The Beauty And Attraction Of The Qur’anic Method

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadThe Tarjuman al-Qur’an1968

The manner of argument observed by the Prophets was not to assume logical poses and confuse the hearer. They adopted the natural way of direct appeal, such as might reach every type of mind, and touch every heart. But, the commentators obsessed by the philosophy and logic of Greece could hardly bring themselves to look at reality in its naturalness and appreciate it. They thought that they were honoring the Prophets and turning them into dialecticians. They sought to demonstrate the greatness of the Quran by pressing it into the frame-work of Aristotelian logic, hardly realizing that it was never its primary object. The result was that the beauty and attraction of the Qur’anic method of argument and of demonstrating its truth was lost in a network of dialectical disquisitions. In fact, the truth had already been lost. The tragedy was that our commentators could not achieve even what they aimed at.