Ramadan Daily Dose: The Qur’an and Your Child’s Academic Studies
By Shofi Ahmed
Unlocking Our Potential Through the Qur’an
The Qur’an was truly revealed from an out-of-the-box source, the Lawhe-i-Mahfuz, also known as the Preserved Tablet, which is transcendent. During the Night of Power, Laylatul Qadr, a time-space greater than a thousand months, the Qur’an was revealed. This is another transcendent aspect of the revelation. You may ask, what does transcendent mean? It refers to an object that is so great that its greatness surpasses measurable levels. This concept may be difficult for us to understand, as we are only human beings who live mundane lives.
Allah SWT is aware of this, as He knows what we lack and is completely aware of our limitations and potential. This is because He is our Creator, the Creator of the entire universe and the Sustainer. He knows our needs and what is good or not good for us by default because He is the first and foremost designer of the ebb and flow of creation.
We are only individually and collectively a part of it at any given time, but He is the whole from the beginning to the end. You may ask how you can know this. It is because wisdom says so. Without such an absolute, coherent being at the helm, the finite creation cannot exist for long.
Just like a software developer knows the limitations and potential of the code they create, Allah SWT knows our limitations and potential as the Creator of the universe. He knows what we need and what is good or bad for us by default because He designed the entire system. We, as humans, are just a small part of the grand design, and Allah SWT is the mastermind behind it all. Without such a supreme being in control, the system would eventually break down, just like a software program without a programmer.
Revealing the Qur’an, Allah SWT showed us how to overcome our shortcomings and unlock our potential. In the very opening chapter of the Qur’an, He provided us with the design to come closer to the transcendent level and reap its immense benefits. In Shaa Allah, we will explore this concept further in the next section.