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Towards Understanding the Quran (Arabic-English Edition) - Abridged Version Of Tafhim Al-Qur'an

Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi

Islamic Foundation - UK
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Towards Understanding the Quran – Abridged version is a fresh English rendering of Tafhim-ul-Quran, Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi's monumental and masterly Urdu Tafseer (commentary) of the Qur'an. The Arabic-English edition comprises Arabic text with English translation of the Quran accompanied with a selection of Abul Ala Mawdudi's commentary.

Here is a work with a difference, by a scholar of an entirely different sort. An immense wealth of profound understanding of the Quran is here, a vast treasure of knowledge and deep insight, and a valuable exposition of some social, political, economic and legal teachings of the Quran. But what makes this work unique is that it presents the Qur’an as a book to be lived by, a mission to be lived for, and a duty that a reader can no longer evade or postpone. This rare quality is imparted not only by the depth of his scholarship and style of exposition, but also because Sayyid Mawdudi lived by what he expounded as his life abundantly proves.

Despite being an abridged version it endeavors to answer many contemporary questions, and makes the Qur’an fully relevant to the concerns of our day, yet it loses nothing of its timelessness nor sacrifices any of the traditional understanding. It demonstrates the unity and coherence of the Qur’an by centering everything in it on its message, like pearls hung upon a single thread.

Addressed primarily to a non-Arabic speaking audience this tafsir places great emphasis on the thorough explanation of basic Qur'anic concepts, such as ilah, rabb, ibada and din, and the Qur'an as a 'book of guidance', not least containing guidance for a movement of Islamic re- construction and the Islamic way of life.

A Glossary, Biographical. Notes and General and Subject Indexes add to the understanding of the Qur’an. To sum up: in this work, Sayyid Mawdudi is offering us what we need most to understand and live by the Qur’an.


Title: Towards Understanding the Quran (Arabic-English Edition) - Abridged Version Of Tafhim Al-Qur'an
Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi
Publisher: Islamic Foundation - UK
Pages: 1360
Size : 15.3 cm x 24.0 cm
Binding: Hardback
Weight:  1.60 kg

Sayyid Abul A'la Al-Mawdudui (1903-1979), one of the chief architects of contemporary Islamic resurgence, was an outstanding Islamic thinker and writer of his time. He devoted his life to expound the meaning and message of Islam and to organise a collective movement to establish the Islamic Order. In this struggle, he had to pass through all kinds of sufferings. 

Between 1948-67, he spent a total of five years in different prisons of Pakistan. In 1953, he was also sentenced to death by a Martial Law court for writing a 'seditious' pamphlet, this sentence being later commuted to life imprisonment. In 1941, he founded Jama'at-I Islami, of which he remained Amir, until 1972 and which is one of the most prominent Islamic movements of our day.

He authored more than one hundred works on Islam, both scholarly and popular, and his writings have been translated into forty languages."



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