We chose Al-Quran to be our Life Coach for many reasons…
Why do I say that? Well simply because, as Muslims we were taught that Allah s.w.t. has many names, up to 99, and some Muslim scholars say its not limited to 99. Well whatever it is, of all the names of His, he chose Ar-Rahman (Most Gracious ) and Ar-Rahim (Most Merciful) to begin Surah Al-Fatihah (The Opening) The First Chapter of the Holy Quran.
In fact almost all of the 114 chapters begin with BismillahirRahmanirRahim (In the name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful). All except the 9th chapter, Surah At-Taubah (Repentence) – go and check!- it does not begin with BismillahirRahmanirRahim.
But even so, Allah refuse to leave the Quran which has 114 chapters/letters with only 113 BismillahirRahmanirRahim. If you take a look at the middle of Surah an-Naml,although the 27th surah begins with BismillahirRahmanirRahim, at verse 30 you will find another BismillahirRahmanirRahim. The verse was telling the story of Queen Balqis who recieved a letter from Prophet Sulaiman.
In total there are 114 BismillahirRahmanirRahim, 113 in the beginning of each chapters and 1 in the middle of Surah an-Naml.
When a person is in LOVE he will frequently ends his messages or letters with I LOVE YOU. Today nobody uses the word Grace or Mercy in daily conversation, LOVE on the contrary is largely used and carries almost similar meaning as Grace and Mercy.
BISMILLAHIRRAHMANIRRAHIM, is Allah’s way of saying I love you to us, but instead of saying it at the end HE chose to put it at the BEGINNING, and that’s why Quran is OUR LIFE COACH because the first thing HE taught us with the BOOK is LOVE! Only He who teaches with LOVE truly guides US Al-Quran is Our Life Coach!
Let Al-Quran be Our Life Coach!
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This article was published during the month of Ramadan 1432H