The Quran about the truth. Part 2
In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful
Freedom of choice consists of a wide range of options for whatever is in the attention of people. This is due to the presence in the intellectual field of the whole palette of ideologies and philosophical thought, to which existence God does not interfere. This state of things indicates the activity of human thought in the search for truth.
To meet such a need and the opportunity to find something solid, the Creator periodically gave people a chance to find an unshakable foundation. The last source containing truth was the Quran.
Indeed, We have sent you, with the truth as a bringer of good tidings and a warner, and you will not be asked about the companions of hellfire. (2:119)
The vicious practice of seeking additional, in-depth knowledge in the revealed revelation led many adepts to interpret the Prescription of God through intermediaries or some signs, which ultimately only led them away from open, accessible truth.
And We had certainly brought them a Prescription which We detailed by knowledge – as guidance and mercy to a people who believe. Do they await except its interpretation? The Day its interpretation comes those who had ignored it before will say, “The messengers of our Lord had come with the truth, so are there any intercessors to intercede for us or could we be sent back to do other than we used to do?” They will have lost themselves, and lost from them is what they used to invent! (7:52-53)
The search for truth is associated with the choice of the path to its cognition. Therefore, the Quran is positioned as guidance.
Say, “The Pure Spirit has brought it down from your Lord in truth to make firm those who believe and as guidance and good tidings to the humble!” (16:102)
Being self-sufficient, the Quran needed only the transfer of it to the people, this mission was fulfilled by Muhammad.
And with the truth We have sent it down, and with the truth it has descended. And We have not sent you, except as a bringer of good tidings and a warner! (17:105)
The obsession with one’s pillars did not allow to see the truth in the Quran, which was expressed in the statement about the falsity and fictitiousness of the Prescription.
Or do they say, “He invented it”?
Rather, it is the truth from your Lord, that you may warn a people to whom no warner has come before you [so] perhaps they will be guided! (32:3)
The Prescription is intended for careful study, because the truth in it is beyond doubt.
These are the signs of God which We recite to you in truth.
And indeed, you are from among the messengers. (2:252)
Indeed, this is the true story. And there is no deity except God. And indeed, God is the Exalted in Might, the Wise! (3:62)
These are the signs of God. We recite them to you, in truth; and God wants no obscurity to people! (3:108)
All the information in the Quran meets the criteria of truth. This also applies to historical events.
And recite to them the true message about Adam’s two sons.
When they both offered a sacrifice, and it was accepted from one of them but was not accepted from the other.
Said [the latter], “I will surely kill you.”
Said [the former], “Indeed, God only accepts from the circumspect! (5:27)
For the successful fulfilment of the mission entrusted to Muhammad, and to all people, it was reported about the former elected messengers.
And each [story] We relate to you from the message about the messengers is that by which We make firm your heart. And there has come to you, in this, the truth and an exhortation and a reminder for the believers. (11:120)
As we see, the structure of the Prescription is constructed in the form of stories and shows the inconsistency of human legends and myths.
These are the signs of Allah which We recite to you in truth. Then in what story after God and His signs will they believe? (45:6)
For the maximum effect of the spreading of truth, the informer must be himself in full confidence.
The truth is from your Lord, so do not be among the doubters! (3:60)
Doubt is removed by precedents, which was reported to the envoy.
So if you are in doubt about that which We have revealed to you, then ask those who have been reading the Prescription before you. The truth has certainly come to you from your Lord, so never be among the doubters! (10:94)
Precedents are former messengers who brought the Prescriptions. Usurpation by a narrow circle of people of interpretation and deliberate distortion of the essence of revelations predetermined the sending of the Quran as “litmus paper” for the separation of “seeds from the chaff”.
He has sent down upon you, the Prescription in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel. (3:3)
And We have revealed to you, the Prescription in truth, confirming that which preceded it of the Prescription and as a guardian. So judge between them by what God has revealed and do not follow their passions away from what has come to you of the truth.
To each of you We prescribed straight direction and a method. Had God willed, He would have set you on one basis. But to test you in what He has given you; so race to good. To God is your return all together, and He will inform you concerning that over which you used to differ! (5:48)
And that which We have suggested to you, of the Prescription is the truth, confirming what was before it. Indeed, God, of His servants, is Acquainted and Seeing. (35:31)
Even representatives of invisible creatures were convinced of the truth of the last Book.
They said, “O our nation! Indeed we have heard a Prescription revealed after Musa (Moses) confirming what was before it which guides to the truth and to a straight path! (46:30)
As noted above, people’s opinions are presented in a wide range. A person has the right to believe the way he wants. The main thing is that he is aware of the truth and consequences of a wrong opinion.
That is because God has sent down the Book in truth. And indeed, those who differ over the Prescription are in extreme dissension! (2:176)
The presence of many representations invariably entered into conflict with the truth, the removal of which was entrusted to the Prescription.
Mankind was on one basis. Then God sent the prophets as bringers of good tidings and warners and sent down with them the Prescription in truth to judge between the people concerning that in which they differed. And none differed over it except those who were given it – after the clear proofs came to them – out of jealous animosity among themselves. And God guided those who believed to the truth concerning that over which they had differed, by His permission. And God guides whom He wills to a straight path. (2:213)
Indeed, We have revealed to you, the Prescription in truth so you may judge between the people by that which God has shown you. And do not be for the traitors a rival. (4:105)
I would like to recall that the Prescription is of a recommendatory nature and is based solely on the voluntary choice of each person.
Say, “O mankind! The truth has come to you from your Lord! So whoever is guided is only guided for himself, and whoever goes astray only goes astray for himself. And I am not over you a trustee!” (10:108)
And say, “The truth is from your Lord, so whoever wills – let him believe; and whoever wills – let him close himself.” Indeed, We have prepared for the obscurantists a fire whose walls will surround them! And if they call for relief, they will be relieved with water like murky oil, which scalds [their] faces. Wretched is the drink, and evil is the resting place! (18:29)
Indeed, We sent down to you the Prescription for the people in truth. So whoever is guided – it is for himself and whoever goes astray only goes astray to its detriment. And you are not a trustee over them! (39:41)
The principle of voluntariness presupposes a discussion platform for fair competition.
And they do not come to you with an argument except that We bring you the truth and the best explanation. (25:33)
The lack of coercion exposed the true spiritual state of people, most of whom did not believe God.
Alif, Lam, Meem, Ra.
These are the signs of the Prescription; and what has been revealed to you from your Lord is the truth, but most of the people do not believe. (13:1)
In many respects this was expressed in a skeptical attitude towards the warning about the Day of Debt.
It is God who has sent down the Prescription in truth and the balance. And what will make you perceive? Perhaps the hour is near! Those who do not believe in it are impatient for it, but those who believe are fearful of it and know that it is the truth. Unquestionably, those who dispute concerning the hour are in extreme error! (42:17-18)
Those who have accepted the Quranic truth with all their heart and mind, are given by the Lord a promise of a successful outcome on the Day of Debt.
And those who believe and corrected themselves and believe in what has been sent down upon Muhammad – and it is the truth from their Lord, He will remove from them their misdeeds and amend their minds!
That is because those who closed themselves follow vainness, and those who believe follow the truth from their Lord. Thus does God present to the people their comparisons. (47:2-3)
A very important message for believers is a warning from repeating the mistakes of the holders of the Prescription. It is no secret that the Muslims divided into different branches, repeating the path of previous religious communities. The only way out of this situation is humility before the prescriptions of the Quran.
Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of God and what has come down of the truth? And let them not be like those who were given the Prescription before, and a long period passed over them, so their hearts hardened; and many of them are apostates! (57:16)
After all, Muhammad also relied on the revealed truth – the Quran.
So rely upon God; indeed, you are upon the clear truth! (27:79)
In this regard, intellectuals, devoid of inertial thinking, unerringly determine that the truth is the Prescription of the Creator.
And those who have been given knowledge see that what is revealed to you from your Lord is the truth, and it guides to the path of the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy! (34:6)
Believers must submit all their lives to the guidance of the Quran, thus fulfilling the precept – service to God.
Indeed, We have sent down to you the Prescription in truth. So serve God, being sincere to Him in duty! (39:2)