And when My servants ask you, concerning Me–indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me and believe in Me that they may be guided. (2:186)
This beautiful verse of Suratul-Baqarah, which mentions Allah Most High four times in the first person, appears just after the verse which makes fasting an obligation (Q 2: 185): The month of Ramadan, in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proof of guidance and a criterion. So whoever sights the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey—then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful. As we know that the Qur’an was revealed over a period of 23 years, so, what is meant by “The month of Ramadan, in which was revealed the Qur’an”?
This question may have an obvious answer for many, but the attached entry from the forthcoming Volume 2 of IEQ provides a richer, source-based perspective, anchored in 1400 years of reflection and scholarship.
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VOLUME II – UPDATE
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