Firstly, we heap praises to Allah S.W.T. for through His guidance and concern we are able to observe Ramadhan al Mubarak and Nuzul Al-Quran this year in peace, moderation and full of blessings. The Holy Text of Al-Quran was revealed on 17 Ramadhan, which fell on 6 August in the Gregorian year of 610. Allah S.W.T. placed the Al-Quran as Huda li al Nas, that is the beacon for all humankind, regardless of race and heritage. This is consistent with what Allah S.W.T. says in the al-Baqarah chapter, verse 185 which states:
“In the month of Ramadhan the Al-Quran was revealed, a book of guidance for mankind with proofs of guidance distinguishing right from wrong…”
The revelation of the Al-Quran is not only meant to teach humankind to perform specific acts of worship such as prayers and fasting. In fact, the Al-Quran also guides humankind above all to do good unto others, prioritise the spirit of togetherness and to embody the spirit of silaturrahim. Hence, in a Malaysian multi-ethnic and multi-religious context, I believe the majority of its people values unity, peace and harmony and are openly accepting of the uniqueness of each community. Ironically, this celebration will impact positively towards the prosperity of the rakyat in fostering stronger national unity among us.
The lesson here is that Muslims must tirelessly work towards transforming the contents of the Al-Quran as best as we can to promote a the acculturation and of knowledge and inovative study of Al-Quran to fully understand and apply each of its teachings in a holistic manner. The leading Islamic ulama’s, academicians and scientists must initiate this for the benefit of Muslims who now face a range of new challenges and issues affecting Islam today, syariah, legislation, medicine, economy and many more.
A knowledge-based culture is one of the aspirational values of 1Malaysia that is crucial to the lives of humanity that the earliest verses of Al-Quran revealed to the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) referred to the source and methodology of knowledge-seeking, as Allah says in the chapter al-‘Alaq verses 1 through 5 which states:
“Read (O Muhammad) in the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists), He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated bloog); Read, and your Lord is the Most Gracious, Who has taught (the writing) by the pen. He has taught man that which he knew not.”
In this context, the significance of the culture of knowledge and education through the Al-Quran also shows Islam values development and the appreciation of knowledge. It has established a great civilisation that created an invaluable impact upon the advancement of education and development in the world and all of humanity. The contributions of Islam in the field of intellectualism stands out greatly that it as birthed undisputed leading scholars of numerous expertise and recognised by the world. It is unequivocal that the Holy Text of Al-Quran is a great source of knowledge and nationbuilding to further bolster and elevate the ummah as Khaira’ Ummah, which is the most excellent people living in harmony and capable of steering the nation forward under the banner of 1Malaysia. Lastly, let us jointly celebrate Nuzul Al-Quran with one determination and one ambition to excel as an ummah and contribute to the development and progress of the Nation. Let us turn to the Al-Quran as the compass in our lives to heighten our faith in navigating our way towards success in this life and the next.