Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Stories of the Prophets in al-Qur'an :: Tabik Spring!

Best best. SubhanAllah, tabik spring buat Pakcik Azman, kawan Abah dan ayah kepada Mawaddah and Murshid, sebab berjaya menulis buku "Stories of the Prophets in Al-Qur'an" co-authored with Dr. Tareq Suwaidan! Bukan calang-calang orang, dengan Dr. Tareq Suwaidan tu! Tokoh besar dalam dunia Islam. Moga memberi manfaat kepada semesta dan moga dapat membakar api semangat dalam diri sendiri untuk menapak tilas jejak langkah Pakcik Azman insha Allah. wa Allahu haseeb.

p/s: teringat masa Pakcik Azman tumpang rumah Faiz dekat Purdue untuk beberapa hari :)

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A foreword from the book itself..
Foreword

“We do relate unto you the most beautiful of stories, in that We reveal to you this (portion of the) Quran: before this, you too were among those who knew it not.” (Yusuf; 12:3)

“The best among you is the one who studies Al-Quran and teaches Al-Quran” (Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (saw) reported by Imam Al-Bukhary)

Welcome to this series on the Stories of the Prophets. This work is a compilation of the stories of the Prophets and Messengers of Allah as revealed in Al-Quran. Al-Quran, together with the trusted works of tafseer (commentaries) written by scholars like ibnu Katheer and ibnu Jarir, form the main source of reference for this compilation. Many references are also made to the books of Ahadeeth and also historical works as compiled by the great scholars like ibnu Katheer. We have been meticulous to abstain from narrations found in the historical works that are based upon weak Hadeeth or those taken from the Old or New Testaments. The verses of Al-Quran quoted in this book are taken from Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s English translation, New Revised Version 1989. Some changes have been made especially in avoiding the use of classical English literature expressions of pronouns.

This humble work started with the lecture series in Arabic entitled "Qisas al-Anbiya" (Stories of the Prophets) delivered by Dr. Tareq Muhammad Al-Suwaidan. These lectures have been compiled in one complete album of cassette tapes. During my regular visits to Kuwait in year 2002, the idea to write a book in English based upon the same lecture series was mooted and agreed upon. It has been a long journey since October 2002 until the final chapter of the book was completed on Monday, 26 January 2004.

It has certainly been a rewarding effort for me having to find the time and prime energy to complete this book while having to work hard on other responsibilities. As such I must sincerely thank those who have helped in any small way to realize this humble contribution to the Islamic literature. My foremost human appreciation of course is to my friend, teacher and mentor Dr. Tareq Al-Suwaidan. Since we first met in May 1981 during the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Annual Convention at Bloomington, Indiana, his friendship and brotherhood has certainly helped me mature better in my humble quest to improve and expand my knowledge in Islam and Islamic civilization. I must also thank my dear wife, Dalialah, for her understanding and patience with her husband who never seems to run out of things to do. A token of appreciation too for Radziah and Maziatun at the office who helped in the typing. Also for Hasyahril, Fazli, Imran, Mus'ab, Edrina, Puteri Azlina and Salwa who provided valuable technical assistance for me to publish this on the Internet. I must thank InterXS Sdn. Bhd. (http://www.interxs.com.my) for providing the Web hosting services. For all of you, my most sincere thanks and prayers that Allah (swt) will reward your contribution in making this hope a reality.

I dedicate this work to my children Mawaddah, Muhammad Murshid, Sakeenah, Yusuf Abdullah and Maryam, in hope that they will always be there to serve our beloved religion Islam. You are all much more talented than your father, so be grateful to our Creator and serve Him and His religion in much better ways than your father could do.

Azman Hussin
azman@nc.com.my
7 Dhulhijjah 1424

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