Three Levels of Summaries in Quran

by Noman Waseem, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 15:00 (2089 days ago) @ Farouk A. Peru

I think the Qur'an is most definitely ordered the way it is to appeal to the human psyche. After all, God created us so He would know best which text in which order would appeal to our reason and persuade our psyche.

Though I can't comment on the specifics of what was outlined, I can at least offer my personal experience of having felt a particularly strong reaction to reading the Qur'an from beginning to end as compared to reading random bits and pieces of it. Whenever I've asked someone to read it, I've always suggested to them to read it from beginning to end and not to skip around. The message of the Qur'an, I've often said, is in the whole of the Qur'an, not in a part of it; that there's a definite purpose to it being written in the order that it was.

Having said that, while it seems quite plausible that the Qur'an would have stages of conveyance, much like distilling a liquid in stages to purity, I would stay away from offering any prescription so early in the thought process. Especially if it gets in the way of simply reading it from beginning to end.

In fact if anything, this should help to focus our minds towards appreciating the benefits of reading it straightforwardly. The strong point of the Qur'an has always been its simplicity and accessibility; the Arabs did not need clergy to get at the meaning of the text. And I doubt God would have designed the Qur'an in a way that it required a special way of reading to get the full benefit from it. At worse, such prescriptions have a habit of being taken to extremes of ritualism (I'm not at all suggesting, of course, that that is Br Farouk's intent).

"....But know that righteousness can never be achieved by entering the System through the back door of ritualism. Only he who lives an upright life attains it. Enter the Divinely ordained Way of Life straightforward as you must enter houses through their gates. Live an upright life being mindful of God so that you may reap a rich harvest." - 2:189

I quote the above only to reiterate that Islam commands us to be straightforward in all our dealings, and I reason that this should apply equally to how we read the Qur'an.

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