Recognition of Quran

Overview

The Holy Quran is a manifesto of life presented to mankind through the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s) at the advent of Islam. This is a book of guidance to humanity at various levels and degrees. Similar to many other tragedies Islam has gone through in last fourteen hundred years, one of the tragedy has been with this divine book. This diven has been forsaken and abandoned by the followers of this religion as expilicily mentioned by the book itself in a complaint that the Holy Prophet (s.a) will have on the day of Judgment.  The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s) on the final day that my nation has forsaken the Quran is an eye opener for us which should make us think deep on how have we forsaken this divine book.

The book which is a means of guidance has been transformed into various other forms thereby it lost its axis and the purpose for which it was destined. But the fundamental question is why and how it happened? The primary reason on why this book got away from the core axis of guidance and turned into various other things was the lack of correct recognition of this divine book. Though the Muslims today have strong affiliation and attachment with the book but still the book remains forsaken and lost from our lives. Today the Muslims are suffering across the globe and as such the solution to entire humanity’s problem is present with this book provided we approach this book with this perspective. Our perception about the Holy Quran will not change unless we have the correct and precise Recognition of this Divine asset.

This book titled as “Recognition of Quran” is a series of lectures delivered by Hujjatul Islam Agha Syed Jawad Naqvi during the Holy month of Ramadhan compiled in a book form. This book is done in two parts. Part I discuses the basic aspect of Recognition of Quran and takes the reader to the extent of conviction that this book is nothing else other than Guidance for mankind. The Part II to be published soon discuses the various dimensions of guidance. In this book concrete Quran references are provided to prove and support every argument. The book has been done in an academic style which grants firmness to the arguments for every Muslim school.

We need to be clear before entering this book that this book is not an exegesis of the verses of Holy Quran, though there are many verses quoted at different instances. At some places some exegesis is done but that too in context to the subject under discussion.  The book presents a map for the reader to enter the Quran and find his way towards the destination presented by the Quran. Without this map the a lover of Quran will only end up having love and aspiration of Quran but would not be able to reachthe level of grasping the realities that Quran has presented. If someone desires to make Quran as an Imam,  Guide and manifesto of life than the starting point is to get a clear and correct recognition of the Quran. These discources presented in this book are a prologue for the reader to enter the subject of Understanding the Quran.

I am again grateful to Allah (s.w.t) for blessing me with this opportunity to take up this endeavor of translating this book. I am thankful to the entire Urwathul Wuthqa Seminary English Translation project team for working together in completing this book.

Syed Arif Rizvi

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