The Amazing Qur’an

Here I discuss just two (of the many) phenomena that demonstrate why the Qur’an is such an amazing book. There are few, if any, books in the world today that come anywhere close. 

One of the miraculous properties of the Quran is that the reciter never tires of it and the listener cannot forbear it, and, on the contrary, the delight of the recitation only increases the longer one devotes oneself to it and repeats the words, so that one cannot but love it. Its bloom and its freshness never cease. Other recitations, even if they equal the Quran in beauty and eloquence, finish by producing weariness if constantly repeated. But our Book fills one, as often as one returns to it in seclusion, with enjoyment, and the recitation of it brings happiness even in adversity. This is not found in other writings, so that their admirers have composed melodies for them and devised external means of enlivening their recitation. That is why the Messenger of God described the Quran with words that it does not grow stale no matter how often one recites it, and that is teachings never run dry and its wonders have no end.

Quotation from Qadi Iyad’s Shifa vol. 1 p. 276.  Iyad was a high judge (qadi) in Granada. He died 1149 AD.

The Quran, which created an incredible civilisation, addresses simple people and sophisticated people, philosophers and kings, as well as peasants and shepherds.  That’s one of the attractions and powers of the Quran is that it literally speaks to the highest and the lowest and there is a common ground because it is speaking about the most important things that we deal with. Also worth mentioning is that the Quran spread within a hundred years from China all the way to Spain and all of those various peoples spoke different languages and yet in spite of the fact that the Quran was in Arabic the Quran was able to speak to all of them becauseit was speaking to their hearts and minds not just to their ears, to their tongue. It was speaking about meanings that human beings share and that is why the Quran is a universal book.     

One of the things if you read some other traditions you will notice that in their scriptures there is a great deal of geographical description, things that really relate to living in the jungle for instance whereas Islam if you look at the Quran its speaking to people who travel on the ocean despite the fact that the Arabs did not travel on the ocean, so it speaks to sailors in the middle of the ocean dealing with massive waves, it also speaks to people travelling in the desert, it speaks to people traveling in the mountains, people who live agricultural lives, pastoralists, its speaks to merchants and it speaks to people who have trades who make things by hand, so everybody will find themselves in the Quran and the Quran does speak to everyone.

From a talk by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf.

I find it remarkable that someone such as myself, an Englishman living in 2018, can find the Qur’an to contain such inexhaustible riches of wisdom, spiritual insight and truth. It never bores me or grows stale. Truly, an amazing Book! For those who want to know the secret of Islam’s success throughout history and its profound influence upon people’s lives today need look no further than this Book of books.

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  1. Nothing can be compared to the Quran . It is indeed the greatest book to be revealed to mankind .

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