Why is the Quran important?

Muslims believe that the Quran is important because it is Divine revelation, i.e. the angel Gabriel brought the book from God to the Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) the final Prophet. The Quran is the speech of God, it is Divine guidance for humanity. Muslims believe that as the Quran is the word of the Supreme Lord it carries huge weight and influence. The laws it lays down are the means of attaining Allah’s pleasure and paradise. Turning away from the book is a sure recipe for failure and a place in hell. Here are seven special features and benefits of the Majestic Quran that make it a special and important book:

1. The Quran explains the purpose of life

Muslims believe the Quran is not the result of any man’s efforts but is the Divine inspiration. The idea that runs through the Divine book is the urgency of repairing the broken relationship between Allah and humanity through worship, remembrance and obedience. The aim is to further the glory of Allah. Despite the diversity of the subject matter, one keynote is struck repeatedly, surrender, commit and submit yourself to the Loving Lord wholeheartedly and you will be guaranteed salvation, paradise and saved from the horrors of Hell. It repeatedly highlights Paradise as the enduring benefit of faith, good deeds and declares Hell because of disbelief and evil lifestyle.

2. The Quran teaches the Oneness of Allah

The three key beliefs taught by the Quran are the oneness of Allah, the guidance of Allah through prophets and the resurrection, the life after death. These beliefs determine the world view of its followers, they form the reality of human life. This world view guarantees the key to a healthy and flourishing life. As it catalogues the history of human disobedience from the time of Adam to Jesus and to the time of the Messenger himself, warning us of the dire consequences of disbelief.

3. The Quran teaches moral, social and spiritual values

The moral, social and spiritual values that the Majestic Quran presents are the Divine values, reflecting the Creator’s perfection, His unceasing love and providence. These Divine qualities inspire the mind with humility and reverence. Clear and unambiguous teachings. These values lead to human freedom, responsibility and empowerment, timeless themes, that tells us ‘you can change your life if you want.’ One can’t fail to be impressed by this world order of kindness, generosity and love for the other. The Quran teaches how to worship the Almighty Lord, how-to live-in peace and harmony with one another and how to live healthily and wisely, it protects from the pulls of a hedonistic-pleasure seeking life.

4. The Quran presents the Prophet as the perfect role model

The Quran presents Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a role model for humanity, a living embodiment of the spirit of goodness, righteousness and Divine love. A role model for humanity, teaching the Divine words that produce such clean, perfect and beautiful human beings.

5. The Quran’s prophecies
The Majestic Quran abounds with prophecies, it speaks clearly and with precision about what will happen in the future. For example, the fall of the Roman Empire, the second coming of Jesus Christ, the foretelling of the coming of Gog and Magog, the corruption and the pollution of the earth and some amazing scientific discoveries. There are many prophecies about individuals and their posterity. Perhaps the greatest prediction of the Quran was it will always be preserved from any kind of interpolation and change. To this day the miraculous preservation of the text of the Quran is a testimony to it being Divine. There are millions of men and women who have learnt the whole Quan off by heart.

6. The impact of Quranic teachings on everyday life

The Quran strongly forbids bad behaviour, consuming alcohol, drugs, selfish habits like sexual indecency and adultery, gambling and taking of interest in business, jealousy, backbiting arrogance and anger. The Quran teaches, ‘give up these for sanity and happiness’ since people with these vices are trapped in a degrading cycle of evil that makes theirs and other’s lives miserable.

7. The Quran’s teachings are based on reason
The instructions of the Quran are strong, they can stand up to any logical and scientific scrutiny. From its historical accounts to its moral teachings it’s reasonable and scientific. There are many proofs, which show the Divine nature of the Majestic Quran.

To summarise the Quran is the most significant text in existence for Muslims all around the world. It contains teachings and guidance for Muslims on how to live their lives. Although the Quran is not a book of science or medicine, it provides guidance in leading to spiritual and somatic health for the individual. Following God’s orders and reciting verses from the Quran will help us to lead a healthy lifestyle.