SHAIKH MIR ASEDULLAH QUADRI
الحمد لله رب العالمين ، والصلاة والسلام على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين
The Quran is the word of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) addressed to Apostle Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) has invited all human beings and Jinns through His Apostle (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) to accept the guidance and submit to Him and His Apostle (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم).
The verses of Quran are relevant for all times and places as these were relevant at the time, place and the circumstances in which they were revealed during the span of of 23 years.
The Quran testifies that Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) is the Apostle and guide of entire humankind and his advent is for the mercy upon all worlds.
It is in Quran – وَأَرْسَلْنَاكَ لِلنَّاسِ رَسُولًا ۚ وَكَفَىٰ بِاللَّهِ شَهِيدًا [ And We have sent you (O’ Mohammad ﷺ) as an Apostle for the entire mankind, and Allah is Sufficient as a Witness.] (An-Nisa – 79).
It is in Quran – وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ [ (O’ Prophet ﷺ) ‘We have not sent you except for the Mercy upon all worlds.] (Al-Anbiya – 107).
The Quran is a wonder from whichever way you look at it. It is the book which has been memorized by hundreds of millions of people all over the world for the past 1400 years. No other books equals it in this context. It is the book which has not been altered a bit ever since it was revealed. It is the book of guidance which covers all facets of human life, and it is the greatest literary masterpiece in the world that cannot be imitated by any human or Jinn. These and hundreds of other facts are accepted even by non-Muslims and they are completely overwhelmed and intrigued by its majestic power. These undeniable facts compel them to accept Quran's origin to be the word of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ).
Quran has been translated into almost every known language in the world. There are many English translations and some Tafaseer available online and in print.
Before I started writing Tafseer-e-Asedi in English, I read over 50-60 English translations, and some Urdu translations and a few Tafaseer and realized that some translations are better in their linguistic quality, while others have tried to be exact with the literal meanings. But they could not maintain the accuracy in describing the true meaning all along. In addition, many inaccurate, and some misleading translations are also available. Some Quranic translations and Tafaseer are done by the scholars of different sects who have tried to interpret the meanings of the Quranic verses as per the wrongful beliefs of their sects.
In view of the above, a comprehensive Tafseer in English highlighting Sahih Iman requirements was essential for people to come back to the correct Islamic faith. In-Sha-Allah (إِنْ شَاءَ ٱللَّهُ) Tafseer-e-Asedi will fulfill this requirement.
Among all my works, the Tafseer of the Quran was a monumental undertaking. It was the most challenging work I have ever done. In the process of this Tafseer, the impact of the word of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) has changed my perspective in ways that can’t be defined in words.
When I look back now, I realize that my whole life has been leading to this Tafseer. All the training and guidance that I received under my shuyookh has played an extremely vital role in this work. I am forever grateful to them for all their priceless teachings.
The basic features of Tafseer-e-Asadi are as follows.
(i) As the Quran possesses an external appearance and a hidden depth, an exoteric (direct) as well as an esoteric (indirect) meaning, the issues in Tafseer-e-Asedi are explained in such a way that the esoteric meanings are understood by the reader; at the same time it does not contradict with the exoteric sense.
(ii) The English language used in the Tafseer is very simple and understandable even for the first time readers.
(ii) Sometimes, a verse of Quran looks ambiguous but the same issue is explained in detail at another place in the Quran. Similarly, a few Quranic verses appearing at different places need to be read complementing each other in order to understand an issue fully. Some times the explanations from the Prophet's (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) Ahadith or sayings of the companions need to be read to understand a verse. Sometimes, a taweel is necessary to reach to the correct meanings. But the taweel (interpretation) essentially depends upon other Quranic verses and Ahadith in related issues. All these and many other required issues have been kept in mind while writing Tafseer-e-Asedi.(iii) In plenty of translations of Quran and also in Tafaseer, it is observed that the writers wrongly relate human weaknesses with the person of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) or his close associates based on certain incidents in their lives. They should know that an incident or a statement used for a Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) carries different meaning than when it is used for a common man. Understanding Quran is not an easy task. Only with the mercy of Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) and His Apostle Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), one can comprehend the meanings of the Quranic verses in their proper perspective.
(iv) The most important aspect of Tafseer-e-Asedi is the identification of the requirement of Sahih Iman. The Muslim Umma is disintegrated into innumerable sects and subgroups. Many new sects are emerging by the day and everyone claims they are on the right path of Islam. It is about time that Muslim Ummah gets rid of all these sects and come back to Sahih Iman because Sahih Iman is the basic and essential requirement for salvation in Hereafter. Tafseer-e-Asedi identifies the deviations in beliefs and leaves no room for doubt in the mind of the people about Sahih Iman. And it will In-Sha-Allah (إِنْ شَاءَ ٱللَّهُ) create courage in people to eradicate evil ways and implement Islamic morals in their lives.
In the process of writing this Tafseer, I had to completely give up all aspects of my public life and go into seclusion to give justice to this work. This couldn’t have been achieved without the unflinching and absolute support of my family, especially my son Shaikh Mir Habeebullah Shah Quadri who remained so active throughout this work. My wife and other son and daughters have also been a constant source of encouragement and assistance to me and I am grateful to Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) and his Apostle (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) for giving me the family that are a great help to me and an asset for the Deen.
Shaikh Mir Asedullah Shah Quadri
Tafseer-e-Asedi is divided into six volumes of 5 Juz (parts) each.