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THE EXTRAORDINARY COMPREHENSIVENESS OF THE SUBJECTS WITH WHICH THE QURAN DEALS

This relates to the extraordinary comprehensiveness of the subjects with which the Quran deals. Indeed, while it deals with the extensive topics of man and his duties, the universe and its Creator, the heavens and the earth, the world and the Hereafter, the past and the future, and eternity, the Quran explains all essential and important matters related to man’s creation from a sperm, to his whole life till he enters the grave, from correct manners of eating and sleeping to the issues of Divine Decree and Will, from the creation of the universe in six days to the functions of the winds alluded to in such oaths as By the (winds) sent forth (al-Mursalat, 77.1) and By the (winds) that scatter (al-Dhariyat, 51.1); from God’s intervention in man’s heart and free will, (pointed out in (God) stands between man and his heart (al-Anfal, 8.24), and But you will not unless God wills (al-Insan, 76.30) to His grasp of all the heavens, described in the heavens shall be rolled up in His ‘right hand’ (al-Zumar, 39.68); from the flowers, grapes and dates of the earth, mentioned in We made therein gardens of palms and vines (Ya Sin, 36.34) to the astounding event described in When earth is shaken with a mighty shaking (al-Zilzal, 99.1); and from the state of the heaven during the course of creation, mentioned in Then He comprehended in His design the sky when it was smoke (Fussilat, 41.11) to its splitting open and the stars’ being scattered in endless space; from the construction of the world for testing and trial to its destruction; from the grave, the first station of the other world, to the resurrection of the dead, the Bridge, and eternal happiness in Paradise; from the past events including that which is described in, When your Lord took from the children of Adam, from their loins, their seed, and made them testify of themselves, (saying): ‘Am I not your Lord?’ They said, ‘Yes, assuredly. We testify!’-lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection, ‘Of this, we were unaware’ (al-A‘raf, 7.172), the creation of Adam’s body and the struggle between his two sons, the Flood, the drowning of Pharaoh’s people, and the stories of the Prophets, to what will happen on the Day of Judgment when some faces shall be radiant, gazing upon their Lord (al-Qiyama, 75.22)-the Quran explains all the essential important matters such as these in a way befitting an All-Powerful One of Majesty, Who administers the whole of the universe like a palace, opens and closes the world and the Hereafter like two rooms, disposes the earth like a garden and the heavens like a dome adorned with lamps, and in Whose sight the past and future are like day and night or two pages, and eternity like a point of present time.

Like a builder describing the two houses he has built and listing the things he will do, the Quran is-if one may express it-a list or program written in a style which is fit for the One Who has built the universe and is administering it. Neither any trace of artifice, pretence and unnecessary trouble, nor any strain of imitation or trickery or deception like pretending to speak in the name of some other is seen in it-like daylight saying, ‘I am from the sun’-rather, in a style absolutely genuine, pure, clear, solemn, original, and brilliant, the Quran says: ‘I am the Word of the Creator of the universe’.

To whom other than the Maker, the Bestower of Bounties, Who has decorated this world with the works of most original and invaluable art and filled it with most pleasant bounties, can the Quran of miraculous expression belong, which resonates throughout the world with cries of acclamation and commendation and litanies of praise and thanks, and which has made the earth into a house where God’s Names are recited, where God is worshipped and His works of art are studied in amazement; Whose word other than His could it be? Where, if not the sun, can the light illuminating the world be coming from? Whose light other than the Eternal Sun can the Quran be, which has unveiled the meaning of the universe and illuminates it? Who could dare to produce a like of it?

It is certainly inconceivable that the Artist Who has decorated this world with the works of His art should not address man, who appreciates and commends that art.

Since He knows and makes, certainly He will speak. Since He speaks, for sure He will speak through the Quran. How is it possible for God, the Lord of all dominion, Who is not indifferent to the formation of a flower, to be indifferent to a Word which resonates throughout His dominion? Could He ever allow others to appropriate it, reducing it to futility, to nothing?


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Last Updated on September 30, 2000

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