“Some special knowledge of the circumstances that surround the message is also necessary for fuller understanding of its meaning and implications.”
In my life lived so far, I have found out that people do not know much about the Last Revelation of God, i.e. the Noble Qur’an. Muslims think they know about the Qur’an but in general many don’t, I didn’t, I don’t.
This Ramadan, my focus inshAllah (God Willing) is learning about the Noble Qur’an. So I will be blogging inshaAllah about the Sciences of the Qur’an. What is Qur’an? Where it came from? To whom it was revealed? How it was revealed? Through what means it was revealed? How do we know the book in our hands and in local public library is actually what was revealed to Prophet Muhammad? Is it authentic and preserved? Are there any contradictions? What are the contradictions? Can we trust the oral tradition? How many ways it can be read? Who interprets it? How can it be interpreted? and last, some cool random tips about the Qur’an.
I am using one particular book that was very basic introduction for me, but I will use other aids if possible. These sources will be cited inshAllah.
Caution: I am just someone who wants answers to many questions, and likes to share the stuff that I learn. So anyone more knowledgeable than me, please e-mail me or comment so that I can correct any shortcoming, or please do share some cool stuff related to the topic of the post. Okay!
Qur’an Series # 1: Introduction
With the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Very-Merciful
“The Qur’an contains the revelations of Allah, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, to mankind. It is the message from God to man (humanity) and therefore of utmost importance to us. To properly grasp a message, one needs first of all to understand its content exactly, and for this purpose one must study the Qur’an deeply and in detail. In fact, some people do spend their whole lives studying the Qur’an, reading and reflecting upon it and, as they grow and develop, both physically and spiritually, they discover for themselves new meanings and implications.
Secondly, some special knowledge of the circumstances that surround the message is also necessary for fuller understanding of its meaning and implications. Although some part of this special knowledge can be derived from the Qur’an itself, there remain other areas of knowledge that can only be discovered by wider study and research.
Muslims have from earliest times, applied themselves not only to the message from Allah- the Qur’an- but also to its setting and framework, and the preoccupation with these ultimately developed into the ‘sciences’ of or ‘knowledge’ about the Qur’an, known as “ ‘Ulum al-Qur’an.“
Definition of ‘Ulum al-Quran (Sciences of the Qur’an):
According to a general definition, ‘Ulūm al-Qur’an denotes studies concerned with the book of revelations sent down upon the last Prophet Muhammad, namely:
• Its revelation.
• Its collection.
• Its order and arrangement.
• Its writing down.
• Information about the reasons and occasions of revelation.
• About what was revealed in Mecca and what in Madinah.
• About the abrogating and abrogated verses.
• About the ‘clear’ and the ‘unclear’ verses.
The term also covers Qur’an-related studies, such as:
• The explanation of verses and passages by the Prophet himself, his Companions, their followers and the later exegetes of the Qur’an.
• The methods of explanation.
• The scholars of exegesis and their books.”
End of the Introduction.
Next in the Qur’an Series: Scriptures before the Qur’an and the Revelation.
Source for series # 1:
[Denffer, Ahmad Von. " 'Ulum Al-Qur'an: An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur'an." The Islamic Foundation, 1994. Page 8-9]