On March 15 a critical review was done on The Quran Dilemma - English book by Neal Foster, Norman, OK. USA
In this response, as one of the co-authors of the book, I will provide a point-by-point response to the review comments made by Mr. Foster in an effort to clarify and address any of the points raised.
Before I begin my response, I like to point out that Mr. Foster, was honest to point out that he has not investigated the Arabic sources or researched the topic more extensively. We appreciate Mr. Foster's humility in revealing this. Furthermore, Mr. Foster's comments about his lack of understanding of the Arabic language can serve as the primary reason behind why this English version of the book came to light. It must be made clear that many, as Mr. Foster, who have a genuine interest in learning about the teaching of the Quran, which is the foundational source for all what Islam stands for, and from which other sources draw their authority (i.e., Sunnah, Shari'a Law, etc...), many are faced with the same dilemma since the Arabic language of the Quran is an archaic one and not all Arabic speaking people can comprehend it or interpret it correctly, never the less, those who are non-Arabic speakers.
In light of this, we the authors and TheQuran.com group felt the need for others to be able to access the true teachings of the Quran and other classical Islamic sources without the need to consult with others who may have a biased view or hidden interest in harmonizing such contents. Such goal, we believe is in view based on Mr. Foster's comment that he "learned a lot of history from this book."
Mr. Foster also pointed out that he experienced some confusion regarding some of the contents of our English book.Read more ›
This is an amazing piece of work. The quality and formatting of the book is superb, and the content informative and revealing. As one who has had thousands of conversations with my Muslim neighbors and friends, I can tell you that this is an eye-opening tool. I like the book's title: The Qur'an Dilemma. Every living Muslim faces a dilemma for which they have no solution. Their holiest book commands them to accept "the previous Scriptures" (the Bible: Torah, Psalms, Gospel), yet it denies the central message of those Scriptures. My prayer to God is that Muslims who read this book will come to understand that the solution to their dilemma is found in the Scriptures about which the Qur'an declares: "The Messengers We sent were but men, to whom We granted inspiration: if you do not realize this, ask of those who possess the Message [the Bible]" (Sura 21:7). Claiming that the Bible was corrupted will not do since the Bible we have today comes from ancient manuscripts that predate the Qur'an by hundreds of years. Again the Qur'an says: "If you are in doubt as to what We have revealed to you, ask those who read the Book before you" (Sura 10:94). While some were accused of "distort[ing] the Book with their tongues" (Sura 3:78), the Scriptures themselves were considered uncorrupted and intact. "You bring the Law [Torah] and study it, if you be men of truth" (Sura 3:93). May God use "The Qur'an Dilemma" to open the eyes of multitudes!
Although I would agree that It is very common nowadays to criticize in the context of bible or old testament however I find this work wonderful and great ...eagerly waiting for Kindle version as well second volume. On old testaments you get thousands of critical studies but on Quran ,it is a ver good move which will open the new doors.
Have you ever wanted to dive into the Qur'an, yet didn't know where to even start? "The Qur'an Dilemma" allows Muslims and non-Muslims to examine the Qur'an and look at each sura (or chapter) critically. Written by numerous former Muslims, who remain anonymous throughout the book, the book is divided into three main parts.
Part I consists of different articles on a host of controversial issues, such as women, the treatment of people of other faiths, and the chronological order of the Qur'an. This portion proved to be the most interesting for me. The authors explained that much like the Bible, the Qur'an has many different versions, published and edited by scholars of differing opinions on how the Qur'an should be organized. Also, the section covering people of other faiths, such as the Jewish population, served as a real eye-opener. The book continues on in Part II as the first nine suras are examined. Think of this as an intricate Bible study. The authors examine what certain words refer to and historical meanings behind passages. Part III holds resources, such as maps and a glossary, to aid the reader.
Overall, this book proves interesting if you enjoy examining other cultures. As for those who are already Muslim, I would imagine this take on the Qur'an would be intriguing as well. The authors claim that the Qur'an has never been critically analyzed before, as Muslims consider this holy book infallible. The core of this book rightly reflects the title: "The Qur'an Dilemma." The authors continually point out that this holy book contains errors and issues that no longer apply to today's society. However, no revisions are authorized. Therefore, many Muslims are presented with a true dilemma: how do you separate the truth from the negations in the Qur'an.Read more ›
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