The Holy Quran is the constitution for all times
We want to look at one of the most important periods of human history which witnessed the birth of the greatest
constitution man has ever known and the greatest book which is the Holy Quran.
That is the message delivered by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
We note that his enemies launched both types of war –physical and verbal- against him. He repelled such aggression
by clear evidence and argument on the one hand and sword and spear.
In the initial period of his messenger ship, Allah commanded the Prophet to confine himself to a struggle that used
the holy Quran as its only weapon:
“Do not obey the disbelievers, but strive most vigorously against them with this holy Quran.” (25:52) Allah, Mighty
took it upon Himself to refute the arguments the disbelievers and the followers of earlier religions raised against His
He says “Whenever they come to you with an argument, we shall reveal to you the truth and the best explanation.”
(25:33). The prophet answered all the arguments his enemies raised and was always ready to state the clear truth.
With every attack aimed at Islam and its beliefs and principles,
Muslim scholars exerted good efforts in responding to enemy accusations. They refuted their arguments, showed the
fallacy of their evidence, stated the truth, and cited its proofs based on logical reasoning and Islamic texts.
They were able to demolish all false arguments and establish the truth of Islam and its perfection as well as its
continuous validity, flexibility, and suitability for all generations.
Yet doubts continue to be raised about the holy Quran,
Prophet Muhammad, and the divine law. A careful observer cannot fail to recognize that clouds continue to gather in
an overcast sky. The whole atmosphere is that of a rough sea with successive high waves of doubt that reach the ships
at bay. Some stay steady, some shake violently and others are overpowered and soon sink into the deep.
Such waves are merely a new form of the verbal onslaught. They need a suitable coat of protective mail. The person
who fails to so equip himself with such a shield leaves himself vulnerable to targeted arrows.
How people are influenced by contemporary Misconceptions?
Type One: External influences for the holy Quran
1- Social media
everyone knows that there is much good, benefit, exchange of knowledge, and mutual care that is done through
social media, but such are also the principal mediums for transmitting misconceptions and problems.
They have also helped put the misconceptions of old times in front of those easily influenced by dubious ideas.
Social media provide easy mediums to those who want to spread misconceptions, without going through difficult and
2- Cinema and fiction
Television and books rarely have the same appeal to young people, such as films and novels.
This tends to broaden the population group that is influenced by the latter.
The problem here is that their influence is indirect, as they present a totally alien culture, with all that it involves of
right and wrong, good and evil.
3- Availability of what is desirable yet forbidden
the problem with temptation in our times is that it has taken on different manifestations and attained several stages,
one stage leading to the next. It can, thus, easily become predominant within a young person’s mind and emotional
4- Frequent indulgence in sin without following it with repentance and a resolve not to revert to it leads to making one’s heart rusty, and when such rust accumulates, one cannot see the truth. This is as Allah says in the Holy Quran:
“Their own deeds have cast a layer of rust over their hearts.” (83:14). If barriers gather around one’s heart, the light
of faith becomes dim and a person is likely to be influenced by even casual doubt or a flimsy misconception.
An authentic hadith related by al-Tirmidhi and others quotes the prophet as saying: “When a person sins, a black
spot settles on his heart. If he regrets it and turns to Allah in repentance, his heart is cleared.
If he repeats it, the black spot increases until eventually, it covers all his heart. This is the rust Allah mentions as He
says: “Their own deeds have cast a layer of rust over their hearts.”
5- The material progress of the West and the influence of Western culture
we mentioned the cinema and fiction as the second factor that helps to introduce Western values indirectly into our
community. On its own, this factor is not strong unless coupled with a sense of defeatism among Muslims.
In al-Muqaddimah, Ibn Khaldun stated a maxim that became world-famous. This concerns the influence of the
victor over the vanquished. I may summarise it as follows: The vanquished will always try to emulate the victor in his
dress, transport, and weapons and how to make and use these.
Indeed the vanquished emulates the victor in all situations If two communities are geographically close and one of
them is superior to the other, the weaker one will import much of the stranger’s habits and practices.
Type Two: Internal influences for the holy Quran
Lack of certainty All Muslims agrees that attending obligatory prayers on time is the most important practical
Muslims also agree that delaying prayers until their time range has lapsed is one of the most serious sins. The
question that arises is: How do we explain the fact that a substantial number of Muslims neglect to offer their
obligatory prayers on time. I claim that lack of certainty of belief is paramount, even though there are other reasons.
Psychological problems and social pressures
Psychological problems or some pressure leads a person to be displeased with their lot or unhappy with Allah’s will.
In the Quran, Allah tells us of people who worship Him but then revert to disbelief as a result of some misfortune
that befalls them. He says “Some people worship Allah on the border-line of faith. If good befalls such a person, he is
content; but if a trial assails him, he turns away utterly; thus losing this world and the life to come. This is, indeed, a
loss beyond compare.” (22:11).
Ibn Abbas is quoted in al-Bukhari’s Sahih interpreting this verse as follows:
“A man may come to Madinah. Then if his wife gives birth to a son and his horse gives him a calf, he says: “This is
If his wife does not give birth and his horse does not give him a calf, he says:
“This religion is bad”. Ibn Saadi, a fine commentator on the holy Quran, gives the following interpretation of this
“some people are weak in faith: it has not settled in their hearts and they have not experienced its happy feelings.
They might have embraced it out of fear, or through the force of habit. Therefore, it is shaken by trials. “If good
befalls such a person, he is content”.
This means that if he continues to have ample provisions and does not experience any adversity,
he feels content at having such good fortune, not content with his faith.
The Quran is the first source of legislation from which theology, juristic rulings, and ethics
The Quran is the first source of legislation from which theology, juristic rulings, and ethics are taken along with the
the second source of legislation is the Sunnah
God bestowed the Muslim nation with the ability to preserve its religion and secure it from fabrication or alteration
through mass memorization of the Holy Quran throughout the Ummah which guarantees its authenticity and
validity and the same goes for the prophetic hadiths which went through a meticulous process of filtration and a
the scientific methodology was adopted to guarantee the accuracy and truthfulness of the reported Prophetic
In brief, the holy Quran is a personal letter from God, to mankind, providing guidelines to follow, to provide the best
life in this lifetime, and to achieve the best of the afterlife.
If you were to open the Qur’an and read from any point, you will learn something valuable that will have a profound
effect on your outlook on life.
God provides you with wisdom to make you transform yourself into a better person and one who is loved by God.