"Al-Quran is not to be stored nor displayed. It is to be read. To be learnt. To seek knowledge and pearls of wisdoms contained in it. For it is the final revelation to mankind. Thus, it contains all that is needed for mankind to conduct their life, so that they can achieve peace, harmony and prosperity in this world, regardless of their religion. Everything is mentioned in Al-Quran. Economy, social, politic, family, psychology, spiritual and much more. Nothing is amiss. What is amiss is people benefiting from its teachings. There is no end to knowledge that can be gathered from Al-Quran. For it is like a bottomless sea with no end. Every generation of ulama will find something new from Al-Quran. This is the miracle of Al-Quran."
[Source: MUIS Khutbah Jumaat]
AlhamdulilLah, today was just muqaddimah and I look forward to continue learning from Ustaz Rahmat Jumaat as he is reputed to deliver with great clarity when it comes to Tafseer al-Quran, subhan Allah.
He touched briefly on the siirah (history) of how the Quran was revealed in stages over a period of 23 years, beginning with the first wahyu (revelation):
"Read: In the name of thy Lord Who createth, (1) Createth man from a clot. (2) Read: And thy Lord is the Most Bounteous, (3) Who teacheth by the pen, (4) Teacheth man that which he knew not." [Surah al-Alaq: 1-5]
And that the first complete wahyu (revelation) was Surah al-Fatiha. And the revelation are done via a few ways, namely via Angel Jibril (Gabriel), via dream, via inspiration from Allah SWT. Read more about the revelation here.
Afternote: As we will be perpetually late for the other class, may Sheikh Abdul Halim forgive us for our 'tardiness', insya Allah.