M. H. Shakir, The Holy Quran; Arabic Text and English Translation; Foot-notes by M. H. Shakir (1974)
The Quran-e-Majid or the Glorious Quran is the Word of Allah as revealed to His Prophet, Muhammad (Peace be on him and his descendants).
From the time of its revelation till today, people have tried to cast doubts about the Divinity of the Holy Quran, but they have not succeeded because of its inherent Truth. The Book itself gives guidance and wisdom; it has a lot of good to offer to humanity. Every right-minded reader can derive a lot of benefit from it.
The Book of Allah constantly appeals to one to think, ponder and understand and forbids one to drown one’s reason or believe blindly. About 750 million Muslims believe in it, live and die by it.
To every prophet, Allah gave some miracle, but gone are the Prophets and their miracles. The Holy Prophet Muhammad is the last Prophet and Allah gave him an unperishable miracle, and that miracle is the Holy Quran.
The Kalam-e-Allah is a wonderful piece of poetry and Arabic Literature, full of wisdom and guidance. On reading it one is at once convinced that it is the Word of Allah, for no man can write such perfect guidance on so many subjects.
The Holy Quran says that no man will be able to forge even a part of it and that no corruption shall touch it from any side. It is a miracle that the Holy Quran has remained unchanged and unaltered during all these 1400 years and it shall remain so till the Day of Resurrection, for Allah has taken it on Himself to protect it.
The Book of Allah is like an ocean. The less earned, like children, collect pebbles and shells from its shores. The scholars and thinkers, like pearl divers, bring out from it the highest philosophy, wisdom and rules of a perfect way of living.
In order to understand the Glorious Quran, it is necessary to know the lives of Muhammad, Ali, Fatemah, Hasan and Husein, who translated into action every command and order of Allah; Muhammad being the perfect example for men, Ali for youths, Fatemah for women and Hasan and Husein for children.
It is not necessary to refer to, or quote scholars, translators, commentators and narrators to prove the existence of Allah and His Prophet Muhammad.
Allah is the Creator, and He exists whether one believes or not. The proof of His existence is His Creation. The pioof of Muhammad’s Prophethood is the Holy Quran.
For those who want to believe, these proofs are enough, and those who do not want to believe, will never believe, no matter what proofs or arguments, however strong they may be, are brought before them.