How many teachers of the holy Quran do you need?

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

The holy Quran is the literal word of All Knowing God, so it has infinite treasures and finite humans cannot conceive and capture them all and should never try to monopolize them all. (Al Quran 18:109 and 31:27)

If you want to know what the most popular poet in USA has to say about the Quran: Rumi: The Quran is Like a Shy Bride!

If you want to learn the Quran from Harvard university Law School: Did you know Harvard recognizes Quran as one of the best expressions for justice?

If you like Morgan Freeman: Video of Morgan Freeman: Commentary of Surah Takathur.

If you want to learn Quran and science from the non-Muslim scientists: Are the Scientists the Better Teachers for Several of the Attributes of God? and A Slight Twist Makes David Attenborough a Great Teacher for God of the Abrahamic Faiths.

If you want to learn about the Quran from history from the Christian tradition: Video: How Science Changed Reading of the Bible and What are We Proposing for the Quran.

If you want to learn the fallacies of the Christian dogma, you could try to find the relevant videos of Mirza Tahir Ahmad, the previous Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, as he talks about the verse: “The Originator of the heavens and the earth! How can He have a son when He has no consort, and when He has created everything and has knowledge of all things?” (Al Quran 6:101) Or, if it a difficult task for you, merely read his book: Book Review: Christianity: A Journey from Facts to Fiction.

If you want to study the scientifically most pregnant verses of the Quran then your teacher is Dr. Maurice Bucaille and I have some bragging rights also by the Grace of Allah: A Century of Scholarship for Quran and Science and The Five Authors to read in Order to Comprehend the Bible and the Quran in Light of the Scientific Revolution.

If you want to read the Quran from the Shiite tradition: The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary, Now Available Online.

If you want to read one of the best English translations of the Quran that was published by the oxford university: One of the Best English Translations of the Quran Now Available Online.

If you want to read more than 50 different translations of the Quran, you may like: More than Fifty different simultaneous translations of the Holy Quran in English.

If you want to learn the Quran from a Catholic: Pulitzer Prize Winner, Garry Wills Talks About the Quran for 50 Minutes.

If you want to learn the Quran from a secular Jewish lady: A Wonderful Description of the First Revelation of the Prophet – by an Agnostic Biographer.

If you want to learn the Quran from converts to Islam then: 1984 Rare TV Interview With Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) and A British Convert to Islam: ‘I found Qur’an mother of all philosophies.’

If you want to learn the Quran without becoming boxed in by one teacher into his or her organized religion, then you can find hundreds of videos by Javed Ahmad Ghamidi in YouTube, as he presents himself as a student of the Quran and not the ultimate, only and mandatory teacher of the Quran, Ghamidi: The Most Tolerant and Pluralistic Muslim Scholar of Our Times. Like all teachers he has limitations, and I know even if he stumbles on this link here, he will not be fuming with anger or self importance: Ghamdi A Wonderful Teacher, But Only in Moderation.

Likewise Hamza Yusuf, President of Zaytuna college, is a great teacher, if you want to hear English and the good news is he does not have an accent either. But, I want to set limits for him as well: Hamza Yusuf on Jinns: Powerful Men or Demons?, not to shrink him, but to prove that we need countless teachers of the Quran, not one.

If you learn from multiple teachers, you will not be stuck in sectarian divide among the Muslims, but will rise to universal compassion. Incidentally, the Muslim Times has the best collection to overcome sectarian divide.

If you wanted to make your journey into the Quran easy, non-contradictory and one that does not land you in double binding situations and not ideologically driven, you could go to articles: Surah Qamar – The Moon: The Quran has been made easy and After Monotheism, the Two Most Seminal Verses of the Quran.

Just like Ghamidi and Yusuf have limitations, I do as well. I have been told by friends and critics that I do not have charisma and for that reason I am not popular. I will leave the details in the hands of the readers as I may be in my own blind spot, but I never give up and keep trying to be a student and possibly a teacher of the Quran.

If you decide to limit your Quranic scholarship to one teacher or scholar, then what may happen: The only thing standing between you and your Quran is your own teacher and If you limit yourself to one or a few religious teachers, you may have a severe case of myopia.

I leave you today with my presentation of commentary of the holy Quran that has hundreds of articles from dozens of sources: A New Commentary of the Holy Quran Emphasizing Compassion, Justice and Human Rights Launched.

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