DR ZAFAR ISHAQ ANSARI, Director General, Institute of Islamic research, International IslamicUniversity, Islamabad, Pakistan, was born and completed his early education in undivided India. He received/got his M.A. in (the study of money flow/the flow of money within a country) fromthe University of Karachi, and later his M.A. and Ph.D. from McGill University, in Islamic Studies, with (focusing on doing one thing very well) in Islamic History and Islamic Laws. Before hisassignment in Islamabad, he has been connected with the University of Karachi; King Abdul AzizUniversity, Jeddah; King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran; PrincetonUniversity; University of Chicago; Melbourne University and McGill University in connection withteaching and research. He has added/has given many research papers to journals ofinternational fame and articles to Encyclopaedia Britannica and Encyclopaedia of Religion. Healso co-edited with K. Ahmad, Islamic Opinions/points of view: Studies in Honor of Sayyid AbulA‘la Mawdudi (Leicester, Islamic Foundation, 1979).
TOWARDS UNDERSTANDING THE QUR‘AN is a fresh and highly readable English creating and displaying of Tafhim al-Quran, Sayyid Mawdudi‘s huge and important and masterly Urdutranslation and explanation/statement of opinions. Here is a Tafsir with a difference, by aneducated person of a wholely different sort. A huge wealth of very deep/extreme understandingof the Qur‘an is here, so is a huge treasure of knowledge and deep (understandings of deep things), lighting/educational historical accounts and philological discussions, and a highly well-thought-out explaining/big show of social, political, money-based and legal teachings. But whatmakes this Tafsir (like nothing else in the world) is that it translates the Qur‘an into a book to belived by, a mission to be lived for, and a duty that a reader can no longer get away from or delay. This rare quality is communicated not only by the depth of his (sum of money given to help pay for college/school learning) and style of explaining/big show, but also because Sayyid Mawdudilived by what he explained, as his life very proves.
This Tafsir answers modern questions, and makes the Qur‘an fully clearly connected with or related to the concerns of our day, yet it loses nothing of its forever nor sacrifices any of the usual understanding. It (shows or proves) the togetherness and clearness (of thinking or speaking) of the Qur‘an by centreing everything in it on its message, like gems hung on a singlestring. Each Surah is prefaced by an account of its background and teachings. Maps and indexesadd greatly to the understanding.
To sum up: in this Tafsir, Sayyid Mawdudi is offering us what we need most to understand andlive by the Qur‘an.
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