Written by Mrs. Sumayya Ramzan (Kuwait). Translated by Raziuddin Syed (National Academy of Islamic Research Karachi)
The Holy Quran inculcates in a man’s personage that revolutionary reformation which moulds him into a firmament, absolute new to the world; and later, enables him to greet the change as his sole remedy. Only then the repercussions manifest, and only then the world gets a real behavioural change.
Actual Quranic models of such transformation, concerning the entire humanity, are the pious and committed companions of the Holy Prophet of Allah (sa) who had in their dark ages been deeply accustomed to pass their lives in sheer ignorance and bloodshed. But when moulded in the mint of Quran, they proved to be such nice people that mankind still feels proud of them.
Who can evaluate the vigour and capability this great Book carries in itself to develop the marvelous changes needed in the mankind for a healthy and civilized society? Who could ever imagine of people settled in deserts, who were indigent, bare footed, poorly dressed, uneducated, carried just a marginal intellect, and were never counted among the super powers of the then world, could escalate to the skies right from the dust? Noteworthy is the phenomenon that this entire change appeared in her life virtually, only when she stood determined to hold fast the chain of the Quran, to tie herself to the Allah’s (swt) guidance, and to beseech Allah’s (swt) pleasure as the primary objective of her life.
Amazingly, the Quran brought this all-encompassing reform in a period of mere few years in an attempt to exhibit to the masses that just a small period suffices for a major reshuffle in their character depending albeit upon their desire to welcome that revolution.
Question arises: How did all that happen? How a community absolutely uncultured and in dire ignorance, turned into the most civilized and commanding nation of the earth?
Only strict determination and desire of a community to welcome that reform in its routine, daily business form the prerequisite for benefitting from the Quranic teachings.
Allah (swt) says,
“Verily! Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah). But when Allah wills a people’s punishment, there can be no turning back of it, and they will find besides Him no protector.”
It was thus, within the years, that from amidst the desert and ignorance (Jahiliyah), people rose to the zenith dismantling the then dominating vast and vibrant empires of Rome, Babylon, and Persia etc.; and later, forwarded to them were the tools- altogether fresh for the world- for the evaluation and measurement of dignity and status of a person / nation.
(An excerpt from the translated book of Sumayya Ramzan: Abiding by the Quran)