From a general discussion of the Holy Qur'an's essential relevance to humanity, stressing God's guidance of all His creatures toward happiness and well-being, the author proceeds to show how the Qur'an contains the fundamental roots of Islam and the proof of prophethood as the Word of God. Copious quotations from the Qur'an are given to illustrate its teachings, its exoteric and esoteric dimensions and the meaning of exegesis. The eternal validity of Qur'anic revelation is examined in depth, together with the attitudes of both Muslim and non-Muslim writers to the questions of Revelation and Prophethood. The relationship of the Qur'an to the sciences shows to what extent it encourages us to study all manner of natural and physical sciences, as well as philosophy, literature and every available branch of knowledge. The book closes with a brief description of how the Qur'an has come down to us.
Author: Allamah Muhammad Hussain Tabatabai
File Size: 1416 KB
Print Length: 126 pages
Publisher: Zahra Publications (12 Mar. 1987)
Neither prose nor poetry but a unique, mesmerising fusion of both, the Qur’an stands as one of the world’s most important spiritual texts and is a source of law, instruction and comfort for about one and half billion people around the globe. It is, among the world’s religious scriptures, arguably the one that today commands the attention of those unfamiliar with its teachings. There are numerous English translations of the Qur’an available, yet few, if any of them, can claim a phrase-by-phrase translation, concurrent with the original text in Arabic. This edition, from the Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS), does just this. In addition to being of invaluable benefit to readers who understand English only, this method also permits those with even a rudimentary grasp of Arabic to draw nearer to the Qur’an’s inimitable style and lofty message, by following the Arabic text while being guided by the English. Expertly translated and prepared, this edition of the Qur’an also makes extensive use of classical commentaries from both Sunni and Shi‘i sources for broader-based understanding. ‘Ali Quli Qara’i studied at Osmania University and the University of Wisconsin. As a seasoned scholar familiar both with the intricacies of the Islamic texts and the English language, Mr Qara’i has dedicated his life to the translation of the classics of Islamic literature into English.