The advent of the Holy Prophet (sa) and the purpose of the Revelation of the Holy Quran

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Last Updated on 6th January 2023

“I have mentioned this before as well and it shall be of benefit if I mention this again. I would like to turn your attention to the question of what was the purpose of Allah Almighty in raising Prophets, peace be upon them, and in ultimately sending the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, for the guidance of mankind, and in revealing the Holy Quran? Every individual’s actions are motivated by some purpose. To hold that Allah the Exalted had no real purpose in sending down the Holy Quran or sending the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is the height of insolence and disrespect. For this, God forbid, would be tantamount to attributing a useless action to Allah the Exalted, although His Being is Pure — Holy is He and Exalted is His Majesty.

“So bear in mind that in revealing the Holy Quran and sending the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, Allah the Exalted has desired to manifest to the world a magnificent sign of mercy. To this effect, Allah the Exalted states:

مَاۤ اَرۡسَلۡنٰكَ اِلَّا رَحۡمَۃً لِّلۡعٰلَمِیۡنَ

“‘We have sent thee not but as a mercy for all peoples.’ (Surah al-Anbiya’, Ch.21: V.108)

“Similarly, Allah Almighty states that He sent down the Holy Quran for the following purpose:

هُدًی لِّلۡمُتَّقِیۡنَ

“‘It is a guidance for the righteous.’ (Surah al-Baqarah, Ch.2: V.3)“

These are such grand objectives that they are second to none. It is for this very reason that Allah the Exalted willed for all the individual excellences of the past Prophets, peace be upon them, to culminate in the person of Allah’s Messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him; and for all the merits and excellences found in the various scriptures to be encapsulated in the Holy Quran; and for all the qualities of the past nations to be gathered in this ummah. Hence, God Almighty desires for us to attain these excellences and so one must not forget that just as God wishes to confer upon us these supreme excellences, He has blessed us with faculties in equal degree. For if we had not been given faculties that accorded in strength, we would never have been able to attain these excellences in any way whatsoever. For example, if someone were to invite a company of people, it would be necessary for them to prepare a quantity of food that suffices those invited; and the size of the house must be able to accommodate them as well. Is it possible that someone would invite one thousand people to a feast, and then build a small hut to seat them all? Of course not! The host will indeed fully consider the number of invitees. In the same manner, the Book of God Almighty is a feast and banquet, to which the whole of the world has been invited. The house that God Almighty has prepared for this invitation is the faculties with which the people have been vested. Nothing can be accomplished without faculties. Now if the teaching of the Holy Quran was presented to an ox, a dog or some other animal, they would not be able to comprehend it, because they do not possess such faculties as can bear the teachings of the Holy Quran. However, Allah the Exalted has granted us those faculties and we can benefit from them.” (Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Malfuzat, Vol. II, pp. 56-58)

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