|Title: The Qur’an, A User’s Guide|
|Author: Farid Esack|
|Subject: Qur’an, Books on Understanding, Exploring and Navigating the Qur’an, Ulūm al-Qur’an, Subjects in the Qur’an|
|No. of Volumes: 1 | No. of Pages: 224|
The Qur’an_ A User’s Guide is a beautifully written book by Farid Esack. The author, a Muslim committed both to his religion, and to critical thinking about all aspects of it – explores how the Qur’an came into being and examines its structure as a unique literary work.
Since the Qur’an is misinterpreted by many across the world, the author thought it was necessary to explain the existence of Qur’an for the world in this book. The book is a vivid guide for both the followers and the non-followers of the Muslim religion to understand the teachings in the Qur’an.
The book begins with an introduction to relationships and the meaning of love in various relationships. It then continues to explain the Qur’an in 8 chapters namely, The Qur’an In the Lives of Muslims, The Word Enters the World, The Qur’an as Written Word, Gathering the Qur’an, The Prophet and the Begotten-Not-Created Qur’an, Understanding and Interpreting the Qur’an, Belief in the Qur’an, and Righteous Conduct in the Qur’an. Through these chapters the author beautifully introduces the Qur’an and explains its significance in the world. Though it has been condemned by non-muslims as a source of evil and inspiration of terrorism, the misconceptions are broken by this book. The book also reveals the structure of the Qur’an, its rich literary content and the intense writing. Through the chapters the critical theme of the Qur’an is understood, and we see the historical and the cultural aspects of the Qur’an too. This book is a brilliant explanation to this religious text, and explicitly shows how it plays a vital role in the everyday lives of Muslims in the world.
- The book is a detailed user guide to the Qur’an.
- It breaks the myth of the Qur’an being an evil text for the world.
About the Author
Farid Esack is a South African Muslim writer and political activist. He is known for his opposition to apartheid, and worked with Mandela as a gender equity commissioner. He is famous for his work for inter-religious dialogue. He grew up in Cape Town, and the completed his studies in Karachi, Pakistan. From a young age he was against discrimination against any religion. He teaches Islamic studies in the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.