In 610 CE, in the month of Ramadan, when Muhammad was about 40, he had a life changing experience. He was praying, as he often did, in a cave, on Mt. Hira, also known as the ‘Mountain of light’, about 5 km from Makkah, when he heard a voice calling his name and saying ‘Iqra’, which means ‘recite’. He saw a roll of silk, with letters of fire on it, and the voice commanded him to recite the words written, but he could not, he was illiterate.
These words came from the Qu’ran (Surah 96, verses 1-5). The voice belonged to the angel Jibreel (the archangel Gabriel), he asked Muhammad to recite 3 times, but each time he told him he could not.
Muhammed was distraught, he really wanted to read those words, to please the angel and to please Allah, but he physically could not, his throat had seized up so badly, he thought he was going to die. He probably wondered why Allah chose him; after all, he was only a plain ordinary, middle class man. There were loads of other men in the world who were wealthier than he was, who would have been a more successful prophet, but he chose Muhammad.
Suddenly, he knew what the words said, he knew it in his heart and he began to recite them. From this moment onwards, he knew he was destined to spread the word of Allah and he begun immediately.
Explain how and why Muslims show respect for the
Qu’ran in daily life.
Muslims believe that the Qu’ran is the complete and uncorrupted word of Allah that no man has ever changed or tampered with it, it is exactly as Allah wanted it to be. They believe that it is sent down from Allah, that it is the timeless truth from Allah to humanity; therefore, it must be treated with utmost respect.
The Qu’ran must never touch the floor so they have a little stand to rest it on when they are sitting on the floor. It must be stored in the highest pace in the room. Your hands must be clean when touching the Qu’ran. Girls and Women must cover their heads when reading from it and you are not allowed to eat, drink or smoke around it.
Islam would not exist without the Qu’ran.
Do you agree?
I do agree with this statement, without the Qu’ran, Muslims would not have anything to follow; there would be no standard to live up to and so therefore the faith would collapse, I think. Without the Qu’ran, how would the people know that Muhammad was not making everything up? They would have to have some conformation that what Muhammad said was the truth; they had to have the truth from god. Also with no holy book, there would be nothing to base your faith upon, if you could not read and learn the scriptures in an uncorrupted form, then the only other way is by word of mouth, which is like a game of Chinese whispers, it is open to interpretation and can be changed, and then disputes will arise as to who is right and what the true word of Allah is. Every faith has a holy book, the Christians have the Bible, Judaism has the Torah, and Islam has the Qu’ran. These are the three most widespread religions, and they all rely on their holy book to survive.