Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education

The Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education (NFIE) is a non-profit, tax exempt, religious and educational organization dedicated to serve Islam with a special focus on Tasawwuf(Sufism),

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf - The Jewels of the Quran - Session 1 - Zaytuna College

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf - The Jewels of the Quran - Session 1 - Zaytuna College - 5/6/2021

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Dive into the ocean’s depths so that you become wealthy by gaining its rubies and pearls.” In his book The Jewels of the Qur’an, Imam al-Ghazali exhorts readers to develop a deeper relationship with the ocean of the Qur’an, uncovering the immense beauty of the sacred words of God. In this live series, President Hamza Yusuf will elaborate on the main topics discussed in this work, focusing on the major themes, aims, and division of the Qur’an outlined by Imam al-Ghazali. The series will bring light to many hidden jewels of the Qur’an, enhancing our relationship with the sacred text in this blessed month.

Sessions with President Yusuf will take place on May 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 at 5:30 PM PDT. Online sessions will stream on both Zaytuna College’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Videos will also be available on our YouTube channel following each session. 

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The Jewels of Quran - Jawahir al-Qura'n -Imam Ghazali RA - Translated by Dr.Muhammad Abul Quasem - PDF

The Jewels of Quran - Jawahir al-Qura'n -Imam Ghazali RA - Translated by Dr.Muhammad Abul Quasem

This is the first English translation,with introduction and annotation, of al-Ghazali’s book Jawahir al- Qura’n, in Arabic. It shows how a great sufi like al-Ghazali understands the Qura’n. In first 19 chapters al-Ghazali presents his views on various Qura’nic issues: aims of the Qura’n, methods of its understanding, how the Qura’n is source of all sciences, excellence of some parts of the Qura’n over others, the reason why similitude and allegories are used in the Qura’n, the relationship between the perceptible world and the unseen world, etc. Various parts of Qura’n are compared with various types of valuables, like jewels, pearls, rubies. Part II consisting of 2 chapters contains jewel and pearl verses concerned with the two greatest aims of the Qura’n. The jewel verses form the cognitive part of the Qura’n, for they concern knowledge of God’s essence, attributes and works. The pearl verses are the practical part: they describe the straight path and urge man to follow it. The entire book is translated by Professor Dr Quasem very accurately in free-flowing modern English. His translation is evaluated in two reviews: (1) “This is a useful edition to the translations into English of the works of al-Ghazali.... The translation reads extremely well, and should be of great value to readers of English who are concerned with the spiritual message of al-Ghazali”.— Professor W. Montgomery Watt, Head, Dept. of Arabic & Islamic Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK. in The Journal of Semitic Studies, 1978. (2) “The English tanslation of the 'jewels' and 'pearls' is fresh and original...This is an important work, and students of Islam as well as English speaking Muslims will be grateful to Dr M.A. Quasem for this lucid, accurate translation, valuable introduction, notes, and indices”.—Prof. Dr Alford T. Welch, Michigan State University, USA. (in Muslim World, October 1979, PP. 272-274.)


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