Commentaries on Chapters ONE and TWO of the Qur'an
This eBook combines Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri's commentary on the first and the second chapters of the Qur'an.
Surat al-Fatihah is placed at the beginning of the Qur'an because it signifies the opening of knowledge and so the victory over ignorance. If, in the direction we are taking, there is no door, then we have reached our target -- we have won. Fatiha means to open, reveal, imbue, and conquer. This surah (chapter) is so named because if you follow it in your heart, you will be victorious. You will conquer and an opening will come to you.
Surat al-Baqarah scans the history of humankind from Adam to the time of the Prophet Muhammad. It contains a blueprint of how a community can live, how its members should behave as individuals, within their families, and in economic and social terms. It also gives guidance and prescriptions regarding inner and outer struggle and development.
The cover shows THE COW. This is because only Surat Al-Baqarah was ever published in this series. The commentary on Surat Al-Fatiha has been transcribed from an audio discourse given by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri.
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.
- Zahra Publications, September 1993
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