By Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam
24 January 2017
“In the Name of Allah the most Beneficent and Merciful”
The Verses [51:20-23] as shown under references clearly manifest that Allah has kept two most authentic Books of Revelation open for Mankind – one, the Revealed Scriptures - in our case it is the Holy Quran, and the other is the Universe with all its Creations- man, nature and society and everything that exists between the heaven and the earth.
Allah speaks with mankind in the language of divine signs pervading the physical world and through the Books of Revelation. Both are the Media of communication between the Creator and His creations. There is Close Similitude between the Holy Quran and divine signs pervading the physical world. Both are manifestation of divine Truths and there is nothing miraculous in them.
To feel one with the universe is generally treated as a Mystic Approach towards cognition of Realities. Actually it is not so. The feeling of oneness with seen and unseen realities is a logical approach towards cognition of the interconnection of life with its surroundings. This is purely an intuitive drive towards logical and scientific understanding of the reality. Intense urge and yearning for principles of a sublime orderly life underlie such a Drive for attaining a generalized vision of the purpose of evolutionary process of life and the universe.
Referring to verses under Reference [Verses 2:2-4, verses 69:51, 69:41-42, 69:41-42,& Verses 8613], we can safely conclude that the Holy Qura’n is Not a Book of Miracles that negate Reality. There is no room for any assumption or conjecture in the holy Quran. Whatever Allah has said in the holy Quran is based on truth and reality. The Holy Quran deals with the Truth underlying the Realities of Human life and Physical Universe to which the whole life process is intricately connected. Entire nature and universe, all physical processes and history have been presented by the holy Quran before us as admonition and object of demonstration, to convince humanity on the existence of Allah as the creator and sustainer of the universe and deepen our understanding of divine attributes and purpose of creation.
So to treat the Holy Qur’an as a Miracle seems to be an ideological deviation on the part of Muslims very much likely to give enemies of Islam a tool for spreading falsehood about the Holy Quran and lead the “Huqq”[The Truth] towards alienation from Realities of Life.
Whatever mysterious that might happen in nature and our life beyond the periphery of human comprehension seems to us as a miracle.
Since Allah is the Eternal Truth and all His creations Seen and Unseen, manifest that Truth, there is no scope of any Miracle or Uncertainty in the Holy Quran.
Allah is Real, Life and death as divine process of Creation and Destruction is Real, Here-after and the Day of Judgment is Real, Angels, Satan, Heaven and Hell, Reward and Punishment all are Real. Amidst Current and Counter-Current of Creation, Revelation, Evolution, Death and Destruction whirling all around us, there is little scope of any conjecture or miracle in the Holy Quran. Quran never approves of any miracle that negates reality.
There are a number of ancient stories in the Holy Quran that sound like miracle but actually not so. The stated competition Between the Prophet Musa(AS) and Sorcerers of Pharaoh ,and similar other stories appear to be a Miracle but in reality they reflect the eternal struggle between the truth and falsehood. And in that contest truth always gets upper-hand and wins the battle. The stories clearly uphold the eternal truth that Falsehood might assume any form and dimension, it is bound to fail, but Truth will always triumph.
The Holy Quran is a divine admonition and statement of the Truth that guides humanity and presents a generalized vision of the physical and spiritual realities. Any quest for Miracles in the Holy Quran stems from lack of knowledge and emerges out of our inherent weakness in Faith.
· This is the Book: In it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah, who believe in the Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them. And who believe in the Revelation sent to you, and sent before your time,(in their hearts ) have the assurance of the Hereafter”[Verses 2:2-4].
· “Verily it is the Truth of Assured Certainty”[verses 69:51]
· “It is not the word of a poet: little it is you believe! Nor is it the word of a soothsayer, little admonition you receive!”[69:41-42]
· On the earth there are signs for those of assured faith. As also in your own selves: will ye not then see? ---Then by the Lord of Heaven and Earth, this is the very Truth, as much as the fact that you can speak intelligently with each other.” [51:20-23]
· This is the Word that distinguishes(Good from the Evils)
Engr. Kazi Wadud Nawaz is an NGO Development Consultant