Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"As we shall further develop in Chapter VIII, the Qur'an is very much conscious that it is an "Arabic Qur'an"

and, the question of ideas and doctrines apart, it appears certain that the claim of the miraculous nature of the Qur'an is connected with its linguistic style and expression. Unfortunately, non-Arab Muslims do not realize this enough; while they correctly assume that the Qur'an is a book of guidance and hence may be understood in any language, they yet not only deprive themselves of the real taste and appreciation for the Qur'anic expression but - since even a full understanding of the meaning depends upon the linguistic nuances - also cannot do full justice to the content of the Qur'an. It is extremely desirable and important that as many as possible of the non-Arab educated and thinking Muslims equip themselves with the language of the Qur'an.

-Fazlur Rahman, Major Themes of the Qur'an, p. 105

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