The Quran has been sent down as the verbatim word of the Ever-Living God as a guide to humanity. There is no book like it and once you read it, you too will agree that it is as if God Himself is speaking to you directly. No other piece of literature that exists in the world even comes close..
The opening surah (Chapter) of the Glorious Quran is a supplication (prayer) from the reader asking God to guide them, 'Guide us to the straight path' (Quran 1:6) and so God responds to the reader directly in the opening verses of the very next surah (chapter) by saying;
"This is the book (the Qur’an) in which there is no doubt, It is a guide for those who are mindful of God" (Quran 2:2).
We have all heard of the Old Testament (The Torah) and also the New Testament (The Gospel) but have you heard of the Final Testament (The Quran)? All of the previous prophets, and according to Islam, there have been over 124'000, were all sent to a particular people and their message was meant for a particular time period. This is also confirmed in the Bible when Jesus, peace be upon him said: "I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel." (Matthew 15:24). It is because of this fact that previous messages were NOT protected from corruption and is the reason why countless contradictions are found in previous scriptures. It is not God Who has contradicted Himself in previous scriptures, it is due to the taint of man. Man is imperfect and therefore he is incapable of producing a whole way of life that is perfect. God on the other hand is Perfect and therefore the final testament sent to mankind should also be perfect and protected from corruption which is what God has done with the Quran.
We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption) (Quran 15:9)
The prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him was sent to the whole of mankind and Jinn as confirmed in the following verse of the Quran
"And We have not sent you except as a mercy to the worlds" Quran 21:7).
The word Quran literally means 'Recitation' and it was sent down as a recitation to be recited on to the people and because it is the verbatim word of God, it has a natural soothing affect on the soul when hearing it recited. I have chosen a video for you below without any translation because i wanted you to feel the affects of the words of Allah (God) on your soul, so put your headphones on, press play, close your eyes and feel what it is like to have your soul fed. Just as we eat food to feed and nourish our body, our soul too needs to be fed and the food of the soul is Quran! Whenever you are feeling down, sad, stressed or depressed, simply put your headphones on and let the healing begin. There are so many beautiful Quran recitations on YouTube so just choose your favourite reciter and let your Creator in!