Most westerners and most Christians, and probably most followers of all other religions don’t read the Qur’an. I remember clearly over thirty years ago during a very short stay in a youth hostel in northern Israel meeting a young American visitor who was reading the Qur’an and eager to finish the Book. I remember him saying that he found nothing very special about the contents. It is as if there was nothing new in that Holy Book that he didn’t already know. That was one man’s opinion.
In general though those who are not Moslems are not familiar with the Qur’an. Baha’is on the other hand have been exposed to quotations from the Holy Qur’an found within their own Holy Writings. As an exemple, let us glimpse through The Tablets of the Divine Plan, by ‘Abdu’l-Baha.
In those letters or Tablets written to the Baha’is of the United States and Canada one finds references to the Bible on the one hand, and to the Qur’an on the other. Those quotations from the Holy Bible are references to the call to “preach” to every creature, to plant the “seed” into the “good ground”, and references to the “kingdom” of God.
Similar images appear in the quotations from the Qur’an in the above-mentioned Tablets: “The soil was black and dried. Then we caused the rain to descend upon it and immediately it became green, verdant, and every kind of plant sprouted up luxuriantly” (Qur’an 22:5) and “O ‘Ali! If God guide, through thee, one soul, it is better for thee than all the riches!” (Qur’an 1:6).
The similarity and closeness of all Holy Books is evident when one compares Mathew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven” with the Qur’an 28:5: “And we desire to show favor to those who were brought low in the land, and to make them spiritual leaders among men, and to make of them our heirs.” Both quotations are found in the Tablets of the Divine Plan.
The imagery in all Holy Books connects the world of nature with the world of the spirit. When addressing the believers of the northeastern States ‘Abdu’l-Baha wishing to underscore the bounty given to all in order to diffuse the teachings (“divine fragrances”) quotes the following text from the Qur’an “God is the light of heaven and earth: the similitude of His light is a niche in a wall, wherein a lamp is placed, and the lamp enclosed in a case of glass; the glass appears as if it were a shining star. It is lighted with the oil of a Blessed Tree, an olive neither of the East, nor of the Weste; it wanteth little but that the oil therof would give light, although no fire touched it. This is the light added unto light. God will unto His light whom He pleaseth” (Qur’an 24:35).
And finally as we enter a new era in world undertakings, and as the unity of mankind under one order and one “common faith” becomes a pre-requisite for world peace and stability, ‘Abdu’l-Baha quotes this verse at the beginning of His letter to the believers of both the United States and Canada: “Take ye hold of the Cord of God, all of you, and become yet not disunited.” (Qur’an: 3:103)