The Qur’an Was Lost In A Maze of Far-Fetched Conceits
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad – The Tarjuman al-Qur’an – 1968
The traditionally of the Prophet were usually employed to clarify the meaning of the Qur’an. But the tendency among the later commentators grew apace to refer not so much to the traditions known to the companions of the Prophet, but to those collected indifferently in later times. This created further difficulties in the understanding of the Qur’anic word. The sad result of all this was that the manner of presentation adopted by the Qur’an was lost in a maze of far-fetched conceits. The strength of the Qur’anic meaning lies in the manner of its presentation. It is that which lends clarity to its statements and observations, and makes significant the import of its stories and parables, its appeals and admonitions, and its purposes. Once the significance of this manner was missed, the true picture of the Quran was lost to sight.