Qur’an in view of Qur’an
Welcome to the program. In continuation of the previous discussions, we are going to speak about the false idea of distortion of the holy Qur’an.
Some people purposefully and some others negligently have tried to question the authenticity of the holy Qur’an. To negate this idea, let us have a look at the lofty status of this Book once more. Ayahs 75-80 of surah al-Waqi’ah read, “So I swear by the times when the stars set! And indeed it is a great oath, should you know. This is indeed a noble Qur’an, in a guarded Book, - no one touches it except the pure ones – gradually sent down from the Lord of all the worlds.”
One of the prominent features of the Qur’an is that it has been sent down by the Wise and Knowing God. This shows that it enjoys a unique solidity and certitude. Ayah 6 of surah Naml, addressing the Prophet, says, “Indeed you receive the Qur’an from One who is all-Wise, all-Knowing.”
As the holy Qur’an is in direct contact with the divine position, God has guaranteed its preservation and said in ayah 9 of surah Hijr, “Indeed We have sent down the Reminder, and indeed We will preserve it.”
One may ask, “What does God mean by asserting that He will preserve the Qur’an?” In ayah 42 of surah Fussilat we read, “Falsehood cannot approach it from before it nor from behind it; a gradually sent down revelation from the One all-Wise, all-Laudable.”
As if God has erected a firm and impregnable castle in the form of the content, interior and exterior of the Qur’an so that no false and baseless word can penetrate it to make the slightest change in it. Ayah 82 of surah Nisa’ also reads, “Do they not contemplate the Qur’an? Had it been from someone other than Allah, they would have found much discrepancy in it.”
In order to understand the reality that no false word can penetrate the content of the Qur’an we should contemplate its ayahs profoundly. Ayahs 27 and 28 of surah Zumar further corroborate this reality, “Certainly We have drawn for mankind in this Qur’an every kind of example, so that they may take admonition, - an Arabic Qur’an without any deviousness, so that they may be Godwary.”
In these ayahs God points to an important characteristic of the holy Qur’an, namely, the fact that no deviation, waywardness or deficiency can approach this Book. This is a fact that can be understood only by those who are Godwary.
In the beginning of surah Baqara God says, “Alîf Lâm Mîm. That is the Book, there is no doubt in it.”
Any doubt about the value of a book mostly stems from these four points:
- The issues presented in the book are complicated.
- The writer has intentionally tried to confuse the readers.
- There are contradictions in the book. And,
- The contents of the book are lacking proofs and logic.
As for the Qur’an, none of the above-mentioned points exists in it. Rather it is an enlightening book with no waywardness and falsehood. The entire Qur’an is a logical book. In the next program we will discuss this topic more.