The Heights Of The Qur’anic Thought

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadThe Tarjuman al-Qur’an 1968

In every age, the author of a work is normally the product of his intellectual environment. It is only those who are gifted with vision and insight who form the exception. When we look back into the history of the commentators of the Qur’an from the earliest centuries of Islam right up to the close of the last century, we find that the standard of approach to the meaning of the Qur’an has steadily deteriorated. This was the result of a gradual decadence in the quality of the Muslim mind itself. When the commentators found that they could not rise to the heights of the Qur’anic thought, they strove to bring it down to the level of their own mind.