NOTICE: This article is a reproduction from Submitters Perspective No 6, July 1985.
Not every person is allowed to read and understand Qur’an. For Qur’an is not a common book; it is the book of God that bears His message to the world. The Qur’an is described as “glorious” (50:1), “great” (15:87), and “honorable” (56:77). Only very special people are permitted to grasp the Qur’an’s message.
In order to qualify as a recipient of Qur’an, one must satisfy a certain prerequisite, which i term the key to Qur’an. Without this key, there is absolutely no way any person can grasp a single verse or even a single word from Qur’an.
The existence of a key to Qur’an explains the strange phenomenon that certain Arabic speaking individuals, even authorities in the Arabic language, are often forbidden from understanding Qur’an.
As it turns out, God Himself forbids them for understanding Qur’an. Thus, unlike any other book, there are hidden forces that control our access to Qur’an. Only those who possess the key to Qur’an are permitted access to Qur’an.
What is the key to Qur’an?
The key to Qur’an is to believe Qur’an, i.e., to believe that Qur’an is complete, perfect, fully detailed, and shall be the only source of religious guidance (6:19, 38, 114). People who believe in other sources of religious guidance such as the sayings and actions falsely attributed to the prophet can never attain access to Qur’an. This is clearly stated in verse 57 of sura 18:
Who is more evil than those who are reminded of God’s revelations, then reject them without being aware of their sinfulness? Consequently, we place shields on their hearts to prevent them from understanding it (the Qur’an) and we place deafness in their ears. Thus, when you invite them to the guidance, they can never ever be guided.
Even the language of the Qur’an reader is irrelevant to understanding Qur’an. A person who does not know a single letter in the Arabic language, but possesses the key to Qur’an is guaranteed access to Qur’an (see 41:44).