God guides the believers
God’s guidance is the true guidance (2:120 and 6:71) and He guides those to a straight path who believe in His guidance sent down to us (22:54). He increases the guidance of those who are guided (19:76) and has made it clear that we cannot guide anyone we love while He is aware of the guided ones (28:56). When both Adam and his wife transgressed in Heaven, were granted the last chance on earth to be redeemed and asked them to wait for His guidance to come and follow it not to go astray (2:38, 20:123-124):
[2:120] Neither the Jews, nor the Christians, will accept you, unless you follow their religion. Say, “God’s guidance is the true guidance.” And if you follow their wishes after the knowledge that has come to you, there is neither a protector nor a helper for you against God.
[6:71] Say: “Shall we call on other than God what cannot benefit us or harm us, and we turn back on our heels after God has guided us?” Like the one whom the devils have enticed in the earth, is confused, he has friends who call him to the guidance: “Come to us!” Say, “God’s guidance is the true guidance. We are commanded to submit to the Lord of the universe.”
[22:54] And that those who have been given the knowledge will know that it is the truth from your Lord, then they will believe in it, then their hearts will humbly soften to it. And indeed, God guides those who believe to a straight path.
Note: We must soften our hearts to accept the truth by removing the hardening in our hearts and take initiatives to make our life happier when we meet Him.
[19:76] And God increases the guidance of those who are guided, and the everlasting good works are better with your Lord for reward and far better return.
Note: Here is an indication of the gradual growth of our souls through contribution of our good works.
[28:56] You cannot guide whomever you love. But God guides whomever He wills, and He is fully aware of the guided ones.
Note: Though it comes in reference to the prophet but it is also applicable to anyone of us who may advocate truth while its acceptance or rejection depends on God as He knows what is in everybody’s heart and who deserve guidance.
[2:38] We said, “Go down from here, all of you. When guidance comes to you from Me, then whoever follows My guidance, then they will have no fear, nor will they grieve.”
[20:123] He said, “Go down from here, all of you, as enemy of one another. But when guidance comes to you from Me, then whoever follows My guidance, then he will not go astray, nor will he suffer.
[20:124] “But whoever turns away from My remembrance, then he will have a straitened life, and we will raise him blind on the Day of Resurrection.”
Note: Those who follow God’s guidance will be rewarded while those who turn away from His guidance will be punished, and this is the system that we inherit as children of Adam and that if we do not follow His guidance, we will go astray:
Quran is a guidance for the people
God has assigned many attributes to the Quran, and guidance is one of them, which is very crucial for us to understand our religion as well as for getting into the Hereafter upon successful completion of our journey on earth. The English word, “guidance” and its Arabic counterpart is “Hudan” has occurred 85 times in the Quran in different contexts. The number of occurrences out of 85 times that “Hudan” is used as an attribute of the Quran or strictly and directly referring to the Quran happens to be 19 times and the occurrences are found in the following verses of the Quran:
[2:2] This scripture wherein there is no doubt, is a guidance (hudan) for the righteous.
[2:97] Say, “Whoever is an enemy to Gabriel, then you know that he has brought it (Quran) down into your heart, in accordance with God’s will, confirming what was before it, and a guidance (hudan) and good news for the believers.”
[2:159] Indeed, those who conceal what we sent down of the clear proofs and the guidance (al-hudaa) from what after we had made it clear in the scripture for the people, are whom God curses, so curse them the cursers.
[2:185] Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed, as a guidance (hudan) for the people, clear proofs of the guidance and the statute book. So whoever among you witnesses the month shall fast therein, and whoever is ill or on a journey shall make up the same number from other days. God wishes convenience for you, and He does not wish hardship for you that you may complete the number, and that you may glorify God for guiding you so that you may be grateful.
Note: This verse has clearly described the objective of giving us Quran and what we need to do to be grateful to God for His such giving, and He has decreed fasting for us in the month in addition to study, understand and follow it.
[3:138] This is a proclamation for the people, and a guidance (hudan) and an enlightenment for the righteous.
[6:157] Or you would say: “If the scripture was sent to us, we would have been better guided than they!” The clear proof has come to you from your Lord, and a guidance (hudan) and mercy. Who is more wicked than he who denies God’s revelations and turns away from them? We will punish those who turn away from our revelations with the painful retribution for what they turned away.
[7:52] And indeed, we have provided them with a scripture, which is detailed with knowledge, a guidance (hudan) and a mercy for a people who believe.
[7:203] And when you do not have any miracle for them, they say: “Why have you not made it?” Say: “I only follow what is revealed to me from my Lord. This is with enlightenments from your Lord, and a guidance (hudan) and mercy for a people who believe.”
[10:57] O people, there has come to you a direction from your Lord, and a healing for what is in your hearts, and a guidance (hudan) and mercy for the believers.
[12:111] In their history, there is a lesson for the people of intelligence. This is not a fabricated Hadith but a confirmation of what was before it, and a detailed explanation of all things, and is a guidance (hudan) and mercy for a people who believe.
[16:64] And we did not send down the scripture to you except that you may clarify to them in which they disputed, and a guidance (hudan) and mercy for a people who believe.
[16:89] And the day we will raise a witness in every community from among themselves, and bring you as a witness of these people. And we sent down the scripture to you as a clarification of everything, and a guidance (hudan) and mercy and good news for the submitters.
[16:102] Say: “The Holy Spirit (Gabriel) has brought it (Quran) down with the truth from your Lord to strengthen those who believe, and as a guidance (hudan) and good news for the submitters.”
[27:2] A guidance (hudan) and good news for the believers.
[27:77] And indeed, it is, certainly a guidance (hudan) and mercy for the believers.
[31:3] A guidance (hudan) and mercy for the righteous.
[41:44] If we had made it a non-Arabic Quran, they would have said, “Why are not its verses so explained?” Is it non-Arabic or Arabic? Say, “It is for those who believe, is a guidance (hudan) and a healing but those who do not believe, there is a deafness in their ears and they are blind to it. These are being addressed from faraway.”
Note: Quran has been revealed in Arabic to make it clear to understand and follow to be a guidance and a healing for those who believe, and the language would not be an issue or concern for them while the disbelievers will be deaf and blind to it.
[45:11] This is a guidance (hudan). And those who disbelieve in the revelations of their Lord, for them there is a punishment of painful condemnation.
[45:20] This provides enlightenments for the people, and a guidance (hudan) and mercy for those who are certain.
Quran is a reminder for the world
The English word, “reminder” and its Arabic counterpart is “dhikrun” has occurred 31 times referring to the Quran or the scripture to mean the reminder. The number of occurrences out of 31 times that “dhik’run lil’Aalameen” is used as an attribute of the Quran specifically referring it to be a reminder for the world happens 4 times in the following verses of the Quran:
[12:104] You do not ask them any wage for it; it is but a reminder for the world (dhik’run lil’Aalameen).
[38:87] It is but a reminder for the world (dhik’run lil’Aalameen).
[68:52] It is but a reminder for the world (dhik’run lil’Aalameen).
[81:27] It is but a reminder for the world (dhik’run lil’Aalameen).
Note: It has been repeated 4 times in the Quran referring to it that it is a reminder for the world.
There are 2 distinct sets of verses in the Quran that participate in the mathematical confirmation. One set of 19 occurrences in the 19 verses across 11 suras dealing with the Quran to be a guidance of people even specifying for submitters, believers and righteous, and the other set consisting of 4 verses across 4 suras dealing with the Quran to be a reminder of the world. If the relevant sura and verse # are added, the sum is a multiple of 19 => 2242 = 19 x 118 (See table below for details):
Participation of both sets in the mathematical confirmation is an interpretation of the commandment from God that the Quran is a guidance for the people as well as a reminder for the world that we must follow it without any doubt to stay in a straight path to see our success in the Hereafter.
God’s guidance is the true guidance and He guides the believers to a straight path what has been even confirmed when He sent Adam and his wife down to earth on the event of their transgression in Heaven for another chance. Thus, those who follow His guidance will be rewarded while those who turn away from His guidance will be punished. This is the system that we inherit as children of Adam and that if we do not follow His guidance, we will go astray, and that may be a known fact to many.
God has given us Quran and has assigned it many attributes including 4 of His own attributes such as honorable, wise, glorious and great as well as mentioning it a revelation from Him and a confirming scripture to stay in a straight path. The other common attributes of it are guidance, reminder, messenger, warner, bearer of good news, mercy and healing for the believers. However, its role as a guidance and a reminder is very important for all of us so that we can make our all efforts to understand and follow it to stay in a straight path leading a righteous life according to His teachings as given in it. The Quran has completed the God’s religion correcting, updating and restoring the parts of those practices that had been distorted over the period of time down the generations up to prophet’s time. In addition, Quran being the final scripture, God’s laws and teachings are updated through it to fit them for all generations of people until the end of the world. On the other hand, it was coded with information and instructions to facilitate, even any distortion of those practices down the generations after its revelation to be detected and restored back.
The Gabriel brought down the Quran with truth, enlightenments and detailed explanation of everything to be a guidance for people and a reminder for the world. Thus, Quran to be our guidance is a treasure of our knowledge, and we may reveal a new information from it every time if we study, examine and inquire into it to address our concerns and questions at all times until the end of the world. Since it has been confirmed from the review of pertinent verses that the Quran is a guidance for the people as well as a reminder for the world, we must soften our hearts to accept it a guidance of God without any doubt and follow it to stay in a straight path to see our success in the Hereafter.
Peaceful Friday, salaam and God bless.