Religion and Theology
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As the Muslim World enters the twenty-first century, controversies over the meaning of the Quran and the methods for its interpretation grow in intensity. Many have claimed that the Quran needs to be interpreted from a novel, and modern perspective which is more consistent with the structure and pattern of lifestyles in modern world.


In other words, Muslims are not at liberty to re-interpret the meaning of the Quran in order to support a religious reformation which embraces the modernization dictated by the twenty-first century. Indeed, as Schuon stresses, the Quran is eternal and its meaning transcends time and space (45). Its meaning does not change subject to our lifestyles or trends but, is unchanged throughout time. The implication, therefore, is that the methodology for interpreting the Quran is consistent, irrespective of the century for which and in which it is being interpreted. Consequently, Muslims today, as in the past and the future, should not question the method by which they can interpret the Quran for greater consistency with a particular century but, the correct methodology for uncovering both the esoteric and exoteric meaning of the Quran, irrespective of any particular century. Moslems should not try to delude themselves into believing that the meaning of the Quran can be adapted to suit the demands of any specific time but should have faith in God and abide by the timelessness and eternity of His Message through an acceptance of the interpretations of religious scholars.
The Quran is the basis of Islam and, as Schuon explicitly states, it is the Furqan (39). ...
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