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The Essential Message of the Qur'an

Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

This book is written for anyone interested in the basic message and purpose of the Qur'an and its historical and religious framework. It highlights the important issues and topics of the Qur'an.

The Qur'an connects life on earth to its sacred essence and heavenly source which encompasses whatever there is in the universe.

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By Nazo Hadi

I am a born Muslim and was exposed to the Qur'an from an early age, but I was never satisfied with the commentaries I read.

The Qur'an seemed to talk about events in the past, but I wanted to know how it relates to my life in this time and age.

In most commentaries the commentators follow the chapters and verses. In this book, Shaykh Fadhlalla has chosen topics which are important to everyday life and selected and collected all the verses relevant to those topics in the appendix at the end of the book, I found this approach very helpful when I wanted to look up what the Qur'an says about a certain topic.

The central theme of the Qur'an is its emphasis on Allah/God as the One source and Essence that permeates the entire universe. All manifestations come from Allah, are sustained by Him and return to Him. The entire universe is in submission to Allah.

According to the Qur'an our job is to groom the ego and adhere to His laws and regulations so that we become aware of the Divine Presence at all times.

This book is useful for serious Muslims and anyone who is interested to know the basic message of the Qur'an. It is a very good introduction for beginners and inspires one to read and have a better understanding of the Qur'an.

It has led me to listen to the Shaykh's other commentaries on his website ( and has transformed my life.

For example, his commentary on Surah Aale Imran -- 3: 179 -- to accept the present and trust in Allah for the future has helped me to deal with a lot of worry and anxiety in my life and given me peace of mind.

In addition it has changed my relationship with the Qur'an so that now I actually enjoy reading it.

By Anjum J - May 31, 2022

This gem of a book is extremely deep and requires a lot of reflection before one can grasp its inner meanings and allow it to penetrate one's consciousness at its deepest levels.

We have a group weekly Zoom session in which we go over and dissect every sub-chapter of the book each week.

So, I know, from first-hand experience of diving deep into this book, that it is full of wisdom and spiritual nourishment, in spite of the fact that I was already quite familiar with what is written in this book before I started to participate in its weekly reading; yet, everything in it seems fresh and deep as well as extremely inspiring in that the book helps me to experience a deep connection and integration with the Divine Unity.

Those who have praised this book in their editorial reviews of it (Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, Dr. Bruce B Lawrence and Ali A. Allawi) have done so with utmost honesty, and their reviews are quite on the mark and helpful.

Repetition of certain concepts in it may bother someone at first, but please know that if you examine them from various angles, you'll appreciate their repetition as they unfold new meanings each time they are addressed.

I'd highly recommend that this book be read slowly, with deep reflection, along with Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri's other books, especially his book on the Academy of Self Knowledge (ASK) Course ONE and "Witnessing Perfection".

Dr. Adnan al-Adnani's "Lights of Consciousness: A Sufi view of Science & Spirituality" is also a great aid to understanding this book.

Another extremely important thing a reader can do is examine the root meanings of the key terms used in the relevant Qur'anic verses that are included in this book for each sub-chapter in Arabic and look for the same terms used elsewhere in the Qur'an and see how they are connected and their deep meanings are unfolded.

In summary, this book is an "aid" to understanding the essential message of the Qur'an, which requires a reader to use it to dive into the inner meanings of the Qur'an by examining the many key terms in Arabic.

This will require extra effort on the part of the student of the Qur'an who will use this book as the rungs of a ladder to climb up and raise their consciousness to experience Divine Unity, which is the main, and essential, message of the Qur'an anyway.

So, repetition of Divine Unity in this book simply means that the rungs of that ladder are repeated.

But, as we all know, how else one would climb up the ladder if its rungs are not repeated?