Dr. Md. Ibrahim Qasmi*
Driven by his apathy towards religious realities and its teachings and intoxicated with delusions of false power, grandeur and so- called 'scientific advances', the modern man is heading towards his total doom. According to the Qur'anic description, the near- total majority of mankind now " stands on the brink of Fire". His excessive love for, and fascination with, a purely materialistic fashion of living, has turned man grossly indifferent to his great Creator, the Sustainer and the Only Lord, Who, under His wise scheme of Creation, created mankind as the only creature held morally responsible for all of its actions. Beyond the narrower realms of the present life he is hardly prepared to think of a life after--death where he inescapably shall have to be called to account for all of his deeds he happens to commit during his worldly sojourn , and every man' s 'book of deeds' shall be examined by his Creator Himself. Worse still, the Muslim community, too -- negligent of its specific position of being the Only Divine Witness unto the entire Mankid of Allah' s Chosen Religion, Islam, and of its abiding responsibility of inviting the humanity at large to the messsge of the Qur'an, the Final Divine Word and Warning to mankind through employing all peaceful means --- has unfortunately lost its moal 'immunity' against the epidemic of stark, Godless materialism spread the worldover. An all- pervasive apathetic attitude towards their Islamic and specific ideological commitments has long been tightening its grip over Muslims with a much faster pace. Undeniably,there are many individual as well as somewhat collective efforts that aim at preaching the message of Islam to non-Muslim world ,and restructuring the worldwide Muslim society along the lines of the Islamic teachings. While all such constructive efforts deserve due appreciation and acknowledgement on our part , needs persist as ever before to do more on this incomparably important front with special thrust on the Qur'anic approach to Da' wah illa - Allah. As things stand today, we have to redouble our efforts of inviting the people to Islam and disseminate the purely monotheistic Qur'nic teachings on a much wider scale so as to salvage the humanity from its total destruction which inescapably being the fate of every human being dying without faith in Islam and Qur' an. Also, this way we can avert the displeasure of Allah, earn His pleasure and deliver our community from His wrath.
Qur'an : the only Source of Divine Guidance
It is an undeniable fact that the source of all evils existing in the Muslim community worldwide is its growing indifference to the Holy Book of Allah ; and the worldwide spectacular plight of this community is indubitably the outcome of its unjustifiable negligence towards preaching the message of Qur' an to the world at large.
It is the Qur'an alone which offers an elaborate guidance to the real success, and it is again the Qur'an which is still fully capable of doing miracles as it did in the past.It continues to be full of vigor and vitality as ever before.By preaching the Qur'anic message of truth with wisdom and prudence and calling the world to have faith in the Unseen Realities and the eternal verities as it has propounded, we may expect much better results both here and in the Akhirah.
Wherefrom to start working?
To the best of our thinking, as it has also been put above, the Qur'an holds the pivotal import in our life.First of all,we have to renew our commitment towards Islam by reaffirming our faith in it..For this purpose the Muslim masses are required to reignite their hearts with an overwhelmingly pure love of the Qur'an and refreshing our commitments towards the Qur'an.In order to acieve this end we have to be re-educated and reintroduced with the unalloyed message of the Qur'an and its core teachings. For this purpose we need to go through the Holy Book of Allah and undertake the study of its contents with a wakeful mind.This being the reason why we have embarked upon preparing some powerful Dawah- centric literature in English and Urdu languages so as to widely circulate it among Muslims and non- Muslims alike.
Outlines of the Works in Progress
There exists a vast exegetical literature on the Qur'an in continental and globally- spoken languages,like Arabic,Urdu, English, etc.Notwithstanding the fact that each tafseeri work, in its own right, carries its specific value and therefore merits due appreciation as such, it could hardly be denied that only fewer of them tend to suit purpose of Dawah and inviting the people to Islam. With the Dawah consideration in mind,it was a long overdue task to single out at least one outstanding tafseeri work in order to prepare its abridged version and circulate it on a wider scale at least in the Urdu and English languages.
Talkhees-e-Tadabbur-e- Qur'an (Urdu)
Keeping in view its outstanding features and comparatively greater value in imparting a proper understanding of, and insights into, the Qur'an, the associated studies and the purpose of Dawah, we have carefully marked out Tadabbur-e-Qur'an,a multi-volume and a highly authoritative Qur'anic exegetical work in the Urdu language by the late Maulana Amin Ahsan Islahi of Pakistan, for the purpose of abridgement. A carefully abridged version of this comprehensive exegetical work is expected to serve the purpose of Dawah illa- Allah, facilitate a proper understanding of the Holy Qur'an and open a window into gripping its message in an enhanced way.
English Translation of the Abridged Version
With a view to further the cause of preaching the Qur'anic message to the educated Muslims and reaching out to the English speaking world with the message of Truth on a still wider scale,the English translation of Tadabbur-e-Qur'an's abridged version deems necessary, hopefully a useful tool for the purpose of Dawah and inviting the non- Muslim world to Islam and its teachings.The work on the English translation,therefore,has been initiated and is concurrently going on with diligence.
A Compendious Qur'anic Encyclopedia
In order to facilitate a deeper and more systematic understanding of the Holy Qur'an for those wishing to have a direct access to the contents of the Holy Scripture of Islamic faith, the need to prepare such an encylopaedic work has long been felt.Most of the existing works of this kind are not very much useful for either their insufficiency to quench the thirst of the seekers ,or due to their unauthentic contents serving no substantial. This work is expected to give special care to those Qur'anic terms as denote the primary concepts of Islamic faith and practices and clear the misapprehensions built around due to a number of reasons.
Revisiting the Basic Commands and Directives of Islamic Shari'a Pertaining to the Societal Structure
Due to a blind traditionalism that unfortunately gained foothold into Muslims for reasons lying deep in the history of intellectual development of the Muslim Ummah in the course of the last few centuries, a sizable number of the commands of the Islamic Shari'a pertaining to the societal and the familial structure in Islam has of late become a target of scathing criticism on the part of the non-Muslim world.The proposition of triple divorce, for instance, has particularly been an issue of an unfavorable heated public debate, particularly in India and the subcontinent.The reckless practice of the single-time triple divorce in Muslim society and the insistence of the Ulama, particularly in the subcontinent on the fuller legal effects of it despite branding such a parctice impermissible and an innovation has long been proving a great hurdle in furthering the cause of Dawah, especially with reference to women. The stagnation of the Muslim intellectual stream and unjustifiable rigidity exhibited by Muslim Ulama in recent years has worsened the situation beyond repair.
We are fortunate enough that on the academic front we are almost self- reliant to get these books prepared.The work on the two first works is in full swim.
The Question of Finance
Like all other Dawah programs,this purely Dawah- oriented great academic program, too, will naturally need material means to go ahead.
In order to carry out this great and exhaustive Dawah-oriented academic program no large sums of money are needed.As estimated, it is a matter of a sum ranging from $ 125000 to 150000. People bestowed by Allah Taala with material means and solicitude to Islam and aspire for its ideological supremacy are asked to come forward with generous contributions. We have dedicated ourselves to build the academic front of this Dawah program, you are requested to lend generous material support to let the work progress and bring the expected results. Will one heed this appeal?
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