Posted by: mjaga | January 28, 2012

Doubting Thamases

Qur’aanic Verse 26:2:

26:2

Transliteration:

2. Tilka ayatu alkitabi almubeeni

Translation:

2. These are Verses of the Book that gives clear guidance.2

Study Note:

2. But most of those who now (early part of 21st century A.D.) call themselves Muslims insist that the Book (Qur’aan) is not clear on many things. They seek the help of the man-influenced and error-prone ahaadeeth to make the Verses – which Allah Himself has guaranteed to be clear – more clear!


 The above is an extract from Qur’aanic Studies Manzil V, which will soon, inshaAllah, be published on Amazon Kindle. Manzil IMabzil II,  Manzil III and Manzil IV of the series are already published.

Mohammad Shafi

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Responses

  1. Allah give you reward for all

  2. …………. I am a Muslim, an Arab, and by the way a translator. Muslims may not be saying that the Quraan is NOT clear, rather the language used in the Holy Book of Allah (swt) is not the same as we speak and write these days after 1,400 years since it was first revealed.

    All the languages keep changing, they do not remain the same. It is the same case with English, therefore many times one finds in a dictionary “archaic”, “obsolete”, etc. because it keeps changing with the time and people. If Quraan, according to the Ayah that you have quoted, is and if it really was so very clear/plain – then our beloved Prophet Muhammad whose Birthday we celebrate today, would not have taken the efforts to answer a hundred questions every time a new verse was revealed!?

  3. …………Even today, our Scholars, do differ in/with the meanings of certain Ayats. Why then do we have so many Tafseer; and why then Tafseer if one could himself read and understand. Don’t you think it is because it is not as clear to us as is our ordinary Arabic language. Quraanic language is classic, used by the Arabs of the Arab Peninsular one thousand four hundred and more years from today. Sometimes, we fail to understand poetry because it is not the same as we speak and for many of us we need someone to explain the meaning of it – we read the words but yet we do not seem to understand the actual meaning meant by the poet. Therefore, my dear friend, do not directly say that Muslims of the 21st century claim that the Quraan is not clear. What Allah meant by the Ayah you have quoted could not be the same as you or me understand.

    Until very recently when the Scientists had not then discovered “what they label the (black hole)” which is not black or hole, Muslims did not understand the meaning of Chapter 81:15 and 16 in which it is given “fa la uqsimu bil khunnas, al jawar al kunnas”, Al Jawar al Kunnas, something that keeps running/revolving, and in its action of movement is sucking matters, that is as though vacuum cleaning. Only when the Western Scientits discovered this, the Arab/Islamic Scholars blared their horns and said “yes, it refers to so and so Ayah given in the Quran. It is one of Quranic Miracles”. Which would prove to you that Quraan is not as clear as you said. And before this too, Arabs/Muslims/Scholars did not know what was meant by “kanat al ardhu ratqa, fa fataqnaha”… The Big Bang was discovered only some 50-55 years back. Then only Muslims realise what the Quran mean by RATQAN FA FATAQNAHA..
    It is therefore requested from brother not to rush things. There are still so many things in the Holy Quraan which we do not yet understand their proper meanings, but with the time, Science will tell us what God/Allah (swt) meant by that.. Shukran dear brother, and thank you for your note. Wishing you a blessed year with the Birth of our Holy, Universal Prophet – Muhammad..

    • I have not rushed things, brother! I have just pointed out what the Qur’aan says.

      My mother tongue is not Arabic. Still, I find the Qur’aan easy to understand. What I am concerned with are the ‘muhkamaat’ Verses, and not the ‘mutashabihaat’ [see Verse 3:7]. The ones you have quoted are of the latter category.

      Our beloved Prophet (peace on him) was the first human teacher of the Qur’aan to teach it to the people of his time. People of modern times too need teachers to learn and study the Qur’aan. Tafasir too serve as teachers to self-learners. But we should not take the explanations given by the teachers and the tafasir as the gospel truth. We have to take their help only to the extent of reaching out to the Arabic text. Then we should ourselves ponder on the Arabic text.

      What the Qur’aan says is the gospel truth, brother! Do not contradict it, please, for your own sake.


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