People go to classes, but every not so often, you go to a class and it was the best one ever. For me, that was last weekend. I am still reeling from it, and i don’t know how to recover from it. Those classes where by the time you’re finished with it, life should not return to normal after.
The class is called DIVINE SPEECH: Literary Characteristics of The Quran by Nouman Ali Khan. I wouldnt usually describe a two day, 11-8 back to back class as awesome, but this one really was.
The material is very heavy (I had 42 pages of notes), elaborate, and technical.
But we had an amazing teacher, Nouman Ali Khan. (By the way, he was much more AWESOME on stage. He ruled it. He imitated everyone, and anyone, and was funny every 15 minutes) . Plus, the class was about something i really love: The Quran. You cannot afford to sleep.
1) Verbal idioms
2) Intricate word choices
3)Transitions in the Quran in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person
4)Sequences in Quranic Discourse
5) Alleged grammar errors
6) Relationship between beginning and end of a surah
7)Literary features of Surah Yousof
8) Dialogue in the Quran
You might be falling asleep just by reading the subjects but it is the most wondrous stuff i’ve ever learnt.
The Quranic journey is a personal one for me especially. I found Islam and was convinced through reading The Quran and learning to understand it, and not because i was born a Muslim. The only niggling problem is i do not know Arabic well.
What Bayyinah taught me that weekend is it paved a clear way on how to approach Arabic in such a way that can make The Quran more accessible to the people. It’s an embarrassment for me, and a sad case for the Muslim Ummah, that Muslims themselves don’t understand the Quran.
I remembered one conversation with my roommate, who was non muslim.
” So you claim that The Quran is your life guide book?”
“But do you understand Arabic?”
“Then, that’s odd, how do you take a strange book that you do not understand as a guide”
The thing with the Quran is not just about the translation, it also has nuances that i wouldn’t even get if i simply read the direct translation without context. This problem had to be addressed.
My ultimate goal (may Allah help me) eventually is this: to be able to teach it. The same way Nouman Ali Khan, may God bless his heart made it accessible to everyone because i’m tired of Muslims doing stupid things because they don’t read the book or simply cherry pick whats inside the book. (Allah even had a verse in The Quran warning of these tendencies). But more importantly, it’s an amazing book, and it’s choking me up when people don’t know it more.
Now the motivation is here, it’s time for the hard work.
P/S: The Malaysian leg of Divine Series is also the last. When it’s up on Bayyinah TV , go watch it. It might sound like a crazy ordeal to listen to two full days set of lectures but you will thank me later.
P/S: Congratulations friend. I missed you last weekend.