Towards Understanding the Qur'an Abridged Version (English Only) Sayyid Abul A'la Mawdoodi
Towards Understanding the Qur'an; Abridged version of Tafhim al-Qur'an is a fresh English rendering of Sayyid Mawdüdi's monumental and masterly Urdu translation of the Qur'an with a selection of commentary (Qur'an appears in English and Arabic). Here is a work with a difference by a scholar of an entirely different sort. An immense wealth of profound understanding of the Qur'an is here with deep insights and a valuable exposition of social, political, economic, and legal teachings of the Qur'an. But what makes this work unique is that it translates the Qur'an as a book to be lived by, a mission to be lived for, and a duty that readers 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 this understanding of the Qur'an. Despite being an abridged version, this book endeavors to answer many contemporary questions and makes the Qur'an fully relevant to the concerns of our day since it loses nothing of its timelessness or sacrifices any of the traditional understanding. It demonstrates the unity and coherence of the Qur'an by centering everything on its message, like gems hung on a single string. A glossary, biographical notes, general and subject indexes also add to the understanding of the Qur'an. In summary, this work by Sayyid Mawdudi is offering us what we need most to understand and live by, the Qur'an.