The Qur'an and Sayings of Prophet Muhammad
Selections Annotated & Explained
Publication Date: April 2007
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The timeless insight of Islam's sacred writings can enrich
your own spiritual journey.
For many in the West, the teachings of the Qur an often are enshrouded in mystery and fear. Yet Islam's holy book gave birth to one of the most powerful and enlightened civilizations the world has ever seen. By the sixteenth century, Muslim culture stretched from India to Africa to Europe, preserving with it the ancient learning that helped spawn the Renaissance. With its interwoven ideas of faith and reason, justice and mercy, the path of Islam which literally means surrendering to God's will offers a uniquely focused and balanced approach to living life with a profound awareness of God.
With gentleness and insight, Sohaib N. Sultan leads you through the central themes of both the Qur an and the collected sayings of Prophet Muhammad, known as "hadith." These teachings dispel common misconceptions about Muslim beliefs and offer practical guidance for your own spiritual journey, from understanding the merciful nature of God; to cultivating peace and justice in the self, family, and society; to answering questions about the afterlife and how to attain it.
Now you can experience the wisdom of Qur anic teachings even if you have no previous knowledge of Islam or Muslim writings. Insightful yet unobtrusive facing-page commentary explains the texts for you, allowing you to enter into the path of surrender to God.
Jane I. Smith is professor of Islamic studies and co-director of the Macdonald Center for Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. She is co-editor of The Muslim World, a journal dedicated to the study of Islam, and editor of the Islam section of The Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions.
Sohaib N. Sultan is the author of The Koran for Dummies. In 2005, he was appointed as the first-ever Muslim chaplain at Yale University and now serves as a Muslim chaplain at Trinity College and Wesleyan University. He is a freelance journalist and public speaker.
Sohaib N. Sultan is available to speak on the following topics: The Qur'an and Its Place in Muslim LifeThe Message of the Qur'anThe Prophet Muhammad: A Spiritual BiographyThe Ethical Way of the Prophet MuhammadThe Qur an, the Prophet Muhammad and Contemporary Issues