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Rediscover the Koran Book 8 (Knowledge from the Islamic point of view)


Author: Eng. Abubakar Abdullahi Fari

Pages: 410

Publisher: Ahmadu Bello University Press, Zaria

Reviewer: Abbas Jimoh

Jhe Quran Rediscovery Book 8 on “Knowledge from the Islamic Point of View” is the latest in the series of exegeses by Katsina-born Muslim scholar and certified engineer, Abubakar Abdullahi Fari.

The book, he said, was dedicated to Malam Ummarun Dallaje, a former Amirul Muminin of Katsina, to whom he is also related as the fourth grandson on the paternal side.

Previous titles in the Rediscovering the Qur’an’ series which was first published in October 2007 were Rediscovering the Qur’an; the rights of women, children, orphans and the poor in Islam (2009); Remembrance of Allah (2010); the implication of time in Islam (2011); understanding the root and essence of unity in Islam (2013); arrogance, its characteristics and its consequences (2014); and Terrorism, the Islamic Perspective (2016).

Engr Fari, in this book, charged Muslim parents to ensure that they prioritize Islamic knowledge and formal education for their children to be able to face the multifaceted challenges of the world.

On the need to understand the Quran, the author said that since the revelations of the Quran are in Arabic and are divine in nature, understanding them even in Arabic requires knowledge of authentic Arabic grammar.

By entering the Arabic language, Engr. Fari said that there is a body of literature and topics on Arabic language speech.

He said that since the Quran was revealed in the Arabic language, it is necessary to learn Arabic literature to help understand the language correctly.

He noted that some non-Muslim scientific scholars were motivated to learn Arabic because of verses in the Quran that revealed scientific phenomena that took them centuries to understand but were simplified into short, clear verses.

He also said in the ten-chapter book that this can only be possible if the family, which is the foundation for raising children, is stable.

The author also tried to establish that there is an Islamic education and a formal education as opposed to the so-called Western education.

“There is nothing Western but an imperialist strategy to dominate others. All knowledge and therefore its formalization come from Allah”, Engr. Fari said.

He also postulated that the scientists, which the West made progress (from), were obtained by Islam and the Muslims and by the conquest of Rome and Persia.

According to him, Muslim scientists led the way until the 1600 century in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry, optics, astrology, astronomy, military strategy and economy.

The book also says that Muslims established universities in Iraq in the 10th century before Oxford and Cambridge surfaced in the 14th century.

The book claimed that Western educated elites after colonial rule in Muslim lands had developed an inferiority complex, which caused them to lose sight of the advances made by Muslims in scientific knowledge, research and experiences that were superior to those of the West.

In one of the lessons in it, the book says that history has recorded that no one is safe from death and that no matter how high or how mighty, inevitable death has taken its toll. .

The author quoted the famous Imam al-Ghazali, who said that knowledge is obtaining a description or an actual representation in the heart.

He also quoted a hadith narrated in Imam Malik Muwatta’ book on the importance of knowledge and scholars which says thus: “Yahya told me from Malik that he heard that Luqman al-Hakim has made his will and advised his son, saying, “My son! Sit with scholars and stay close to them. Allah gives life to the heart with the light of wisdom…”

The author also quoted Al-Jurjani who defined knowledge as “reaching the description of something in mind”.

Moreover, in Husul Suratu Shay ‘Fil Aqli, the knowledge is further supported by Ibn Sina.

Ibn Sina speaks of knowledge as “the understanding or discernment of something Idraakush Shay” which is actually reality reflecting or representing itself in the intelligent al Mudrik who has constantly observed what it is. In principle, reality itself is actually external to the intelligent.

He said that in other words, saying the right things, in the right way, in the right place and at the right time is part of knowing.

The author pointed out that since the Quran was revealed in Arabic to guide believers in learning wisdom, for this purpose understanding the Arabic language has become logical and desirable.

He said that this wisdom is to help man find the best way to worship Allah the Lord with all his heart, in addition to guiding man to discover the sense of responsibility to learn and spread the truth to mankind.

He also said that many Hindus and Christians know more about their religion from Dr. Zakir Naik than they could remember.

The author said the use of computers, refrigerators, clean and hygienic work environments and a school atmosphere to make learning conducive is fundamental.

He said, however, that the spread of nude culture and the socially engineered moral decadence of the West should be rejected for a Sharia-compliant atmosphere.

He said alcohol consumption and the animistic and sectarian culture of polytheists should by all means be confronted and eradicated whenever they surface.

He said in the book that immorality should not be a license to acquire knowledge as one gets in so-called western education and that it is important and desirable to avoid this.

Despite the importance of this book, there is a tendency to think that it may have been reduced to make it easier to read by young people, who may not have much time to devote to the book like others.