Major Themes of the Qur'an by Fazlur Rahman

By Fazlur Rahman

Major topics of the Qur’an is Fazlur Rahman’s creation to 1 of the richest texts within the background of non secular inspiration. during this vintage paintings, Rahman unravels the Qur’an’s complexities on subject matters resembling God, society, revelation, and prophecy with the deep attachment of a Muslim knowledgeable in Islamic colleges and the readability of a pupil who taught for many years within the West.

“Generations of students have profited from [Rahman’s] pioneering scholarly paintings by means of taking the questions he raised and the instructions he defined to new destinations.”--Ebrahim Moosa, from his new foreword

“The non secular way forward for Islam and the way forward for interfaith dating . . . could be livelier and saner for this kind of Quranic centrality which Major issues of the Qur’an exemplifies and serves.”--Kenneth Cragg, Middle East Journal

“There shines via [a] infrequent mix of balanced scholarly judgment and profound own dedication. . . . [Rahman is] desirous to open up the mysteries of the Qur’an to a shrinking international sorely wanting either ethical regeneration and higher mutual understanding.”--Patrick D. Gaffney, Journal of Religion

“I can’t examine any publication extra very important, nonetheless, than Major subject matters of the Qur’an.”--Michael Sells, writer of Approaching the Qur’an

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And live with them in goodness; even when you dislike them [for certain things]; it is quite possible that you may dislike a thing, but God Has put a great deal of goodness in it. But when you do want to divorce a woman in favor of another [whom you want to marry], and you have already given your [existing] wife a large amount of wealth, do not take anything away from it—will you take it back as a pure falsehood and a clear sin? How will you take it back when you have fondly met each other in intimacy, and they have gotten solemn promises from you?

They are the corrupters but they do not know that. an-Nisā’:123). Given the depth of human self-deception, how important it is that man be "awakened" to his real nature, to be responsible before God, to think thoughts and do deeds that would be consequential, for upon this depends the whole destiny of man and of God's purposes for man. Qāf:22). In this context, the warnings of the Qur’ān assume the most severe and threatening tone: We have created many of the jinn and humans for hell: they have minds but they do not understand therewith; they have eyes but they do not see therewith; they have ears but they do not listen therewith.

Indeed, according to the Qur’ān, all Messengers after Noah were rebels against the established order. The real criterion for the Qur’ān is what it constantly calls "corruption on the earth" (fasād fil-arđ), which can mean any state of affairs that leads to general lawlessness—political, moral, or social—when national or international affairs are out of control. The Qur’ān comments on the situation contemporary to the Prophet, probably referring to the international situation caused by the Perso-Byzantine wars (the sura opens with a reference to a battle in which the Byzantines were defeated): Chaos [corruption] has become rampant on land and sea, thanks to what the hands of men have earned, so that [God] might make them taste something of what they have done; perchance they may return [to the right path].

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