The Quran about faith 4
In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful
The world around us is not for nothing called empirical, because people are endowed with the abilities of research, study and analysis. The listed qualities work only on the basis of data, the absence of which leaves a person in the darkness of ignorance. To answer the eternal question of the meaning of life, “baseline data” is also needed – in order to properly build a system of values, to determine the vector of development and to prepare for the final outcome. Data on this topic cannot be obtained by scientific method, intuition or life experience, since it must belong to the inmost source, which is revealed only to the elect – prophet – messengers of God. Such an elected messenger-prophet was Muhammad:
O mankind! The messenger has come to you with the truth from your Lord! So believe, it is better for you. But if you close yourself – then indeed, to God belongs whatever is in the heavens and earth. And ever is God Knowing and Wise. (4:170)
Say, “O mankind! Indeed I am the messenger of God to you all, to whom belongs the kingship of the heavens and the earth. There is no deity except Him! He gives life and causes death!”
So believe God and His messenger, the unsophisticated prophet, who believes God and His words. Follow him that you may be guided! (7:158)
The role of the messenger is to deliver a message from the Creator. The last such message for humanity is the Quran – Literature, which is personified with light:
So believe God and His messenger, and the Light, which We have sent down. God is Acquainted with what you do! (64:8)
Confidence and faithfulness to the information sent down sets the program of action in this life and the hope for a positive outcome.
Believe God and His messenger and spend out of what you have been given, what is left to you. For those who have believed among you and spent, there will be a great reward. (57:7)
I would like to emphasize that faith in the revealed message from the Creator is based on its voluntary recognition.
And if had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed – all of them entirely. Then, would you compel the people in order that they become believers? (10:99)
This is an additional confirmation that Muhammad did not spread the truth by force. An important factor in the rapid spread of faith in the Quran was the previous experience of obtaining information from the Almighty:
Indeed, the companions of Ibrahim (Abraham) among the people are those who followed him and this prophet, and those who believe. Indeed, God is the patron of the believers. (3:68)
That part of the people who already possessed some of the information about the truth, God defines in the Quran as “holders of the Prescription.” A single source of the idea of the Creator, being and meaning of life allows you to address separately to this category of people:
A Literature (Qur’an) which We have divided that you might recite it to the people over a prolonged period. And We have revealed it by revelation.
Say, “Believe in it or do not believe!”
Indeed, those who were given knowledge before it – when it is recited to them, they fall upon their faces in prostration, And they say, “Exalted is our Lord! Indeed, the promise of our Lord has been fulfilled!”
And they fall upon their faces weeping, and it increases in them humble submission. (17:106-109)
And in this situation, an indispensable condition is the voluntary decision-making. Moreover, there is a call for a tolerant relationship to each other, because history shows that religious wars are very ruthless:
So to that invite, and stand firm as you are commanded. Do not follow their passions.
Say, “I have believed in what God has revealed of the Prescription. I have been commanded to do justice among you! God is our Lord and your Lord! For us are our deeds, and for you your deeds! There is no justification between us and you! God will bring us together, and to Him is return.” (42:15)
The main cause of hatred is the protection of its built-up life-support system, which is often far from the primeval example. Appealing to the primary source is the main appeal to the holders of the Prescription, which makes it possible to act as a united front against “anti-truth”.
Muhammad is the messenger of God.
Those with him are severe against the closed ones, merciful among themselves. You see them kneeling, prostrating, seeking bounty from God and His contentment. Their mark is on their faces from the trace of prostration. That is their description in the Torah, but their description in the Gospel is as a plant which produces its offshoots and strengthens them so they grow firm and stand upon their stalks, delighting the sowers – so that God may enrage by them the closed ones.
God has promised those who believe and corrected themselves forgiveness and a great reward. (48:29)
The use of the sent down Divine Light gives a huge advantage over others – those that closed themselves from it:
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)
After all, it is not without reason that the Prescription is represented by Light, because the absence of this signifies obscurity and darkness:
…so beware God, O you of understanding who have believed! God has sent down to you the messenger with the reminder, reciting to you clarified signs of God that He may bring out those who believe and corrected themselves from darknesses into the Light. And whoever believes in God and corrects himself – He will admit him into gardens beneath which rivers flow to abide therein forever. God will have perfected for him a provision. (65:10-11)
Unlike the entire historical stratification, the Quran is the antithesis of obscurantism, the Quran serves as a model and standard in man’s striving to know the truth.