(In the Name of Allah (SWT), Most Gracious, Most Merciful, all praise and thanks are due to Allah, Lord of the Realms and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger (SAWS) and upon all his family and companions)
Quran is the last book of guidance which was revealed on Our Beloved Prophet Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). The Quran deals with the ultimate goal of mankind. Allah Ta’ala has clearly explained the goal and aim of our lives as Allah Ta’ala says in Quran: “I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me”.
If someone wants to understand the core and essence of the Holy Quran he or she must have some characteristics and beliefs. Here are they:
first: who believe in the Unseen
second: who steadfast in prayer
third: who spend money in the way of Allah
fourth: who believe the Holy Quran and other books of Allah
fifth: who have the assurance of the Hereafter
The second chapter of Quran talks about these characteristics as Allah says: “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 thee, and sent before thy time and (in their hearts) has the assurance of the Hereafter”.
The companions (Sahaba Radhiy allaho anho) of Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) used to say first we learned Imaan (belief) from Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and then we learned Quran. one can’t really understand the core of Quran without Imaan however it is such amazing Book that it opens up gates of guidance for every single human being no matter he/she is a Muslim or not.
Quran says that the people who have the above characteristics would not only get guidance but also they are the ones who will prosper. The fifth verse of Surah Al-Baqarah / The Cow states: “They are on (true) guidance, from their Lord, and it is these who will prosper.”
On the other hand there are some unfortunate people who would not get guidance at all. Allah says to Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) that whether you warn them or not they will not become Muslims as Quran says: “As to those who reject Faith, it is the same to them whether thou warn them or do not warn them; they will not believe.”
The question is that why Allah says whether you warn them or not they will not believe in Me? the reason is told in Quran as well, the reason is given in the very next verse “Allah hath set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and on their eyes is a veil; great is the penalty they (incur)” they are the ones who are “Deaf, dumb, and blind, they will not return (to the path)” primarily because whenever they are told about the Truth, they not only reject but also make fun out of it.
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