THE QURAN - BASIC TEACHINGS
THE QUR’AN: BASIC TEACHINGS is an anthology of passages from the Qur’an selected and arranged in such a way that it may give a total view of the essential message of the Book,
THE QUR'AN: BASIC TEACHINGS is an anthology of passages from the Qur'an selected and arranged in such a way that it may give a total view of the essential message of the Book, initiate the reader into its world-view and values, capture some flavour from its style, bring the reader's imagination into vivid contact with the vision of the Qur'anic model of man and society and bring him closer to God, the Lord of the Universe. An effort has been made to translate the meaning of the Qur'anic verses into contemporary English. The selections have been grouped under relevant headings showing how the Qur'an provides guidance for the multifarious facets of human life. More important headings include the Qur'anic view of itself, the story of creation, Tawhid (Oneness of God), Risala (Prophethood), Akhira (Life after Death), morality, norms of social behaviour, structure of Islamic society, mutual rights and responsibilities of individual and state, economic system and the nature of the mission of the Islamic community. This new edition contains the text of the Qur'An side by side with the English translation. THE QUR'AN: BASIC TEACHINGS is a handy reference book for all, Muslims and non-Muslims, teachers and students, scholars and laymen alike. THE ISLAMIC FOUNDATION is an educational and research organization devoted to making Islam a living reality in our age. For this purpose, it aims to improve human communication and develop a better understanding of Islam among all people of the world, Muslim and non-Muslim, so as to galvanize man to the message and ideal of One God and the unity of mankind, as brought by all the Prophets of God throughout the ages, last of whom was the Prophet Muhammad (blessings of Allah and peace be on him). The Foundation has research units in Islamic Economics, Christian-Muslim Relations, Muslim Central Asia and Literature for Children. Its regular publications include Muslim World Book Review (quarterly), Index of Islamic Literature (quarterly), Central Asia Brief (monthly) and Encounters: Journal of Inter-Cultural Perspectives (bi-annually) Professor T.B. Irving is a Canadian scholar who embraced Islam in his youth. He was educated in Toronto, Princeton and Baghdad and has taught in the Universities of Minnesota, Texas at Austin and Tennessee. Presently he is Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a member of the American Oriental Society, the Medieval Academy, the Middle Eastern Studies Association, the Middle East Institute and other learned societies. His major publications are The Our an: The First American Version (Vermont, 1985), a new translation of the Qur'an into contemporary American English; The Falcon of Spain, a historical biography of 'Abd al-Rahman al-Dakhil (Lahore, 1958), The Noble Reading (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1971) and Islam Resurgent: The Islamic World Today (Lagos, 1979). Professor Khurshid Ahmad, the former Federal Minister and Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan (1979-80), is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Foundation, Leicester, the Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad and the International Association of Islamic Economics, Jeddah. He has been a member of the Senate, Pakistan since 1985. He is Chairman of several select committees of the Senate, and associated with a number of Governmental and non-Governmental organizations. He has written, translated and edited over fifty books on Islam, Islamic Economics, Education and Law, both in English and Urdu. In recognition of his contributions to Islamic learning and Da'wah,the University of Malaysia conferred a honorary doctorate on him in 1984. In 1987, the Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah offered him their first prize for outstanding services in the field of Islamic Economics. In 1989, he won the King Faisal International Award for his outstanding services to Islam. Dr. M. Manazir Ahsan is an M.A. in Islamic History and Culture from the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh and has done his doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He received his Arabic and Islamic education from'Alia Madrasah in Bangladesh. He has been associated with the Islamic Foundation, Leicester since 1973 and is presently Director General, and co-editor of its quarterly review journal, the Muslim World Book Review. His publications include: Islam: Faith and Practice (Leicester, 1977), Social Life Under the Abbasids (Longman and Librairie du Liban, 1979), The Muslim Guide (co-authored with M. McDermott) (Leicester, 1980), Muslim Festivals (London, 1985), Sacrilege Versus Civility: Muslim Perspective on The Satanic Verses Affair (co-edited with A.R. Kidwai) (Leicester 1991).