36) Does the Qur’an itself claim that the order of righteousness
prescribed by it is absolutely faultless ?
Yes. It itself claims that it is the book which guides people onto
the path of exemplary conduct.
“Verily this Qur’an doth guide to that which is most right
(or stable).” (H.Q. 17:9)
The Qur’an is the last religious scripture that has been revealed
to mankind. Indeed, the Qur’an constitutes the criterion to judge
between truth and falsehood for all up to the very last man.
“Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the
Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (signs) for guidance
and judgement (between right and wrong).” (H.Q. 2:185)
The Qur’an sternly reprimands those who strive to acquire
worldly comforts and pleasures like greedy animals. A reprimand that
commands against the purchase of the affliction in the eternal life
hereafter in exchange for the comforts of the world; a reprimand that
reminds one of the perishable nature of the life of this world; that all
the joys and sorrows herein are but temporary in their existence. The
Qur’an further claims that it itself is the book of guidance for those
who hasten to give ear to this divine warning and to accept the divine
To those who fail to understand that the progress of human
society has in the ordering of life within the framework of morality, the
commandments of the Qur’an will not, in any way, appear to be relevant.
But for those who profess that the true realization of life lies actually
in the ennobling of it, each one of the legal prescriptions of the Qur’an
are invaluable; they realize that not one of these prescriptions can
ever be the subject, or cause, of ridicule and mockery. To them the
Qur’an constitutes the highest guide-book in all respects. Indeed, this
has also been the contention of the Qur’an itself: “This is the Book;
in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear God.”