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Rediscovering Genuine Islam: The Case for a Quran-Only Understanding Paperback – February 11, 2014
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Except for a brief stint as a Lecturer in Economics in Dhaka University, Abdur Rab held research and consulting positions throughout his career with numerous organizations, including the Bangladesh and former undivided Pakistan governments. He served the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics as a Staff and Research Economist, the Pakistan Tariff Commission as a Member, and the Bangladesh Planning Commission as a Section Chief and Senior Consultant. He was an Industrial Economist with UNIDO, Financial and Monetary Advisor for the Uganda government under a World Bank assignment, and a Senior Industrial Economist for the Qatar government under a UNIDO assignment. He also did consulting for various development projects in Bangladesh supported by USAID, the World Bank, UNDP, and the Asian Development Bank, and also for the US-based International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Dhaka University and a PhD from Harvard. Born and brought up in a traditional Bengali Muslim family, Abdur has been a devoted follower of the traditional teachings and rituals of Islam since his very childhood. However, when he went to college, he came into close contact with a versatile spiritual teacher Shah Aksaruddin Ahmad and underwent a paradigm change in his religious approach. Inspired by him, Abdur closely studied the Quran to learn about genuine Islam. Afterwards he studied also the Hadith and relevant literature of modern Islamic scholars. He is the author of Exploring Islam in a New Light: A View from the Quranic Perspective, Brainbow Press, 2010 and of many articles on Islamic topics. He presented an article on riba and interest to a recent NAAIMS (North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies) conference held at Princeton University. A Bangladeshi-American, Abdur lives in Houston, United States.
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If liberating your mind is important to your wellbeing while being a Muslim, you would find the book scintillating. It inspires you to read Quran carefully with curious mind. Let your mind wonder and innocent. Don't make excuses that you're not Arab or you don't master classic Arabic. If you are a Muslim and you don't care to understand Quran, you would endlessly be jerked around. You would get confused and distress. I'm a master artist and I witness many artists, in particular in fine arts, abandon their God given talents and get trapped in cult or superficial spiritual pursuit.
If you want to liberate your mind, this book would get you started taking Quran under a different light, and see the textures and colors you have never seen or heard before. And probably, this book would help you reassess your own faith; take it to a different dimension altogether and your spiritual life would never be the same.
My review will focus on one chapter, as it is the chapter I was mostly interested in, which is hadith.
Hadith is the supposed sayings and doings of the Prophet Muhammed while he was alive.
Most Muslims today regard them as the 2nd source of Islam behind the Quran.
This book easily picks apart this assertion, particularly in chapter 9, using reference after reference, point after point.
If you are a Muslim, you MUST read chapter 9 and 10. Buy the kindle edition if you want, just read it.
What you've been taught, what you've been told, is nothing more than propaganda to control you and your families before you.
Rediscovering Genuine Islam
The Case for a Quran-Only Understanding
If we are asked to describe the Muslim community in one word, generally speaking, the word would be "defiant".
It is this attitude we wear about ourselves - I am Muslim and, make no mistake, I am proud to be one. Why must we underline the pride? Because of the many questions and challenges thrown our way, the many fingers that point accusingly. Some we have answers to, others leave us mute, and, yes, defiant.
But there are some of us that will stare these questions in the face to seek the truth, with courage that comes from unshakeable faith. And that is what Abdur Rab has done in his book - Rediscovering Genuine Islam.
He makes the case for rejecting hadith that have polluted the purity and sanctity of the Divine Word, and draws us to our Criterion, the Furqan, the Quran um Mubeen - the Book that makes it all clear.
And he takes every controversial subject head on. You may not even realize it as you read, because of the didactic manner in which it is addressed.
As you work your way through the book keeping an open mind and absorbing the points he makes, the defiance that defined you will be replaced with calm assurance. What this book gives you, whether or not you agree with all of it, is the confidence that you, personally, can seek the truth, the real truth, by reading the Quran. As he quotes ayah after ayah to make his points, the fog continues to lift, your vision clears and your spirit strengthens. You will now read the Quran, not for barakah, but to understand what it is that your Lord has personally communicated to you.
For those who are discovering Islam, this book is the ideal way to start - recognizing the Quran as the source.
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