To Believe The Books


The third of the six fundamentals of iman (belief) is "to believe the Books revealed by Allahu ta'ala. " He sent these Books to some prophets by making the angel read to them. To some He sent books inscribed on tablets, and to some others by making them hear without the angel. All these Books are the Word of Allahu ta'ala (Kalam-Allah). They are eternal in the past and everlasting. They are not creatures. They are not words made up by angels, nor are they words of prophets. The Word of Allahu ta'ala is unlike the language which we write, keep in mind and speak. It is not like being in writing, speech or mind. It does not have letters or sounds. Man cannot understand how Allahu ta'ala and his Attributes are.

In the Books which Allahu ta'ala revealed, either the pronunciations or the meanings of some ayats [1], or both, were changed (naskh) by Him. The Qur'an al-karim replaced all the Books and abolished the validity of their rules. There will never be any mistakes, additions, forgotten or missing points in Qur'an al-karim until the end of the world, nor will it be forgotten. All knowledge of the past and the future exist in the Qur'an al-karim. For this reason, it is higher and more valuable than all the Books. The greatest mu'jiza of Rasulullah (sall-Allahu ta'ala 'alaihi wa sallam) is the Qur'an al-karim. If all human beings and genies would assemble and try to say something similar to the shortest sura of the Qur'an al-karim, they would not be able to do it. In fact, the eloquent, literary poets of Arabia assembled and strove very hard, but they could not say something like one short ayat.

[1] ayat: A verse of al-Qur'an al-karim; al-ayat al-karima.