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A compilation of thoughtful essays on the Qur’an

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Book: Ruju’ Ilal Qur’an: aur doosre mazameen
Author: Dr. Nejatullah Siddiqui
Publisher: Al-Qalam Publications
Pages: 72
Price: Rs 70
ISBN: 978-81-926577-7-6


Waseem Makai  


Dr. Nejatullah Siddiqui, economist, prolific Islamic scholar and winner of Shah Faisal award, in his new text Ruju’ Ilal-Qur’an: aur doosre mazameen has distinguished the challenges of Orientalism along with the movements of Arya and Vedanit with that of contemporary ones. After terming the drive for Qur’anic renaissance an older one, Dr. Siddiqui looks contemplating why it calls for the perpetual strive? In it, the albatross, he names, is first of language barrier. As only five percent people have Arabic as their mother tongue, eighty percent of Muslims don’t know the outline of it. No cut and dried method was there tobeat this odd; therefore two ways were short-listed to overcome this barrier. One was to opt for translations in native languages and second to rely on the preachers of this book who continuously are increasing by leaps and bounds. But it wasn’t that simple, now the argument is, I believe because of cynicism, direct access of common folk to the scripture will lead them to doubt for some ambiguous things are there. Hence, it is advisable to remain the patient listener. This, to me is avoiding Scylla and falling in Charybdis like situation. Few apprehensions in this case are not to be underestimated but few extra measures like appending notes, as author himself believes, will suffice though.

Apart from some other technicalities, a very intrinsic component of Qur’anic anatomy, Shaan-e-Nazool, has been discussed in one of the essays. As Dr. Siddiqui is notable because of his open and above board discussions, he blended different views of multifarious importance, in order to derive its suitable position. After a healthy and comparative study of different dimensions presented by schoolmen like Amin Ahsan Islahi, Syed Moududi, Hassan Al-Banna, Dr. Iqbal, Dr. Irfan Ahmad and Allama Hamid-ud-Din Farahi, the author desperately feels the need of a more critical and much comprehensive study of this topic. I, on personal level, would go with Amin Ahsan Islahi’s derivation which he has borrowed from his mentor Hamid-ud-Din Farahi. And does state that the circumstances under which an exclusive part of scripture was revealed does not become the reason of its revelation. It actually is that definite state within which that particular text builds the relationship of what was needed and what is provided. This too is mandatory with regard to maintain the analogy of Qur’anic series of verses. Moulana Islahi’s ‘Mabadi-e Tadabbur-e Qur’an’ is more comprehensive in this regard which I would suggest every voracious reader of Qur’an should go through.

Qur’an was handed over to a messenger in seventh century and challenges, grown exponentially, are of the twenty first. Scientific enlightenment and human development has created profuse variations in human life and those who are the believers of this book need to take these variations into consideration. Scholarship demands relevance, therefore Qur’an needs to be made more and more relevant to present era. As we are in the phase of globalization, Qur’an needs to be brought over the macrocosm instead of targeting different microcosms. Muslims are the pioneers of the word ‘experiment’, therefore practicality, in lieu of linguistic jargon, is to be appreciated.

Reading this book with the intention of getting something new, will leave you disappointed. What it actually does is to acquaint you with the various dimensions, worth to be prioritized. Few are the people who lead us to a direction and enumerate before us the things to be done, Dr. Nejatullah Siddiqui is one among them.     

(Waseem Makai belongs to Falah-ud-Darain, Kashmir). He may be contacted at waseemmakai@gmail.com

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2015 on page no. 21

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