What does it mean: The Qur'an never grows older?
The Qur�an retains its youth and freshness as if being revealed anew in
every epoch. Since as an eternal discourse it addresses all human beings of
different levels in every age, it should have a never-fading freshness, and
indeed it has.
The Qur�an so impresses the succeeding epochs that each, differing from
others in ideas and potentialities, regards the Qur�an as being revealed to
itself particularly and receives its instructions from it. Although the
words of the human mind and the laws it produces become old like human
beings themselves and therefore are revised or changed, the laws and
principles which the Qur�an decreed are so established and constant and so
compatible with essential human nature and the unchanging laws of creation
that, except to show their truth, validity and force more clearly, the
passage of centuries do not have the least effect on them. Indeed, this
century, including its people of the Book�the Christians and Jews�is more
confident of itself than preceding ones, and is most of all in need of the
guiding messages of the Qur�an beginning with O people of the Book, for,
since they also mean O people of schooling and education, those messages are
as if directed toward this century exclusively. With all its strength and
freshness, the Qur�an makes resound throughout the world its loud call: Say:
�O people of the Book! Come now to a word common between us and you, that we
serve none but God, and that we associate not anything with Him, and do not
some of us take others as lords, apart from God.� (3.64).
The present civilization, which is the product of the ideas of the whole
of mankind and perhaps also of the jinn, has adopted an attitude of
contending with the Qur�an, which individuals and communities have been
unable to dispute with. It tries to contradict the miraculousness of the
Qur�an through its charm and �spells�. In order to prove the miraculousness
of the Qur�an against this new, terrible opponent, and affirm its challenge
in Say: �If men and jinn banded together to produce the like of this Qur�an,
they would never produce its like, not though they backed one another� (al-Isra�,
17.88), I will compare the principles and foundations on which modern
civilization is based in opposing the Qur�an, with those of the Qur�an.