By Reza-Shah Kazemi
The Qur'an is the sacramental starting place of prayer in Islam. Its inspirational energy is endlessly renewed via being recited and pondered upon via Muslims every day all through their lives. This succinct and readable examine bargains specific modern insights into the religious, highbrow and ethical interaction set in movement by way of the fast Qur'anic chapters which are recited of their prayers by means of Muslims of all traditions, yet that are relatively advised inside Shi'i Islam. Reza Shah-Kazemi engages heavily and creatively with the Qur'anic chapters, basing his philosophical reflections on conventional exegetical rules, and focusing specifically at the courting among the ethical and the magical features of the texts. the result's a stimulating meditation that probes the depths of which means contained in the verses of a revelation in which the religious lifetime of Muslims has for lots of centuries been nourished and fulfilled.
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They cease not to differ, except those upon whom God has mercy: “for this did He create them” ’ (11:118– 119; emphasis added). The initial mīzān or equilibrium established by al-Raḥmān is restored by al-Raḥīm after having been disturbed or ruptured by—or within—man. So when the Qurʾān tells us repeatedly that ‘unto Him all things return’, we are to understand that it is to this beatific love that all things are restored. If the Basmala initiates the Qurʾān, it is because Raḥma is the root of creation; and just as Raḥma initiates all things and encompasses all things, so it consummates all things.
He continues: ‘that is, know yourself, and remember it . . 28 This identification is made again in relation to verse 48:10: ‘Truly those who swear allegiance to thee swear allegiance only to God. The Hand of God is above their hands . ’29 2. Eschatology (verse 4) King of the Day of Judgement. If this verse is read in the light of the previous ones, the notion of judgement will be seen to imply not only that each soul is accountable for its actions in the Hereafter, and will be recompensed accordingly, but also that the principle of justice according to which one will be judged is itself essentially fashioned by loving mercy.
Again, there is an exoteric and an esoteric way of responding to this question. Exoterically, one need only refer to the words of the verse 4:64 to see that God not only permits but encourages the believers to seek the Prophet’s prayers of forgiveness for them: . . 38 God responds mercifully not only to our own prayers of forgiveness, but also to those of the Prophet on our behalf; therefore, seeking the Prophet’s ‘help’ is not an infringement of the principle of seeking ‘help’ from God alone, but is rather an aspect or specific application of this very principle.