The Qur’an, the Last and the Final Revelation is universal and for the entire humanity, Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, the west, the east, the blacks, the whites, the males, the females, the young, the old, the ruler, the ruled, the seculars, the atheists, the scholars, the thinkers, the commoners, the students, the educated, and the unlettered. Its messages need to be rehearsed and conveyed to all. The efforts in this regard are immensely admirable. Yet, the interpretation of the Qur’anic ideas has so far been made exclusively for Muslims. One can hardly find any interpretation of the Qur’an (tafsir) which at least purportedly address others from the mankind. Aside from that almost all the tafsir works focus on jurisprudential, historical, philosophical, linguistic, and doctrinal issues, which in one way or another concern with Muslims only.
The Qur’an describes itself, among others, as wise (wa al-Qur’an al-hakim: 36:2). Al-Hakim here denotes that the Qur’anic verses, precepts, ideas, exhortations, prohibitions, legal rulings, and socio-moral advices are all relevant for all situations and times whatsoever. Does it not then mean that the Qur’an is to be read again and again, time and again, over and over again, not necessarily only through the already available tafsir compendia (highly admirable endeavors indeed), through direct reflection (tadabbur) on its messages with a view to tracing, identifying and understanding their wisdom. For that matter, jurisprudential, doctrinal, historical, and philosophical dimensions are to be kept aside.
Journal of Qur’anic Wisdom (JQW) has been launched to publish therein articles representing Qur’anic wisdom, making it accessible to whomever is interested to know and understand the ever-relevant messages of the Qur’an. Initially, the JQW will focus on the publication of articles comprising interpretation of the entire Qur’an in gradual manner, authored by well-known scholar of the Qur’an, Prof. Dr. Israr Ahmad Khan.
The Journal is intended to achieve the following objectives:
- Reading the Qur’an as if it has been revealed to the today’s mankind.
- Exploring the wisdom (hikmah) behind the verses and passages in the Qur’an.
- Communicating the Qur’anic messages addressing both mind and heart of man.
- Diffusing the Divine Wisdom in the Qur’an among the people regardless of their religious and philosophical persuasions.
- Contributing to the creation of an environment in the world based on peace and justice.
- Allaying confusion over certain Qur’anic verses on waging war against enemies.
The frequency of publication of the Journal will be monthly, with the strength of around a hundred pages. The estimated date of publication of the Journal is 25th day every month, beginning with 25 October 2020.
The language of the articles published in the Journal is English. After certain periods of time Arabic articles may also be included in the Journal.