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‘THE HOLY QURAN’ as a source of law

'THE HOLY QURAN' as a source of law

By: Nazish Maqsood 

And We have not revealed to you the Book, [O Muhammad], except for you to make clear to them that wherein they have differed and as guidance and mercy for a people who believe. (Al-Quran 16: 64)

As a complete code of life in terms of its stated morality and laws, the holy Quran guides humans in spiritual and worldly matters, as well as individual and collective aspects of life. The holy Quran, the last book of Allah Almighty which He revealed on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), is the foundation of our religion and the fountainhead of Islamic law. This is a complete book and a code for man’s guidance. It is addressed to the whole humanity without the discrimination of race, colour, religion or time. It is the first source of Islamic law and, without any doubt, is the recipe for success in this world and the hereafter.

The holy Quran was revealed on Lailat-ul-Qadr, that is, to most scholars, the 27th night of the holy month of Ramadan. The Book is unique as no other book in this world has such authenticity and uniqueness. The main purpose of revealing the holy Quran has been described in Surah Al-Baqarah, in the following words:

“The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.” — (2:185)

On its veracity and being the word of Allah Almighty, it has been told in Surah Younus:

“And it was not [possible] for this Qur’an to be produced by other than Allah, but [it is] a confirmation of what was before it and a detailed explanation of the [former] Scripture, about which there is no doubt, from the Lord of the worlds.” — (10:37)

On the matter of using Arabic language, Allah says in Surah Yusuf:

“Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Quran that you might understand.” – (12:2)

As discussed earlier, the holy Quran is the fountainhead of guidance for the humanity, Allah Almighty says in Surah Al-Isra:

“Indeed, this Quran guides to that which is most suitable and gives good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a great reward.” (17:9)

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