Al Ghazali’s Theory on the Recitation and interpretation of the Quran

Muhammad Abul Quasem

Paperback, 121 pages
5.83 x 8.27 inch
Dar Ul Thaqafah

This book is the first accurate English translation, with useful introduction and many valuable notes, of al-Ghazali’s Kitab Adab Tilawat al-Qu’ran, which is a part of his greatest work Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Deen (The Revival of the Religious Sciences). In the Introduction of this translation (pages 9-18) the subject of Qu’ran-reading is nicely initiated. In chapter I (pp. 19-33) the merits of Qu’ran- recitation are discussed. In chapters II & III (pp. 34-85) ten external etiquettes or praiseworthy manners and ten internal (mental) tasks of Quran-recitation are set forth.

In chapter IV (pp. 86-104) the existence of deep, hidden meaning of the Qu’ran is proved as against the proponents of outward exegetes. The obstacles to the understanding of deep, hidden meanings of the Qu’ranic verses are pointed out. The Prophet’s prohibition of Qu’ran-explanation according to one’s personal opinion is discussed in detail in pp. 90-104. In this context the controversial problem of tafsir bi-l ray (interpretation of Qur’an acconding to valid personal opinion) is seriously considered and supported with proofs and evidences.The Arabic text translated here has been compared with eight other printed Arabic texts and then translated very carefully and accurately using free-flowing, modern English.

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