The Straightforward Method Of The Qur’an

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadThe Tarjuman al-Qur’an1968

The method followed by the Qur’an to bring home its truths is not that of logic involving complicated argumentation. On the other hand, its appeal is direct and straightforward. Its questions posed prompt appropriate answers. Indeed, the answers are implied in the very manner of its questioning. That is why it very often frames its appeal in forms of address such as: “O men! Serve your Lord” – Serve Allah, my Lord and your Lord” – Verily, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so, serve Him” – “This is Allah, your Lord; so serve Him” – Of a truth, this, your faith is the one faith and I am your Lord; therefore serve” – “Say: will ye dispute with us about God, when He is our Lord and your Lord.?”

It is a matter for deep regret that our commentators of the Qur’an have failed to notice this peculiarity of the Qur’anic presentation. Losing themselves in dialectical disquisitions, they have neglected to note and appreciate the straightforward method of the Qur’an. The result is that the spirit of the Qur’an has been kept in the background on their account.