Basic Teachings of the Holy Quran

The Holy Quran is the Divine Book and the proof that the Holy Prophet (SAW) is the main source of Islamic laws and education. The Holy Quran consists of the words of the Almighty Allah and the knowledge descended to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) from the source of Glory. The Noble Quran is the 4th and last sacred holy book of Almighty Allah which gradually descended to the Holy Prophet (SAW) during the twenty-three years of His call and invitation to Islam.

The purpose of the revelation of the Holy Quran is only leading the people to prosperity. It teaches rightful beliefs, praiseworthy ethics, and good deeds, all of which are the pillars of the prosperity of man and human society. In the Noble Quran, Almighty Allah says “…And We have revealed the Book to you explaining clearly everything…” (Quran, 16:89)

Muslims have a strong belief in the teachings of the Holy Quran. This Heavenly Volume is highly unique in its contents and teachings, as the Almighty Allah says: “And if you are in doubt about what We have sent down upon Our Servant [Muhammad], then produce a surah the like thereof and call upon your witnesses other than Allah, if you should be truthful.” (Quran, 2: 23)

The most fundamental messages in the Holy Quran which apply to all mankind are belief, prayer, and doing good deeds. The verses which contain the above themes are among the most frequent in the Holy Quran. ‘Belief’ and ‘good deeds’ are absolutely the basic requirements in the religion Islam. There are many verses that confirm this. To believe in Allah is the primary requirement, and in this sense, we must also believe in Allah’s revelations, His messengers and the Day of Judgement. Almighty Allah mentioned in the Holy Quran: “Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakat; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are righteous.” (Quran, 2:177)

The Holy Quran promotes social justice and equality. The Holy Quran does not only talk about religious matters but also gives a complete guide on making and maintain social fairness and impartiality in all matters no matter what cost one has to bear for it. Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Quran: “O you, who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So, follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.” (Quran, 4: 135)

Muslims needs to follow the instructions and teachings of the Holy Quran rather than blindly follow every prevailing idea. The applicability of the instructions of the Holy Quran in every walk of life can be observed from its subsequent Ayah: “O you who have believed, indeed many of the scholars and the monks devour the wealth of people unjustly and avert [them] from the way of Allah. And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah – give them tidings of a painful punishment.” (Quran, 9: 34)

The Holy Quran teaches that believers should accompany Islamic beliefs with actions. In the Noble Quran, Almighty Allah says: “Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried?” (Quran, 29: 2). So, the Quranic Ayah clearly points toward the notion of realizing one`s religious principles through its deeds and remaining steadfast on them in any case.

In short, the Holy Quran is not just a Book that talks about religious ideas but a lot more than that. May Allah Almighty guide us to follow the teachings of the Holy Quran. Ameen!