Author's Introduction

In the Name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful

Peace and blessings be upon the one to whom He sent down the Clear Book, Muhammad, the chosen prophet, and upon his noble progeny, whom Allah has made the pair for His noble book.

Dear reader,

When we look at the library of books written about the Qur'an, we see that the methods of Qur'anic commentary (tafsir) vary considerably. There are those that focus on the linguistic and literary import of the scripture, while some rely on narrations to explain it. Some affirm its spiritual and ethical dimensions and others set out to produce an erudite scholarly analysis of the texts. There are also, some that attempt to do all of the above.

What unites all of these various commentaries together is the great length and detail with which they speak, placing considerable strain on a reader who wishes to gather all the knowledge - relevant to him - diffused throughout the pages of these texts, which are truly at the pinnacle of humanity's written heritage.

But in addition to this school, with its various sources that has come down to us by Allah's leave, I saw it fit to produce another type of work. It is one that first of all divides surahs into collections of similar verses that share the same context and meaning, and then extracts the subtleties of their meaning in the form of self-contained points. In doing so, I wanted to help the reader to focus on each individual idea and ponder upon it, even if he only has a little time to do so, whether in his home or while travelling, so, that he could be someone who ponders (mutadabbir) on the Qur'an and benefits from its verses in his journey towards Allah, just as Allah Himself expects from all individuals with a free will:

“Do they not contemplate the Qur'an?” (an-Nisa', 4:82).

“This is an explanation for mankind, and a guidance and advice for the Godwary.” (Ale Imran, 3:138).

“Certainly, We have made the Qur'an simple for the sake of admonishment.” (al-Qamar, 54:17).

“....We have sent down the Book to you as a clarification of all things and as a guidance and mercy and good news for those who submit.” (an-Nahl, 16:89).

“We have sent the Qur'an in [discrete) parts so, that you may read it to the people a little at a time.” (al-Isra’, 17:106).

“A blessed Book that We have sent down to you, so, that they may contemplate its signs.” (Sad, 38:29).

“This is a proclamation for mankind, so, that they may be warned thereby.” (Ibrahim, 14:52).

“There has come to you in this the truth and an advice and admonition for the faithful.” (Hud, 11:120).

“We have made it an Arabic Qur'an so, that you may apply reason.” (az-Zukhruf, 43:3).

“These are the signs of the Manifest Book.” (ash-Shu’ara’, 26:2).

I wanted this commentary to be like an assistant to the reader in this regard, so, that Allah’s Book could become a remembrance, a proclamation, a guidance, an admonition, a clarification, an explanation, a criterion and a clear book for him – which is the essence we extract from the above verses. Something that I should mention here is that this commentary has a hue of moral education, in that I have tried to lead the one who ponders upon it towards the realm of spiritual refinement and self-development, which was the very raison d’etre of the Qur’anic revelation.

So, it is because of this that I have, in some areas, chosen focus on those points that are most useful to apply the verse in practice, in our lives, rather than probing its corresponding concepts. This is to avoid making the verses appear inanimate and abstract. In this way, we have tried to stay true to the original goal of this work, which was to transform the knowledge gained from these verses into action in the sphere of our daily lives, and I hope that this is possible by merely pondering the paragraph concerning any verse in this book.

I began this work – by Allah’s grace – dealing with the final part (juz’) of the Qur’an, assuming that readers are generally familiar with the short surahs therein from a young age as they have often recited them in prayer or at other occasions. That would require them to have at least a basic grasp of their meanings. Hence, I present this work hastening to good deeds and I hope to complete the commentary [of the entire Qur’an] with Allah’s kindness and generosity in the remaining days and nights of my life.

Finally, I would like to give thanks to the Lord Almighty who blessed me with success in this endeavour, for I know well that the hours spent reciting the Qur’an and pondering upon its meanings were some of the sweetest hours of my life; because it was pondering on the words of someone I love, and when you love someone, you love to speak to them, you love to understand their speech and you love to comprehend their meaning.

And there is no doubt that the best books to be composed, read, studied or pondered upon are those whose subject is the best Book in existence, namely that book which falsehood cannot approach from any direction.