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KITAB, QURAN & ARABIC

CHAPTER 1     KITAB, QURAN & ARABIC –     IS "ARABIC" THE NAME OF A LANGUAGE OF MIDDLE EAST AND "QURAN&quo...

Friday, 26 April 2019

TO SOME QURAN ALONE FOLLOWERS



TO SOME "QURAN ALONE" FOLLOWERS:


I am still unable to understand how some sensible people can understand any foreign language without the help of dictionaries / lexicons or grammar books. For comprehensive study of any language, it is important to grasp the overall idea / concept of that word and the context of the topic, without which it is not possible to understand the crux of the message. When the value of understanding the book Quran is matter of life and death for its followers, I don't understand how they can trust / rely / accept somebody else's translations without verifying it. 



How the Muslims around the world can understand the message of the book Quran without the help of dictionaries and grammar books. The correct understanding of the book Quran is a matter of life and death for Muslims but I don't understand why they still rely on unreliable sources for guidance? Such people believe that thinking is dangerous and questioning means blasphemy. Thinking on our own is an act of rebellion. The safest way is to remain within the cult by blindly following its leader; like the herds following the shepherd.


To keep the herd intact special ready-made dictionaries are crafted by the theologians specifically for the study of the book Quran but they are completely influenced by Hadith literature rather than the Arabic language. This is not the right way to do sincere study of the message [Quran] whose linguistic are made very simple due to diacritical markings done by very high standard grammarians. We just cannot understand its vibrant message simply by relying on low level translations and ignoring the language and the divine common sense due to our lethargic attitude.


I am very much surprised by the methodology by which many sincere students of the book Quran study the message of the book without learning the basics of its language. Instead of referring the grammar books, linguistic dictionaries, they either trust their respective religious site or refer their doubts by comparing the various ready-made translations available on the net or in the market. In both these cases no brain is applied; they just copy paste the information from the wall of the site to the wall of their mind and happy to confirm their beliefs. Such type of study or research is superficial. One can only grasp the intrinsic nature of the message only when he/she sincerely learns the language of the message and honestly studies the book purely in the light of that language.


Language has no caste, creed or color but ironically in the case of the language of the book Quran simple colloquial Arabic words are prejudiced or given preconceived meanings to paint the color of traditional Arab religion. This change of Arab color is not based on reason or comprehension of the language but predetermined through concocted literature [Hadith] that has nothing to do with the language or the message of the book Quran.


Inspite of believing in hadith based translations these poor souls who called themselves Quran alone followers and are allergic to the word lexicon or dictionaries thinks referring dictionaries and grammar books is going against the "established meanings". These Quran alone followers want to study the book Quran from the so called established meanings derived from various Hadith literature but they proudly feel that they are solely following the book Quran without any outside influence. These innocent souls do not realize that the translation of book Quran they are studying is heavily adulterated from Hadithic elements.


I find many such intelligent people on the internet who find Hadith based translation of the book Quran correct because it matches with their old beliefs. They think their understanding of the book Quran is final and they argue on the basis of that copy paste information. They miss the actual truth in lieu for their intellectual compatibility with the majority.  


There is no shortcut for those who really want to understand the book Quran. Referring multiple corrupted translations will never solve the problem unless you courageously take out mistakes / faults from prominent translations. No translations are above mistakes. Doubting the existing translations is the first step towards critical analysis. Majority of Muslims read / study the book Quran for confirming their old beliefs. You don't have to disrespect or insult other translators simply to hold your views but it is of prime importance to verify each and every verse of the book Quran if you are really in love with it. Blind love is always dangerous.


I never recommend people to waste their time and energy to learn Classical / Modern Arabic in order to understand the book Quran in a better perspective. This post is only for those who are really interested in knowing the correct message of the book Quran.


67:10 - And they will say: "Had we but listened or used our intelligence [Aqal], we would not have been among the dwellers of the blazing Fire!"


The entire book Quran emphasizes on using our own intelligence, it never said to learn Arabic language. If we use our intelligence properly we need not need any other books to guide us.





Sunday, 7 April 2019

SIRATAL MUSTAQIM - GUIDANCE TO FIXED & STEADY PATH



THE BOOK QURAN IS FOR THE GUIDANCE TO THE STEADY AND FIXED PATH - اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ [1:6]



The main subject of the book Quran is guidance to the steady and fixed path of life. It talks nothing about the afterlife drama but discusses in great degree on human evolution based on growth and development of his own thoughts. 


Peaceful and sound mind is the main criteria to have balance life, that’s why the book Quran gives more importance to ‘Taqwa’ [precaution, carefulness, thoughtfulness, diligent behavior]. Taqwa is more to do with the conditioning of mind rather than the religious rituals or dress code. A careful / diligent mind is extremely conscious about type of inspiration or thoughts it entertains or conceive. Thoughts are the basic foundation of human behavior. A Mutaqi [diligent / cautious mind] understands how the negative thoughts / inspirations, vanity, carelessness, laziness and all wrong temptations affects or weaken our system of consciousness [Allah]. Wrong tempting thoughts always seduce mankind from the fixed / established path and strengthens Satan and its Allies. 

Everyone of us have a unique and specific script [Al-Kitab] as a guide [Imam]. That's why each one of us pray to be guided to that fixed / established path - اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ - The path of comfortablity and ease and not the path that leads to anger or irritation due to choosing the wrong path -  صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلا الضَّالِّينَ -


The book Quran emphasizes readers on steady fixed path. The address of steady and fixed path will come from our own inner script [Al-Kitab], our inner discourses [Kalimat], inner signs symptoms [ayaats], guidance [Hidayah], Criterion [Furqan] inspiration [Wahi] we receive come from our Knowledgeable Consciousness [Rabb il Aalameen] and our inner voice [Rasul]

Peace and soundness depends upon the types of thoughts we conceive / entertain or care. Each and everyone must understand the essence of الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ. The word الْمُسْتَقِيمَ is a form X active participle which signifies towards making an effort to seek the fixed and steady path. The emphasis is given on fixed and steady path [
الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ] because the script [Al-Kitab] is firmly installed in everyone of us, we just need to connect [Salat] it with ourselves.

The marvelous book Quran never discusses petty issues like how many times to eat, what to eat or how many liters of water to drink or how to take bath, what to dress, how many times to pray, what time to pray, what time to take rest or sleep, whom to marry and with how many to marry, waiting period of divorce, breastfeeding span, with whom to keep friendship or enmity, whom to kill or fight, criminal or civil laws or society laws. Nor the book Quran emphasizes on clear / common / simple things like praising and boasting that “God” has made sky and earth, grown fruits and vegetables, sends down water from the sky so we should worship in return and praise Him 3/5 times a day otherwise He will burn us in Hell. Such petty issues are not the subject of the book Quran but is a result of very bad translation or interpretation. 

The entire book Quran must be understood in the context of following or obeying Allah and Rasul but if we look for Allah in the sky and Rasul in the history of Mecca and Madina we won't be able to understand the marvelous message of the book Quran. The Muslim masses find it difficult to understand the message of the book Quran because they believe that Allah is invisible and Rasul is dead so it is impossible to understand the message without the help of supplementary books or scholars. 

All the characters of the book Quran must be understood from within the context of the book Quran only and any interpolation from outside the context is just a speculation or bad interpretation.

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