My favorite text is the glorious Quran. It is a living miracle every Muslim is proud of. Here are some reasons why.
The Quran is timeless
It is always with us. I don’t need to just believe Prophet Muhammad was given the word of God because the Quran self-testifies its divine authorship. The text remains unchanged since first recited at the time of the prophet, and in the same language. I don’t have to be in the 6th century to witness the revelation.
The eloquence of the Quran
Muhammad was unlettered. He didn’t know how to read or write; yet from his mouth came words never heard before, nor after. The Quran is neither a prose nor poetry. Its linguistic style is unique, the placements, structure, precision and beauty of words is so powerful that it is unmatched, it can’t be words of man. Even for non-Muslim Arabs the Quran represents the highest eloquence and the ultimate perfection of Arabic.
The theology and message of the Quran
The message of the Quran is so beautiful and simple to understand. Nothing goes against the rational human mind, so perfect, clear and consistent from the beginning of the book until its end: worship one God and do not associate anything, anyone with him.
The Quran never contradicts itself as it addresses different matters, including legal, political, social, economical issues.
The stories in the Quran
The Quran contains amazing stories about people and civilizations. The stories are so precise and consistent about prophets and their families and nations, from Adam and Noah to Moses and Jesus. It conveys historical information Muhammad couldn’t have known about on his own. For instance, the Quran speaks of Haman whom pharaoh asked to build a tower so that he can see the God of Moses “Pharaoh said, “Council, I do not know of any other god for you apart from me. Haman, kindle a fire for me over the clay and build me a lofty tower so that perhaps I may be able to climb up to the god of Moses! I consider him a blatant liar” (Quran, 28:38).
An archeological discovery shows Haman to be a person very close to pharaoh and was involved in construction.
The predictions in the Quran
The Quran contains many prophecies predicting future events, some of which were fulfilled at the time of the prophet proving the truthfulness of his message. For instance, the Quran predicted the victory of the Romans over the Persians. The two powers were involved in many battles and the Romans were vanquished and defeated to a point of exhaustion. Their victory was something unbelievable. The Quran says “The Romans have been defeated, in the land close by. And after (this) defeat of theirs, they will soon be victorious within a few years. To Allah belongs the command before and after and on that day the Believers will rejoice in Allah’s help” (Quran 30:2-4).
Indeed seven years later the Roman Empire inflicted great defeat to Persia in many places. Historian Edward Gibbon said on this prediction, “When this prophecy was made, no prediction could be more unbelievable because the initial twelve years of Heraclius were evidently declaring an end to the Roman Empire.”
The scientific miracles of the Quran
Fourteen centuries ago the Quran came with information about the creation of the universe, the heavens and the earth, the oceans and the mountains; precise description of the creation of humans that no other book had. The information in the Quran doesn’t contradict any scientific findings and is appreciated by many non-Muslim scientists who are impressed and amazed by this aspect of the Quran.
The influence of the Quran on people
It is amazing most Arabs are not Muslims, yet when many of them hear the Quran it brings them to tears. Many people who do not speak the language see their faith and humbleness grow when the Quran is recited. In fact, many people convert to Islam just after listening to a recitation of the Quran.
The memorizing of the Quran
Millions all over the world memorize the Quran. It is memorized my people who don’t even understand the language, by kids and old people. It is so easy to memorize and be kept in the heart of the believers that burning it does not affect Muslims in anyway. They can burn paper but they will not burn the words from the memory of tens of millions of Muslims who have memorized it word for word.