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Muharram 1421

Volume 17 No 4

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of the International Community of Submitters Published by Masjid Tucson

The Quran

God’s Final Message to the World

The Holy Quran, the word of God, was sent down to us through prophet Muhammad around 1400 years ago. Prophet Muhammad was instructed to write down the Quran exactly as it was revealed to him. God tells us in the Quran that this book is complete and is guid-ance for us in our everyday life and our devotion to God alone. There have been many prophets who have come to the people with the word of God and it has been a habit of the people to set up these prophets as idols and worship them alongside God. God tells us through these prophets that we must worship Him alone and in-clude no one else. All the scrip-tures, the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Quran, are the word of God and they all were brought to us by the prophets. We need to and we must respect all the prophets equally but we must

devote our worship exclusively to God, our Creator.

Hundreds of years ago, very few people could read and so it was the responsibility of those few who could to tell the people what was written in the scripture. Over the centuries the words of God have been passed on from one person to another and spread throughout the world, but unfortunately many al-terations were made to the original message. Some of the alterations were accidental but many were de-liberately made by religious lead-ers and elders who sought to gain fame and fortune for themselves. Today we don’t have the excuse of not being able to read. Therefore, we need not and should not depend on other people to interpret the meaning for us. We must read the Quran for ourselves and most im-portantly we must understand what we are reading.

The Authenticity of the Quran

How do we know that the Quran is the true word of God and has not been altered in any way? The an-swer to that is in Chapter (Sura) 74 entitled “The Hidden Secret.” The chapter starts “O you hidden secret, come out and warn, extol your Lord, purify your garment, forsake what is wrong.” What is the hidden secret? Verse 30 of the same chapter tells us exactly what it is. “Over it is nineteen.” Then in verse 35: “This is one of the great miracles.” The miracle of the mathematical structure of the Quran is based on the number 19. It took the introduction of the modern computer to reveal just how complex and complete this mathematical code was throughout the Quran.

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