[The Word of God]
The Holy Qur’an is the only book that can be considered the Word of God. Other scriptures, even if they were Divinely revealed, cannot be deemed the Word of as they have been interpolated by man. Indeed,the only pure and untainted Word of God from A to Z – from bismillāh to wan-Nās – is the Holy Qur’an.[i]
This book has remained perfectly true to its original state from the moment of its revelation until today. No word has been removed nor added; no commandment of it is impracticable; no verse has been abrogated, and every single vowel of the Holy Qur’an has been preserved. The pronunciation and punctuation of the Holy Qur’an remains completely unchanged. Therefore, there is no other scripture apart from the Holy Qur’an, which, containing the above qualities, can serve as a beacon of light by virtue of its commandments being free from ambiguity. But regrettably, Muslims have abandoned this precious book, forsaking it for others. Instead of following God Almighty, they follow their self-proclaimed leaders.
Ihave written this exegesis of the Word of God with the hope that those who are unfamiliar with the Arabic language, or those who, unfortunately, do not have the time nor the desire to reflect over it, should be given a chance to understand the Word of God and become aware of its inner beauties and excellences.
With these brief introductory words, I begin the first volume of this exegesis. Three other volumes which are an exposition of the middle and last parts of the Qur’an have already been published. May Allah the Almighty accept this humble effort of mine and may He, through this exegesis, manifest the apparent and hidden meanings ofthe Holy Qur’an. May Allah also enable me to complete this exegesis. Āmīn.
Mirzā Maḥmūd Aḥmad
Ratan Bagh, Lahore
Date:23 May 1948 D
[i]The phrases بِسْمِ اللهِ (bismillāh)and وَالنَّاسِ(wan-Nās) constitute the first and last words of the Holy Qur’an, respectively. [Publishers]