Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The Lens of the Age
Amy Brinkley - If you were to recommend one book about your faith to someone who doesn't practice the same faith, what would it be?
Muhammad Rasheed - I would recommend the central source text, the Holy Qur’an itself. This is everything that the One God wants humanity to know and the guide to avoiding hell and achieving the eternal bliss of paradise. If there’s only going to be ONE BOOK, then it might as well be THE BOOK. I personally prefer the Abdullah Yusuf Ali translation, but shop as you like. The only translations I wouldn’t recommend would be the first English translations by Europeans during the colonialist era. They didn’t approach the material with a correct heart, and inserted a negative biased taint.
If by chance I could provide a second book, I would recommend The Life of Muhammad by Dr. Muhammad H. Haykal which provides an excellent context as to what was going on at the time of the Qur’an’s revelation.