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Decoding The QURAN (A Unique Sufi Interpretation) Paperback – August 27, 2013
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Turkish journalist offers a more universalist interpretation of Islam that could help bridge cultures among students of spirituality.
In Decoding the Quran, Turkish journalist Ahmed Hulusi offers a "new construal" of the Muslim sacred text "in the light of the realities of today, the modern age." His willingness to share (without personal profit) the fruits of his religious erudition demonstrates both a bold will and a generous heart.
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Why Decode the Quran from a Sufi Perspective?
The Quran addresses the intellect. In the most basic terms it underpins two truths.
1. There is no 'god out there' administrating existence from afar. There is only the One denoted by the name 'Allah.' It is this existence, which comprises man's essential reality, whose knowledge man should strive to acquire.
2. Man - in terms of the Names and qualities of Allah comprising his essence - is immortal. Therefore, he should align his life in accordance with this inherent endless potential within.
As with B'ismillah-arRahman-arRahim, the letter 'B' in the Quran alludes to these essential truths. In fact, the reality symbolized by the letter 'B' has been the underlying essential groundwork for all schools of Sufism, throughout all ages. If, on the contrary, this truth is not grasped, the Quran will inevitably be misconceived as a book referencing a god in the heavens. Whereas, Allah is the limitless eternal Oneness, invalidating all concepts of an 'other' in terms of space and dimension!
In Decoding the Quran the reader is given the opportunity to read through the lens of this reality.
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Words were the only clues to understand and describe my own world.
I was reading different translations of Quran and comparing them.But it was like a building size puzzle to understand what was Quran saying because i'was missing the main point.
When I started to read "Decoding the Quran" i realized that i was looking at my imagination which was built up by my self illusion when i was talking about my world.
What was the thing that called "self" ? And what was my "self" ? Who were the others as a "self"? Were they and was i each other or "self" was the unique entity?
The main point was a sentence :
" There is no god only ALLAH ! "
...All about the existence was a word "ALLAH!"
So what was the nature of Allah? We were thinking about our god as "he !" but Allah was the only word which were including all dimensions of existence!
In sura of Ikhlas Allah was describing the existence as Ahad and Samad.
In "Decoding the Quran" Ahmed Hulusi was decodig AHAD as an infinite,limitless and indivisible,non-dual ONENESS
and SAMAD as an absolute Self-Sufficient One beyond any need or defect, free from the concept of multiplicity, and far from conceptualization and limitation. The one into whom nothing can enter, and the One from whom no other form of existence can come out.
In sura of Sajda number seven,eight and nine "Decoding the Quran" was doing something ground brakingly different from the other Quran translations.It was associating word "brain" ("self" was a print out of brain according to Ahmed Hulusi)and the word Allah by these sentences :
7. It is He who has created everything perfectly! He began the creation of man from clay (the eggs).
8. Then He made his lineage from a basic fluid (sperm).
9. Then He proportioned him (formed his brain such that the neurons evaluate the various wavelengths to manifest the meanings of the Names) and breathed into him from His own Spirit (the act of breathing into something goes outward from within, that is, the manifestation of the Names within the data level of the brain is referred to as `Allah's spirit' in existence)... And He made for you hearing (perception), sight (vision) and hearts (the reflectors of the meanings of the Names to the brain - heart neurons)... How little you thank (evaluate)!
"Human brain" was the incognition of "Ahad and Samad Self" in the world of perceptions.
"Ahad and Samad Self" was the only entity and my perceptions nature were dividing it into pieces as I ,you,he etc...
In Quran there is a sura named INFITAR and means "when the sky is split apart !"
"Decoding the Quran" by Ahmed Hulusi has been spliting apart of my sky (perception of existence named myself)since the day that i've started to read.
Hadhrat Muhammad Mustapha(saw)
Who am I ?
What am I doing on earth ?
What's my purpose ?
What is the System on universe ?
Is Death the end of the story or not?
What is beyond death ?
Are we living in a dream world ?
Is there a God up in the sky ?
Do we know, do we understand the ONE denoted with `'Allah'' name, whom is explained 1400 years ago by the magnificent brain has ever lived on earth, Hadhrat Muhammad Mustapha(saw) ?
If you are asking questions like these, you can find all your answers and more of them in Decoding the Quran.
This is a great chance to understand your twin, because this book is written with a unique Sufi interpretation.
Thank you Sufi Master Ahmed Hulusi, thank you Aliya Atalay
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