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Jumada II/Rajab 1422

Volume 17 No 9

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

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

QURAN: All we need

The word of your Lord is complete, in truth and justice. Nothing shall abrogate His words…. (6:115)

The following are some thoughts on the topic of the Quran and how it relates to our lives and us. God willing, we, the Submitters, base much of our lives on the Quran, God’s word, and sometimes it’s a good idea to refresh our memory, revisit some areas we take for granted.

What does God have to say about the Quran? Why this book? How do we know it’s right? Is it just the beginning or is it all we need? Should we be reading it? One thing I’d like to note is that there’s a lot more to it than what’s presented in the following paragraphs. And different reasoning appeals to different people. This is intended in that sense more to just get us thinking.

The words of the Quran speak in 19:64, saying, “We come down in accordance with the commandments of your Lord. To Him belongs the past, present and the future. Your Lord never forgets.” God revealed this Quran over 14 centuries ago, in the days when people traveled the world on camel-back and way, way before we even knew of things like submarines, satellites or computers. Yet the words of the Quran are relevant for us even today, and will be so a hundred years from now. God makes that clear when he says that the past, the present and the future all belong to Him. So, while 43:13 “As you rest on top of them, you shall appreciate such a blessing from your Lord, and say, ‘Glory

be to the One who subdued this for us. We could not have controlled them by ourselves.’” might have been said by a person on horseback on the plains of Arabia, today we may say it as we ride in our cars. It’s just as appropriate now as it was then.

It’s also significant that God says “…Your Lord never forgets...” God did not forget to tell us anything that was relevant for our salvation. Some people, in their zeal, presumed that since the details of how to clip one’s nails or how to sleep are not mentioned, we must find them elsewhere, hence the adoption of hadith and sunnah, or “the way of the prophet.”

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