Importance of the Quran
The Quran is the central religious verbal text of Islam and the book of divine guidance and direction for the Muslims. It is the last holy book that was sent down by Allah to His people through Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) it is the Holy book that guides the beliefs of Muslims, and it contains God’s blessings for all humanity. The Quran reveals the revelations of Allah to the prophets and defines the way of life that should be lived by a Muslim (Wright 67). To the Muslims, their religion Islam instills moral values and gives them practical laws to take them through life. Islam is referred to as the religion of peace as the Quran teachings emphasize on living a life full of happiness which should manifest easily the same way love manifests itself. It is a book of wisdom as it teaches humankind the purpose and duties of all created beings. The belief in the Sharia law and the adherence to the laws is because of the Quran’s teaching that each man’s activity must be controlled by specific laws (Wright 113). The laws prevent the society from falling apart due to lack of control. The Quran further asserts that if a society is religious, then the government will be religious too. This explains why Muslims countries are governed by the Sharia laws. The Quran also contains prayer which is crucial in the life of a Muslim.
Importance of the Quran
The Quran forms the foundation of the Islamic faith
The Holy Quran contains words that were communicated by Allah to Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). The Islamic faith began after the Prophet had received the Quran. The adherents of the Islamic faith were then expected to live in line with the laws of Allah in the Quran. Its words have become timeless and are eternally valid hence the reason why they are supposed to be engrained in the life of a Muslim (Wright 178). It is important to study and contemplate on the words in the Quran to get a better understanding of Allah and his plans for humankind. The Quran is the foundation of the Islamic faith as it contains the sharia laws which guide humankind in a daily life (Arberry 49). The revelations that are contained in the Quran are meant to assure humankind that Allah has better plans for them. The Quran has a deep impact on the Muslims everyday life as is readings equips people to have wisdom, be people of integrity as they live according to the principles in the holy book.
The Quran defines the pattern of life that humankind should take. Each human being has a goal in life. Each day, we toil and work hard to attain that goal. However, man must have rules which will govern his way of life (Arberry 65). Humankind was created better than animals with a superior mind thus his actions should prove that. The Quran, therefore, asserts that man must be guided by rules which will help him in achieving the life purpose.
The Quran states that ‘who prevent others from the path of God and would have it crooked’’ (7:45). This is a warning against leading others astray. The reason why Islam prohibits the sale of alcohol and drugs is that they are known to destroy the lives of people. One might not be a drunkard but influencing them to sell alcohol can ruin their life. As such, such people have no place in Jannah (Zulfiqar 84). Thus, Quran encourages brotherhood among individuals and teaches Muslims the value and importance of prayer
Muslim prayer entails reciting verses from the Quran as it entailed in al-Fatihah. Prayers are one of the pillars of Islam as it is the only way humankind can have a relationship with Allah (Zulfiqar 133). Salat is food to the soul and is the only way through which the soul can be nourished and protected from evil. In the Quran, the prophet brings out the importance of prayer by saying “The comparison of one who remembers Allah and one who does not, is like that of the living and the dead.” This shows the purpose of prayer as connecting man with God. Prayer also shields against evil as the mortal man was created weak thus without prayer it is impossible to refrain from evil. The importance of prayer is further emphasized when the Prophet in the Holy Quran says, “On the day of Resurrection the feet of Adam will not move away till he is questioned about five matters: on what he spent his life; in doing what made his youth pass away; where he acquired his property, and on what he spent it; and what he did regarding what he knew.”
The Quran reveals Allah’s revelation to the humankind
“Mankind was one community, and God sent (to them) the prophets as bearers of good news and as warnings and revealed to them the book with the truth that it may judge between mankind concerning that in which they differed” (4:163-165). The revelation of Allah was revealed to humanity so that there might be peace among human beings (Zulfiqar 230). Human beings are one race united through Abraham thus the reason why there should be constant peace among them. Should there arise disputes, the Quran will guide them in the right way to go. Human intellect alone cannot sufficiently guide man towards the law that is where revelation comes in. God has everything planned out to give human beings victory in the end, but only if they obey his word that was revealed through the prophets. The Quran confirms the revelations that were given to the earlier prophets which have since been passed down to man.
Relevance of the Quran in the Modern society
The Quran is still as relevant as it was in the 7th Century. Religion can lose its relevance if its traditions and values have ceased to be preserved. The Quran has been preserved for thousands of years through recitations. To date, Muslims still believe in one God who is Allah and worship Him alone. This is per the teachings of the Quran that advocates for the worship of Allah whose prophet is Muhammad (pbuh). Many mosques all over the world are inscribed with the words, “La ilaha illallah Muhammudur Rasulullah” to mean that only Allah is worthy to be worshipped. This shows that Islam is still engrained in the minds of Muslims even in the modern world. Believers are therefore called upon to follow the teachings of the Islamic religion. “He has prescribed for you the religion which he enjoined on Noah, and which we have revealed to you… remain steadfast in obedience and be not divided therein” (42:13).
The Quran encourages Muslims to solve disputes in a peaceful manner and avoid confrontations. The teachings of the prophet discourage savagery and brutality when dealing with fellow Muslims. Allah calls men to have pure souls and shun violence. Social chaos, greed, theft are vices that are not encouraged among Muslims (Hussain 23). The prophet brought forth social change when he introduced the religion of Islam. “So, let your purpose for the din of Islam as a man by nature upright-the nature of God on which He has created man” (30:30). This verse proves that the only right way for man to live is by following God’s command of being upright. Strife should not be found in a Muslim. According to the Quran, man possesses an inherent knowledge and is equipped with the capacity to use wisdom as opposed to plants or animals (Wright 95). Therefore, man should weigh the consequences of his actions and carry it out if the benefits outdo the harm. This leaves the question of why man should attack fellow men in the name of strife which can be avoided. Human beings are rational beings who have the power in them to make decisions. In the wake of terrorism by rebel Islamic groups, may Muslims have come out to condemn those actions because the real Islam religion does not condone violence.
The importance of prayer is still felt all over in Islamic nations. The Quran has not changed with time meaning that the call to prayer still stands. “O you who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the day of Jum’ah) hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah, and leave off business: That is best for you if you knew! And when the prayer is finished, then may you disperse through the land, and seek the bounty of Allah and celebrate the Praises of Allah that you may prosper” (62:9). This chapter reads the same in the Quran. Muslims the world over usually go into places of worship when the call for prayer is sounded. Prayer is important in the life of a Muslim as it brings order, peace of mind and blessings.
The Sharia law continues to govern many Muslim states. The sharia law can only function where the citizens have agreed to agree with it. The confidence and belief in the law help them not only in the life on earth but even on the Resurrection day when they are needed to account for their actions. The Sharia is a path that has been set by Allah for those who accept Him to attain success both now and in the world to come (Hussain 23). Islam adherents all over the world are still guided by the sharia laws.
Many Muslims stream in large numbers for the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca annually as it is one of the pillars of the Islamic faith. The Quran says “It is on people for the sake of Allah to perform Hajj of his house, anyone who can undertake the journey to him (2:196). Mecca is considered to be the holiest city, and the journey is taken by able Muslims every year. In Islam, Hajj represents the actions of Prophet Muhammad in the pilgrimage he took in 632 AD. Hajj is a test for the true Muslims as the journey calls for great patience and discipline. This action shows how much impact the Quran has on Muslims as it still is the guardian of their actions.
The Quran points to Allah as the creator of all things and calls unto men to ask God for their needs and provisions “Who made all things beautiful and good which we created” (32:7). This verse in the Quran brings out the roles Allah took to make the world beautiful. He that made the world and everything in it also made man. Allah calls upon humanity to look at the beauty of creations so that man might know His power. All creation, large and small, points towards the existence of God.
On marriage, the Quran asserts that the family is the foundation on which the society is built. “Men are the supporters of women because Allah has stowed on them more thus they have to provide (for them) from their resources” (4:34). The modern family is still led by a man whole the woman protects the household in the absence of the husband. The family can never lose its purpose when both man and wife adhere to the teachings of the Quran (Wheeler 76). Conclusion
The study on the prophets’ life is supposed to be
enough guides to help humanity to live in harmony with the laws in the Quran.
Even though humankind has goals, the accomplishments must be done following the
sharia law. The Islamic religion cannot be irrelevant if it is in total
agreement with the changing times. This religion gives people free will to make
their own decisions and to think and act as they want in line with the Quran
teachings. The goal of Islam is to bring an intellectual revolution among the
people. This is possible as the Quran teaches on all issues challenging human
beings from marriage, gender equality, appearance, and even education. Allah
meant for human beings to be perfect thus the reason the Quran addresses those
issues. The Quran impacts people on their daily lives to be productive and
people of high integrity. The Quran aims to ensure that humanity is complete
spiritually, socially and even financially. It is the fiber that holds a
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