Quran and Humanity



By : Ali Ashhar

Islam (a term meaning peace) is one of the most misunderstood terms in today’s world. As Thomas Babington Macaulay once said “Half-knowledge is worse than ignorance”, signifying that half-knowledge often astrays you from the real fact. The holy Quran is a book that was revealed for all of mankind. Ironically, its teaching have often been misinterpreted for preaching terrorism instead of peace. A Muslim (one who submits his will to God) is taught that the holy Quran states in Chapter 5, Verse 32: “Whoever kills an innocent human being it is as he has killed all of mankind and whoever saves an innocent human being it is as he has saved all of mankind.” Also, the holy Quran states in Chapter 41, Verse 34 : “Good and evil can never be equal. Repel evil with what is good.” A Muslim is instructed to pray five times a day that he may become God conscious and refrain himself from evil. Fasting, which is one of the five pillars of Islam has also been prescribed so that a Muslim bhai abstain himself not only from food and water but from the evils of his desires and soul.

The Holy Quran has been revealed for all of mankind and when you read this scripture; you will find many similarities between Christianity and Judaism, also known as Abrahamic religion. There are tales of 25 Prophets of mankind mentioned in the holy Quran namely: Adam, Idris (Enoch), Nuh (Noah), Hud (Heber), Saleh, Lut (Lot), Ibrahim (Abraham), Ismail (Ismael), Isaaq ( Isaac), Yaqoob (Jacob), Yusuf (Joseph), Shuaib (Jethro), Ayyub (Job), Dhulfikl (Ezekiel), Musa (Moses), Harun (Aaron), Dawud (David), Sulayman (Solomon), Ilyas (Elias), Alyasa (Elisha), Yunus (Jonah), Zakaria (Zachariah), Yahya (John The Baptist), Isa (Jesus) and Muhammad which creates a strong bond between Quran and people of other tribes and nations.

The holy Quran states in Chapter 3, Verse 84: “Say we have believed in Allah, and in whatever was sent down on us, and whatever was sent down on Prophet Abraham, Ismael, Isaac and Jacob, and the grandson (the tribes) and whatever was bought to Moses and Jesus and the Prophets from their Lord; we make no distinction between any of them.” How can a holy book preach hate and extremism that says, “Repel evil with what is good”, “Do good that you may succeed”, “Keep your promises”, “Saying a good word is a form of charity”, “Meet your brother with a smiling face” and “Forgive others as it is a sign of strength.” The holy Quran is the book that creates an indispensable link between Muslims and all of mankind. There have been instances where leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela revolutionized their ideas by deriving inspiration from Muslim leader, Imam Hussain Ibn Ali.


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Mahatma Gandhi once said, “I learnt from Hussain how to achieve victory while being oppressed.” Nelson Mandela once said, “ I have spent more than 20 years in prison, then one night I decided to surrender by signing all of the terms and conditions of the government. But suddenly, I thought about Imam Hussain and the Karbala Movement and Imam Hussain gave me the strength to stand for the right of freedom and liberation and I did.” Malcolm X once said, “America needs to understand Islam because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem.” To say that the Holy Quran divides or preaches has always been something that has been misinterpreted. There have been Muslim doctors, scientists, poets, athletes and others following the real teachings of Quran who have given their immense contribution to mankind.

According to CNN, surgery was invented by a Muslim doctor Al Zahrawi, while Fatima al- Firhi founded the first degree-granting university in Fez, Morocco. The first medical center was founded in Egypt in the 9th century by Muslims. Athletes like Muhammad Ali were well-known for their philanthropic services during their lifetime. The teachings of 13 th -century Persian poet Rumi inspires millions around the globe even today. In today’s world humanity can only prosper if every person irrespective of their gender, color, race, or status is cherished, and this is what the Quran has always preached Muslims.

Author can be mailed at aliashhar75@gmail.com


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