Why Should People Read the Qur’an

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The life begins in an evolutionary cycle, from single-celled organisms to gargantuan dinosaurs, a plethora of life, so diversified, so beautiful!

Submitted: June 27, 2017

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The Beginning

In an extraordinary display of galactic showers, the meteorites are striking the surface, carrying organic compounds from space, the building blocks of life, consistently delivering the composite package to a virgin planet in a preordained sequence.

The cradle of life is taking shape, evidencing emergence of a massive birthplace, arguably the most amazing phenomenon of all times, portraying our modest beginning. The young planet is stimulating, slowly coming to life.

The life begins in an evolutionary cycle. From single-celled organisms to gargantuan dinosaurs, witnessing a remarkable display of nature's creativity, a plethora of life so diversified so beautiful!

There approaches the colossal monster with a club of death in its hand, ambling forward in utter rage to exterminate life in a single swipe and then the angel of death strikes, ending the Jurassic Era, paving way for us to enter the arena to dominate it. What we have done to it is another story.

Post Proliferation

Our world hosts more than seven billion humans and countless other species of nature co-habiting the only planet, or perhaps there are others like it that we are not aware of, as yet.

We see the downside with a pinch. The deterioration is rampant and collective. The equilibrium is out of place as many species have disappeared and many more are on the brink of extinction. The increase in the level of gases, deforestation, widespread contamination, use of materials which are bad for us but we are not fully cognizant of the fact or are conveniently ignoring the immense danger. Immeasurable piling up of dangerous weapons, their continuous production and so on and so forth. Most of the steps are in the wrong direction. There are some good initiatives and actions taken by us, like our penchant for research, our teamwork and optimism, on the brighter side.

We see processions, people protesting against wars and injustice, schools, books, inventions, discoveries, the patients suffering from diseases and those taking care of them in white dresses like soothing apparitions. We see and have seen them working in their laboratories, research centres, universities, in their rooms, basements and we use what those few discover and invent. We see those who leave the comfort of their homes to treat and feed the poor in far flung areas. We feel relieved and fulfilled but what more needs to be done?

Before we move to that point let us first try to comprehend as to why are we here on this planet? Are we merely the result of an accident? Are we the product of a jumble, series of uncontrolled events, something evolved out of nowhere. Do we have a purpose? We have a beginning so do we have an end as well? What lies beyond that point?

Let us look at the general beliefs of the people of this world. About 63 percent of the world population believes in some kind of religion. The major religions in terms of numbers are Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. While 23 percent of the people are not religious and about 11 percent are atheists, the angry ones. Ironically they are the ones having a higher IQ, as I understand.

While the number of those who believe in religion surpasses the rest, the question arises that why don’t they all believe in one religion? If they believe that a divine power has created the entire universe then why do they follow different paths? Is that because the message was delivered through different messengers at different times and that they stood rigid after that on their beliefs and denied the ones that followed, probably so.

The concept that the universe is an extremely complex simulation is not new, but surprisingly the scientific community these days is taking deeper interest in the idea and there was a debate held on this subject in 2016 called the Isaac Asimov Memorial debate comprising renowned scientists. The number of participants whose views changed in favor of this all being a simulation increased after the debate was over. I have not studied all the world religions in depth but have a fairly good idea about the beliefs as prescribed by Islam in the Holy Book called the ‘Qur’an’.

Taking the earlier stand that there should technically be only one religion that majority of believers should follow in view of the fact that the universe has been designed and created by one deity which makes sense not only from religious perspective but now also from the scientific suggestion as well, though not yet proven and is perhaps will not be possible because those created are trapped within the simulation and unless they leave it, they cannot see as to who had created them. Or the architect can create some kind of an exception so that a person can see him without leaving the simulation.If for example, you create a game and see the characters you developed all the time but the characters can not see you.

Those believing in that notion will appreciate that we must refer to the final version of any book for proper guidance or instructions. While we may still believe in the earlier versions as they were valid when launched but to seek guidance, we always refer to latest or the final version, not the earlier editions and that makes sense. That belief does not negate or render the earlier versions redundant but reaffirms one’s faith.

There are certain misconceptions that I believe are very important to be clarified in order for people to see things in clear perspective. That is, the divine books are not owned by particular groups of people who follow them but they are for all mankind. To elaborate further, the divine scriptures like Torah, the Bible or the Quran are not owned by their respective followers but they are for all humans to refer to and seek guidance not only for salvation but to also learn about the prescribed way of life. When people think about a particular religion, they view it with skepticism and bias. For example, the Christians or Hindus will not read the Quran assuming it to be a book of Muslims which is totally incorrect.

I repeat, the Quran is not owned by Muslims. It is the Book of God and is meant for all humankind. Similarly the Torah or the Holy Bible are not the Books of Jews and Christians respectively, they are for all humans. While those who follow Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism or other belief systems should also read the Quran for it is the final version of the same series of revelations and commandments. Not referring to it is like sticking to the older versions and not referring to the final version which has been completed in all respects.

Remember, the Quran is not a Book of Muslims as one may think. It is for all humans and it is the final version so view it with an unbiased perspective, if it makes sense to you then you should read it.

A Very Important Note:

The early scholars interpreted the Holy Quran in literal sense and with different linguistic backgrounds they tried their best to do their work with honesty and precision. However, when an intelligent person reads the translation or interpretation, he or she may not fully comprehend the message. For example, the verses 7–9 of the Chapter number 55 known as Ar-Rahman (The Beneficent), the translation as we find is;

55:7: And the Firmament has He raised high, and He has set up the Balance (of Justice),

55:8: In order that ye may not transgress (due) balance.

55:9: So establish weight with justice and fall not short in the balance.

The word ‘Justice’ is not used by some scholars and most readers I assume, get an idea that is open to interpretation based on one’s own intellectual capacity. That as a principle is fine as people may view things differently according to the span of knowledge they have acquired and their experiences in life but many followers of Islam for being less educated unfortunately, believe that these verses refer to merchants selling their goods and that they should use correct weights for a fair deal. Now look at the message, same verses interpreted as below;

55:7: The sky (atmosphere) He has raised high, and He has kept perfect balance in the Universe.

55:8: So that you too, never violate due balance in your lives.

55:9: Therefore, establish balance in the society in absolute justice. And never belittle the scale of justice (In all your transactions, even with your own ‘self’.)

Source: http://drshabbir.com/library/qxp_vi_english.pdf

Imagine those who read the message with clear interpretation will certainly realize that their prime task on this planet is to establish and nurture an equitable society based on equality, fairness and mutual respect. A person of faith having firm belief in the Book will never do anything to harm others whosoever they are.

You see that the message hasn’t been properly grasped and will also appreciate that proper teachings of the Quran will transform this world into a much better place.

Cheers!

 

 


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