‘Muslims must strive to better understand meaning of Al-Quran’

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MUSLIMS in the sultanate must deepen their knowledge of the Quran by understanding its meaning and interpretations and not merely recite it, said the Deputy Dean of Faculty of Economy and Islamic Finance at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) yesterday.

Dr Kamaru Salam Yusof told The Brunei Times that reading isn’t enough for Muslims to acquire a better understanding of the Quran; they need to understand its meaning by recognising the Arabic language or simply learn through its translation.

“There are several steps in learning the meaning of Al-Quran. If someone has zero knowledge of the Arabic language, they can refer to the tafsir Al-Quran (Islamic scholar’s interpretations of the Quran),” he said on the sidelines of the third day of a religious event conducted by the Islamic Da’wah Centre dubbed Ramadhan Al-Quran Series.

He said reciting the Quran and understanding its contents is ordered in the Quran.

“It’s considered a problem if a Muslim can’t recite or understand the Quran. In everything that we do (in Islam), it requires us to be able to recite Quranic verses, especially in prayers. If they’re not able to read or understand it, they can’t perfect their prayer.”

He said to acquire deeper knowledge of the Quran’s meaning isn’t fully achievable by ordinary people but it can be done by participating in events or classes with religious scholars or authorities.

“There is some content in Al-Quran that is easy to understand known as mukhamat. When we read the verses and we can’t understand it directly, it’s called mutashabiat,” he said.

He said everyone has different abilities in terms of reading and understanding the Quran.

“Not everyone can recite and understand it easily. It requires different levels of skills and knowledge. Muslims should enhance their knowledge by constantly approaching religious scholars or authorities,” he said.

Alhamdulillah, the government of Brunei is very devoted to providing religious classes and scholarships for people to further their religious studies.”

During yesterday’s class, he taught the attendees about the role of mothers and the importance of having children through an interpretation of Surah Maryam.

The Ramadhan Al-Quran Series began on June 15 and is being held every Wednesday and Sunday during the month of Ramadhan.

Today, Muslims in Brunei are commemorating the Nuzul Al-Quran, in which the Quranic verses from Allah SWT were revealed to Prophet Muhammad SAW through Jibrail (AS).

The Brunei Times