Tazkirul Quran is a commentary on the Qur'an, written in Urdu by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, in 1983. First published in Arabic in 2008 from Cairo as al-Tadhkir al-Qawim fi Tafsir al-Quran al-Hakim, the work has also been translated into Hindi and English. The English version was published by Goodword Books in 2011 as The Quran Translation and Commentary with Parallel Arabic Text.
About the Maulana
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, born in 1925 at Azamgarh in India, is an Islamic spiritual scholar who is well versed in both classical Islamic learning and modern science. The mission of his life from a very early stage has been the establishment of worldwide peace, to which end he has devoted much time and effort to the development of a complete ideology of peace and non-violence based on the teachings of the Quran.
The Theme of the Commentary
According to the Maulana, the Qur'an, a book of divine warning, stresses the importance of man s discovery of truth at the level of realization. Its objective is to explain God s Creation plan, i.e. why God created this world; the purpose of settling man on earth, what is required from man in his pre-death life span, and how his life s record will determine what the post-death period will bring reward or punishment. The Qur'an thus serves to guide man on his entire journey through life into the after-life. The main themes of the Qur'an, clearly set forth in the present translation and commentary of the Qur'an, are enlightenment, peace and closeness to God. To enable the reader to discover God at a purely intellectual level, the Qur'an emphasizes tawassum, tadabbur, and tafakkur - reflection, thinking and contemplation on the signs of God throughout the world.