In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
The Holy Quran is an everlasting miracle for all times and place. Its gifts are ever-fresh and will never be exhausted. As the human intellect develops, it becomes more able to extract from the Qur’an and its Sciences that which suits the scientific developments that it has reached during its time. It is a Book of Guidance which contains scientific indications that will not oppose the human intellect in any period of time.
This interpretation is an attempt to contemplate upon the verses of the Book of Allah in submission to His Command:
﴿أَفَلا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ أَمْ عَلَى قُلُوبٍ أَقْفَالُهَا﴾
“Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?” [Surah Muhammad: 24],
While at the same time, holding on to the guidance of our Prophet Muhammad (saw). For he was the one, upon whom the Qur’an was revealed. He had held on to it and acted upon it. Furthermore, he had been the walking Qur’an who had reflected it in his ways, life, behaviour, guidance, sayings, actions and knowledge which he had been tasked to deliver.
Thus, this comprehensive interpretation is an up-to-date attempt to pick up the gifts of the Qur’an that had not been exhausted during the period of revelation. These gifts are extended to all the other periods while embracing the development of the human intellect and the information obtained from new sciences to understand the text via thinking, reason and contemplation; that the Holy Qur’an commands:
﴿أَفَلَا يَعْقِلُونَ﴾ (Do they not reason?)
﴿أَفَلَا يَتَفَكَّرُونَ﴾ (Do they not think?)
﴿أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ﴾ (Do they not contemplate?)
) ﴿أَفَلَا يَنْظُرُونَ﴾ Do they not see?)
And Allah is the Possessor of Guidance.
Ash-Sheikh Dr. Muhammad Abdul-Sattar As-Sayyid
This last Juz of the Holy Qur’an is concerned with the Iman (Faith) and with the belief in the unseen.
Indeed, the belief is connected with unseen something, it is not right to say: I believe in the existence of a pen that I am holding, as it is something which exists and can be seen. On the contrary, I believe in something which is unseen and is not subject to the senses that Allah (swt) has provided for human beings.
Therefore, these Surahs are concerned with the establishment of the Iman; The belief that Allah (swt) is The One and Only Who does not have partner and the belief in the Angels, Divine Books, Prophets, Day of Judgement and the Divine Decree.
This is the Islamic doctrine and for us the teachings of Islam are deep-rooted beliefs and not just passing thoughts, anecdotes or a culture, as wrongly understood by some people. These beliefs are then tied to our hearts; the mind thinks about them, becomes convinced of them and they are subsequently transferred from the mind to the heart.