The Qur’an is made up principally of verses that instruct on basic or fundamental things that are further elaborated for the understanding of believers; mankind and Jinns. The essential teaching of the Qur’an is submission to the unity of Allah. It carries along with it certain vital objectives, by the Mercy of Allah to mankind. Thus, it is free from any crookedness, gives good news to those that accept and warns those that reject especially those who inherited earlier divine Message(s) in a corrupted form. The beauty of the Qur’an is enhanced by its piece-meal revelation while conveying its Message in consistent and repetitive form. The significance is for proper learning. As a result, the Qur’an by its verses, by its teachings, by its instructions, guides to the Straight Path.
Perfection belongs only to Allah. All creatures have their failings, shortcomings or misgivings. Whatever we are therefore able to produce can be improved upon, can be damaged and the like of it can be produced by another person or others. That is not applicable to Allah and is reflected in the Qur’an as it is free from any form, kind or type of misconception. “Do they not consider the Qur’an (with care)? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.” Qur’an 4:82
The Qur’an is not therefore a Book that can be compared to any product of any creation. No efforts of capabilities of any creature on its own or in association with others can get close to the production of a book like or comparable to the Qur’an; the Words of Allah, the Message, the Truth, the Guidance, the Balance, the Criterion, the Good News, the Warning, etc. “Say: If the whole of mankind and Jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support.” Qur’an 17:88
One of the Signs of Allah is that there has not been ‘need’ for a review of the Qur’an since the departure of Muhammad (S.A.W). The believers have not found any part of it outdated. No individual or group of Muslims have ‘realised’ this consensus. Hence, the guarding of the Qur’an includes remaining relevant irrespective of time and space for all creations. Regarding the purity of the Qur’an, not even the Messenger, the Seal of Prophet-hood, Muhammad (S.A.W) had the liberty to claim anything for Allah. In other words, he did and said only as he was instructed. The Messenger did not substitute, amend, reduce or add anything. If he had intended to do so, he wouldn’t have been able to complete the mission. “And if the Apostle were to invent any sayings in Our name; We should certainly seize him by his right hand, and We should certainly then cut off the artery of his heart.” Qur’an 69:44 – 46