May 2014 Newsletter

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Each month, this newsletter features a different excerpt of the completed text, in order to give a sense of the texture of the project, the sources engaged, and the work as a whole. This spring month, we feature an excerpt from the Volume 1 entry on Agriculture.

Various Qur’anic passages refer to the growth of plants and trees, the regeneration of earth after its being barren, the descent of rain to nourish plants and to rejuvenate the earth, and the sudden destruction of standing fields and orchards. All of these are linked to fundamental themes of the Qur’an such as the Oneness of Allah (see Tawhid), His Justice (q.v.), His Omnipotence (see Power), His Generosity, the accountability of human beings for their actions, human stewardship of the earth (see Caliph), and Resurrection (q.v.). In addition, references to vegetation occur in the context of the history of past nations, alluding to the transitory nature of the life of this world (al-ḥayat al-dunya) (q.v.) compared to the eternity of the Hereafter (al-akhira) (q.v.), and comparing the symbolic harvests of this and the next worlds (Q 42:20). The Qur’an uses words derived from five roots in literal (haqiqi) as well as figurative (majazi) senses to encapsulate themes related to vegetation, plants, and cultivation of land: (I) h-r-th; (II) z-r-‘; (III) th-w-r; (IV) n-b-t; and (V) h-s-d. Semantic fields covered by these roots provide insights into Qur’anic usage.

On April 18-20, 2014, Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal (General Editor, IEQ) traveled to Chicago, IL. Following two Jum’ah launches organized by Shaykh Bilal Ali Ansari (a contributor to IEQ vol. 2), Dr. Iqbal presented education-related aspects of IEQ to a gathering of principals and teachers of Islamic schools at the ISNA Education Forum. Shaykh Abdalla Idris, a member of the IEQ Advisory Board, honored the project with a few moments during his address at the Forum.

On April 25-27, Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal, brother Khalid Lemzouji, and Imam Jamal Hammoud traveled to Ottawa and Montreal, presenting the IEQ project to mosque congregations and the council of Imams.

At the end of April, Dr. Iqbal embarked on an international trip with meetings planned in Jordan, Jerusalem, Turkey, Qatar, and IEQ launches South Africa. While in Jerusalem, he met with Shaykh Yusuf Abu Sneineh, the imam of al-Aqsa Mosque. For a recording of the Shaykh’s supplication for the project, please watch the following video:

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