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All praises and glorifications are due and belong to Allah; Who revealed the Qur’an as a criterion to distinguish right from wrong. May His special and choicest salutations, benedictions, blessings and mercies be upon the Prophet who never speaks of his whims but of revelations revealed to him from His Magnificent Lord. May Allah’s salutations be upon his family, companions and all those who uphold his teachings and guidance until the Day the truth shall be classified from falsehood.

Qur’an (literally means; ‘Recitation’), the sacred scripture of Islam, the infallible word of Allah, a perfect transcription of an eternal tablet preserved in Heaven and revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) during his 23 years of his mission for the guidance of humanity, represents Allah’s final Testament to mankind and Jinn. Allah says:

تَبَارَكَ ٱلَّذِى نَزَّلَ ٱلْفُرْقَانَ عَلَىٰ عَبْدِهِۦ لِيَكُونَ لِلْعَٰلَمِينَ نَذِيرًا

{Blessed is He who sent down the Criterion upon His servant, to be a warning to humanity.}[Al-Furqaan:1]

The teachings of all the prophets and messengers have been the same, they asked their people to obey and worship One God alone. Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), Moses, David and Jesus(peace be upon them) who were bestowed with a revealed scripture by God, were sent at different times to bring back straying human being who had deviated of the Right path. The last of Allah’s prophets and Messengers was the holy Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) who came with Islam through the revelation of Allah’s final Scripture; the Glorious Qur’an. Being the final testament of Allah, the Glorious Qur’an was assured divine protection by its Originator Himself so as to be immune from the interpolation previous Scriptures suffered (The Gospel and the Bible). Also, unlike other scriptures, the message of the Glorious Qur’an was one of a universal message that addresses both mankind and jinn just as the mission of the Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was also the final mission of Prophethood. Allah says:

 وَمَآ أَرْسَلْنَٰكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَٰلَمِينَ

{We did not send you except as mercy to mankind.}[Al-Anbiyaa: 107). Also Allah says :

وَمَآ أَرْسَلْنَٰكَ إِلَّا كَآفَّةً لِّلنَّاسِ بَشِيرًا وَنَذِيرًا وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ ٱلنَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

{We sent you only universally to all people, a herald and warner, but most people do not know}(Al-Sheba: 28)

 Evidence of the finality of the Qur’an’s message.

Suffice for the finality of the Qur’an as Allah’s final testament the finality of the Prophet and Messenger who received it to Mankind. The Qur’an is the message of guidance which the last Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to teach mankind. A message that testifies that its propagator and deliverer is Allah’s final Messenger and Prophet after him there is no any prophet or messenger to come. The Qur’an declared:

مَّا كَانَ مُحَمَّدٌ أَبَآ أَحَدٍ مِّن رِّجَالِكُمْ وَلَٰكِن رَّسُولَ ٱللَّهِ وَخَاتَمَ ٱلنَّبِيِّ

{Muhammad is not the father of any of your men; but he is the Messenger of God, and the seal of the prophets..}(Al-Ahzaab:40). This declaration in itself is a clear testimony that the message (the Qur’an) brought by the Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was the final testament of GOD to Mankind.

As part of what shows that the Qur’an is the final testament of Allah is that it confirms what is in the previous scriptures of the truth and deny that falsehood added by the followers of such scriptures. Allah says:

وَأَنزَلْنَآ إِلَيْكَ ٱلْكِتَٰبَ بِٱلْحَقِّ مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ مِنَ ٱلْكِتَٰبِ وَمُهَيْمِنًا عَلَيْهِ ۖ

{And We revealed to you the Book, with truth, confirming the Scripture that preceded it, and superseding it...} Al-Ma'edah: 48). Thus the Qur’an serves as the parameter of identifying the few remnants of Allah’s laws and real revelations in the scriptures of the past prophets and messengers (peace be upon them). It exposes the lies human beings perpetrated against Allah in these scriptures such the divinity of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) and ascribing him to Allah as a son.

Worthy also as an evident for the finality of the Glorious Qur’an is its divine promise of safety from alterations, interpolations and changes which was suffered by the previous scriptures. The changes suffered by the Gospels and the testaments are undeniable facts by all minds that have received enough knowledge of the history of religious scriptures. The Qur’an however enjoyed the divine protection of Allah till today and remained as the only unadulterated word of Allah that is miraculously suitable for both the spiritual and material development of man in all times and places: Allah says:

إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا ٱلذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُۥ لَحَٰفِظُونَ

{Surely We revealed the Message, and We will surely preserve it} (Al-Hajr:9). The wisdom behind the protection of the Qur’an is that it is to abide by mankind and jinn forever. Such a book must be protected such that it continues to provide certain knowledge, spiritual and moral guidance, and above all a divine therapy for the many problems of mankind.




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