THE JEWELS OF THE QURAN – Book Sample
About the Book
This is a translation of Imam Ghazzali s Jawahir al-Quran. In the first part, Imam Ghazzali describes the way to understand the Quran, its principal aims and how all branches of Islamic knowledge are based on it. The second part contains more than 1500 verses from the Quran which Imam Ghazzali divides into rubies and pearls. The verses he describes as rubies relate to our cognitive function and refer to the essence of God, his Names and Qualities and Acts. The verses he describes as pearls refer us to the straight path and the Divine urging us to follow it. The pearls engage our practical function. Due September 2008.
Introduction – THE JEWELS OF THE QURAN
The Qur’an is the Holy Scripture of Islam revealed to the prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him!) through the angel of revelation, Gabriel, in approximately twenty-three years of his lifetime (610 A.D. – 632) in Mecca and Medina. Seven hundred million human beings who call themselves Muslims have accepted it as the Creator’s final message or revelation to mankind and jinn ((infra, p. 46, n. 74)), two intelligent species charged with religious and moral responsibilities.
Muslims not only read and study the Qur’an for drawing guidance in all aspects of their life, but also recite it for other purposes, such as the obtaining of reward from God and gaining the blessings which come from uttering the divine speech. Recitation for these purposes is made at different times and ·on various occasions, e.g. in the morning, at night, on completion of every ritual prayer, at the start of sermons, in ceremonies and in pious gatherings.
Thus the Qur’an is practically inseparable from the life of a Muslim. Many non-Muslims have also been interested in the Qur’an and most of them have regarded it with reverance as the Holy Scripture of a great faith; the reasons for their interest in the Scripture of another religion, however, are obviously not identical with those of Muslims.
The Qur’an is purely divine but its understanding is completely human – a statement often made by Muslim scholars of recognized authority. The understanding of the Qur’an concerns not only the meaning and significance of its verses,
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