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This book is written for anyone interested in the basic message and purpose of the Qur'an and its historical and religious framework. It highlights the important issues and topics of the Qur'an.

The Qur'an connects life on earth to its sacred essence and heavenly source which encompasses whatever there is in the universe.

 

ABOUT SHAYKH FADHLALLA HAERI

Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri was born in Karbala, Iraq, a descendant of several generations of well-known and revered spiritual leaders. Educated in Europe and America, he founded a number of companies in the Middle East and worked as a consultant in the oil industry.

He travelled extensively on a spiritual quest which led to his eventual rediscovery of the pure and original Islamic heritage of his birth.

In 1980 he established the Zahra Trust, a charitable organization with centers in the USA, Britain and the Middle East, which makes traditional Islamic teachings more widely available through courses and publications, promotes the revival of traditional systems of healing and supports a variety of charitable programs.

Shaykh Fadhlalla is currently engaged in lecturing and writing books and commentaries on the Holy Qur’an and related subjects, with particular emphasis on ethics, self-development and gnosis (`irfan).

In 2004, he established the Academy of Self Knowledge, http://www.askonline.co.za, which offers teachings on self knowledge and the Prophetic revealed path.

 

Editorial Review #1:

Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri's The Essential Message of the Qur'an invites the Western reader into a deep understanding of this important sacred text. As much misunderstood as the Qur'an is today, particularly in the popular media, so much more so does its wisdom and spiritual message offer insight on our present challenges.

Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz

Editorial Review #2:

A treasure trove for every person eager to find balance, hope and, yes, light in the shadows of this world. It is a gift for every reader who is not content with the standard or one-dimensional view of Islam as another world religion, and the Qur’an as a closed book with no connection or message for those outside the orb of Arabia or Islam. Its message is as wise as it is welcome.

Dr. Bruce B. Lawrence

Editorial Review #3:

Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri has written one of the most accessible, readable and informative introductions to the Qur'an. The Essential Message of the Qur'an carries the imprint of a person who has spent a lifetime immersed in the study of the Qur'an, and can rightly be considered as one of its authoritative modern interpreters.

Dr. Ali Allawi

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