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Ramadan/Shawwal 1436

Volume 31 No 7

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of the International Community of Submitters Published by Masjid Tucson

Increase My Knowledge

[Quran 20:114]… “My Lord, increase my knowledge.”

[38:87] “This is a reminder for the world.

[81:27] This is a message to all the people.

The above verses teach us that the Final Testament, Quran, was divinely authored to benefit mankind until the end of the world. This implies its suitability for all eras, civilizations and mentalities. From the early primitive generations to the present digital age, Quran has been serving as a truthful documentary for the story of our existence and the purpose of this life. Aside from being a consistently accurate source of teachings and history, we continue to discover new wisdom and valid lessons, and we decode many scientific facts that have been embedded in its Arabic text for more than fourteen centuries. One could reach for new perspectives and different applications of its verses daily. We grow in intellect, knowledge, and spirituality, and move up from one stage to another (84:16-19) around this dynamic Quran.

This reminder, however, is not about how Quran is a dynamic, miraculous treasure box that never runs out. It is to affirm the necessity of benefiting from that divine

characteristic. It is to shed light on some verses in Quran where God invites us to use it, study it, and reflect on its divine meanings so we can learn something NEW and HEALTHY for our souls every day:

Taking our faith for granted and failing to re-evaluate our direction or increase our knowledge regresses our souls, sending them back to a wild ego zone. Satan steps in right away to deceive us into thinking we no longer are in need of any guidance. He manages to render that as a comfort zone and terrify us if we try to get out of it.

When egos are in control, we start to underestimate or ignore the miraculous, precise and dynamic word of God. We try to limit Quran to our own rigid dogmas instead of growing with it. As a result, we are barred from the light and the mercy of Quran. God has identified people who try to force the truth to conform to their own rigid beliefs as “criminals” (6:124). God also assures us the truth always prevails.

[18:103-105] Say, “Shall I tell you who the worst losers are? They are the ones whose works in this life are totally astray, but they think that they are doing good.” Such are the ones who disbelieved in the revelations of their Lord and in meeting Him. Therefore, their works are in vain; on the Day of Resurrection, they have no weight.


[Quran 63:3-4] This is because they believed, then disbelieved. Hence, their minds are blocked; they do not understand. When you see them, you may be impressed by their looks. And when they speak, you may listen to their eloquence. They are like standing logs. They think that every call is intended against them. These are the real enemies; beware of them. God condemns them; they have deviated.

[10:82] God establishes the truth with His words, despite the criminals.

God repeatedly stated in chapter 54 that He made Quran easy to learn, and that it is up to us to make the choice to learn Quran. In chapter 55, He states that He is the teacher of Quran and He assures us that we are fully equipped to think, distinguish and analyze information. He urges us to use the blessings of our brains, eyesight and hearing. All of these verses serve as straightforward invitations from God to study and persevere in upgrading and increasing our knowledge to benefit from this dynamic characteristic:

[54:15] We have set it up as a lesson. Does any of you wish to learn?

[54:17, 22, 32, 40] We made the Quran easy to learn. Does any of you wish to learn?

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