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This 7th-Century-Book Promotes Writing!

It is indeed one of the blessings of Islam that mankind is blessed with a divine Book – preserved in pristine purity – that talks about revelation, education, divine guidance and enlightenment of the highest level.

The Qur’an that was revealed to humanity’s last and final Messenger, Prophet Muhammad, in the 7th century A.D. encourages and promotes writing as a necessary aspect of human life.

Let us have a glance at some of the Qur’anic verses which emphasize on writing as a functional principle of a civilized society.

The Arabic word كتب kataba is the root word for “writing” but the most amazing word in today’s context – in the age of Information and Communication Technology – is نسخ nasakha, which gives out the meanings of “Transcribing”, “writing a hard disk”, “Storage”, “data transcription”. (Interested readers can go to KaTaBa and NaSaKha for further study, InshaaAllah)

1. Book is a product of writing:

The word Al Kitaab itself indicates that the Book is a product of writing. You call a book a book only when it is meant for writing or when something is written in it.

“This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah” Surah al Baqarah 2:2

2. You need a pen to write:

“Nuun. By the pen and what they inscribe” Surah al Qalam 68:1

3. The pen needs ink to write:

“And if whatever trees upon the earth were pens and the sea [was ink], replenished thereafter by seven [more] seas, the words of Allah would not be exhausted. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.” Surah Luqmaan 31:27

4. Allah teaches you by the pen:

“Who taught by the pen” Surah al alaq 96:4

5. You use your hand to write:

“So woe to those who write the “scripture” with their own hands, then say, “This is from Allah,” in order to exchange it for a small price. Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn.” Surah al Baqarah 2:79

6. What all you do is recorded:

“Man does not utter any word except that with him is an observer prepared [to record].”  Surah Qaaf 50:18

“And indeed, [appointed] over you are keepers, Noble and recording; They know whatever you do.” Surah al Infitaar 82:10-12

“This, Our record, speaks about you in truth. Indeed, We were having transcribed whatever you used to do.” Surah al Jaathiya 45:29

“So whoever does righteous deeds while he is a believer – no denial will there be for his effort, and indeed We, of it, are recorders.” Surah Al Anbiyaa 21:94

“And when We give the people a taste of mercy after adversity has touched them, at once they conspire against Our verses. Say, “Allah is swifter in strategy.” Indeed, Our messengers record that which you conspire” Surah Yunus 10: 21

7. Destiny and everything that exists is precisely recorded in a well-protected tablet:

“But all things We have enumerated in writing.” Surah An-Naba 78:29

“Indeed, it is We who bring the dead to life and record what they have put forth and what they left behind, and all things We have enumerated in a clear register.” Surah Yaseen 36:12

8. Qur’an condemns false, corrupt and blasphemous writings: 

“So woe to those who write the “scripture” with their own hands, then say, “This is from Allah,” in order to exchange it for a small price. Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn.” Surah al Baqarah 2:79

“Nay, We hurl the Truth at falsehood so that it (the Truth) crushes it (falsehood), and lo! it (falsehood) vanishes. Woe to you for what you utter!” (Surah al Ambiyaa 21: 18)  Read elaboration here

9. Writing as evidence:

The longest ayah in the Qur’an tells Muslims to write down their loan and debt transactions.

10. Letter Writing as civilized behaviour: 

“She said, “O eminent ones, indeed, to me has been delivered a noble letter. Indeed, it is from Solomon, and indeed, it reads: ‘In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful….” Surah An-Naml 27:29-30

11. Writing as a learning tool:

“And even if We had sent down to you, [O Muhammad], a written scripture on a page and they touched it with their hands, the disbelievers would say, “This is not but obvious magic.” Surah Al An’aam 6: 7

12. Scriptures as written record: 

“Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel….” Surah al Araaf 7: 157

13. Reminder to Jews about Tablets:

“And when the anger subsided in Moses, he took up the tablets; and in their inscription was guidance and mercy for those who are fearful of their Lord.” Surah al Araaf 7: 154

14. Documentary evidence is a proof of one’s truthfulness: 

“And they say, “None will enter Paradise except one who is a Jew or a Christian.” That is [merely] their wishful thinking, Say, “Produce your proof, if you should be truthful.” Surah al Baqarah 2:111

15. Emancipate slaves graciously by giving them in writing:

History is witness that Islam abolished slavery.

“But let them who find not [the means for] marriage abstain [from sexual relations] until Allah enriches them from His bounty. And those who seek a contract [for eventual emancipation] from among whom your right hands possess – then make a contract with them if you know there is within them goodness and give them from the wealth of Allah which He has given you…..” (Surah Noor 24: 33)   Tafsir Ibn Kathir

The glorious Qur’an has so much to give. The only thing man has to do is to remove the goggles that he has put around his eyes – googles of ignorance, chauvinism, misconceptions, bias and hatred – and start seeing the reality in a clear and precise way.

May Allah open the hearts and minds of human beings and bless them with the treasures of His words.

Sal-lal-laahu Ala Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-Sallam.


February 3, 2016 - Posted by | Qur'an and Science, Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Very nice post Brother! Indeed Allah specifies in many places in Quran about reading and writing. If only we stop to ponder over His words. Jaza kalla khair for your selfless work to send such reminders to us. May Allah bless you more 🙂

    Comment by khansana1000 | February 3, 2016 | Reply

    • Jazakallahu Khayra for your kind words.
      Thank you for taking time to comment.
      Baarakallaahu Feek.

      Comment by MuQeet | February 3, 2016 | Reply

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