How to Approach the Quran
never before, more and more people are asking about Islam. They want to know. Is
Islam just another religion competing with other religions? Or is it a way of
life that transforms the thinking person into a reasonable responsible
Approach the Quran:
just wants you to be the best you can be.
He says He made you and that He is your Lord. So before you make up your mind about Him, listen to what He has to say about Himself. He says He made everything in the Heavens and the Earth. This is the Author of the Quran and He is telling you He made you, single handedly, without help from anyone. He didnít even ask for your permission. So you must agree with me that this Author is different. His claims and His wishes are different from other authors that we know.
He says He
is the One and only God you have got. He is the sole Designer of your Eyes. The
Sole Designer of your Ears. Everything you have got is His. I want to guide you,
says this Author. You need Me. Stop making excuses for yourself. This Message's
function is to guide YOU, O Seeker of Truth, and bring you back to where you
belong: Paradise and Eternal joy.
read, remember, this is not a book that came down at one go, but a message that
gradually descended over a period of 23 years to a society that was evolving
from idol-worship and ignorance to true faith and Enlightenment. How this method
of gradation works can be appreciated by looking at the way God dealt with the
eradication of intoxicants and gambling: (Chapter
some understanding of the dayís events is inevitable if one is to get the full
picture. So be patient, and while you keep a general perspective, never lose
sight of the context of certain verses, i.e. verses relating to jihad, method of
gradation leading to final prohibitions, and verses that relate to events taking
place on the ground at any given point at the time of revelation.
mind, Quran is its own best explainer, a question mark in one verse can be
explained by another verse, so be patient until you come to that verse, and ask
the Author to help you to grow in knowledge. After all the One you are trying to
communicate with is the Author. So ask Him to guide you. There is no barrier
between you and Him except the one you create, so step out of your confinement
and listen, listen and again listen.
thatís contained in this book is addressed to you, and the stories of
previous generations that you will be reading are for your own benefit. The good
news is for you to welcome and enjoy, and look forward to; The warnings and
admonitions, and the failures are for you to avoid.
He loves you so much, He has entrusted this gift to a most trustworthy
Messenger' Muhammad Al Amin. And because He loves you and cares about you, He
has protected this Message for you in its original language.
refuge with Allah from Satan the Accursed.'
God will protect you from all evil whisperings and interruptions. A mistake
people who are not familiar with Quran make is that they donít know how to
protect themselves from Satanís influence and many times fall victim to his
negative powers. To avoid that, seek protection from God. Then read:
Name of God the Beneficient the Meriful.'
6. Make a
point to read only as much is easy for you at a time. And at the end of every
reading, don't underestimate the power of Prayer. Pray for Guidance. It doesn't
cost you anything. And you can do it in your heart in your own tongue directly
to the One who made you.
7. Handle this Book with care. Find a decent place for it. The way you handle this Book, this Honorable guest in your home, must be different from the manner you handle your novels and magazines. This is not a lazy read. This Author is far more intelligent than any other author you have come across so you can't afford to be lazy or shallow. Think. Apply your intelligence. And be prepared for a stimulating discourse.
Arabic, this is an Arabic Quran. Whatever translations you are reading are
only a rendering of the meaning. So, if you truly are in dire need of conversing
with your Maker through the Quran, learn Arabic.
Quran 12: 2:
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