An English interpretation of the Holy Quran by A. Yusuf Ali

By A. Yusuf Ali

It's the accountability of each Muslim, guy, girl, or baby to learn the Qur an and comprehend it in line with his personal potential. If anybody folks attains to a couple wisdom of figuring out of it via examine, contemplation, and the try of existence, either outward and inward, it's his accountability, in response to his means, to tutor others, and proportion with them the enjoyment and peace which consequence from touch with the religious international. The Qur an certainly each spiritual ebook needs to be learn, not just with the tongue and voice and eyes, yet with the easiest mild that our mind can offer, or even extra, with the truest and purest mild which our center and judgment of right and wrong may give us. it truly is during this spirit that i'd have my reads procedure the Qur an. -From the creation

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In th e v a st e m p ire w h ic h th ey c re a te d by c o n q u e st, th e M u slim s a t first fo u n d them selves as a d o m in a n t b u t sm all m in o rity . T h e ir relig io n p ro v id e d th e m w ith c e rta in b asic re ­ ligious p rin c ip le s by w h ic h to ru le th e ir su b ject p o p u la tio n s ; ISLAM AND OTHER RELIGIONS ■ 19 th e o ld e r regim es w h ich they h a d rep laced b e q u e a th e d th e m tra d itio n s , p ro c e d u re s, a n d even p e rso n n e l w ith w h ich to p u t these p rin c ip le s in p ra c tic e , o r to m odify th em .

T h ese re stric tio n s involved som e lim ita tio n o n th e clo th es th a t d him m īs m ig h t w e a r a n d th e b easts th ey m ig h t rid e, a n d fo rb a d e th e m to b e a r arm s. T h ere w ere lim its o n th e b u ild in g a n d use o f p laces o f w o rsh ip . T hey w ere n o t to be h ig h e r th a n m o sq u es; n o n ew ones w ere to be b u ilt b u t o n ly o ld o n es re sto re d . C h ristia n s a n d Jew s w ere to w e a r special em b lem s o n th e ir clothes. T h is, in cid en tally , is th e o rig in o f th e y ellow b ad g e, w h ich w as first in tro d u c e d by a c alip h in B a g h d a d in th e n in th ce n tu ry a n d sp re a d in to W e st­ e rn la n d s in la te r m edieval t i m e s / 3 Even w h e n a tte n d in g th e p u b lic b a th s , n o n -M u slim s w ere su p p o se d to w e a r d istin ­ 2 6 ■ CHAPTER I g u ish in g signs su sp e n d e d fro m c o rd s a ro u n d th e ir neck s, so th a t th e y m ig h t n o t be m ista k e n fo r M u slim s w h e n d isro b e d in th e b a th h o u se .

M u sim s co u ld n o t in h e rit fro m d him m īs , n o r co u ld d him m īs in h e rit fro m M u slim s. A c o n v e rt to Islam co u ld th e re fo re n o t in h e rit fro m his u n c o n v e rte d k in sm en , a n d o n his o w n d e a th o n ly his M u slim heirs co u ld in h e rit fro m him . If he re v e rte d to his p rev io u s religion b efo re his d e a th , he ra n k e d as a n a p o s ta te , a n d his e sta te w as forfeit. T h e ru le th a t a M u slim c a n n o t in h e rit fro m a d h im m ī , w hile ac c e p ted by th e fo u r c a n o n ic a l sch o o ls o f M u slim ju risp ru d e n c e , w a s n o t a d m itte d by all th e d o c to rs o f H o ly L aw .

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