I know Dr Rashid Raashed as a learned scholar having studied traditional Islam from esteemed  Islamic scholars first in Bangladesh and then in Middle East.  After migrating to Australia and while serving the community here in Sydney in various capacity including an Imam, he completed his masters degree from the University of Sydney and doctorate from Macquarie University.

But now I realise that he is another adventurous explorer like me in the field of Islam especially pertaining to the Quran, the lofty exalted message of the supreme Creator, Sustainer, God (Khaaliq, Rabb, Allah respectively).

For long I have been anxious for a generation of  genuine explorers to present the message of noble ideas of Islamic doctrine through the Quran in depth in the modern context for the present secular modern society of Muslims and non-Muslims.

The beauty of this book is that it presents the context in a modern comprehensible way of understanding in the main field of Islam. Dr Raashed has made critical analyses of significant issues and events in the Quran and extrapolated them to our contemporary times.

It is very important in the present age to present the comprehensive message of Islam as taught and conveyed by the last Prophet. Islam is the only one divine religion given to all the prophets and messengers selected and ordered by the One God (Allah).

The Qur’an is the last and final message to the Muslims, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Buddhists, Hindus and followers of atheism.

Another novelty of this book is that it is the version of the presentation of the issues that can be dealt with and studied seriously by humanity at large, not just Muslims, who are interested in knowing and pondering over Islamic solutions for current issues given by One God through the last final message in the form of the Quran.

Hence, this book can only be of benefit after a systematic study, going through the presentation in this book with an open but critical mind.

Unfortunately the present contents list does not exactly clarify the themes on contemporary issues. In order to help the reader understand, I present the following modification to the table of contents:

The Content of the Important Themes & Headings in this book

This book contains a total of 238 headings across 752 pages. I propose that these headings are best represented by the following 5 main themes:

The Content of the Important Themes & Headings in this book

This book contains a total of 238 headings across 752 pages. I propose that these headings are best represented by the following 5 main themes:

No. Important Themes C1 S1 S2 S3 S4 Total
(Total Number of Headings in 1 chapter and 4 sections)
1 The Qur’an: Final Edition of the Divine Message 4 5 15 15 8 47
2 Work and Mission of the Qur’an 2 13 4 19
3 Scientific Findings and the Directives in the Qur’an 1 5 20 19 5 50
4 Struggle in the Path of One God (Allah) 5 1 26 32
5 The Quran and the Hadith 9 9 29 47
Miscellaneous (leftover for scrutiny) 9 1 18 15 43
TOTAL 14 22 80 79 43 238

 

Suggestions:

To make this book more valuable, it is better to have a maximum of two books to avoid the bulkiness and thickness of one book. Two books shall make it easier for the readers to buy the hardcover/paperback of the books.

Book 1 should contain Themes 1, 2, and 3; with Theme 1 containing 47 headings, Theme 2 containing 19 headings, and Theme 3 containing 50 headings, totalling 116 headings.

Book 2 should contain Themes 4 and 5; with Theme 4 containing 32 headings and Theme 5 containing 47 headings respectively, totalling 79 headings.

The leftover miscellaneous headings should be left at the moment, or if possible be scrutinised and included under the 5 themes, and the remaining unused be left out and reserved for some other use.