|What is Islam?|
As Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the last messenger to mankind until the Day of Resurrection, God has given him an everlasting miracle as a supporting proof. The Quran, the miracle of this age, is a book that remains in our hands, open for all to examine its contents. The Quran is the actual word of God. It was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by angel Gabriel, 1400 years ago, in successive portions. It is utterly preserved to this day and will remain so till the Judgement; a command set in the Quran. This would have to be the case, if indeed it was the last message.
“And unto thee have We revealed the Scripture with the truth confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it.”
“Lo! We: It is We who have revealed the Reminder (Quran), and lo! We will guard it.”
“Lo! We have revealed the Scripture unto thee with truth; so worship God, making religion pure for Him only. Surely pure religion is for God only.”
The Quran is neither prose nor poetry, unique and inimitable, yet simple enough for the illiterate to understand. Indeed, a challenge is set for all time, calling on mankind to produce even a single chapter like that of the Quran- the smallest chapter being three lines long.
“And if you are in doubt concerning that which We reveal unto our slave, then produce a chapter of the like thereof, and call your witnesses beside God if you are truthful. ”
“Most of them follow naught but conjecture. Assuredly conjecture can by no means take place of truth. Lo! God is Aware of what they do. And this Quran is not such as could ever be invented in despite of God; but it is a confirmation of that which was before it and a full explanation of that which is decreed for mankind - t herein is no doubt from the Lord of the Worlds. Or they say: He has invented it? Say: Then bring a chapter like unto it, and call for help on all you can besides God, if you are truthful.”
God in His Wisdom has not left those whom cannot comprehend the nature of its' Arabic (the language of the Quran) to believe in blind faith. Indeed the Quran speaks of matters, some of which have only been ascertained recently with advancing science. For example, scientists have only recently deduced that the universe originated from gaseous particles; and that the universe was one mass that was subsequently split up; and the existence of the orbits of the sun and moon; and that the universe is expanding; and the precise order of events in the womb; and that every living thing was created out of water.
“Do the unbelievers not see that the heavens and the earth were joined together, then We clove them asunder, and We made every living thing out of water? Will they not then believe?”
In an age where man prefers to view reality through science, we find however, that science and religion are compatible. Should not God know what and how He creates?
“We shall show them Our signs in the universe and within themselves until it will be manifest unto them that this is the Truth. Does not thy Lord suffice, since He is witness over all things?”
“Those who have been given knowledge see that what is revealed unto thee from thy Lord is the Truth.”