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Monday, February 5, 2007

The Mode of Presentation and The Main Theme of Quran

The Mode of Presentation of Quran

The Quran is Allah’s final communication of His divine will to human kind. It is the Creator speaking to human beings and it takes the form of Human conversation. As Humans change subjects randomly during conversations, the topics of the Quran change in a seemingly random way. Consequently, the format of the Quran is quite unique among books. As a whole it is not a book in a usual sense of the word wherein there is an introduction and explanation if the subject followed by a conclusion.

Neither, it is restricted to only a presentation of historical events, problems of philosophy, facts of science, or social laws, though all may be found woven together in it without any apparent connection and links. Subjects are introduced without background information, historical events are not presented in chronological order, and new topics sometimes crop up in the middle of another for no apparent reason, and the speaker and those spoken to change direction without the slightest forewarning. The reader who is unaware of the Qur’an uniqueness is often puzzled when he finds it contrary to his understanding of a book, especially a “Religious Book”. Hence, the Quran may seem disorganized and haphazard to him. However, to those who understand this subject matter, aim and its central theme, The Qur’an is exactly the opposite.

The Main Theme of Quran

The subject matter of the Qur’an is essentially Man:

Man in relation to his Lord and Creator (Allah), Man in relation to himself, and Man in relation to the rest of the creation.

Main theme for a Man that runs through out the Qur’an is that Allah alone deserves worship and that man should submit to Allah’s laws in his personal life and in his relationship with Allah’s creation in general. In other words, the main theme is a call to belief in Allah and to do the righteous deeds as defined by Allah.

If the reader keeps in mind these basic facts, he or she will find that from the beginning to the end, the Qurans basic topics are all closely connected to its main theme. The Qur’an keeps the same object in view, whether it is describing the creation of man and the universe,or events from human history. Since the aim of the Qur’an is to guide man, it states or discusses things only to the extent relevant to this aim and leaves out unnecessary and irrelevant details. It also repeats its main theme over and over again in the presentation of each topic.

The Four Principles should be kept in mind by the new reader of the Qur’an if he or she is to avoid unnecessary confusion and disorientation:

1.The book is the only one of its type in the World
2.It’s literary style is quite different from all the books
3.It’s theme is unique
4.Pre conceived notions of a book are only a hindrance to the understanding of the Qur’an

1 comment:

Fahad said...

Good article.

And thanks for the comment on my blog :) .