The Miraculous Preservation of the Qur’an (Part 2/10): Allah’S PROMISE TO MANKIND
“Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur’an and indeed, We will be its guardian.” [#Quran, chapter 15, verse 9]
Throughout history man has corrupted the divinely revealed Scriptures, whether by accident or intentionally. This was completely by the Will of#God Almighty, called #Allah in Arabic, He allowed it to happen because these earlier Scriptures were time bound and only served as temporary guidance until the coming of the Qur’an. Allah blessed His final revelation, the Qur’an, with something that was not bestowed on any of the prior Scriptures, by promising to protect and preserve it from any corruption.
One of the means by which Allah has protected the Qur’an is through the language of the Qur’an itself. Allah informs us:
“And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?” [Chapter 54, verse 17]
It is estimated that there are at least 10 million #Muslims alive today who have memorised the entire Qur’an in its original Arabic language. Many of these memorisers lead their Muslim communities in prayer five times a day, every day, in mosques throughout the world. These leaders of prayer are known as Imams and typically there is at least one Imam assigned to each of the estimated 2.5 million mosques throughout the world.
This is a testament to the promise made by Allah to protect the Qur’an. The Orientalist scholar William Graham stated that the Qur’an is perhaps the only book, religious or secular, that has been memorised completely by millions of people . Note that these memorizers include people of all ages, and the vast majority are not Arabs and don’t even speak Arabic as a language. How is it possible then, that they can memorise a book in a language that they don’t speak? This is down to the sublime rhythm and rhyme of the Qur’an which happens to be one of its many miracles. If every written copy of religious Scriptures in existence today were to be somehow destroyed then it is only the Qur’an that could be recreated perfectly, thanks to its mass memorisation. It must be pointed out that every Muslim of the estimated 1.7 billion Muslims in the world today are required to memorise at least some parts of the Qur’an in Arabic in order to be able to fulfil the obligation of the Islamic prayer.
Moreover, the Qur’an was revealed gradually over a period of 23 years, one of the wisdoms of this was to facilitate the memorisation of the Qur’an by the early Muslims at large. It should be mentioned that the revelations to the previous prophets were not gradual like the revelation of the Qur’an. Rather, each previous Scripture was given to the particular prophet all at once, for example the Qur’an informs us about Moses:
“And We wrote for him [Moses] on the tablets [something] of all things – instruction and explanation for all things, [saying], “Take them with determination and order your people to take the best of it. I will show you the home of the defiantly disobedient.” [Chapter 7, verse 145]
 William Graham, Beyond the Written Word, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1993, p. 80.
All information was obtained from: www.manyprophetsonemessage.com