By Muhammad Abdel Haleem
Publish yr note: First released in 1999
The tenets of Islam can't be grasped and not using a right realizing of theQur'an. during this vital advent, now revised and up-to-date for a newpaperback variation, Muhammad Abdel Haleem examines the Qur'an's majorrecurrent subject matters - lifestyles and eternity, marriage and divorce, peace and battle, waterand nourishment - and for the 1st time considers those components in thecontext of Qur'anic linguistic type.
With a clean perception into the heritage ofthe Qur'an, Professor Haleem examines the context and situations leadingto the advance of the suras (chapters) and the ayahs (verses) and theconstruction of the Qur'an itself. He indicates that renowned conceptions of Islamicattitudes to girls, marriage and divorce, clash and society, all vary radicallyfrom the real teachings of the Qur'an.
Understanding the Qur'angoes on toexplore the ways that the Judaic and Christian traditions, as mirrored in theBible, will be in comparison to Qur'anic techniques to comparable themes.
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25:48–49 Interestingly, in this instance, and in others, animals occur first, showing God’s mercy to animals and grace to man – a humbling thought, since animals are a source of food and drink for man. God uses ‘We’, the plural of majesty, in drawing attention to all these acts. With water He gives life to animals, humans and to the earth itself: [there is a sign] in the water which God sends down from the sky to give life to the earth when it has been barren, scattering all kinds of creatures over it .
With it We produce the shoots of each plant, then bring greenery from it, and from that We bring out grains, one riding on the other in close-packed rows. From the date palm come clusters of low-hanging dates, and there are gardens of vines, olives, and pomegranates, alike yet different—watch their fruits as they grow and ripen! In all this there are signs for those who would believe. 6:99 Water is driven to the dead land, caused to fall on it. ‘ . . and with it We bring forth all manner of fruit (7:57) .
The Prophet recommended that men should approach the physical relationship with proper affection and the right mood for both parties, saying, ‘Let none of you fall upon his wife like a donkey falls upon a she-donkey’. When women are menstruating, husbands should not have intercourse with them as it is painful and unclean (2:222). ad¯ıth that there is no ban on anything other than full intercourse. When the Muslims migrated from Mecca to Medina, the men found the women of Medina bashful and only willing to sleep with their husbands lying on their side.