What Is The Qur’an And What Is The Qur’an About?
What is the Qur’an?
The Qur’an is a record of the exact words revealed by God through the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad [PBUH]. It was memorized by Muhammad [PBUH] and then dictated to his Companions, and written down by scribes, who cross-checked it during his lifetime. Not one word of its 114 chapters, Surahs, has been changed over the centuries so that the Qur’an is in every detail the unique and miraculous text which was revealed to Muhammad [PBUH] fourteen centuries ago.
What is the Qur’an about?
The Qur’an, the last revealed word of God, is the prime source of every Muslim’s faith and practice. It deals with all the subjects which concern us as human beings: wisdom, doctrine, worship, and law, but its basic theme is the relationship between God and his creatures. At the same time, it provides guidelines for a just society, proper human conduct, and an equitable economic system.
Are there any other sacred sources?
Yes, the sunnah, the practice, and example of the Prophet [PBUH], is the second authority for Muslims. A hadith is a reliably transmitted report of what the Prophet [PBUH] said, did, or approved. Belief in the sunnah is part of the Islamic faith.
Examples of the Prophet’s sayings The Prophet [PBUH] said:
· ‘God has no mercy on one who has no mercy for others.’
· ‘None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself’.
· ‘He who eats his fill while his neighbor goes without food is not a believer.’
· ‘The truthful and trusty businessman is associated with the prophets, the saints, and the martyrs.’
· ‘Powerful is not he who knocks the other down, indeed powerful is he who controls himself in a fit of anger.’
· ‘God does not judge according to your bodies and appearances but He scans your hearts and looks into your deeds.’
‘A man walking along a path felt very thirsty. Reaching a well he descended into it, drank his fill, and came up. then he saw a dog with its tongue hanging out, trying to lick up mud to quench its thirst. The man saw that the dog was feeling the same thirst as he had felt so he went down into the well again and filled his shoe with water and gave the dog a drink. God forgave his sins for this action.’ The Prophet [PBUH] was asked: ‘Messenger of God, are we rewarded for kindness towards animals?’ He said, ‘There is a reward for kindness to every living thing.’