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About Me

About

About Me.

My Web Site Developer wants me to write something about myself, as well as about the objective of this web site.

Let me first (briefly) write about the objectives of this Web Site.

$1·         ImtiazMuhsin.com is to motivate those Muslims who are fluent in English but (unfortunately) cannot understand Arabic, to get down to doing research in to the Quran, and to enjoy it to such an extent, that this learning activity gradually becomes the overall objective of their life.

$1·         ImtiazMuhsin.com is to share what we learn from the Quran.
I like to call it collaborative research and collaborative sharing.

So since it is all about the Quran, what are the objectives of the Quran?

The Quran itself describes many of its objectives and benefits.

[Please bear in mind that the translations are a poor substitute and always fall short of conveying the real meanings]

Here are a few examples of the objectives or the benefits of the Quran:

$1·         Listen

(007:204) When the Qur’ān is recited, listen to it and be silent, so that you may be blessed.

وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآنُ فَاسْتَمِعُوا لَهُ وَأَنصِتُوا لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

$1·        Recite

(29:45) Recite what is revealed to you of the Book,

اتْلُ مَا أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ

$1·        Read

(096:001) Read with the name of your Rabb who created (everything),

اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ

$1·        Do ZIKR (Contemplative Research)

(017:041)  We have explained (things) in various (ways) in this Quran, so that they may do ZIKR

وَلَقَدْ صَرَّفْنَا فِي هَـٰذَا الْقُرْآنِ لِيَذَّكَّرُوا

(38:29) (Here is) a Kithaab which We have sent down unto thee, full of blessings, that they may mediate on its Aayaths, and that its ZIKR is done by the wise (Oolul Albaab)

كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ ﴿٢٩﴾

So that (in brief) would be the objectives of this Web Site.

Now, regarding ‘Myself’

This web site is about doing ZIKR or contemplative research of the Quran.
This article is ‘About Me’
So let me describe myself or what I learnt ‘About Me’ through what I have seen as the lessons through ZIKR (contemplative research) of the Quran.

When I began to seriously do research in to the Quran (the preferred word is ZIKR), there were many psychological obstacles.

$1·        Learning Arabic

The biggest one was obviously the language.

The Web has an umpteen number of sites where we could learn Arabic through English.

This is a short list of those sites that have ‘wowed’ me.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD12AB760427DD567

This is the Arabic Language course I would happily recommend.
More than being just an Arabic Learning program, it is a set of lessons that teaches to learn and more importantly to analyze the Arabic of the Quran.
That is something just wonderful.

My sincere thanks to the ‘Teacher’ Asif Meherali

When I read 4 translations, I sometimes find that each translator uses different English words to describe one Arabic word. As a result I have found Corpus.Quran.com (there is no www) to be a wonderful site to learn the meanings of each and every word in the Quran.

I sometimes visit this site several times a day!

Another mega tool to my learning was the spreadsheet I prepared.

This spreadsheet is described in the following article, please read it;

http://www.imtiazmuhsin.com/article/27-136.html

Another thing I noticed was that when I began my research, the Quran apparently did not make sense or the sense was eluding me. It was after many repetitions, reading other translations, and deep contemplation that slowly, but surely, certain Aayaths began to make sense.

$1·        Making Sense

Now I was having another problem. That is, I was now wondering whether ‘the sense’ that I was beginning to make out of some of these Aayaths, was really the pointers to the true meanings, or was I ‘seeing sense’ from ‘misunderstood meanings’?

The only way I could find out was to keep on reading and to keep on contemplating and to keep on at the research.

If what I was sensing was ’clicking’ or ‘connecting’ with more and more Aayaths as I continued with my research, then I could be pretty sure that the real meaning or meanings were emerging. I also had the added comfort of reading assurances from Allah through many Aayaths that He would guide us and that we should not harbor any doubt and that we should trust Him.

$1·         Understanding the theme of the Message

When you do research in to the Quran, you begin to get the feeling that the instructions or the message in the Quran is ‘directed at me!’


When you contemplate on the meanings of many Aayaths, you can’t help but view or perceive these instructions through your own personal experiences and your present plight.

So even though the Aayaths of the Quran are describing events from the lives of Ibrahim (AS) or Yusuf (AS) or Nuh (AS), sometimes you get a feeling of ‘connectedness’ to their experiences or to the situation being described through some incident in your life.

You are fascinated by this comparison or this supposed reading of the message, and though you want to share this reasoning with your near and dear, you fear that those who you confide in would chide you.

You fear that they would ask ‘So you think you are Ibrahim (AS)?’ Or ‘So you think you are Yusuf (AS)?’ and so on. But then the experience of reading and doing ZIKR (contemplative research) of the Quran has to be shared!

Now this article is about doing research on Quran and about me.

So (Alhamdulillah) I have this opportunity of explaining about my life through reading some Aayaths from the Quran and perceiving connections.

I find this amazing and it actually throws so much light on what is happening in this world.

Amazed by the Quran

For this rather bold exercise, the Aayaths that I would be discussing are those regarding Ibrahim (AS) and his observation of the ‘Star’, the ‘Moon’ and the Sun’

This is really interesting.

In Surah An’aam Surah No 6 Aayath No 75 – 80

(6:75) Thus We showed Ibrāhīm the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, so that he might be firm in belief.

وَكَذَ‌ٰلِكَ نُرِي إِبْرَاهِيمَ مَلَكُوتَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَلِيَكُونَ مِنَ الْمُوقِنِينَ ﴿٧٥﴾

(6:76) So, when the night enveloped him, he saw a star. He said, “This is my Rabb.” But, when it vanished, he said, “I do not like those who vanish.”

فَلَمَّا جَنَّ عَلَيْهِ اللَّيْلُ رَأَىٰ كَوْكَبًا ۖ قَالَ هَـٰذَا رَبِّي ۖ فَلَمَّا أَفَلَ قَالَ لَا أُحِبُّ الْآفِلِينَ ﴿٧٦﴾

(6:77) Later, when he saw the moon rising, he said, “This is my Rabb.” But, when it vanished, he said, “Had my Rabb not guided me, I would have been among those gone astray.”

فَلَمَّا رَأَى الْقَمَرَ بَازِغًا قَالَ هَـٰذَا رَبِّي ۖ فَلَمَّا أَفَلَ قَالَ لَئِن لَّمْ يَهْدِنِي رَبِّي لَأَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الضَّالِّينَ ﴿٧٧﴾

(6:78) Thereafter, when he saw the sun rising, he said, “This is my Rabb. This is greater.” Again, when it vanished, he said, “O my people, I disown whatever you associate with Allah

فَلَمَّا رَأَى الشَّمْسَ بَازِغَةً قَالَ هَـٰذَا رَبِّي هَـٰذَا أَكْبَرُ ۖ فَلَمَّا أَفَلَتْ قَالَ يَا قَوْمِ إِنِّي بَرِيءٌ مِّمَّا تُشْرِكُونَ ﴿٧٨﴾

(6:79) I have, indeed, turned my face straight towards the One who created the heavens and the earth, and I am not one of those who associate partners with Allah.”

إِنِّي وَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِيَ لِلَّذِي فَطَرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ حَنِيفًا ۖ وَمَا أَنَا مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ ﴿٧٩﴾

Now when we read these Aayaths some story emerges, but when we do a little analyzing, there are a few points that do not make sense. Unfortunately we dare not voice our unease, because we think we are casting some doubts on the Aayaths of the Quran. But then we miss the whole point of the Quran – we have to be enlightened, we have to ask the questions – and are we not being taken through an exercise where Ibrahim (AS) or Prophet Abraham himself is asking deep deep questions?

Now what are these disquieting points?

1. We are first told that Ibrahim (AS) was shown the Kingdom of the Heavens and the Earth

Why? So that his belief would be strengthened to conviction.

(6:75) Thus We showed Ibrāhīm the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, so that he might be firm in belief.

وَكَذَ‌ٰلِكَ نُرِي إِبْرَاهِيمَ مَلَكُوتَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَلِيَكُونَ مِنَ الْمُوقِنِينَ ﴿٧٥﴾

So it means;

a) Ibrahim (AS) already knew about his Creator, His Rabb.

b) Ibrahim (AS) is shown the Heavens and the Earth – with what perspective?

Not that of a tourist – but is shown the ‘Malakoothas Samaawaathi Wal Ardhli’ – the Kingdoms of the Heavens and the Earth – he saw it in the perspective of discovering the attributes of Allah our Rabb, and his belief was strengthened.

c) So it means Ibrahim (AS) is very knowledgeable as well as  very very intelligent.

d) Now if he knows about ‘Malakoothas Samaawaathi Wal Ardhli’ – the Kingdoms of the Heavens and the Earth – what is he seeking?

e) Does it not indicate that he is seeking the way or the path to pleasing his Rabb or fulfilling the objective for which he was created and sent to Earth?

Now in this seeking or in this search where does Ibrahim (AS) start?

He begins with the Star and gradually goes to the Moon and finally to the Sun.


Now I ask a list of many questions;

1. Why did he start with the ‘Star’?

2. Surely he knows the Star will set?

3. Why did he then divert his attention to the Moon?

4. Surely he knew that the Moon was bigger than the Star?

5. Surely he knew that the Moon would set?

6. Surely he knew that the Moon followed a pattern and would wax and then wane, in fact it would even vanish completely before re-appearing?

7. Surely, should he not have first studied the Moon before seeking from the Star?

Now finally why does he divert his attention to the Sun?

8. Surely he knew well in advance that the Sun was the biggest and the brightest

9. Surely he knew that the Sun would set?

10. Do we not all Observe this phenomena every day of our lives?

11. Surely he should have started with the Sun and just avoided the Moon and the Star?

12. Are these not obvious to all of us, then how did Ibrahim (AS) miss these obvious points?

And then I have another list of questions regarding his responses;

Just listen. When the Star sets he says;

(6:76) So, when the night enveloped him, he saw a star. He said, “This is my Rabb.” But, when it vanished, he said, “I do not like those who vanish.”

فَلَمَّا جَنَّ عَلَيْهِ اللَّيْلُ رَأَىٰ كَوْكَبًا ۖ قَالَ هَـٰذَا رَبِّي ۖ فَلَمَّا أَفَلَ قَالَ لَا أُحِبُّ الْآفِلِينَ ﴿٧٦﴾

Why did he say that?

When the Moon sets he says;

(6:77) Later, when he saw the moon rising, he said, “This is my Rabb.” But, when it vanished, he said, “Had my Rabb not guided me, I would have been among those gone astray.”

فَلَمَّا رَأَى الْقَمَرَ بَازِغًا قَالَ هَـٰذَا رَبِّي ۖ فَلَمَّا أَفَلَ قَالَ لَئِن لَّمْ يَهْدِنِي رَبِّي لَأَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الضَّالِّينَ ﴿٧٧﴾

Why did he say that?

What would have made him say those words in those circumstances?

And then, he says;

(6:78) Thereafter, when he saw the sun rising, he said, “This is my Rabb. This is greater.” Again, when it vanished, he said, “O my people, I disown whatever you associate with Allah

فَلَمَّا رَأَى الشَّمْسَ بَازِغَةً قَالَ هَـٰذَا رَبِّي هَـٰذَا أَكْبَرُ ۖ فَلَمَّا أَفَلَتْ قَالَ يَا قَوْمِ إِنِّي بَرِيءٌ مِّمَّا تُشْرِكُونَ ﴿٧٨﴾

Again,

Why did he say that?

What would have made him say those words in those circumstances?

And finally he says;

(6:79) I have, indeed, turned my face straight towards the One who created the heavens and the earth, and I am not one of those who associate partners with Allah.”

إِنِّي وَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِيَ لِلَّذِي فَطَرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ حَنِيفًا ۖ وَمَا أَنَا مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ ﴿٧٩﴾

Let us contemplate, ‘what has been happening?’

So if the Aayaths in the Quran do not at first appear to make sense to us, then it is necessary that we try to work out its allegorical meanings – sometimes we find, that yes, this is how we can discern deeper significance in what is being read out.

If in these Aayaths the Star the Moon and the Sun are being presented as parables, then what are they signifying?

How do I find out?

A good place to start would be by finding out the real meaning of the word ‘parable’

I would like to share with listeners the definition of the word ‘Parable’

 

Definition of the word ‘parable’"At its simplest a parable is a metaphor or simile drawn from nature or common life, arresting the hearer by its vividness or strangeness, and leaving the mind in sufficient doubt about its precise application to tease it into active thought."

Wonderful isn’t it?

(Insha Allah I will be continuing this article over the next few days)