Historical Sources of
Imām Farāhī explains the historical sources that
commentators may avail themselves of while interpreting the divine word.
According to him, there are two types of sources: conclusive and probable. While
the former constitute the foundation of Qur’ānic interpretative process, the
latter, though inconclusive, provide a lot of support to commentators. By
quoting examples, Farāhī establishes that commentators cannot dispense with
probable sources though they may explain them away should any disagreement with
the Holy Qur’ān arise.
Qur’ānic Imagery of Light and Darkness
Dr. Fauzia Tanveer Sheikh probes into the meanings
conveyed by the Holy Qur’ān through pictographic and metaphorical use of light
and darkness. She does not restrict herself to particular words like nūr and
zulm usually used for light and darkness but reaches out to investigate symbolic
expressions indicating a comparison of light and darkness.
Belief in the Angels
The second article of faith is belief in angels of God.
The importance of this article can be gauged from the fact that it is placed
second to faith in God. In this short essay, Mr Jāved Ahmad Ghāmidī, on the
authority of the Holy Qur’ān, attempts to encapsulate the true status and actual
function of angels in the universe of God while explaining why people are asked
to profess faith them.
Experiences, Questions, Analysis
Dr. Khālid Zaheer shares with us his experience with a
Christian family during his stay in Britain. He draws some very important
conclusions out of this experience, and wants us to take some time to think
Islam: A Concise Introduction
Penned by Neal Robinson, Islam: A Concise Introduction is
a book that aims at introducing common men and women – especially non-Muslims –
to the history and fundamental tenets of Islam. Given here is a chapter wise
summary of this book by Nabeeha Qazi.