How to Approach the Quran
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2007
Study the Noble Quran Word-for-Word
Today as never before, more and more people are asking about
Islam. They want to know. Is Islam just another religion
competing with other religions? Or is it a way of life that
transforms the thinking person into a reasonable responsible humanbeing?
Today as never before, more and more homes are becoming
hosts to the Quran. People want to read this book and they
want to know how best to approach and benefit from this
There is an air of urgency. People want to know what the
Quran has to say for itself. Today. For Tomorrow may never
Approach the Quran:
The Quran is not like other books. Quran is
Light. Quran is Wisdom. Quran is Good News. Quran is
Absolute Knowledge. Quran is Remembrance. Quran is your book
brought to you by One who cares about you. The Author of
this Book is not after your money. He is not after fame. And
He has no axe to grind. He just wants you to be happy. He
just wants you to be truthful. He wants you to be
And He just wants you to be the best
you can be.
He says He made you
and that He is your Lord. So before you make up your mind
about Him, listen to what He has to say
about Himself. He says He made everything in the Heavens and
the Earth. This is the Author of the Quran and He is telling
you He made you, single handedly, without help from anyone.
He didnít even ask for your permission. So you must agree
with me that this Author is different. His claims and His
wishes are different from other authors that we know.
He says He is the One and only God you have
got. He is the sole Designer of your Eyes. The Sole Designer
of your Ears. Everything you have got is His. I want to
guide you, says this Author. You need Me. Stop making
excuses for yourself. This Message's function is to guide
YOU, O Seeker of Truth, and bring you back to where you
Paradise and Eternal joy.
Man is weak, he is hasty and forgetful. The Maker of
frail human thatís you) knows this, so, out of mercy for
your frailty, He repeats Himself so you won't forget. After
all, the whole point of this revelation is about saving you
from your self and your forgetfulness.
While you read, remember, this is not a book
that came down at one go, but a message that gradually
descended over a period of 23 years to a society that was
evolving from idol-worship and ignorance to true faith and
Enlightenment. How this method of gradation works can be
appreciated by looking at the way God dealt with the
eradication of intoxicants and gambling:
Therefore, some understanding of the dayís
events is inevitable if one is to get the full picture. So
be patient, and while you keep a general perspective, never
lose sight of the context of certain verses, i.e. verses
relating to jihad, method of gradation leading to final
prohibitions, and verses that relate to events taking place
on the ground at any given point at the time of revelation.
Keep in mind, Quran is its own best
explainer, a question mark in one verse can be explained by
another verse, so be patient until you come to that verse,
and ask the Author to help you to grow in knowledge. After
all the One you are trying to communicate with is the
Author. So ask Him to guide you. There is no barrier between
you and Him except the one you create, so step out of your
confinement and listen, listen and again listen.
Everything thatís contained in this book is
addressed to you, and the stories of
previous generations that you will be reading are for your
own benefit. The good news is for you to welcome and enjoy,
and look forward to; The warnings and admonitions, and the
failures are for you to avoid.
And because He loves you so much, He
has entrusted this gift to a most trustworthy Messenger'
Muhammad Al Amin. And because He loves you and cares about
you, He has protected this Message for you in its original
How to Approach the Quran:
1. Make sure you are physically clean. I
suggest you take a full bath with the intention that you are
coming to a Holy Scripture.
2. Be pure in thought. Remove any thoughts you may have
about the dayís Muslims, the dayís politics, these have
absolutely nothing to do with this Book. In other words, be
3. Sit in a quiet place, and be decently dressed,
perhaps a scarf on your head if you are a woman, out of
respect. If you donít have one lying around, donít bother.
This is not a read for a lazy afternoon, the time you spend
with this Book is quality time
with your Lord.
4. Every time you open the book, before you start
'I seek refuge with Allah from Satan
That way God will protect you from all evil
whisperings and interruptions. A mistake people who are not
familiar with Quran make is that they donít know how to
protect themselves from Satanís influence and many times
fall victim to his negative powers. To avoid that, seek
protection from God. Then read:
'In the Name of God the
Beneficient the Meriful.'
5. As you read, ponder and reflect on the words. This
is a message for the living. Stay alive by being alert.
Remember God is speaking to YOU. The important person who is
being talked to is YOU. There is
none between you and the One Who made you. Be happy. Show
gratitude. Use your brain. Exercise common sense, and donít
let anyone elseís misinterpretations come between you and
6. Make a point to read only as much is
easy for you at a time. And at the end of every
reading, don't underestimate the power of Prayer. Pray for
Guidance. It doesn't cost you anything. And you can do it in
your heart in your own tongue directly to the One who made
7. Handle this Book with care. Find a
decent place for it. The way you handle this Book, this
Honorable guest in your home, must be different from the
manner you handle your novels and magazines. This is not a
lazy read. This Author is far more intelligent than any
other author you have come across so you can't afford to be
lazy or shallow. Think. Apply your intelligence. And be
prepared for a stimulating discourse.
8. Learn Arabic,
this is an Arabic Quran. Whatever translations you are
reading are only a rendering of the meaning. So, if you
truly are in dire need of conversing with your Maker through
the Quran, learn Arabic.
We have sent it
down as an arabic Qur'an,
in order that ye may learn wisdom. ( Quran:
أَنزَلْنَاهُ قُرْآنًا عَرَبِيًّا لَّعَلَّكُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ
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