Ever since man was created, the principle message to him has been that of absolute unity of God, and that all men and women are His slaves. There has only ever been one God, with one message and all the Prophets (as) have taught this same constant message to the people. Prophets (as) came to teach the people of their time, and every single nation of people has received its Prophet (as) and has had the opportunity to learn about God and to live as God intended.The first Prophet was Prophet Adam (as), so the first people on the earth had a Prophet, and so have all generations since, it would be unfair and unjust for any tribe or nation to be left without guidance from God. With this is mind the last Prophet (as) would need to leave a message that would endure the test of time and be applicable to all later generations. This final Messenger would need to leave guidance that was unchangeable in its content, but relevant to the modern era, this miracle is the Holy Quran that was revealed to the final Messenger Prophet Mohammed (saaw).( Quran, 85:21-22) Nay, but it is a Glorious QuranIn a guarded tablet. Over the course of time Prophets (as) came with revealed books from God, and some Prophets (as) taught previously revealed scripture, but sadly today the defaced form of this message is visible in the form of numerous deities, some openly polytheistic, others under the guise of monotheism. The substance of the original message was deliberately allowed to disappear with a growing number of interpolations. These previously revealed books are:- The Tourat (Old Testament) was given to Prophet Moses (as). - The Zaboor (Psalms) were given to Prophet David (as). - The Injeel (New Testament) was given to Prophet Jesus (as). Humanity today would have had no chance whatsoever to know about the message in its pristine form, had it not been redeemed by Prophet Mohammad (saaw). This great message is enshrined in the Quran, the only book of God which has remained unsullied, untainted, pure and unprofaned. The sure greedy hands of time couldnot destroy the sacrosanct quality of Quran, not because it was not tried but because Quran is inherently incorruptible. It has a style and form which is inimitable, rendering any change or alteration creeping stealthily into it easily detectible. The transmission of every verse of this great Book has been continuous ever since it left the lips of the Prophet (saaw) as a revelation from Allah (swt). Then there is the content of the Book, destined to remain an illuminating, ever shining light for those who wander in the darkness. The Quran is irreplaceable.Imam, Ja’far as-Sadiq (as) has said:"Quran is living, its message never died. It turns like the turn of day and night, it is in motion like the sun and the moon. It will embrace the last of us, the way it embraced the first of us."The Quran was revealed 1,400 years ago at Mecca and Medina. The Arabs used to worship idols of stones of which the most important ones were enshrined in the Ka'bah. The Arabs lived a simple life, though it was savage in many aspects such as the exposure of children because of poverty. They were proud of their language and justifiably so since Arabic is a very rich and sophisticated language. Poets and orators were almost the idols of their tribes. Poems were read and learnt by heart and annual poetry competitions were held at a place called Suq `Ukaz. Thus, the Arabs became past masters at the art of literary competition. The Quran came and its miracle was language and art. The Quran was a challenge, challenging them to produce a similar Quran. Say: "If men and jinn should combine together to bring the like of this Quran, they could not bring the like of it, though some of them were aiders of others"(17: 88) The whole of mankind in co-operation just to produce one book! It is a humiliating challenge and a glaring one. Still the challenge was reduced to ten surahs (chapters) in order to prove to the whole of mankind the unique quality of this book. Or do they say: "He forged it?" Say, "Bring you then ten surahs forged like unto it, and call (to your aid) whomsoever you can other than Allah, if you speak the truth. " (11:13) The people of Arabia could not face the humiliating challenge again, and it was further reduced to one surah only. One surah may be one line, still the proud and eloquent Arabs could not face the divine challenge. "Or do they say: He has forged it? Say: Then bring a chapter like this and invite whom you can besides Allah(swt), if you are truthful." (10: 38) When the Quran was being recited by Muslims, idolators usually closed their ears; some produced noise, whistling and shouting in order not to hear the Quran and be ‘bewitched’. Many unbelievers were enchanted by Islam through simple chance when listening to it whilst passing by. The leaders of the unbelievers were filled with fear and could not provide any plausible explanation of the irresistible beauty and power of the Quran. However, they had to find some way to put people off and justify their own behaviour, therefore they invented lies and falsehoods. Therefore continue to remind, for by the grace of your Lord, you are not a soothsayer or a madman. Or do they say: "A poet! we wait for him some calamity (hatched) by time." (Quran, 52:29-30) Islam is not a mere relation between the Creator and man as religion is understood in the West. Islam is a complete and perfect system of life, arranging human relationships with Allah and of people among themselves, in order that they may win the best of both lives. The Quran has not left a small or big, significant or insignificant subject without a code. In addition to the signs in the preservation of the Quran, there are many wonderful signs in the content of the Quran, these verses clearly show that the Quran is well ahead of its time, containing factual information that could only have been revealed by God, a clear indication that the Quran has not been produced by man. This is the case in many areas including: biology, cosmology, botany, geology and many more. Studying the content of the Quran will also clearly show that the Quran is unique and is not copied from any other religious texts. In fact comparing the Quran to the religious texts as they stand today you will find that the Quran not only goes far beyond in it’s detail and subjects covered, but in addition the Quran corrects information available in other current religious books. The Messenger of Allah (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) has said: “The best of those amongst you is the one who learns the Quran and then teaches it to others.”The Messenger of Allah (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) has said: “Everything in existence prays for the forgiveness of the person who teaches the Quran - even the fish in the sea.”For muslims the Quran is the final testament with the complete message and code for human belief and development. The opponents of Islam and the Quran will always find “fault” but the Quran itself is an illuminating light and guidance for any sincere truth seeker. 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Holy Quran Chapter 35 Verse 24Indeed, We have sent you with the truth as a bringer of good tidings and a warner. And there was no nation but that there had passed within it a warner.