Way To The Quran
In WAY TO THE QUR'AN, Khurram Murad sets out to share the fruits of his own journey with the ordinary, inexpert seekers after the Qur'an, especially the young men and women, who sincerely desire to read and understand it in order to fulfil their commitment to Allah, to His message and mission. The book has been born out of the conviction that the Qur'an, being the eternal Word of the Ever-living God, is as relevant for us, today, as it was 1400 years ago. Consequently, we almost have a right to receive its blessings, in some measure, as did its first believers, provided we fulfil the necessary guidelines. Each Muslim therefore has a duty to read and understand the Qur'an, and live by it. To explain the necessary guidelines is the purpose of this book.
It consists of seven chapters on what the Qur'an means to us, what provisions are essential prerequisites; what postures and actions of heart, mind and body will lead to full inner participation; what rules of reading should be observed, why and how to understand it; how to study collectively, and what it summons us to live for. Some of what the Prophet, blessings and peace be on him, said about various parts of the Qur'an has been gathered in one appendix; another appendix suggests syllabuses for use in study circles, something which may be very useful. This is not a book to be put away after one hurried reading. A wayfarer should find it useful as his constant companion all along his journey. 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 and Literature for Children. Its regular publications include Muslim World Book Review containing an Index of Islamic Literature (quarterly), and Encounters: Journal of Inter-Cultural Perspectives (bi-annually).
KHURRAM MURAD (1932-96) was formerly Director General of the Islamic Foundation (1978-86). He studied civil engineering at the Universities of Karachi (BE 1952) and Minnesota, USA (MS 1958), and worked as a leading consulting engineer at Karachi, Dhaka, Tehran and Riyadh. Actively involved in the Islamic movement since 1948, he was the President, Islami Jam`iat Talaba, Pakistan (1951-52); a member of the Central Executive, Jama`at Islami, Pakistan (1963-96) and Amir of its Dhaka (1963-71) and Lahore (1987-89) branches. Prior to his death he held the position of Na'ib Amir of the Jama'at. His more than 30 published works in English and Urdu include Inter-Personal Relations in an Islamic Movement (Urdu); Islamic Movement in the West: Reflections on Some Issues; The Quranic Treasures, and Gifts from Muhammad, in addition to a number of books for children. He was also the editor of the monthly Tarjumanul Qur'an, Lahore and the quarterly Muslim World Book Review, UK.