The Divine Word - Detailed Tafsir Lessons by Ustadha Umm Sahl, from the trachings of Shaykh Ali Hani - SunniPath January 13, 2009 by Faraz Rabbani Home - Sunnipath Publishing
There is no serious Muslim on the face of the earth who does not want to grasp the true significance of the Quran. Yet the resources available up to now to English-speaking Muslims have been mostly confined to ordinary translations into their own language. Virtually none of these have adequately reflected the sciences that alone form the criteria for a knowledge-based understanding of the Divine Word: hadith; Arabic grammar, diction, and rhetoric; and especially, the prolific and excellent works of Islam’s greatest exegetes, the Imams of tafsir. The often puzzling renderings in English, and verses that seem to bear no relation to what precedes or follows them, are not the result of revelation, but of a lack of the light of understanding in which all parts of the text fit together and make perfect sense. This special offering from SunniPath represents the talaqqi or ‘personal instruction’ of a contemporary master in the sciences of the Quran, Sheikh Ali Hani, from the most authoritative sources, in private sessions to Sheikh Nuh Keller also audited by his wife Umm Sahl. The latter now presents this material to the public in detail for the first time. She exposits the text of the Quran verse-by-verse, providing a living window onto the traditional method of scholarly Quranic transmission, and making plain the order and perfection of the revelation as a whole. The result is quite different from anything in English before.