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understanding-ismailism

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Having accepted that the Revelations of Allah - the Quran - as our teacher we consider
which version of the Quran to read. First of all, the concept of the existence of more than
one version of the Quran is incorrect. In the case of the Holy Bible, there are several
versions, e.g., Vulgate, Wycliff, Tyndale, the Authorized Version (King James Version),
the Revised Standard Versions and so forth. Even the Revised Version of 1952 is
rerevised in 1971. There are textual differences and contrasts between these versions.
Whereas, since the last 1400 years, the Arabic text of the Quran has not been revised or
altered. The differences that we see lie in its translations, interpretations and
commentaries. So, the question would be, which is the correct interpretation? How do we
know it is not biased or misleading? Allah, subhanhu wa ta’ala, has already solved this
problem. He says:

"He it is who hath revealed unto thee (Muhammad) the Scripture wherein are clear
revelations - they are the substance of the Book - and others (are) allegorical. But
those in whose hearts is doubt pursue, forsooth, that which is allegorical seeking (to
cause) dissension by seeking to explain it. None knoweth its explanation save Allah.
And those who are of sound instruction say: We believe therein; the whole is from
Lord; but only men of understanding really heed."
Holy Quran 3/7

This verse makes it clear that the verses of the Quran that are clear to understand,
meaning verses of explicit instructions, are the substance or nucleus of the Quran. They
are the basic messages and fundamental commands.

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