Is the Quran an important book to read?
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Why do so many decide to change their life after reading a book?
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The Quran isn't strictly for Muslims to read. Even if you belong to some other religion or don't even believe in God, it can help you.
There might be a concept or a life lesson you might not understand and reading the Quran might help.
I just mean that reading a different perspective or style can help you grow as a person. There is no one right way to do something and reading different Holy Books or simply someone else's perspective could help you learn different things about yourself and the world around you.
Understand Muslims and Islam
There are a lot of things westerners don't understand about what and why Muslims do something. Especially in the case of the hijab. I support the notion that any woman not wanting to wear the hijab should not be forced by her family, but to make a law punishable by a fine is a little too much. There are better ways to discourage oppression. Many non-Muslims don't really understand small things which leads to misunderstandings.
So you don't give into propaganda
Nowadays, many people pick up one line of the Quran out of context and criticize it. The sad part is the audience doesn't question and just believes the message to be correct. Why rely on other's perception when you can have your own?
To make this world slightly better
Being a Muslim, I actually find it difficult communicating my view, especially on the internet. Muslims are mercilessly ridiculed for their faith. That ridicule breeds more hatred among Muslims for non-Muslims. It makes it difficult for the two groups to interact. However, if non-Muslims were more accepting, we could lower misunderstandings and make the world a better place.
To see that Muslims are people
Instead of simple religious fanatics or terrorists. We're taught not to lie, hurt others, to contribute to society and work towards a more positive future. Don't these things seem similar to any good values in any religion or even in an atheist's beliefs? We might be praying 5 times a day, but our religion isn't the only thing that defines us. We can be doctors, scientists, novelists, businessmen, philanthropists... and so on. Those that are defining themselves only through religion are not really following Islam since it teaches us balance.
The Quran is a gigantically compacted how-to guide. It shows us how to live prosperously and meaningfully in this world. It is a source of knowledge that broadens your mind. Though if you do decide to read the Quran, and I encourage it, I propose you:
1. Read the Quran with context.
The Quran wasn't presented in a day. It was complied in a series of years and decades. Every sentence has a context and a meaning that is only applicable to that context. Without the context, it might seem a little harsh.
2. Keep an open mind
If you're not familiar with it or the culture of old Arabia, then you'll probably find a few things perverse. The language might be a little off-putting, especially reading in English, but things that mean something now did not mean the same thing at that time. Hence make sure you read with context.
3. Read the Prophet's words and actions as well
This is mainly if you're interested in understanding Islam deeper. The Quran is a perfect guide, but its explanation was in the Prophet's life. The things he said and taught with his actions are the basis for any Muslim to follow. Both the Quran and the Prophet's actions are supposed to be the best guide for you to follow.
It is a must-read if you want to better understand Islam and get an idea of the reasons that push more than one billion people to believe in the same God and share the same principles. The book starts with a short surah Al Fatiha and then the first verse is: "this is the book about which there is no doubt", which is a challenge to everyone to find mistakes in the Quran. So, I am really amazed, dazzled, astounded and mesmerised by those who claim that they have found contradictions in the Quran.
To put it into context, Arab people were famous by their eloquence and poetry before the revelation and Quran came to challenge them in their own language. "Say: ‘If all mankind and the jinn would come together to produce the like of this Quran, they could not produce its like even though they exerted all and their strength in aiding one another.'" (Quran 17:88)
Interestingly, the prophet Mohamed was illiterate and the book is a masterpiece as it cannot be surpassed or even matched grammatically, linguistically and aesthetically. And even today, examples from the Quran are used when studying the Arabic language. So, I totally agree that a translation of the Quran could not reflect all the beauty of the original book.
There are a number of scientific miracles in the Quran that weren't known at the time of the prophet:
1- This is how the Quran describes the stages of man's embryonic development: "We created man from an extract of clay. Then We made him as a drop in a place of settlement, firmly fixed. Then We made the drop into an alaqah (leech, suspended thing, and blood clot), then We made the alaqah into a mudghah (chewed substance)...".
2- Expansion of the universe: "And it is We who have constructed the heaven with might, and verily, it is We who are steadily expanding it."
3- Big bang:"Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before We clove them asunder"
4- Orbits: "It is He Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. They swim along, each in an orbit. "
And there are many others!
Numerical and mathematical miracles
-The statement of "seven heavens" is repeated seven times. "The creation of the heavens (khalq as-samawat)" is also repeated seven times.
-"Day (yawm)" is repeated 365 times in singular form, while its plural and dual forms "days (ayyam and yawmayn)" together are repeated 30 times.
-The number of repetitions of the word "month" (shahar) is 12.
-The word "payment or reward" is repeated 117 times, while the expression "forgiveness" (mughfirah), which is one of the basic morals of the Qur'an, is repeated exactly twice that amount, 234 times.
-The number of times the words, "world" (dunya) and "hereafter" (akhira) are repeated is also the same: 115
-The word "satan" (shaitan) is used in the Qur'an 88 times, as is the word "angels" (malaika).
-The word faith (iman) (without genitive) is repeated 25 times throughout the Qur'an as is also the word infidelity (kufr).
-The words "paradise" and "hell" are each repeated 77 times.
We should read Quran along with many transliteration (specially Muslim ) to :
- Understand islam is not just 1400 years old religion.
- To understand how Muslim accept an unseen God.
- To understand 1st complete constitution (complete law) for humanity.(it is mention in white house central hall that 1st constitution was given by Moses 2nd by Quran and 3rd modern constitution created by USA ).
- To understand how terrorist misuse the teaching of quran.
- To understand why media is hell bent to tarnish the image of Islam
- To understand how often Muslim themselves fails to understand Islam.
- To understand why muslims are uneducated even after repeated mention to seek knowledge .
- To understand how people in power use teaching from Quran to control the believers for their own benefit.
- To understand why people accept the truth .
- To understand why it is different from Bible ant Torah even many stories has similarities .
- To understand why Muslim reject the previous holy books revealed to earlier prophets.
- To understand how come recent discoveries in science are put in sign revealed 1400 back .(this you won't get in transliteration because the translators hardly have the proper scientific knowledge )
- TO UNDERSTAND THE CLAIM ISLAM SPREAD THROUGH THE SWORD .
- To understand why Quran is not the book for only Muslims but for entire human race.
- To understand the concept of ALIENS which which we hear every day ( they could be djin as mentioned in Quran )
- To understand why do Muslims do not worship idols.
- To understand why and under what conditions polygamy is allowed.
- To understand why peaceful Muslims react to oppression.
- To understand how slavery is discouraged and advise its followers to stop it
- To understand how an independent free thinking human mind accept unseen God's SLAVERY and accept Him as his Master
- To understand what God promise about pharaoh.
- To under what actually happened to Jesus (pbuh)
- To understand how the haztat Mariam (mother mary )mother of Jesus (pbuh) was conceived.
- And last but not least how you are going to gain after reading it (it depends your intention and purpose for reading Quran )
Read Quran because it is the book of clarifications.(if possible try to get a hard copy )
Why should we read quran in arabic even ,when we dont understand it.?
Here is a beautiful story:-
An old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning ,Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Qur'an.
His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could. One day the grandson asked, "Grandpa! I try to read the Qur'an just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Qur'an do?"
The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water."
The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You'll have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You're just not trying hard enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.
Theres a perfect analogy for this question. Whether or not you understand Arabic you should read quran in Arabic for its linguistic beauty and the waybit should be read. Read in english phonetics to help with pronounciation if you must. Then the translation to help you understand.
As human need food water and air our soul needs food too. Prayer and quran. Our soul is made to worship and connect with our creator for peace. To beat depressions which lead to things like suicide or unease and emptiness
- Say: Shall We inform you of the greatest losers in (their) deeds?
(These are) they whose labour is lost in this world's life
and they think that they are acquiring good by their works.
[Sūrah al-Kahf (18): 103-104]
- I cant find the exact quote but in the quran it says that even of Allah gave you the world and everything init youl still feel empty inside. So youre feeding you soul and finding some truths.
- You read to learn the truth and miracles about what islam really is.
- You keep your heart clean and pure. Quran is literally medicine for you and your heart.
- Gain understanding and information about islam. islam is also a handbook on how to live life and also works as a guidebook when youbhave problems.
A young always use to see his grandad is his rocking chair reading this Quran in Arabic. the boy never understood a single word but it sounded pleasent nonetheless; the rhythm and tranquility his grandad read it in. His grandad never understood any Arabic (beside the odd phrase or word) but would read quran, no problems.
One day the boy asked his grandad "Grandad, why do you read quran if you dont understand a single word of it?"
To which his grandad hands him a black basket and replies "Ok, son. Il tell you but first you must go fill up this basket with water from the river"
Confused, the young decides tondo what hes told. he goes and runs into the river, about a minute walk, fills the basket up and runs back to grandad.
He tells his grandson theres no water in the basket "but it has holes grandad" said the child. "i do it all the time. Make sure you cone back with water this time.
The grandson sprints and jumps in the river. Each time he fills the basket up, halfway back to his grandad its empty. after the 8th try he gets frustrated and gives up. this makes no sense he tells himself. he goes to his grandad in a hissy fit. wet, cold and hungry and he has no water and a unanswered question.
"Grandad its no use" before handing his basket back he couldnt believe his eyes. with all the aggression and frustration he hadnt realiised that he completely washed his grandads coal basket. his white coal basket.
"Son you read the quran because it cleanses your heart and keeps it pure and facr full of noor"
Each time you commit a sin ie fornication a black dot gets put in your heart and extinguishes the noor in the heart thus on the face too.
- Abu Hurairah (R.A.) reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, "Verily, when the believer commits a sin a black spot appears upon his heart. If he repents and abandons the sin and seeks forgiveness, then his heart will be polished. If he increases in sin, then the blackness is also increased. That is the covering which Allah has mentioned in His Book: No, but on their hearts is a covering because of what they have earned." (83:14)
This hadith reveals that when a faithful believer commits a sin it leaves a black spot on his heart. If he repents and be ashamed of that sin, then this spot is removed, and if he does not, then more spots are added and covers his heart as a whole. This does not mean that the heart literally turns black but it means that the evil of the sins covers the heart and put the believer away from the mercy of Allah. So reading the quran eradicates the darkening of the heart and helps keep your intentions clean with rememberance of Allah.