Discovering the Qur'an: A Contemporary Approach to a Veiled by Neal Robinson

By Neal Robinson

Neal Robinson's studying the Qur'an has now turn into a customary text-book, because it is a superb source in the event you require a transparent and available introductory textual content. It bargains a transparent interpretation of many elements of the Qur'an, and is in 3 components. the 1st explores how the publication is skilled via Muslims within the context of religion; the second one considers chronology, and dates of composition; and the 3rd discusses the constitution and coherence of the Qur'an. This new effect encompasses a new preface by way of the writer. a very important source for all scholars of Islam. 'If a person requested me to suggest a transparent and finished advent to the character and position of the Qur'an, i might glance no additional ... ' Profeessor Oliver Leaman, college of Kentucky in Expository instances ' ... an clever, subtle and provocative booklet on a complicated subject.' Dr Martin ahead, Wesley condo, Cambridge within the Epworth assessment

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It is perhaps not surprising that some of the great figures from the past, such as the Persian philosopher Ibn Sina (Avicenna), achieved this goal at an early age. 3 Similar feats of memory are, however, performed today by school-children living in the deprived inner-city areas of Britain. To learn the Qur'an by heart is one thing; to retain it is quite another. " The celebrated Egyptian writer Taha Hussein, who finished learning the Qur'an when he was barely nine, recounts how his father humiliated him by asking him to recite the Surah of the Poets a few months later: All that he could remember of 'The Surah of the Poets' was that it was one of three which began with T5 Sin Mim, so he began to repeat T Sin Mim over and over again, without being able to arrive at what came after it.

Hence, perhaps even during his lifetime, traditions about his maghdzi or 'raiding campaigns' began to take definite shape. It is uncertain when these oral traditions were first collected and written down. A Madinan scholar, 'Urwah b. az-Zubayr (d. 712), is credited with having compiled a maghazi work which was transmitted by his pupil, AbU Bakr az-Zuhri (d. 742), who in turn transmitted it to Musa b. 'Uqbah (d. 758). " From this fragment, which consists of nineteen traditions, and from numerous citations in the writings of subsequent 36 Discovering the Qur'an historians, the tenor of Ibn 'Uqbah's work is clear.

Make me and my offspring steadfast in prayer. 0 our Lord! accept my supplication. 0 our Lord! forgive me and my parents and the believers on the day when the reckoning shall come to pass! ) For salat to be valid, the Qur'an must be recited from memory in Arabic. It is possible to fulfil one's obligations by knowing only theJatihah and a few other passages. A selection of short surahs from the end of the Qur'an are usually learnt for this purpose. However, many Muslims •endeavour to memorize much more than this.

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