Quran and Arabic Language
1- What is the Quran?
Quran is the true word of God that He revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) to be a guidance for the whole mankind till the Last Day. Those who begin learning the Noble Quran should receive its verses as if they hear them directly from Allah, and they should abide to the commands they learn. So, the Quran is not only a heavenly book we should learn, but it is basically a book of law and a complete and adequate constitution for whole Muslims.
2- Learning the Quran for Beginners:
Learning Quran is obligatory for all Muslims. They need to learn it to recite its verses in their five prayers daily and to be committed to its commands and prohibitions during their lives. Those who intend to learn Quran should find a reliable institution to trust enough. Moreover, they should make sure that the teachers of the Quran are qualified to teach the words of Allah.
3- Quran and Terrorism:
Quran considers any act that threatens people’s life, money, possessions and safety as an act of corruption on earth which should be condemned and confronted by all means. Achieving peace and applying justice to all humans whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims are essential commands mentioned in the Quran. Terrorism is the craft of the desperate while Islam forbids desperation.
4- Quran and Arabic Language:
Arabic is the language of Quran, the word of God. Those who depend on understanding the meanings of the Quranic verses via translation miss the brilliance and the glory of the Godly Word in Arabic. Many Muslims in non Arab countries seek to learn Arabic to be able to recite the Quran in prayers and understand its precise meanings. Hence learning Arabic for that sacred purpose can be a righteous deed that Allah gives abundant reward for.
5- Quran and Politics:
In Quran, there is no particular political system for Muslim society, but rather a general framework of Islamic political values. Those Quranic values should represent the political identity of any Islamic regime. Fulfilment of commitments and covenants, abstaining from oppression, lying, treason, deception and monopolization, and achieving justice, equality, freedom and the principle of Shura (consultation) are considered the most essential Islamic political values.
6- Quran and political oppression:
Allah asserts throughout the Quran that all kinds of oppression are completely forbidden in Islam. According to the Quran, all Muslim and non-Muslim rulers who practice oppression over peoples will regret it on the Day of Judgment. Quran makes it clear that all kinds of racial discrimination are forbidden in Islam. In Muslim society, there mustn’t be discrimination among people on their colour, their religion, their race or their social position. Freedom, equality and achieving justice among all members of society should be the principles of Muslim society.
7- Quran and Truth Seekers:
It is a matter of fact that most of those who convert to Islam every day has taken that decision after reading the Quran. Quran appeals to man’s reasoning and can answer all questions that insist on man’s mind about the purpose of life and wisdom of hardship, pain and tribulations. Quran represents the divine guidance for all those who seek for the true faith in God and tranquil and meaningful life on earth.
8- Quran for non-Arabs:
There are millions of non-Arab Muslims living all over the world who need to learn the Quran. For them, reading the Quran in their mother tongue is not enough because reading it in Arabic is an act of worship they are abundantly rewarded for. They also need to learn reading the Quran in Arabic to be able to perform five prayers every day. The peace, tranquillity and the enormous reward they find when reading Quran deserve the effort exerted for it.
9- Quran and Social Justice:
Because the Quran represents the Divine Constitution for all Muslims on Earth, Allah (SWT) stated Quranic principles that guarantee the achievement of social justice in Muslim society. The Quranic decree to Muslim rulers to achieve justice and integrity, and the Divine command to the rich to pay alms (Zakat), charity (Sadaqah) and to show generosity to the orphans and the poor are supposed to make a financial balance in society and prevents money from being monopolized by the rich elite.
10- Quran and the Value of Life:
Quran is the word of God Who grants life and death. Allah states in the Quran that man’s soul is safeguarded by Allah’s word. Quran states that those who rescue a human life are regarded as if they rescued the whole of mankind, while those who violate human soul unjustly are regarded as if they kill all mankind. Thus, the Quran gives human life immense appreciation and considers it more sacred than Allah’s Sacred House.
11- Quran and the Creation of the Universe:
The most amazing and touching verses in the Noble Quran are those which take the believer in a unique journey to the kingdom of heavens and earth. Reading those verses which depict a divine picture of the sky decorated with stars, the glowing sun, the luminous moon, the breathing morning and the serene night, the passing clouds falling rain on the dead land to give it life back, all those marvels soften the believer’s heart and strengthen faith.
12- Quran and backbiting:
Because Islam is a social religion which is meant to organize and elevate people’s lives, it undertakes to provide treatments for all socially undesirable behaviours such as backbiting. In the Quran, there is a very antipathetic depiction of backbiting which indicates the awful sin a Muslim may fall in. Those who amuse themselves with backbiting can never find it amusing when reading the Quranic verse depicting them eating the flesh of the dead.
13- Quran and honouring parents:
In the Quran, Allah (SWT) states that honouring parents comes directly after believing in Him. In many verses of the Holy, Quran man is required to believe in Allah and to be good, merciful and compassionate to his/her parents. The Holy Quran draws our attention to the hardship that mothers have to face while conceiving, giving birth and nourishing their babies. According to the Quran, it is forbidden to direct even the slightest sign or word of anger towards parents.
14- Quran and Belief in the Unseen:
Quran asserts that believing in the unseen (Al-Ghaib) is one of the indicators of true and sincere faith. It is one of the essential principles of Islam which is a must for the integrity of doctrine (Aqeeda) in Islam. Believing in the unseen means to strongly believe in all those things that we never see but Allah (SWT) and His Messenger (PBUH) have told us about either in the Quran or in Hadith. This strong faith in the unseen includes belief in Allah (SWT), belief in Paradise and Hellfire and belief in angels.
15-Quran and Social Solidarity:
The command of giving charity is being the most asserted and repeated in the Quran after establishing prayer. That is not only because charity is a proof of the sincerity of faith, but also because it establishes the principle of social solidarity, and it prevents wealth from being monopolized by the rich elite. The rich of a family are encouraged to give their charity (Sadaqah) to the closest poor relatives. Thus, if every family and community undertakes to solve the problem of poverty within them, then the whole society will change to the best.
16- Quran and the Rich Elite:
According to the Quran, money and wealth shouldn’t be monopolized and hoarded by the rich elite in a closed circuit. Money in Islam mainly belongs to Allah (SWT), and He bestowed it upon people to test their ability to give willingly seeking His pleasure in this life and the Hereafter. The wealth of the rich is also meant to be used to reinforce social solidarity, and to protect the poor from being drifted to commit crime out of desperate, or being exploited by moneylenders.