Spiritual enrichment through Quran course 

E-Quran classes has served an important function by developing this course which is devoted to the spiritual dimensions of the Islamic Tradition. For Muslim and non-Muslim alike, the course contains invaluable insights into the deeper meanings and spiritual import of central aspects of the Faith; the essence of the religion is elucidated in such a manner as to reveal, on the one hand, the universal characteristics of the spiritual heart of Islam, and on the other, to make clear the exact formulae of the Islamic belief which stream from this heart and prime back to it. Despite the considerable range of themes discussed, the course does not cover all aspects of Islam that have spiritual meaning – nor does it intend to do so – but rather; it succeeds in illuminating the fundamental spiritual, principles of the religion, in the light of which the secondary phenomena can be more clearly appreciated and accorded appropriate degrees of significance; for it is only in relation to the spiritual essence that outward forms have any meaning, and only in terms of the principle of Unity that the phenomena of multiplicity can be truly understood. 

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Qur’an as Element of Islamic Spiritual Foundation 

The Qur’an is the origin and source of all that is Islamic. The whole of the spiritual path that emanates from the very Substance of the Prophet owes its existence to the descent of the Word of God upon the virgin soul of His Messenger. 

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The Essence of Qur’an

The Quran is the verbatim revelation of the Word of God, revealed in Arabic through the archangel Gabriel to the Prophet during the twenty-three-year period of his prophetic mission. The first verses were revealed when the Prophet was meditating in the cave of Ghar-e-Hira on the Mountain of Light (Jabal al-nūr) near Mecca, and the last shortly before his death. The verses were memorized by many of the companions and gradually set to writing by such companions as Hazrat Ali (R.A) and Zayd (R.A). Finally, during the time of Hazrat Usman Ghani (R.A), the third caliph, the definitive text based on these early copies and the confirmation of those who had heard the verses from the mouth of the Prophet was copied and sent to the four corners of the Islamic world. The text of the Quran is thus not based on long periods of compilation and interpretation by human agents. Rather, the Quran is the genuine Expression of Allah as given to Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and is like Christ for Christians, who is himself the Word of God brought into the world through the Virgin Mary. She, therefore, plays a role analogous to that of the soul of the Prophet (P.B.U.H); both are pure, immaculate, and virginal before the Divine Word. Consequently, not only the meaning of the Quran but also its form — and, in fact, all that relates to it — is sacred. The written words as calligraphy, the sounds of the recited text, the very physical presence of the Book, as well as, of course, the message contained therein, are sacred and spiritually important. 

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The Qur’an is an echoing disclosure in Islam and a spiritual significance. The first words of the Blessed Text exposed by Gabriel bounded the Prophet like an ocean of sound as the archangel himself filled the whole of the sky. The sound of the Qur’an penetrates the Muslim’s body and soul even before it appeals to his mind. The holy eminence of psalmody of the Qur’an can cause spiritual enthusiasm even in a man who is a non-Arab. In a secretive mode, this consecrated excellence is conveyed across the fence of human language and is sensed by those hundreds of millions of non-Arab Muslims, whether they be from anywhere, whose hearts pulsate in the adoration of Allah and whose eyes are dampened by the tears of ecstasy upon merely hearing the Quran recited. It can be said that the Muslim lives in a space defined by the sound of the Quran and that the sonorous character of the Qur’anic revelation remains central to the spiritual life of Islam. 

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The sound of Qur’an which the newly born child first hears as the Shahada which is chanted into his or her ears. The Quran is thus the very first sound that welcomes the Muslim to the first stages of his journey in this world. And it is the Quran that is chanted at the moment of death and accompanies the soul in its posthumous journey to the Divine Presence. The chanted Qur’an is the prototype of all sacred sound. It is the divine music that reminds man of his original abode and at the same time accompanies him of his original abode and at the same time accompanies him in his dangerous journey of return to that abode; for the Qur’an, although chanted in his world, reverberates through all the cosmic levels to the Divine Presence from which it has issued. 

 

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