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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Scholars' Viewpoint: Understanding Quran - where have we gone wrong


Qur'an is the fountainhead of Islam and is compilation of the literal Speech of Allah as conveyed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through Angel Jibraeel (Gabriel) in the classic Arabic language. The Quran is the last of all the Holy Scriptures that was bestowed upon the last of the Prophets, Muhammad (peace be upon him). Which means that till the Day of Judgement, will there be no prophet nor any Divine scripture for the guidance of the entire mankind. And for this very reason, Allah has taken upon Himself to guard against any adulteration into the text of Qur'an and for this very reason, the Qur'an text remains safe and unadulterated since the times of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

For a considerable period of time, the understanding of Islam remained restricted to the original interpretation of Qur'an and Sunnah as it descended from times of the Prophet of Allah to his followers and their followers and theirs. But as Islam started to expand beyond the boundaries of Arabia, the Islamic scholars got exposed to Greek, Egyptian and Iranian philosophies and in order to keep "step" with the modern philosophies of time, they started interpreting Qur'an according to the newly acquired knowledge. Side by side the mysticism also crept into Islam and instead of obeying the commands of Allah as contained in the Qur'an. the Sufi mystique branch started to to find ways to contact Allah through mysticism, like Buddhism and to an extent Hinduism.

This then, greatly altered the original message of Islam and interpretation of Qur'an and Sunnah as had been practiced a few centuries since the dawn of Islam. Even till day day, Sufism finds more attraction to Muslims as it involves rhythmic movements, cutting off from mainstream life and concentrating in establishing contact with Allah. This is how we have gone wrong in the interpretation and understanding of the religion, Qur'an and Sunnah.

However, there are still some scholars who are trying to revive the original concept and understanding of Qur'an to keep it away from adulteration. Professor Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, a Pakistani Muslim theologian, Quran scholar, Islamic modernist, exegete and educationist is one such scholar who is in the forefronts in this true cause, though he is heavily refuted by other scholars who tend to follow the Sufism and interpretation of Islam and Qur'an as per modern dictates.

Please watch an enlightening video on the subject below by Professor Javed Ahmad Ghamidi. Please listen to this video with an open mind without any prejudices and inclinations to different scholars or schools of thought. It would be only then, one can understand its true essence. The video is in Urdu, but has English subtitles for those who cannot understand Urdu:
May Allah help us understand Islam in the light of original teachings of Qur'an and Sunnah of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the video above are that of the concerned scholar . We have shared these view as added information in better understanding of Islam. The reader may or may not agree with the view owing to their own perception. If any one differs with the material contained in this post, one may consult the references and their authors.  If someone has more material about the subject, he/she is most welcome to share in the comments box to make the post all encompassing.

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