Thursday 16 May 2013

"Inconsistencies" in The Qur'an - Exposed!

When one reads the Qur'an (or a translation of it) one cannot but wonder why certain seemingly non-related verses have been placed in the midst of an otherwise perfectly connected passage of verses. One such example is in Surah Al-Qiyamah. This surah is about The Resurrection. However, in between the verses about The Resurrection, there appear some instructions to the Prophet (SAW) which seem to have no relationship to what is before or after. The verses are:

<<[Prophet], do not rush your tongue in an attempt to hasten [your memorization of] the Revelation: We shall make sure of its safe collection and recitation. When We have recited it, repeat the recitation and We shall make it clear.>> [Surah Al-Qiyamah 75:16-19]

The natural reaction of many of us Muslims when we come across such verses is to refer to books of tafsir and if we can't find a satisfactory explanation, then, to just swallow the "inconsistency" and move on. If this happens often, then the Qur'an - which is supposed to be clear guidance - turns into a puzzle and this creates a mental block in understanding the Qur'an. The reality is that no single verse in the Qur'an is unrelated but it is our minds that have not been trained to think deeply enough to understand. Unsurprisingly, books cannot teach us how to reach this type of thinking as this requires interaction with a qualified and experienced teacher whose level of thinking is both broad and deep.

We have a very blessed opportunity this Saturday to study such deeper aspects of the Qur'an with one of the foremost scholars and thinkers of the Western world today - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi - who is not only an expert in Hadith but in Tafsir as well. The seminar coming up on Saturday is for anyone who is serious about understanding the Qur'an with real depth.

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The Magnificent Journey Seminar Series

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford)

Date: Saturday 18th May 2013    Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University and Live On-line Web Access << Click Here To Register 

"The Magnificent Journey continues... Today's seminar was yet another awesome seminar in the series with exceptional crowd and amazing insights from Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. This is truly a historic seminar series on the explanation of The Quran and is redefining our understanding and relationship with the Book of ALLAH. The emphasise of Dr Nadwi on establishing our connection with ALLAH and utilising the space given to us for recognising one God, is the key highlight of these seminars. Each seminar begins by strongly negating the wrong practises which have been introduced in the true teachings of worshipping one ALLAH and then builds on it by inviting us to ponder on the sings of ALLAH and get closer to our Rabb. Truly inspiring series, I would strongly recommend everybody including men, women and families to attend the Magnificent Journey Seminars as these are life changing and truly install this urge of loving the Book of ALLAH. The subtle nuances of the language which make the Qur'an such a powerful speech are beautifully explained by Dr Akram Nadwi in a nice balanced way keeping the things simple and interesting at the same time. His tremendous scholarships of Hadith literature and exceptional skills of Arabic language make this series a unique experience and a historic event in the city of Cambridge." - Awais Ahmed Awan, Cambridge

"Alhamdulillah I've attended 3 seminars of Sheikh Akram's so far, and Insha Allah I will keep coming back for more! He was introduced to me by my brother who attends his study circles regularly in Oxford. I loved the seminar on Women scholars in Islam, it was a total eye opener into what a Muslim woman's role in society is, which surprisingly (or not) goes against many cultiural and conventionally held notions of Muslim women. My other favourite one was the tafseer of Surat al Fatiha and the last ten surahs, I will not be exaggerating when I say that I truly found it mind blowing. Sheikh Akram is an absolute treasure trove of knowledge but Masha Allah he always carries himself with the utmost humility. I have already had a look at the list of future seminars and I think MEOC is doing a great job in giving the layman an opportunity to have an exciting insight into the world of Muslim scholarship with its choice of highly intellectual topics. Last but not least, its a great opportunity to meet new people of diverse backgrounds. Well done all of you and may Allah reward you for your efforts." - Dr Fathima Shyma Fazal, Boston, Lincolnshire

"I recently attended the Tafsir of Surah Nuh. Whilst I had heard much about Shaykh Akram, this was my first class with him. The first thing that you cannot help but appreciate is how the Shaykh hooks you with his connection to knowledge, in a pure sense, there was no need to employ any speaking tactics to keep the attendees engrossed. The Shaykh, made every point relevant, to connect the text with our lives today and our response to get closer to our Creator. Indeed the Shaykh mentioned countless gems that he mentioned offhand but when contemplated on, really struck a chord in the heart. It was also great that the Shaykh was very open to questions, however sensitive, and tackled them head on, without compromising the principles of our faith, exemplifying that Allah azza wa jal has not only blessed him with knowledge, but also wisdom. I don't say this lightly, I genuinely believe, if you have the opportunity to study with the Shaykh, and you don't take it, then you have missed out on tasting the fruits of the knowledge of the Scholarship of our time and land" - Umer Suleman, South London

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