Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ramadhan PERSPECTIVES - The Noble Qur'an and Ramadhan

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by Zafar Bangash

There is a close relationship between the noble Qur’an and Ramadan. It was in this month in the fortieth year of his life in Makkah that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) had a dramatic encounter in the Cave of Hira’ with the archangel, Gabriel.

Inscribed for eternity on the lawhun mahfuz (the Well-guarded Tablet – 85:22), the Qur’an assumed its earthly form when its first few verses (96:1–5) were revealed to the Prophet in the solitude of the Cave. Thereafter, it was sent down over a period of 23 years to transform humanity by “bringing it out of darkness and into light” (65:11).