In the Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
Short answers from The Holy Qur'an
What the Quran says about
THE HOLY QUR'AN
"This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear God." 2:2 "Do they not ponder on the Qur'an? Had it been from other than God, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy." 4:82 "(This is) the revelation of the Book in which there is no doubt - from the Lord of the Worlds. Or do they say, 'He has forged it?' Nay, it is the Truth from thy Lord." 32:2-3
"Whatever is in the heavens and on earth, doth declare the Praises and Glory of God - the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. It is He Who has sent amongst the Unlettered a messenger from among themselves, to rehearse to them His Signs, to purify them, and to instruct them in The Book and Wisdom,- although they had been, before, in manifest error." 62:1-2 "To God do belong the unseen (secrets) of the heavens and the earth, and to Him goeth back every affair (for decision): so worship Him, and put thy trust in Him: and thy Lord is not unmindful of aught that ye do." 11:123 "God! There is no god but He - the Living, the Self-subsisting, Supporter of all. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is thee can intercede in His presence except as He permitteth?" 2:255 "Put thy trust in God. For God loves those who put their trust (in Him). If God helps you, none can overcome you: if He forsakes you, who is there, after that, that can help you? In God, then, let Believers put their trust." 3:159-160 "God is He, than Whom there is no other god - the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the justly Proud. Glory to God! (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him." 59:23 "Say: He is God, the One and Only; God, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; and there is none like unto Him." 112:1-4
JEWS AND CHRISTIANS
"And dispute ye not with the People of the Book [Jews and Christians], except with means better (than mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong (and injury); but say, 'We believe in the Revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; our God and your God is One; and it is to Him we submit (in Islam).'" 29:46 "O People of the Book! Exceed not in your religion the bounds (of what is proper), trespassing beyond the truth, nor follow the vain desires of people who went wrong in times gone by - who misled many, and strayed (themselves) from the even Way." 5:77
"Muhammad is no more than a messenger; many were the messengers that passed away before him. If he died or were slain, will ye then turn back on your heels? If any did turn back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to God; but God (on the other hand) will swiftly reward those who (serve him) with gratitude." 3:144 "Behold! the angels said: 'O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to God; he shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous.' She said: 'O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?' He said: 'Even so; God createth what He willeth: when He hath decreed a matter, He but saith to it, 'Be', and it is! And God will teach him the Book and Wisdom, The Torah and the Gospel." 3:45-48 "O Moses! I have chosen thee above (other) men, by the messages I (have given thee) and the words I (have spoken to thee); take then the (revelation) which I give thee, and be of those who give thanks." 7:144 "Abraham: he was a man of Truth, a prophet. Behold, he said to his father: 'O my father! why worship that which heareth not and seeth not, and can profit thee nothing? O my father! to me hath come knowledge which hath not reached thee: So follow me: I will guide thee to a way that is even and straight. O my father! serve not Satan: for Satan is a rebel against (God) Most Gracious.'" 19:41-44
THE HOLY SPIRIT
"Say, the Holy Spirit has brought the revelation from thy Lord in Truth, in order to strengthen those who believe, and as a Guide and Glad Tidings to Muslims." 16:102 "...Gabriel - for he brings down the (revelation) to thy heart by God's will, a confirmation of what went before, and guidance and glad tidings for those who believe." 2:97
"Behold! We said to the angels, 'Bow down to Adam': they bowed down except Iblis [Satan]. He was one of the Jinns [spirits with a free-will], and he broke the Command of his Lord. Will ye then take him and his progeny as protectors rather than Me? And they are enemies to you! Evil would be the exchange for the wrongdoers!" 18:50 "Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?" 5:91 "And Satan will say when the matter is decided: 'It was God Who gave you a promise of Truth: I too promised, but failed in my promise to you. I had no authority over you except to call you, but ye listened to me: then reproach not me, but reproach your own souls. I cannot listen to your cries, nor can ye listen to mine. I reject your former act in associating me with God. For wrongdoers there must be a Grievous Penalty.'" 14:22
SIGNS IN NATURE AND CREATION
"It is He Who sends down rain from the sky. From it ye drink, and out of it (grows) the vegetation on which ye feed your cattle. With it He produces for you corn, olives, date-palms, grapes, and every kind of fruit: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought. He has made subject to you the Night and the Day; the Sun and the Moon; and the Stars are in subjection by His Command: verily in this are Signs for those who are wise. And the things on this earth which He has multiplied in varying colours (and qualities); verily in this is a Sign for those who are mindful. It is He Who has made the sea subject, that ye may eat thereof flesh that is fresh and tender, and that ye may extract therefrom ornaments to wear; and thou seest the ships therein that plough the waves, that ye may seek (thus) of the bounty of God and that ye may be grateful. And He has set up on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should shake with you; and rivers and ways: that ye may guide yourselves; and marks and sign-posts; and by the stars (humans) guide themselves. Is then He Who creates like one that creates not? Will ye not receive admonition? If ye would count up the favours of God, never would ye be able to number them: for God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. And God doth know what ye conceal, and what ye reveal. Those whom they invoke besides God create nothing and are themselves created. (They are things) dead, lifeless: nor do they know when they will be raised up." 16:10-21 "Seest thou not that God sends down rain from the sky, and leads it through springs in the earth? Then He causes to grow, therewith, produce of various colours: then it withers; thou wilt see it grow yellow; then He makes it dry up and crumble away. Truly, in this, is a Message of remembrance to Men of understanding." 39:21 "Do they not reflect in their own minds? Not but for just ends and for a term appointed, did God create the heavens and the earth, and all between them: yet are there truly many among men who deny their meeting with their Lord (at the Resurrection)! Do they not travel through the earth, and see what was the End of those before them? They were superior to them in strength: they tilled the soil and populated it in greater numbers than these have done: there came to them their messengers with Clear (Signs), (which they rejected, to their own destruction): it was not God who wronged them, but they wronged their own souls. In the long run Evil in the extreme will be the End of those who do evil; for that they rejected the Signs of God, and held them up to ridicule". 30:8-10 "Among His Signs is this, that He created you from dust; and then - behold, ye are men scattered (far and wide)! And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect. And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colours: verily in that are Signs for those who know. And among His Signs is the sleep that ye take by night and by day, and the quest that ye (make for livelihood) out of His Bounty: verily in that are Signs for those who hearken. And among His Signs, He shows you the lightning, by way both of fear and of hope, and He sends down rain from the sky and with it gives life to the earth after it is dead: verily in that are Signs for those who are wise." 30:20-24
JUDGMENT DAY AND THE HEREAFTER
"Man says: 'What! When I am dead, shall I then be raised up alive?' But does not man call to mind that We created him before out of nothing?" 19:66-67 "And ye devour Inheritance - all with greed, and ye love wealth with inordinate love! Nay! When the earth is pounded to powder, and thy Lord cometh, and His angels, rank upon rank, and Hell, that Day, is brought (face to face)- on that Day will man remember, but how will that remembrance profit him? He will say: 'Ah! Would that I had sent forth (Good Deeds) for (this) my (Future) Life!' For, that Day, his Chastisement will be such as none (else) can inflict, and His bonds will be such as none (other) can bind. (To the righteous soul will be said:) 'O (thou) soul, in (complete) rest and satisfaction! Come back thou to thy Lord - well pleased (thyself), and well-pleasing unto Him! Enter thou, then, among my Devotees! Yea, enter thou My Heaven!'" 89:19-30 "God hath promised to Believers - men and women - Gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein, and beautiful mansions in Gardens of everlasting bliss. But the greatest bliss is the Good Pleasure of God: that is the supreme felicity." 9:72 "It is God Who has created the heavens and the earth, and all between them, in six Days, then He established Himself on the Throne (of authority); ye have none, besides Him, to protect or intercede (for you): will ye not then receive admonition? He rules (all) affairs from the heavens to the earth: in the end will (all affairs) go up to Him, on a Day, the space whereof will be (as) a thousand years of your reckoning. Such is He, the Knower of all things, hidden and open, the Exalted (in power), the Merciful - He Who has made everything which He has created Most Good: He began the creation of man with (nothing more than) clay, and made his progeny from a quintessence of the nature of a fluid despised: But He fashioned him in due proportion, and breathed into him something of His spirit. And He gave you (the facilities of) hearing and sight and feeling (and understanding): little thanks do ye give! And they say: 'What! When we lie, hidden and lost, in the earth, shall we indeed be in a Creation renewed?' Nay, they deny the Meeting with their Lord! Say: 'The Angel of Death, put in charge of you, will (duly) take your souls, then shall ye be brought back to your Lord." 32:4-11 "The (Judgment) ever approaching draws nigh: no (soul) but God can lay it bare. Do ye then wonder at this recital? And will ye laugh and not weep - wasting your time in vanities? But fall ye down in prostration to God and adore (Him)!" 53:57-62 "As to those who believe not in the Hereafter, their hearts refuse to know, and they are arrogant. Undoubtedly, God doth know what they conceal, and what they reveal: verily He loveth not the arrogant. When it is said to them, 'What is it that your Lord has revealed?' they say, 'Tales of the ancients!' Let them bear, on the Day of Judgment, their own burdens in full, and also (something) of the burdens of those without knowledge, whom they misled. Alas, how grievous the burdens they will bear!" 16:22-25 "Do they not think that they will be called to account?- on a Mighty Day, a Day when (all) mankind will stand before the Lord of the Worlds?" 83:4-6
WHAT DO MUSLIMS BELIEVE?
Muslims believe in One, Unique, Incomparable God; in the Angels created by Him; in the prophets: through whom His revelations were brought to mankind; in the Day of Judgment and individual accountability for actions; in God's complete authority over human destiny and in life after death. Muslims believe in a chain of prophets starting with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Jesus, peace be upon them. But God's final message to man, a reconfirmation of the eternal message and a summing-up of all that has gone before was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Beside many other verses in the Quran, this verse teaches the main beliefs all Muslims have to accept:
"It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces Towards east or West; but it is righteousness- to believe in God and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfill the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing." The Holy Quran 2.177.
RACISM AND COLOR, WHO IS THE BEST?
"O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). The holy Quran 49:13
Some of us may wonder why does God choose to speak in plural like "We created". If we lookup the word "we" in the dictionary, we will find out that it can be used for "I" when the speaker is a king, an emperor or a president. Also, an author who is speaking of his publication can use the word "we".