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On Explicating the Qur’an

By Imam al-Nawawi Translated by Shaykh Musa Furber Explicating the Quran It is unlawful for someone to explicate the Quran without knowledge and the qualification to speak about its meanings. The hadiths concerning this are many, and there is consensus…

A Survey of English Translations of the Quran

By Dr. Abdur Rahim Kidwai Despite the historical fact that the early Muslim community’s stand on the translation of the Arabic text of the Quran was ambivalent, as indeed, the general Muslim attitude remains so to this day, the act…

An Introduction to the Science of Tafsir

By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani The literal meaning of tafsir in the Arabic language is to open or to explain, interpret or comment. Technically, the science of tafsir is a branch of knowledge in which the meanings of the Quran…

Abrogation in the Quran: An Excerpt from al-Fawz al-Kabir

By Shah Waliullah al-Muhaddith al-Dahlawi Translated by Shaykh Muhammadullah Khalili Qasmi Edited by Saad Khan One of the difficulties in the science of Qur’anic commentary is to know which are the abrogating verses (nasikh) and which are the abrogated ones…

Abrogation in the Quran

By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Translated by Dr. Swaleh Siddiqui Abrogation is translated from the Arabic word naskh which literally means “to erase; to compensate.” Its technical definition is “to repeal a legal order through legal argument”. In other words,…

The Preservation of the Quran

By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Since the Quran was not revealed all at once but rather in piecemeal according to the needs and circumstances of the time it was not possible to preserve it as a written book during the…

The Chronology and Background of Quranic Revelation

By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Translated by Dr. Swaleh Siddiqui. Revised and Edited by Rafiq Abdur Rehman and Bilal Ali The Noble Quran is Allah’s Divine Word. Hence it is secure in a Preserved Tablet about which the Quran states:…

Revelation and its True Nature

By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Since the Holy Quran was revealed to our beloved prophet Sayyiduna Muhammad al-Mustafa (upon him blessings and peace) by means of wahi (revelation), an understanding of some particulars about wahi is imperative at the very…