be on him. to your Creator.It tells you of Him,of His
attributes, of how He rules o to you ,and how you should relate
to Him,to yourself ,to your fellow meny other existence.The
rewards that await you here are surely many,incrng manifold and
the hereafter,but what awaits you at the end of the road
promises allah in the Hadith qudsi,'the eye has seen not,nor the
ear heard,nor the heart of man ever conceived'.and, adds Abu
Hurayra'no human being can imagine what joys are being kept
hidden for them in d or all that they did'(Bukhari,Muslim)

Qur'an As Living Constitution

Can the Qur'an again, be living, relevant force, as powerful for
us now 1400 years away, as it was then? This is the most crucial
question that we must answer if we wish to shape our destiny
afresh under the guidance of the Qur'an.

There appear, however, to be some difficulties. Not least of
which has to do with the fact that Qur'an was revealed at a
certain point in time.  Since then we have traveled a long way,
made gigantic leaps in technological know-how, and seen
considerable social changes take place in human society.
Moreover, most of the followers of the Qur'an today do not know
Arabic, and many who do have little idea of the 'living'
language of the Qur'an.

They cannot be expected to absorbs its idioms and metaphor, so
essential to exploring and absorbing the depths of the Qur'anic
meaning. Yet its guidance, by its own claim, has an eternal
relevance for all people, being the word of the Eternal God. For
the truth of its claim, it seems to me, it must be possible for
us to receive, experience, and understand the Qur'an as it's
first recipients did, at least in some measure and to some
degree. We seem to almost have a right to this possibility of
receiving God's guidance in its fullnes and with all its riches
and joys. In other words despite historical incidence of the
revelation in a particular language at that particular time and
place, we should be capable of receiving the Qur'an now (because
its message is eternal), capable of making its message as much a
real part of our lives as it was for the first believers and
with the same urgent and profound relevance for all our present
concerns and experiences.

But how do we do this? To put it very forthrightly, only by
entering the world of the Qur'an as if Allah were speaking to us
through it now and today, and by fullfilling the necessary
conditions for such an encounter. Firstly, then, we must realize
what Qur'an as the word of God is and means to us, and bring all
the reverence, love, longing and will to act that this
realization demands. Secondly, we must read it as it asks to be
read, as Allah's Messenger instructed us, as his Companions read
it. Thirdly, we must bring each word of the Qur'an to bear upon
our own realities and concerns by transcending the barriers of
time, culture and change.

For the first addressees, the Qur'an was a contemporary event.
Its language and style, its eloquence anda rationale, its idiom
and metaphor, its symbols and parables,its moments and events
were all rooted in their own setting. These people were both
witnesses to and in a sense, paticipants in the whole act of
revelation as it unfolded over a period of their own time. We do
not have the same privilege; yet, in some measures, the same
ought to be true for us. By understanding and obeying the Qur'an
in our own setting, we will find it, as far as possible, as much
a contemporary event for ourselves as it was then. For the
essense of man has not chnaged; it is immutable. Only man's
externalities- the forms, the modes, the technologies - have
changed.  The pagans of Makka may be no more, nor the Jews of
Yathrib, nor the Christians of Najran, nor even the
'faithful'and the 'unfaithful' of the community of Madina; but
the same characters exist all around us. We are humans being
exactly as the first recipents were, even though may find it
extremely difficult to grapple with the deep implications of
this very simple truth. Once you realize the truths and follow
them, once you come to the Qur'an as first believers did, it may
reveal to you as it did to them, make partners of you as it did
of them. And only then, instead of being a mere revered book, a
sacred fossil, or a source of magic-like blessing, it will
change into a mighty force, impinging, stirring, moving and
guiding us deeper and higher achievements, just as it did