REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
For anyone wanting to learn more of the message and teaching of the Qur’an this book presents a very measured account of the faith which is perhaps all too prescient at this time.
Although the writer’s approach is understandably very scholarly this book makes for easy reading and is strongly recommended to anyone who wishes to look beyond media sound bites to understand the essential teachings of one of the world’s major faiths.
~ Jon Mayled , Thegoodbookstall
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri's, ‘The Essential Message of the Qur'an’ invites the Western reader into a deep understanding 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. Major themes are the deeply ecological basis of sacred\ creation, the unity of understanding and including all of the world's religious ideals, and the simple message of justice and caring for those less fortunate than ourselves. Much of this has been overlooked or ignored by those who wish to extract a merely political message from a sacred book, similar to the way in which this has been done with the Bible, the Gita and other sacred treasures of humanity. Friendly on the reader, The Essential Message of the Qur'an offers a short commentary on each of the Qur'an's major themes, linked to a selection of passages illustrating it. As such, it is a wonderful introduction for any person who wonders how to approach the living book and experience the blessing and wisdom experienced by millions around the world today. ~ Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, author of The Sufi Book of Life and others
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 , Duke University
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. The book provides all the necessary keys to the appropriate reading of the Qur'an and clearly demonstrates the spiritual significance of the sacred text and how it has inspired countless millions across the ages.
I can think of no better way to understand the meaning of the Qur'an than to begin with this valuable introduction.
~ Ali A. Allawi, Author of The Crisis of Islamic Civilization and Winning the War, Losing the Peace