Pondering Over the Quran
Someone has translated parts of this book online for free, so the tafseer of bismillah, al-Fatihah, and various surahs from at-Taariq onwards can be found here for anyone interested. Here is just an excerpt for the tafseer of bismillah:
The verse is not an informative statement, and, like Surah Fatihah, is actually a prayer. It is a voice which emanates from the heart of every upright person. A more beautiful expression of emotions in words so akin to human nature could not have been imagined. If a person consciously utters this prayer before any piece of work or routine, it makes him aware that what he is about to undertake must not be against the Almighty’s liking; on the contrary, it must be in accordance with the way of life prescribed by Him. Also, by virtue of this prayer, he seeks help from two great attributes of God – ‘رَحْمَان’ (Rahman) and ‘رَحِيْم’ (Rahim). Both these attributes secure him the blessings and help of the Almighty: he is protected from the ill-effects of his undertaking and receives strength and courage to carry out his task to completion; he is shielded from the onslaughts of Satan, and his work becomes beneficial for him in this world and a means to please the Almighty in the Hereafter. Anything done without this prayer certainly fails to reap all these blessings, as the Prophet (sws) himself is reported to have said.
Note: The person who translated this online is different from the person who translated the published book.
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