Friday, April 23, 2010
Review of Cracking the Qur'an Code by Fazal ur Rehman Afridi
When the reader finishes this book, he finds himself in the present day world together with Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi and Dr. Asher Eder, preaching peace and understanding between the Children of Ismail and Jacob. Cracking the Qur'an Code provides us with the great opportunity of traveling on a fascinating spiritual and historical journey through the objective prism of Qur’anic teachings.
This book is written in such a simple, sincere and mind-attracting manner that one cannot stop reading it. A history starts unfolding in front of one’s eyes. When you finish reading Cracking the Qur'an Code, it has already captured your soul. This is a masterpiece, a pioneering work which will go a long way in bringing the Muslim and Jewish religions and civilizations together, or at least helping us to understand each other; to know about our shared roots, destiny, ideology, history, struggles and values. It teaches us a very important lesson, focusing on the question, “Why not come closer to each other based on shared commonalities rather than fighting over our differences?”
In Cracking the Qur’an Code, we see a tremendous job of collecting precious pearls from different seas of knowledge, with great wisdom and a sense of purpose. I believe that without divine guidance this task would not have been accomplished.
This painstaking work really deserves admiration and applause. It is as if the author has sifted through every page, every phrase and every word of the Holy Qu'ran, Torah and Tanach. He searched thoroughly the contemporary literature to provide us with examples from the recent history of the hate and love relationship between Arabs and Jews. He has presented truth. It is through truth and objectivity and the spreading of unbiased information that we can bring harmony and peace between different peoples, cultures, civilizations and religions, paving the way to create a better world for our future generations.
The author gave full space to the views and grand works of his teachers, Dr. Asher Eder of Jerusalem, Israel and Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi of Rome, Italy, even at the cost of repetition. He did not forget to mention the sacrifices of his friends such as Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, rendered for the support of the cause of Israel. This shows the author's respect for his teachers and love for his friends.
Ironically, most non-Arab Muslims do not know about true Qur’anic teachings as the Qu'ran is in Arabic and they have never read its translations into their mother tongues. It is difficult to comprehend the Qur'an's translation from Arabic into other languages, without translations into those languages of the classical commentaries of Qur'anic religious scholars. It is here that some misguided Wahhabi scholars take advantage of ignorance among many Muslims to teach hate, particularly to those Muslims whose language is not Arabic, such as we Pashtuns, for example.
Pashtuns do not know about original and un-tempered Islamic, Jewish and Christian history. We are taught by these fanatic Wahhabis that Christians and Jews are infidels who deserve to be hated, tortured and murdered. The situation is further complicated when translations of the Qur’an and the teachings of Islam are manipulated by these Wahhabi pseudo-intellectuals and power mongers for political purposes.
We have been taught or have found in whatever Islamic books we read, broadcast or published by the Wahhabi dominated print and electronic media, that Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Benjamin have been Muslim Prophets who have nothing to do with Jews. Even the term Bani-Israel is used in an ambiguous manner to hide the truth from not only ordinary ignorant people but from the educated classes as well. The Wahhabi mission is to deliberately hide the truth of Islam and to highlight only differences and spread hatred.
Cracking the Qur’an Code is an excellent corrective to the distortions, ambiguities, and untruths perpetrated by the Wahhabi Islamic media. This book can un-distort, make un-ambiguous and honestly explain both the differences and commonalities of three great religions and civilizations, the Jewish, the Christian and the Muslim.
Cracking the Qur'an Code: God's Land, Torah and People Covenants with Israel in the Qur'an and Islamic Tradition(Jerusalem: Root and Branch Association, Ltd., Print and E-Book Editions. Copyright Lowell Gallin. 2010).
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