February 12, 2015

From: Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia
To: Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

Dated: February 12, 2015

Dear Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi Saheb,

As-Salaam Alay-Kum

Thank you kindly for your prompt response. As a Muslim layman, kindly allow me to ask you the following:

No. 1 – Why was there a dire need to come up with scores of Hadiths to explain the simple Qur’anic verse (3:103)?

No. 2 – The very point of “Abrogation” was referred to the older revelations of Abrahamic faiths. Qur’an stands by itself, and that’s all I was taught by my elders. No, I was never influenced by any “Mullahs” or “Tablighis.

No. 3 – You stated that the Qur’an has always needed explanation and interpretation. If so, then what made the Arabs understand the Qur’an without having volumes of Hadiths for more than two hundred years?

No. 4. Now, let’s together reflect upon “Surah: Al-Qamar – Chapter: 54 – Verse 17, as follows:

“We have made it easy to learn lessons from the Qur’an. Is there anyone who would receive admonition?”

This same line has been repeated in Verse: 22, Verse: 32 and Verse: 40.

Why “it is easy to learn” was repeated four times in Surah: Al-Qamar? Can you refer to your Hadiths, in order to get a better understanding as to why there are repeated reminders? I am sure that you should be able to pull out many man-made  references.

No. 5 – “Process of interpreting the Qur’an had begun at the time of the Prophet,” is your belief. If the Qur’an was revealed to the Arabs, whose mother tongue was Arabic, and on top of it, Almighty Allah explicitly states that, “WE MADE IT EASY TO LEARN LESSONS FROM THE QUR’AN, then what made you to come to the conclusion that the Qur’an was too difficult to understand? You must have a good reason based upon the “Science of Hadiths, which you have studied. Why not try your very best to give a satisfactory answer?

No. 6 – What is truly amazing is that how did the illiterate Arabs managed to learn the lessons from the Qur’an without the help of Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslims. Will you be able to explain such a miracle?

No. 7 – You wrote, “Qur’an uses some words and expression which were unfamiliar to many Arabs.” If this be the case, then why would Almighty Allah proclaim that “made it easy to learn lessons?

Granted that some of my points might well be difficult to answer owing to the fact that I am merely a layman and you are learned man well versed in the Qur’anic studies. Common sense should at least dictate to both of us that somewhere along the course of Islamic history, our Ulemas, Alims and Muftis have literally managed to turn Qur’an into one hell of a complicated religious book of all times. Correct me if I am wrong, Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi?

Very sincerely yours,

Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia


Maulana Wahiduddin KhanRendition of Surah – Al-Qamar

54:1 – The Last Hour draws near and

54:2 – They deny the truth and follow the moon is split asunder.

54:3 – Yet, their own whims every matter when they see a sign they [who has its appointed time

54:4 – there deny the truth] turn their backs has come to them many a tiding and say, The same old sorcery! wherein there are warnings,

54:5 – profound in wisdom, but all warnings have been of no avail:

54:6 – so ignore them. On the Day when the Crier will call out about a horrible event,

54:7 – with downcast eyes they shall come out of their graves, as if they were locusts milling about

54:8 – hastening towards the Crier. Those who deny the truth will cry, This is such a hard day!

54:9 – The people of Noah denied [the truth] before them. They belied Our messenger saying, He is mad! He was rebuffed,

54:10 – so he cried out to his Lord, saying, I am overcome, so help me!

54:11 – So We opened the gates of the sky with water pouring down in torrents,

54:12 – and We caused the earth to burst with gushing springs: so that the waters met for a purpose which had been decreed.

54:13 – We bore him on an [ark] which, made of planks and nails,

54:14 – floated on under Our eyes: a vindication of him who had been rejected.

54:15 – We have left this as a sign: but will anyone take heed?

54:16 – How terrible then was My punishment and My warning.

54:17 – We have made it easy to learn lessons from the Quran. Is there anyone who would receive admonition?

54:18 – The people of Ad too rejected the truth. How terrible was My punishment and My warning.

54:19 – We sent a raging wind against them on a day of continuous calamity.

54:20 – It swept people away as if they were trunks of uprooted palm trees.

54:21 – How [dreadful] was My punishment and My warning!

54:22 – We have made it easy to learn lessons from the Quran: is there anyone who would receive admonition?

54:23 – The tribe of Thamud also rejected Our warnings:

54:24 – they said, Are we to follow a man from amongst ourselves? We would surely then fall into error and madness.

54:25 – Has the [Divine] message been revealed to him alone of all of us? No, he is a boastful liar.

54:26 – [We said to him] Tomorrow they shall know who is the boastful liar,

54:27 – for We are [going to] send the she-camel as a trial for them, so watch them and be patient.

54:28 – And tell them that the water [of the well] is to be divided between them, and that each one should drink in turn.

54:29 – But they called their companion who took a sword and hamstrung her.

54:30 – How [terrible] were My punishment and My warnings!

54:31 – Then We sent a single blast against them and they became like dry stubble which has been trampled upon.

54:32 – Indeed, We have made the Quran easy to learn lessons from. Is there anyone who would receive admonition?

54:33 – The people of Lot rejected Our warnings.

54:34 – We sent a sandstorm against them which destroyed them all, except the family of Lot, whom We saved at the break of dawn,

54:35 – as a blessing from Us: this is how We reward the thankful.

54:36 – Lot warned them of Our punishment, but they disputed the warnings

54:37 – they even wanted to seduce his guestsbut We blinded them, and said, Taste My punishment now that you have scorned My warnings!

54:38 – and early in the morning the punishment decreed overtook them

54:39 – Taste My punishment now that you have scorned My warnings!

54:40 – We have made it easy indeed to learn lessons from the Quran. Is there anyone who would receive admonition?

54:41 – Surely warners came to the people of Pharaoh.

54:42 – They, too, rejected all Our signs. So We seized them with the seizure of One Mighty, Omnipotent.

54:43 – Are your people who deny the truth better than those? Or have you been given immunity in the Scriptures?

54:44 – Or do they say, We are a united group, and we are bound to prevail?

54:45 – The hosts shall soon be routed and they shall be put to flight.

54:46 – Indeed, the Hour of Doom is their appointed time, and the Last Hour will be the most severe, and the most bitter.

54:47 – The evildoers are indeed sunk in error and folly

54:48 – on the Day when they are dragged into the fire on their faces, it will be said to them, Now feel the touch of Hell!

54:49 – We have created everything in due measure;

54:50 – We command but once: Our will is done in the twinkling of an eye;

54:51 – We have indeed destroyed many a people like you. Is there anyone who would receive admonition?

54:52 – All their deeds are recorded in their books:

54:53 – every action, small or great, is noted down.

54:54 – The God-conscious will find themselves in gardens and rivers,

54:55 – in the seat of truth with an all-powerful sovereign.

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