Beauty of Quran is unique not only in its message but also in its structure, composition, order and presentation
The Holy Quran is the last and ultimate divine guidance. It is the climax of knowledge (Ilm) which the humans have received or perceived. The Quran is now the guidance till eternity and thus this message is universalised in such a way that it is compatible with every civilisation. Its preservation is a divine promise, unlike the other revelations, this message can’t be fabricated. The divine message of Quran is so harmonious that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The wonders of the Quran will never come to an end.”
Everytime anyone who dives deep into its meanings and ponders over it, he will definitely rise up with a new pearl. The beauty of the Quran is unique not only in its message but also in its structure, composition, order and presentation. However, this all can be appreciated only when it is perceived first.
Same has been the case with every sign which Allah revealed through his prophets (PBUT) that is only those people have appreciated the beauty of the these signs who perceived them first. This can be understood by citing an example from the Quran itself and applying the same principle to it.
The example is the famous confrontation between Prophet Moses (PBUH) and the magicians of Egypt. The incident is picturized in the verses of Sura Taha.
In verse 57, Pharaoh said, “Have you come to us that you should turn us out of our land by your magic, O Musa?”
In verse 70: And the magicians were cast down making obeisance, they said, “We believe in the Lord of Musa and Harun.”
The above two verses are the depiction of the same miracle shown to two different people, the turning of the stick into a serpent was denied by the Pharaoh by considering it a mere trick but the same sign became the reason for the magicians to believe in the Lord of the Worlds.
The reaction of the magicians was obvious as they had the knowledge of the reality of magic. Hence, they easily deduced the contrast between what they performed and what they witnessed. It was an awe-inspiring experience for the magicians, and it was because of the knowledge (of magic) that they appreciated the sign of Allah and that too with prostration.
In this respect, the Quran is the sign of signs and to perceive this great sign one should keep in mind different aspects, circumstances, the way it was revealed, nature of society, the language etc.
One should strive to gain knowledge regarding various fields which help in this cause so that the infallibility of the Quran could be understood and appreciated. This is the level of a believer which is referred in Surah Al Imran verse 7. It says: “…. And those who are firmly rooted in knowledge say, ‘We believe in it, it is all from our Lord ; and none do mind except those having understanding. ”
The first and foremost to appreciate the signs of Allah are the prophets (PBHT) and as a result they do more prostrations than anyone else among humans as mentioned in Sura Maryam verse 58.
It says: “These are they whom Allah bestowed favours from among the prophets of the seed of Adam and those whom we carried with Nooh and of the seed of Ibrahim and Israel (Yaqub) and of those whom we guided and chose, when the communications of the Beneficent Allah were recited to them, they fell down making obeisance and weeping.”
Similar kind of message is repeated in relation to the Quran in Sura Anfal verse 2.
It says: “The believers are only those who, when name of Allah is mentioned, their hearts tremble with fear and when they hear his signs rehearsed their faith strengthens. In Allah alone do they trust.”
The next verse shows the result of the experience they feel and it is prostration in the form of Salah that is verse 3. It says, “… those who keep up prayer….”
The great sign of Allah that is Quran is also appreciated by a believer through prostrations and the appreciation can be done only when one has the knowledge to perceive its beauty.
It is the reason the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, ‘Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim’ because it is the firm knowledge which helps a believer to appreciate this great sign of Allah and strengthen his faith.