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In this Issue
Jhangeer Hanif


Historical Sources of Interpretation

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 about them.

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.


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