For years, religious leaders/scholars have been convincing the majority that a "qualified" third party is needed to explain Quran for us. They have been claiming that Quran readers cannot understand it on their own, and that "valid credentials" are needed to be able to promote its message. Such credentials are always measured by the scholars' own standards. Personal agendas for authority and power are mainly the underlying forces for decision making while the controlled majority is in a silent mode to hear and obey what the select group of leaders would issue for them.
Idolizing Muhammad and the accommodation of volumes of innovated Hadith and Sunna books to explain Quran has set the initial step of "follow the leader" scheme. It has been proclaimed that Quran alone is not enough as a source of law and "Hadith and Sunna" have become an official source of laws and Sharia'a besides Quran.. The "follow the leader" scheme started to work effectively because the overwhelming amount of man-made information has become a burden for anyone to go through, sort out, or get a good grip of. It has become impossible to draw conclusions and uphold definite commands when there are mountains of contradictory words and rulings. The brain-wash that a "qualified" religious specialist and leader is to be followed instead of God and His words has been passing down for generations and until now.
We know that there are no premises in Quran to support any of the claims the religious leaders have been propagating. In fact, such claims contradict how God is describing His scripture and do not align with many clear commands. God directly informs us, all humans, that He has taught us and equipped us to distinguish things (55:4), and He commands us to use our brains, eyesight and hearing to study, reflect, analyze, and judge for ourselves (17:36, 2:148) . He directly asks all humans to read Quran from cover to cover (73:4), study it (47:24), meditate with it (17:79), and increase their knowledge (20:114). He praises the thinkers and the knowledgeable (29:49, 3:191), and He links reflecting and examining resources to seek knowledge with the right faith (3:18), wisdom, good vision, good logic, and intelligence (39:18, 38:20, 38:45, 2:269, 13:19). He commands all humans, not just an exclusive group, to follow Quran (7:3, 6:155), proclaim Quran (3:187), and to remind with Quran (6:70, 50:45).
Additionally, God declares that the message in Quran is for all the people (81:27, 38:87) and Quran is the only source of religious guidance (18:27). He also states that He made Quran easy to learn (54:17,22,32,40). He emphasizes that it is made of straightforward teachings except for some allegories that our salvation doesn't rely on (3:7). He proclaims it to be in perfect Arabic tongue without any ambiguity or contradictions (39:28, 4:82). He thus proclaims Himself as both Author and Teacher of Quran (10:37, 55:1-2). He also narrates examples and displays scenes from the past and the future to teach us that no soul is responsible for another (53:38), and we are equally accountable for our own deeds (64:7) as we return to Him individually, not in the company of our scholars or idols (6:94). With all of these commands, teachings, and descriptions, why would any sane mind consider a third party besides God to learn Quran when God's words are revealed and taught in black and white by Him? The scholars' claims are blasphemies and reflect nothing but their own sick hearts and their own disbelief.
Our generation has been fortunate to witness and take an active part in a revolutionary reform against all these traditional concepts that have been ruining minds and nations for decades. We have been blessed to be first in line for a lengthy liberation process. The mental barriers between us and Quran have been gradually removed by God's grace. God has blessed us with a confirming messenger to take us back to the true teachings of Quran and open our eyes to recite the word of God by ourselves without fear, hesitance or need for any mediators. Our trust in the clarity and simplicity of the words of Quran and in our equal ability to dwell on its meanings has been rebuilt after years of brain-wash, manipulation, and deception. Blessed with the proofs of the Quran's divine authorship, we appreciate and value its words including the ones that tell us that God is the entity that explains it through the recitation, and that no human, messenger or scholar or leader, is commanded to explain it for us. Quran is a book of clear and straightforward teachings from the Supreme Author and Teacher to purify and progress our souls. When it is RECITED, God's teachings are revealed, delivered, taught, clarified, and explained to us:
Muhammad Forbidden from Explaining the Quran
[75:16] Do not move your tongue to hasten it.
[75:17] It is we who will collect it into Quran.
[75:18] Once we recite it, you shall follow such a Quran.
[75:19] Then it is we who will explain it.
[7:3] You (the command is expressed in plural tense for humanity in the Arabic text) shall all follow what is revealed to you from your Lord; do not follow any idols besides Him. Rarely do you take heed.
[6:155] This too is a blessed scripture that we have revealed; you (the command is expressed in plural tense for humanity in the Arabic text) shall follow it and lead a righteous life, that you may attain mercy.
[27:91] I am simply commanded to worship the Lord of this town - He has made it a safe sanctuary - and He possesses all things. I am commanded to be a submitter.
[27:92] And to recite the Quran. Whoever is guided is guided for his own good, and if they go astray, then say, "I am simply a warner."
[3:101] How can you disbelieve, when these revelations of GOD have been recited to you, and His messenger has come to you? Whoever holds fast to GOD will be guided in the right path.
[2:129] "Our Lord, and raise among them a messenger to recite to them Your revelations, teach them the scripture and wisdom, and purify them. You are the Almighty, Most Wise."
[3:164] GOD has blessed the believers by raising in their midst a messenger from among them, to recite for them His revelations, and to purify them, and to teach them the scripture and wisdom. Before this, they had gone totally astray.
Satan is currently furious that his scheme has been exposed by our generation, and that the truth is unveiled and will prevail by God's will and support. He has developed new approach, exclusively for our group of believers knowing that we are finally engaged in the learning process as qualified students for one Teacher and one easy, perfect, and straightforward source. He has established a Satanic perspective for 55:1-2 mainly to divert us from the clear truth and fill our hearts with confusion and uncertainty. The Satanic twist of 55:1-2 he introduces is that " The Most Gracious, Teacher of Quran" means God teaches a certain verse or command to each one of us differently. Based on that, not only different understandings/interpretations of a given teaching are quite possible but also are quite welcome!!! So, instead of upholding personal opinions and interpretations of the scholars through his old, "follow the leader" scheme, we are filling up our memories with the different understandings and interpretations of fellow believers through the new twist of 55:1-2! Again, his ultimate goal has been always the same: deviation far from the truth from God, confusion, and uncertainty that lead to regressed souls.
This Satanic twist is not found in Quran, and it contradicts all the above shared facts that God describes Quran with. The Most Gracious, Teacher of Quran is equivalent to " it is we who explain it", in 75:19, and to the essence of 20:114, 5:101, and 69:44-47.
"The Most Gracious- Teacher of Quran" and "it is we who explain it" are straightforward statements to ENSURE the source of the meanings and teachings. They are to DIRECT us to what is constructed in black and white by God and to KEEP us guarded against different opinions, different sources, and different understandings. God is our Teacher, because the text book is one and it is His.
There is a crucial difference between understanding the meaning of a verse, and offering a personal perspective or an application for that verse. Understanding a verse means the mental process to comprehend what is expressed by God in that verse. A personal perspective is one's personal ideas that are combined and offered to create a meaningful relationship to that verse. Personal perspective of a verse doesn't affect in the least the understanding of the meaning delivered by God. Meanings expressed and delivered by God through His words and verses are not changeable and should not perceived differently. We grow in knowledge and grasp a new meaning when we pay attention to more specific values of God's words and overcome our personal limitations or, at times, blindness. This doesn't mean that God's verses have different understandings, it means something is newly revealed to us in the light of Quran that we have never known or paid attention to before (20:114, 5:101). The words of the Most Gracious establish the absolute, and concrete truth, in an accurate and efficient logic. God states that He authored His teachings without any ambiguity as the absolute truth and the only source of guidance. Hence He is the Clarifier and Teacher.
In conclusion, Satan is rehearsing his old, "follow the leader" scheme in a modern approach to divert the believers from the absolute and concrete truth established by God's words in Quran. When God is unifying us under one Teacher (55:1-2), and one text book (18:27) that is easy to learn (54:17,22,32,40), Satan is inviting us to share different understandings and opinions for God's words and to tolerate different sources. He wickedly confuses understandings and meanings with perspectives and applications. Through 55:1-2, Satan preaches that it is very likely to have "different understandings" for God's words and teachings! The truth of the matter is that there will be no such thing as Absolute Truth, salvation, divine mercy, or divine justice when there is multiple understandings or meanings for His words aside from allegories. Praise God for teaching us good logic and wisdom. Praise God for blessing us with knowledge and intelligence. Praise God for His absolute truth. Praise God for His straightforward verses that constitute the essence of the scripture. Praise God for the one source, the one text book. Praise Him for His justice, and infinite grace and mercy.
Peaceful Friday, salaam, and God bless.