Each prophet brought with him a distinct miracle that reflected the challenges of his time and helped establish the superiority of his faith over all other. At a time when magic was the high occupation of the people, Musa NabiAS showed the miracle of his staff, which devoured their phantasmagorical snakes and made the magicians submit that what Nabi Musa’sASrevealed was not magic but the power of Allah Ta´laa. In an age when medicine was highly valued, Eesa NabiAS was blessed with the miracle of healing by the touch of his hands. RasulullahSA is the final nabi and his deen is the culmination of all religions. Like freshwater, Islam will remain relevant for all ages and circumstances till the end of time. Therefore, Rasulullah’sSA miracle should also be timeless and for all ages.
At the advent of Islam, the people of Makkah Mukarramah took great pride in their literary prowess. The art of oration and power of versification were valued so highly that seven of the best poems were selected to be pasted on the walls of the Ka’aba. Rasulullah’sSA miracle was al-Quran al-Majeed, so eloquent that therewas no answer for the magnificence and grandeur of its style and the unfathomable depths of its meanings. AllahTa´ala challenged all to bring forth even one aayat similar to those found in the Quran and asserted that they would never succeed, even if all humans and jinns made a collective effort to do so.
Al-Quran’s eloquence cannot be paralleled.Beneath each word lies a vast sea of wisdom and knowledge. It contains the secrets of Creation, documents the past, prophesises the future and offers solutions for the present. Maulana AliSA has said, “The evils of this world are staved off from the one who listens to al-Quran.” In another instance he stated, “The evils of this world and the next are repelled from the one who recites Quran.” Therefore, hifz al-Quran al-Kareem, the memorisation of the entire Quran, not only bestows upon a mumin the eternal treasures of divine ´ilm and barakaat, but also safeguards his body and soul, his faith and belief, his character and values. It provides his intuition with the light of wahye (divine revelation), thereby protecting him from going astray.
The 52ndal-Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA endeavoured to promote the learning and memorisation of al-Quran al-Kareem. Mahad al-Zahra, the centre for Quranic studies and the proliferation of huffaaz in the past decade is a testimony to his foresight and determination. Today, following in his tradition and extending his vision, the 53rdal-Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna Abu Jafar al-Sadiq Aali Qadr Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS has expressed his desire that there be at least one haafiz in each imaani house.
Just as Islam encompasses all preceding religions, the Quran encompasses all the miracles brought by past prophets. In its aayaats the solutions and cures to every ailment afflicting mankind are found. Its aayaats and surahs ward off the maleficent effects of sorcery and witchcraft.
Al-Quran is timeless and those who recite it and memorise it with their hearts filled with the mohabbat of Syedna Mohammed BurhanuddinRA and his mansoos, Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS are the recipients of its divine miracle. May Allah grant our Maula a long and healthy life till the Day of Qiyaamat.