Islam:The Quranic Overview (5th Revised and Enlarged Edition 2007 )
By Dr Muhammad Ibrahim H I Surty
Hardback 272 Pages~Beautifully illustrated in full colour on Art Paper
Published By Qaf: Qur'anic Arabic Foundation
The work presents 41 Quranic themes with definitions and benefits. Provides references from around one third of the Quran, beautifully illustrated in full colour.
Can be used as a guide book for the comprehension of Muslim faith and Practice, as well as Muslim culture and civilisation
Through the ages, the basic doctrine of Islam has remained the same. Hundreds of prophets whom Allah selected for human guidance have promulgated the basic doctrine with remarkable similarity.
The Prophet Muhammad ( - peace be upon him) was the last prophet sent to mankind. The Qur'an and Hadith literature contain many pieces of evidence that the message of the Prophet Muhammad is linked with the message of all previous prophets. From the many sayings of the Prophet to this effect, the following quotation is closely related with the principal theme of this work.
The Prophet said: "The example of myself in relation to other prophets is like a person who has built a house which has been constructed well, with an excellent finishing, leaving only a gap of a brick. When people enter the house, they are greatly impressed by the beauty of the house and wonder about the gap left by the [missing] brick." [The left over brick is the person of the Prophet himself and the house is the house of Islam.] (al-Sahih al-Bukhari, Fada'il, 30.)
The diagram in the book cover represents the house of Islam and serves to structure the contents of this work. The work contains three sections.
The first section, The Foundation, includes two themes: (a) the authoritative sources, i.e. the Qur'an and the Sunnah, and (b) the three basic concepts: al-Tawhid, the Oneness of Allah; al-Risalah, Prophethood; al-Akhirah, the life Hereafter.
Section II, The Relationship with Allah, presents the five pillars of Islam, which are the divinely prescribed duties for a Muslim. and other actions not obligatory but are necessary in order to make the relationship with Allah strong. Muslims practice these concepts according to their individual capacities.
Al-Jihad, Exertion, is necessary for the physical and spiritual upliftment of Muslims., al-Da'wah, Invitation, serves the purpose of keeping the internal system of the house in working order, at the same time as inviting all others to enjoy, without any discrimination, the peace and tranquillity, the pleasures and comforts which the house provides to its inhabitants.
Under Section III, the Relationship with Fellow Creatures, are mentioned in the work. There are numerous Qur'anic values, such as al-birr (righteousness), al-amanah (trust), al-ta'awun (co-operation), and many more that are not discussed in this work because of its brevity
The importance of knowledge and the Muslims' contribution to civilization are very briefly assessed. There is also a short biography of the Prophet Muhammad ( - peace be upon him).
For each concept an attempt is made to raise a few more appropriate points together with a few references to the Qur'an, with the hope that these might grant the reader in a short period of time, some insight into Qur'nic concepts. The work contains over six hundred references to the Qur'an for 33 concepts. It will enable a person to comprehend Islamic concepts from the most authoritative source, the Qur'an itself.
DR. MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM H. I. SURTY (b. 1941) studied for his M.A. at the University of Bombay on 1966 before migrating to the U.K. He obtained his Ph.D. for the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 1972. His thesis on the theme of Adab al-Qadi, the Administration of justice in Islam, is published in two volumes from Minna.
Dr. Surty taught fourteen years in Sokoto, Nigeria and worked for three years as Senior Research Fellow at the Islamic Foundation, Leichester before joining the Centre of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Selly Oak Colleges, University of Birmingham. His other works include Towards Understanding the Glorious Qur'an; Arabic the Language of the Glorious Qur'an and al-Shari'ah and A course in 'Ilm al-Tajwid, The Science of Reciting the Qur'an. He has contributed articles on Islam to international journals.
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