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Jul 17, 2019

I went through decades and decades of pain and suffering, and frustration and disappointment, and wandering in the wilderness of spiritual and intellectual solitude, loneliness and aridity, before Almighty Allah brought me to this point. 

I can understand it if others do not get what I am saying here. 

But I consider it Allah's greatest blessing on me that I am finally, and I hope and pray it is irrevocable, and it is my final abode, under the all-compassing shade of the Qur'an.

It is not a cop out, as some may use that expression, to hide behind the Qur'an. 

That I am using the Qur'an to avoid the hard work of having to make use of the great intellectual Heritage of Humanity, both from the East as well as from the West.

Far from that.

Don't forget I found the Qur'an, or rather the Qur'an took me in, after I had exhausted, more or less that is, the explanations and solutions the great Intellectual, Philosophical and Scientific Traditions of the world had to offer.

When they all came up short, that is when the Qur'an came to my rescue. And that too not without a most excruciating, painful and prolonged struggle extending over decades.

It is then that it became clear to me that much of the world was a prisoner of ignorance. And it was still toiling under its burden of research and proof, clarity and explanation.

And it was also then that I decided to make the Qur'an my beginning and my end. In this, I follow the Aayat Karimah

Huwal Awwalu wal Aakhiru.

And also to make the Qur'an the basis of my agenda, both in relation to what is open and meets the eye as well as what is hidden and does not meet the eye. And in this, I follow the other part of that same Aayat Karimah:

Waz-Zaahirul wal Baatinu.

So, Alhamdulillah for the Qur'an. 

And Alhamdulillah for the Hadith. 

And Alhamdulillah for all the most amazing exposure I was given to all the great literary and intellectual storehouses and traditions of both the East and the West in several languages.

But Ilm is an ocean without a coast or a shore or a land in sight. How far one is able to swim in that ocean is, like everything else, decided by Allah. The nature of this ocean is that the farther you go, the farther you want to go.

And the farther you need to go.

How beautifully the Qur'an frames this notion, Subhaana Rabbis Samaawaati Wal-Ardi Rabbil Arshi Ammaa Yasifoon, when it says:

Wa Qur-Rabbi Zidnee Ilmaa!

And when it says:

Wa Fawuqa Kulli Dhee Ilmin Aleem.

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