The Quran leads towards salvation

The Quran leads towards salvation

By MAULANA WAHIDUD... | 11 June, 2016

There is a new method of studying history that is very popular in the West. It is called “the hobby-version of history.” What you do is take something you are interested in, be it swords, disease-bearing parasites or time-pieces, and then start seeing the whole of human history in terms of that particular thing. McNeill, a historian from Chicago, U.S.A. did it ten years ago with a history of civilization written entirely in terms of disease. Now a Harvard Scholar, David S. Landes, has done the same thing with clocks. His book is aptly entitled Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World.

Muslim scholars have, in recent time, applied the same method to their study of the Quran. Some are especially interested in politics; they see the whole of the Quran as a sort of political treatise, telling people how a political system, which corresponds to the will of God, can be established on earth. Some see law and jurisprudence as the all-important factor in human life; to them every verse of the Quran bears legal implications.

History is the study of humankind’s life on earth. If one looks at history objectively, taking into account all the factors concerned, one will find that it has much to say on how to be successful in this world. The Quran is about a person’s eternal life. It shows him how to act on earth for success in the next life.

One cannot learn from history if it is only seen in the light of one particular theme, because many other factors which have contributed to the development of human civilization will then simply be passed over. Likewise the true message of the Quran cannot be understood if it is viewed from the subjective angle of one’s own special interest. The fact is that the Quran is essentially a book of divine guidance, showing us the way to eternal salvation.


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There is no such thing as objectivitỵ There is always an object viewed by a subject. There is no article in the British Encyclopedia. The Quran is indeed made up about 75 to 80% law. The main body of Kalam is all about law, about Allah says and about what the Prophet said or not said, did nor not did. The Quran is a legalistic text. The very first sura says that the Book indicates the straight path for the Believer to take to live the good life. But no one ever lived - not even in Arabia - his life as a straight path, as a straight line. No one ever experiences a straight line. To see history through the eyes of the author of the Quran is more restrictive than writing history based on sugar, or on tea, or on cockroaches, or on clocks, or malaria, or on Muslims themselves. A lot of history happened before the 7th century - fortunately. The murderous violences in which the world Umma so liberally indulges today, and as the TV screen bears witness throughout the world, with 1.5 billion believers praying for martyrdom as a sacred obedience to the revealed truth, give abundant cause for disbelief that the history according to the Quran deserves encomium. A non-Muslim has nothing to gain by studying such a history. Not even sufficient guidance to make even one moral step forward to improve rationally one ́s life! The individual freedom and the possession of his individual right under the Indian Constitution is a gift to Maulana Wahidduddin by the atheists of the French Revolution of 1789 who shed their blood, neither for martyrdom, nor for the sensual delights of some sort of a materialistic Islamic paradise, but for the ideal of a genuinely free and enlightened Humanity!

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