What is about the Quran that makes it so beautiful? What is it that endears it to hearts and makes them be at peace? What is it about it that causes men to stand humbled before it, even reduced to tears? For me, there are three factors which contribute to the sublime nature of the Holy Quran.
The first of these is the distinctive sound of its recitation. Listen to it with an open heart and one cannot but be amazed at its beauty. In this regard it is unparalleled amongst all the scriptures of all religions. The recitations of famous Qurra’ have many times over caused grown men to weep and to be moved to ecstasy, simply due to the sound of it! The word Quran means a recitation: it is not simply a book that one reads. It was always meant to be heard and listened to, similar in this regard to poetry, and one cannot truly appreciate it if he has not heard it being recited. There are many different modes and methods of recitation and this increases the amazement for the one who is knowledgeable of such things. But even an untrained ear is able to recognise something of its beauty. I have heard of people who immediately upon listening to the Holy Quran decided to revert to Islam. And this is by no means something far-fetched. Listen. These are the words of God.
The second aspect of the Holy Quran which makes it so spectacular is the inimitable nature of its language and literary style. For those well-versed in Arabic and its rules of grammar and rhetoric, this is self-evident. Of all the literary works in the Arabic language, none even come close to matching the brilliance of the Holy Quran. The Quran itself testifies to this: it issues a challenge to all those who disbelieve that it is the Word of God to produce something like it if they are truthful in what they claim. This challenge was primarily addressed to the Arabs living during the time that it was revealed. Know that these people were masters of the Arabic language and they prided themselves on this – on their ability to create masterpieces of prose and poetry. But when confronted with the Quran all they could do was stand in awe of it and many of them reverted to Islam: they realised that this Book could not have come from any other than God Himself. It is necessary to know something of Arabic in order to appreciate this aspect of it but even so, it maybe possible to grasp some small part of it without knowing any. Reflect. These are the words of God.
The third sublime feature of the Quran is its incredible depth of meaning. Many many volumes have been written expounding on the meanings the Holy Quran and this practice continues till this day. The Quran is like an ever-flowing spring: it gives and gives and never runs dry. And people will take from it according to the extent of their sincerity and their willingness to be guided. If one approaches it with a closed mind, then he will take nothing from it. But if his heart is open, he will be guided, insha Allah. Read. These are the words of God.
Each of these features on its own is amazing enough. But when we bear all of these in mind at once, and try to comprehend all of it at the same, then do we come to realise just how truly astounding it is, how sublimely beautiful it is.