“A Basic Guide to Understanding the Qur’an” is a complete guide that makes the Qur’an accessible, clear and easy to understand by all. This new guide will: 1) help the reader make an intelligent and well-educated judgment about the religion of Islam, based on the personal knowledge gained from reading the direct interpretations of verses from the Qur’an, 2) help the reader understand how and why Islam is a way of living and, 3) show the common areas between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The book is the first guide of its kind. Readers interested in a variety of topics, from faith and culture to politics and current events, will find much to learn from “A Basic Guide to Understanding the Qur’an,” giving them the content and the context needed to reevaluate preconceptions or gain a newfound understanding of subjects that may have been unfamiliar or foreign to them.
Some of the subjects included: Creation of heavens and earth, the purpose of life & death, creation of Adam & Eve, Noah and the flood, Abraham, Moses & the Israelites, virgin Mary’s birth, Jesus’ birth, life and death, destruction of Jerusalem, family law, treatment of women, marriage & divorce, inheritance law, social & moral commands, Jihad, treatment of prisoners of war, apocalypse events, paradise, hell, and science in the Qur’an.
Ahmad was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents. He moved to the United States after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Ahmad has written several articles in local community newspapers about Islam, Muslims, and the role of the mosque in the community to provide a better understanding of Islam. Ahmad performed the Hajj pilgrimage in 2011.
Ahmad holds a juris doctor (JD) degree in law and a B.Sc. in architectural engineering. Ahmad speaks fluent Arabic and English, and he is familiar with the ethics, laws, culture, thought processes, and mentality in both the United States and Middle East. This coupled with his legal training and engineering background, helped Ahmad to prepare, structure, and present this book about the Qur'an and its message in a unique concept and in an easy way to help the readers understand the religion of Islam (complete submission and devotion to God).
"The beauty of the new book "A Basic Guide To Understanding The Qur'an" is the ability of the writer to grasp important topics or themes confronting the readers in the contemporary life we face day in and day out. Once he selected the topics, then he brought the Qur'anic verses that deal with each chosen topic from the Qur'an. The source of each verse is documented by the name of the chapter or Surah as well as the number of the verse for those who wish to go to the original Qur'anic text.
The writer used simple English in his style of writing which is very easy to understand by all different readers. His translation of the Arabic words into English reflects a personal and sincere attempt to capture the meaning of the Arabic Qur'anic text. It must have taken a long time from him to look for the appropriate English words to seize the Arabic meaning.
The book is well written, well searched, and well-presented. I strongly recommend it as an easy reading to understand what the writer chose from the themes of the Qur'an. It is a good source for various readers who wish to know about the Qur'an and Islam, who wish to find common areas among the Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and those who wish to know about the guidance of the Qur'an in a topical order."
Metwalli B. Amer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus,
California State University, Sacramento
Founder of SALAM Islamic Center, Sacramento
"The author did a wonderful service to familiarize and introduce the English speaking readers with a topical overview of the Holy Qur'an, the final revelation from God. It is well organized, simple to read and is an easy reference that can be consulted for a quick reference to the Qur'an. The author is commended for a job well done to enrich the vast library on the Qur'an."
Dr. Yahia Abdul-Rahman
Former Chairman: Islamic Shura Council of S. CA and Imam
Author of: The Art of Islamic Banking and Finance: Tools and Techniques for Community-Based Banking
"It would not be an exaggeration to say that the Qur'an is one of the most misunderstood religious texts in the English speaking world today. Day in and day out, people are bombarded with negative images of Islam everywhere they go: movies, TV, radio, and print. Whenever a sincere and open-minded individual decides to undertake the journey to study Islam beyond the politically motivated video clips and sound bytes, they usually aim to study the ultimate source of the religion: the Qur'an. However, upon entering a bookstore or library, the reader is faced with several different translations, often with little to no commentary to explain what the Qur'an is actually trying to say, thus making the sincere effort of breaking out of the propaganda box even more difficult.
The Qur'an is a text, but did not appear in a vacuum. The text is accompanied by a context: a history of how and why the book came about and to whom it is speaking. Without this context, and other brief explanations of clarity, the Qur'an can be a difficult book to understand. The author of the present work has done an excellent job in providing precisely the right amount of explanation needed by the average reader to grasp the core message of the Qur'an. From this, it is hoped that a true appreciation of Islam and its message will become clearly distinct from the mischievous propaganda, or even sometimes sincere ignorance, about the religion to which approximately 1.6 billion people in the world ascribe to."
Mustafa Umar, Director of Education and Outreach - Islamic Institute of Orange County
Director & Professor - College of Islamic Studies
"This book offers a unique thematic reading of the Qur'an with sparse commentary allowing for direct access to the actual teachings of the scripture considered sacred by 1/4th of the world's population. The selection of verses not only provides insight into the main teachings and values of Islam, but also tackles the more controversial issues as well. This is an important read."
Jihad Turk, President, Bayan Claremont,
An Islamic Graduate School, Claremont Lincoln University
"I applaud the author's effort to make the Qur'an accessible to anyone interested in learning major themes of the Muslim Holy Book. The easy-to-read structured format of this book makes it a great reference for one's library."
Basim Elkarra, Executive Director
Council on American-Islamic Relations-Sacramento Valley Office (CAIR-SV)
"This book translates and presents the Qur'an in a simple, easy to read English language. It is organized in such a way that leads the reader who might be more acquainted with other religious texts to follow the religious history of Islam and compare its message with other religious texts like Christianity and Judaism. The book allows the reader to look at the Islamic religion as a positive way of life, not hindered by bias, misunderstanding, misinterpretation of public opinion, or cultural differences. It gives the reader the choice and the opportunity to make up one's own mind and now be able to dialogue the merits of Islam and the Qur'an with other beliefs and writings. This reader found the book easy to read, and equally important, to understand the continuation of the message. It bridges the gap between the told message and being able to read the message for its intrinsic value. The author should be commended for translating and arranging verses of the Qur'an in a simple way for all to read and understand."
Robert Basile, Local Government - Housing Manager
"By using common, plain English language and grouping the Qur'anic verses by subject, the author provides a valuable, easy and accessible way for non-Muslims and Muslims to grasp the major Qur'anic themes and prophets' stories. The translation combined with short introductions give the reader a reference point for understanding Islam as revealed in the Quran. This book is an invaluable reference for those seeking to compare or understand Islam in light of other faith traditions."
Rafat Alafranji, Architect
"This book is a brilliant new English language introduction to the Holy Qur'an. This is an exceptional marriage of scholarship and poetry that presents accurate and unbiased English translations that preserve the lyrical beauty of the original Arabic. In a society filled with religious propaganda, this new book fills a real need for authentic information that readers can rely upon to form their own opinion and strengthen their belief based on facts not propaganda. This book is an outstanding contribution to religious scholarship and a reliable guide to the Holy Qur'an for English speaking readers."
Erika Marinucci, Registered nurse
"Excellent book for everyone to have. Easy to follow and well indexed to find the subject of interest, explanation and reference to the verses of the Quran. A great gift for non Muslims as well. Excellent work by all means, I am sure everyone that reads the book would complement this achievement in context and presentation."
Adeeb Alzanoon, Auditor