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No Benefit Without Reflection

Reasons for Misinterpreting the Qur'an (3)
By Harun Yahya
Muslim thinker
An Holy Quran

No It says in the Qur'an that, in order to make a sound interpretation of its contents, one has to think about and contemplate it thoroughly. If the Qur'an is viewed superficially and read as if it were just another ordinary book, then the true benefits of this endless source of wisdom will not surface. In the Qur'an, Allah constantly invites man to use his reason and to think. Thinking, using one's reason, and making an effort to grasp the meanings, finer points, mysteries and miracles of the Qur'an are essential if one is to truly appreciate it.

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The Qur'an reveals to everyone information about himself, the purpose behind his creation, the true nature of this world, the reasons for what goes on around him, along with many other subjects concerning him and his surroundings. Accordingly, one should try to establish a connection between the verses and himself, his surroundings and the events he experiences, and strive to understand the Qur'an by thinking deeply on all of these. It is stated in the Qur'an that it was revealed to those who reflect:

{This is the path of your Lord – straight. We have made the Signs clear for people who remember. (Al-An'am 6: 126) 

{…In this way We make Our Signs clear for people who reflect.} (Yunus 10: 24)

Since the verses have been revealed only for those who reflect, it is clear that those who do not do so will not comprehend the meanings of any of the verses in the Qur'an.

It is a fact that a person's life is filled with numerous lessons he learns from the events he experiences within himself and in his surroundings. The Qur'an is a guide that shows people how to interpret the lessons in their lives and how they should react once they have understood them. Therefore, the Qur'an is a guiding light that structures a person's daily life and explains each moment of his existence. One can only come to the true meaning of the Qur'an if one reads it with the proper contemplation that Allah, the Possessor of infinite knowledge and wisdom, deserves.

The Qur'an covers countless topics, from the attributes of Allah to the wonders of creation.
It has already been stated in a Qur'anic verse that the Qur'an is a book that one should contemplate seriously and use as a source of guidance {It is a Book We have sent down to you, full of blessing, so let men of understanding ponder its Signs and take heed.} (Saad 38: 29). Yet again, in another verse, the importance of genuinely thinking about the Qur'an has been emphasized:

{Do they not ponder these words (of Allah)? Has anything come to them that did not come to their ancestors the previous peoples?} (Al-Mu'minun  23: 68)

The Qur'an is the source of limitless and superior knowledge because it has been revealed by Allah, the Lord of all the Worlds. The Qur'an covers countless topics, from the attributes of Allah to the wonders of creation, from the intricacies of the human soul to the facts and mysteries of the universe and the Hereafter, and so on. So the appreciation of such vast amounts of information encased in such a pure and essential language can only be possible with a combination of deep thought, awareness, attention to detail, a sincere heart and a strong conscience.
Harun Yahya was born in Ankara in 1956. He studied fine arts at Istanbul's Mimar Sinan University and philosophy at Istanbul University. Since the 1980s, he has published many books on political, faith-related, and scientific issues.

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