CHAPTER SEVEN – THE BEST SPEECH

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The Holy Quran declares,

“Allah has revealed the best announcement, a book conformable in its various parts, repeating, whereat do shudder the skins of those who fear their Lord, then their skins and their hearts become pliant to the remembrance of Allah; this is Allah’s guidance, He guides with it whom He pleases; and (as for) him whom Allah makes err, there is no guide for him.[1]

The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) declared, “Verily, the best speech is the Book of Allah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (s.a.w.a.).[2]

Again, he (s.a.w.a.) says, “The most truthful of speech, the most eloquent of admonishments and the best of stories is the Book of Allah.[3]

Ameerul Momineen Ali Ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) says, “Surely, the best of stories, the most eloquent of admonishments and the most beneficial of reminders is the Book of Allah – Mighty and Majestic be He.[4]

He (a.s.) also advised further, “Learn the Book of Allah – Blessed and High be He. For, it is the best speech and the most eloquent of admonishments. Acquire deep knowledge about it because it is the spring of hearts. Seek cure through its light because it’s a cure for what is in the hearts. Recite it in the best possible manner because it is the best of stories.[5]

 

 

 

Fresh in Every Era:

One of the most outstanding features of the Holy Quran is that it is fresh and new in every era.

Ameerul Momineen Ali Ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) remarked, “Excessive repetition and listening does not wear it out.[6]

Imam Sadeq (a.s.) was asked, “Why is it so that nothing increases of the Quran except freshness despite its multiplication and teaching?” He (a.s.) replied, “This is because Allah – Blessed and High be He – did not make it for a particular time only or for a specific nation. Thus, it is new in every era and fresh for every nation till the Day of Judgment.[7]

Imam Ali Ibn Musa al-Reza (a.s.), while conveying a similar concept, declares, “…times don’t make it (Quran) old and different tongues don’t destroy it. For, it is not made for a particular era. Nay, it is made as an argument and a proof for every human being. Falsehood cannot come to it from front or from behind. (It is) a descent from the Wise and Praiseworthy (Allah).[8]

[1] Surah Zumar (39): Verse 23

[2] Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 77, p. 122, H. 23

[3] Mun Laa Yahzorohu al-Faqeeh, vol. 4, p. 402, H. 5868

[4] Al-Kaafi, vol. 8, p. 175, H. 194

[5] Tohaf al-Oqool, p. 150

[6] Nahj al-Balaaghah, Sermon 156

[7] Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 92, p. 15, H. 8

[8] Oyoon Akhbaar al-Reza (a.s.), vol. 2, p. 130, H. 9