The Qur’an Is a Guide
“That is the Book, without any doubt. It contains guidance for those who have fear of God” (Al-Baqarah: 2)
The Qur’an is the word of God. God has revealed the Qur’an to introduce Himself, to communicate people the purpose of their existence, inform them of the nature of this life, the basis of the test put to them in this world, and their responsibilities towards their Creator, to give them the good news of the hereafter, and describe what constitutes good morals. The Qur’an was revealed by Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Immune to any possible distortion, it is a Book by which people will be held to account on the Day of Judgement. In one verse, God informs us that the Qur’an is under His protection:
“It is We Who have sent down the Reminder and We Who will preserve it.” (Al-Hijr: 9)
The unique style of the Qur’an and the supreme wisdom of its teachings is clear evidence of its being the word of God. This aside, the Qur’an has many miraculous attributes, certifying that it is the revelation of God. A number of scientific discoveries, that could only be attained in the 20th and 21st centuries, were declared in the Qur’an 1400 years ago. This information, that was impossible to verify scientifically at the time of the Qur’an’s revelation, has proved once again that it is the word of God.
Another important characteristic of the Qur’an is that—contrary to the Torah and the Gospel—it contains no contradiction whatsoever. This is yet further evidence that it is the word of God. God reminds humanity of this fact as follows:
“Will they not ponder the Qur’an? If it had been from other than God, they would have found many inconsistencies in it.” (Al-Nisa’: 82)
The Qur’an is guidance for mankind. It is also the definitive criterion by which to distinguish right from wrong, for which reason another name of the Qur’an is “Furqan,” that is “Discrimination”:
“…He has sent down the Furqan (the Standard by which to discern the true from the false). Those who reject God’s Signs will have a terrible punishment…” (Aal ‘Imran: 4)
The Qur’an is a book that admonishes humanity:
“This is a communication to be transmitted to mankind so that they may be warned by it and so that they will know that He is One God and so that the wise will pay heed.” (Ibrahim: 52)
The Qur’an is the final revelation from God and will remain until the Day of Judgement. Although the Torah and the Gospel were true scriptures at the time they were revealed, they have lost the quality of their authenticity, because of the reasons explained earlier. God informs us that, in His sight, Islam is the only religion:
“If anyone desires anything other than Islam as a religion, it will not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter, he will be among the losers.” (Aal ‘Imran: 85)
Taken with slight editorial modifications from A. O.’s website.