The Plain Meaning Of The Plain Word Of The Qur’an

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadThe Tarjuman al-Qur’an 1968

When zealous followers of the different juristic schools among Muslims developed the passion for sectarianism, the serves of the Qur’an were exploited to uphold, by hook or by crook, their own particular schismatic obsessions. Few cared to be guided by the plain meaning of the plain word of the Qur’an, or by the clear purposes underlying the Qur’anic method of presentation of its contents, or by straight-forward reason. Every one attempted to force the Qur’an meaning to conform to the views sponsored by the Imam or founder of his own schismatic school of thought. To create further complications, certain sections of the Sufi school of thought in their search for the hidden meaning of the Qur’an, went so far as to press everything Qur’anic into the moulds of their own formulas. Thus every Qur’anic injunction and every basic belief came to bear some sort of esoteri connotation.