Volume-I / LESSON NO: 7
OF THE HOLY QUR-AAN:
Q 1: What is Holy Qur-aan?
A. The Glorious Qur-aan is "Kalaam Allah"(Speech of Allah) which Allah has gifted to His Beloved Prophet Hadrat Muhammad (may Allah's choicest blessings & peace be upon him) who is the best and highest of all creatures. To believe in what it contains is a part and parcel of our faith.
Q 2: How do you know that the Holy Qur-aan is "Kalaam Allah"(Speech of Allah)?
A. The Holy Qur-aan is itself a cogent proof of its being "Kalaam Allah". It declares and challenges infidels and disbelievers that "if you are in some doubt about what we have sent to Our chosen servant then bring one chapter like it". All the enemies of Islaam (particularly the eloquent and rhetoric literati and poets of Arabia) put their heads together and strove hard to bring or produce a like of it but miserably failed to produce even a verse like it what to talk of any chapter. Thus the Holy Qur-aan is an "ever-challenging" phenomenon to infidels and disbelievers till the end of time.
Q 3: What is the exclusive distinction of the Qur-aan?
A. The ever-living miracle of the Glorious Qur-aan is that the believers even their children commit it to their memory in whole. Contrary to this fact the other revealed books could not be memorised by the followers of the books excepting the Prophets to whom the said books were revealed.
Q 4: What is the total period during which the Holy Qur-aan was descended?
A. The descent period of the Holy Qur-aan is 23 years. Its verses were sent down either singly or in batches as the need arose.
Q 5: How much reward does a believer get by reciting the Glorious Qur-aan?
A. Our kind master Hadrat Muhammad Mustafa (may Allah's choicest blessings & peace be upon him) said that he who recites a letter of the Qur-aan gets one goodness which is equal to ten good deeds and stressed "I do not say that "Alif-Laaam-Meeem" is one letter but Alif is a letter, Laaam is a letter and Meeem is a letter.
Q 6: What about that believer who does not learn the Holy Qur-aan?
A. The Holy Prophet has said "the breast(of believer) which has nothing of the Qur-aan therein is like a deserted house".
Q 7: What are the due rules of reciting (reading)the Holy Qur-aan?
A. Believer should in the state of ablution (Wudu) sit at a clean place preferably in mosque facing the Qibla (Holy Ka'bah) placing the Holy Qur-aan before himself on any raised thing (small slanted desk or pillow) and begin reciting the Glorious Quraan preceded by "A'oozu bil-Laahi Minash Shaietaa-nir Rajeem" (I seek refuge with Allah from Devil, the accursed) and "Bismil-Laahir Rahmaa-nir Raheem" (Allah, in whose name I begin, the Most Affectionate, the Most Merciful) with all heart and humility. Show no haste but recite carefully and with serenity. Mind it! The mouth should be free from every kind of smell like onion, garlic etc.
It is sinful to touch the Holy Qur-aan without ablution. Listeners should be attentive and respectful to the recitation.
Q 8: How to dispose of an old Qur-aan which is worn out and has also lost its legibility?
A. The Holy Qur-aan which is worn out and is no more legible, should be buried, wrapping up in a piece of clean cloth, at such a place that is not trodden by humanbeings and animals. It is better to bury it in a grave-like ditch so as to save it from the earth.
Q 9: Are copies of the Holy Qur-aan with correct text available?
A. Yes, the copies of the Holy Qur-aan with correct text (without the slightest difference) are available everywhere. It is safe from being interpolated as Allah Almighty is Himself its protector.
Q 10: What is the divine wisdom in the descent of the Holy Qur-aan?
A. Allah Almighty has descended the Holy Qur-aan for the guidance of His servants to the right path so that they may know Allah and His Messenger, follow their commands and abstain from evils.