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Articles on Islahi

Is the Qur’an a Shapeless Book?

On Islahi’s Views

by Dr Mustansir Mir

One of the long-standing objections levelled against the Qur’an by its non-Muslim critics is that it appears to have no regular form or structure. It is said that its verses follow one another with little sense of interconnection and its surahs seem to have been arranged in a sequence based on the crude principle of diminishing length, the longest coming first and the shortest going to the end. Almost every surah, it is complained, is riddled with unsettling shifts of scene, address, and subject and one cannot with any amount of certainty predict what is going to come next. It is concluded that the Qur’an is, at best, a remarkable compilation of unrelated passages, or a book of quotations. That though it is full of pearls, the pearls are lying in a promiscuous heap.


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Light Verse of Surah Nur

On Islahi’s Views

by Dr Mustansir Mir

The 35th verse of the 24th surah of the Qur’an, an-Nur, is known as the Light Verse (ayat an-nur). The verse is so called because of the remarkable parable of light—-Divine Light—it contains. Here is a translation of the verse, followed by commentary, which is based mainly on the interpretation of Amin Ahsan Islahi in his Tadabbur-i-Qur’an (8 vols.; Lahore, 1973-80), 4:538 ff.


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Tadabbur-i Qur’an (Surah Fatihah) Compared

by Dr Khalid Zaheer

There is a wide choice of English translations of the Qur’an to benefit from but, unfortunately, when it comes to the descriptive interpretation, the option is extremely limited. On the other hand, English readers, both Muslims and non-Muslims, are compelled to look to descriptive exegeses to manage better understanding, as their meager backgrounds do not help them in extracting deeper meanings of the Divine Message out of mere translations. It is, therefore, necessary to endeavour to make available to the English readers the significant works on the Qur’an written in other languages.


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“Tadabbur-i-Qur’an” - An Outline of its Pattern of Nazm

by Dr. Shehzad Saleem

So long as men can live and eyes can see
So long lives this and this gives life to thee

The Tadabbur-i Qur’an is a monumental commentary of the Qur’an written by Amin Ahsan Islahi. Extending over nine volumes of six thousand pages, this masterful work was completed in a span of twenty two years. If Farahi founded the view that the Qur’an possessed structural and thematic nazm (coherence), it is Islahi who established beyond doubt in this commentary that this was actually correct.

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