About The Author
This honour is not the reward of personal effort but a
bountiful gift of God” the Beneficent”.
indeed, true that Allah has bestowed His special grace on Malik Abdul Hakeem
for his profound, exceptional devotion to the Holy Quran. Allah granted him an
opportunity to stay for a fairly long time in the Holy sanctuaries (Haramain
Sharifain), where he devoted himself to the study of the Quran, and reflected
whole-heartedly on the wisdom enshrined in this Book of God. During this time,
in 1978, he thought of compiling a comprehensive index of the Holy Quran. This
thought developed into firm determination, then turned into action, and, after
a resolute, steadfast work, culminated into the present shape of the “Quranic
Prism” which is in your hand.
this noble work of gigantic magnitude has been accomplished by a man hailing
from far- flung backward district of Muzaffar Garh, of the South Punjab, is a proof of the
fact that Allah may exalt with His grace) anyone He wills.
Abdul Hakeem, who is now 50, has expanded nearly seventeen years on this
research work. In this learned work, his educational background Masters in
Humanities and Graduate in Law from the University of the Punjab - has undoubtedly
proved immensely helpful. He is also a qualified Engineer, and possesses
Membership of two distinguished institutions in Pakistan - Corporate Member of
Institution of Engineers, Pakistan and Associate Member of Institution of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Pakistan.
magnificent work accomplished by Malik Abdul Hakeem is a classic example of the
fact that no obstacle can stand in the way of a person who has a lofty ideal
and is firmly determined to achieve it.
Allah accept this sublime labour of Malik Abdul Hakeem and make this book
beneficial to all its readers in understanding the Qruan.
Muslim believes that Islam is a comprehensive and complete code of life for
human race. But in spite of this strong belief, most of us do not have an
approach to the real and original fountain head of Islam-the Holy Quran.
Reading, reciting and learning the Quran by heart are not the ways of real
approach to it. By approach I mean that we should understand what the Quran
says to us, what message it conveys to us, and what demand it makes from us. We
must understand all these things. Unless we understand them, we have no right
to say that we have got approach to the Quran, or that we have grasped its
spirit. Apart from this learning approach, it is not possible to practise Islam
unless we understand the aims, ideals and the message of this Holy Book.
Quran is not like other books that are the product of human thought and effort,
it is radically different from all of them. These books are divided, for the
convenience of the readers, into a few chapters, which are further divided into
a large’ number of sub-headings. One chapter, short or long, comprises only one
topic, the central point of discussion is the same, and all arguments revolve
round it. But the Quran is not a book of this type. It is a unique book of its
kind-unique in respect of both theme and subject, and sequence of topics. I
would rather say, that, with all its Arabic language, it is entirely distinct
from all other Arabic compositions in diction, tone and style. If the Quran is
compared with contemporary Arabic literature, we will discover little
similarity between the- two with regard to tone and style.
period of Quran’s revelation extends to about 23 years. There were times when a
complete Surah was revealed, at other times a few verses or only a single verse
came down. Injuctions came down as the situation demanded. The revelations of
the Quran are like the instructions of a teacher to his pupil, or the guidance
by a father to his children. Injunctions were given according to the demand of
the occasion, one thing was commanded, another was prohibited. In such matters
there is not the logical order that consists in ordinary books. Hazrat
Muhammad, the last of Prophets (PBUH) was sent as a guide and teacher for all
humanity, for all times to come. So is the Book revealed to him a fountain-
head of instruction and guidance for all mankind, forever. Again, as God made
the Holy Prophet an embodiment of the virtues and accomplishments in knowledge
and character, of all the prophets taken together, similarly the Book revealed
to him was made an epitome and essence of all the divine knowledge, and
perfected it into a complete code of life so that the people of all times and
climes may receive guidance from it in all their worldly and religious affairs.
upheavals, may transform the world, nations may transplant each other, customs
and traditions may alter, new needs and demands may arise, but at no stage will
there be a situation in which man fails to receive guidance from this Book.
This Perspicuous Book itself has proclaimed, (we have omitted nothing from this
Book). The Bearer of the Quran has remarked about it; It is the Book of God; it
is not a sport and a pastime; it is the arbiter of all disputes among you; it
has the authority of clear law. Whosoever seeks guidance from any other source
than this book, will go astray from the right path. The mysteries, marvels and
wisdom enshrined in it are inexhaustible.
Umar has remarked about it, “Many a nation in the world will be ascendant by
practising this book, while many others will be debased for neglecting it.”
bears witness that the nations and the people who followed the teachings of the
Quran, were triumphant in every sphere, and, according to Allah’s promise, are
also entitled to the blessings of the world hereafter.
we are to consider now, is how a common man can avail himself of this Book of
guidance, the fountain-head of knowledge and wisdom; how a man who is not
well-versed in its language can understand its meaning and message. The Muslim
scholars have never failed to solve this problem. The work of explanation and
exposition of this Book that started during the days of the Holy Prophet is
the change in circumstances, and with the happening of new events and
incidents, the methods of the exegesists and annotators have always been changing But men
of knowledge and insight have not been
heedless for a single moment. They have written books with such titles as
“difficulties in the Quran” for the exposition of compact and complex verses.
Books were also written on Eloquence in the Quran. Then the points of
inter-relationship between verses were elucidated
and compiled to elucidate Quranic
vocabulary. Voluminous works were brought out illustrating the injunctions in
the verses. Narratives, similitudes and miracles of the Quran were made the
topics of discussion. With the advent of the age of science, the proof of
scientific inventions and creations was adduced from the Quran, and it was
explained how the scientific inventions were serving as substantive arguments
in favour of many claims of the Quran that were not acceptable to rationalistic
a step further, men of learning started compiling dictionaries, glossaries and
Indexes of the words and meanings of the Holy Quran. This was a work of no
small importance, for it facilitated the approach to the Quran for those who
have no command of its vocabulary. It also provided valuable material to those
who want to pick out any of the numerous issues in the Quran as the topic of
their research and learned dissertation.
similar effort has, by the grace of God, been made by Malik Abdul Hakim, who
has compiled an index of the Holy Quran, with its title as the Quranic Prism.
Quran is interspersed with the same theme at various places, and it is
difficult for a person to discover, for example, in which different parts,
Surahs and Verses, several injunctions about the prohibition of intoxicants are
Abdul Hakim has solved this difficulty. He has assembled different Quranic
verses related to one topic, bringing them all at one place under one main
head. For example, eight verses about “Interest” appear in four different
Surahs. In this Index all these verses have been brought together under the
same head. With this system of captioned arrangement of the verses, a reader is
satisfied that all the Quranic verses about a particular topic have been given
in this Index at one place under one head, and he does not bother whether there
can be any other verse in the Quran about the same topic.
creditable feature of this Index is that not only the references to all the
verses about single topics (e.q. Intoxicants, Retribution, Witness-etc.) have
been given under main headings, but the Arabic text of the respective verses
has also been carefully transcribed with full reference to Parah, Surah and
Verse. Not only this; the Urdu and English versions have also been juxtaposed.
This inclusion- of the bilingual versions along with the original Arabic text
has made this index still more useful for a researcher, a writer and a
compiler, and understanding of the Quran has become far more convenient for the
Malik tells us that for the Urdu translation he has depended mainly on the
version of Maulana Fateh Muhmmad Jallundhri, and at a few places on that
of Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi and Maulana Abul Aala Mauaudi. For English
translation he has relied entirely upon Pickthal Marmaduke.
Quranic Prism compiled and edited by Malik Abdul Hakim is indeed, a work of
very great value for those interested in the knowledge of the Quran, and it can
be asserted without fear of contradiction, that to the work that has been so
far done in this field, the Quranic Prism is a highly valuable contribution.
Allah accept his devotional labour. Amin
The Holy Quran is the foundation of Islam and the life of
the Muslims. This Great Book is the light-house of guidance for us. It
enlightens our lives in this world and shall dispel darkness In the world
Hereafter. The Holy Quran is perspicuous, and clearly discriminates, between
truth and falsehood. It is lucid, crystal clear, and presents every point in an
unambiguous manner. Allah has called the Quran “Majestic”, and has thus made
manifest for us the real meaning of Majesty The Holy Quran is a happy augury
for mankind. It is a message which, If reminded frequently, reveals new nuances
of meanings and new aspects of truth before the believers.
has called this book “Al - Kitab”, which lexically means “The Book of Law”.
This book was revealed to guide humanity, particularly the believers, till the
Day of Judgement, and will continue to be the law of life till eternity.
period of fourteen hunderd years bears witness to fact that this Holy Book thas
guided humanity in all ages. It has brought out its meaning before us day by
day with greater lucidity, more brightness’ and certainly. Its perspicuity is
the gurantee of its being an eternal guidance for humanity.
study of the Holy Quran interminably opens up a multiplicity of dimensions in
its contents. The best minds of the world have devoted their days and nights to
its study and explication. The first explicator of the Holy Quran was the
Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) himself. All the anthologies of the Prophet’s traditions
contain the principles of exegesis of the Holy Quran. The erudition and the
traditions of the venerable companions of the Holy Prophet (May Allah be
pleased with them) enlarged upon the explanation and annotaiton of the Holy
Quran, and this process is still continued by scholars. Twentieth century has
added abundantly to the explication of the Holy Quran in Urdu language.
the exegeses that came out during this period, worth mentioning are: Muaraful
Quran by Maulana Mufti Muhammad Shafi, Tafheemul Quran by Syyed Maulana ·Abdul
Aala Moudoodi, and the works of Maulana Amin Ahsan lslahi, Pir Karam Shah, Dr.
Syyed Hamid Hasan Balgrami and Hamid Naseem.
these works the collective features of Islam and the organization of an Islamic
State have been expounded with great vigour and sincerity. In addition to these
expositions, a great many Indexes and Glossaries have been published.
Among these are the Indexes by Waheed-uz-Zaman Khan, Zahid alik and Ch: Nazar
Muhammad are fairly detailed. I have also prepared a brief Index that is
annexed to Dr. Hamid Hasan Balgrami’s Faizul Quran.
this new Index of the contents of the Holy Quran compiled by Malik Abdul Hakeem
has been published under the title of Quranic Prism. He has devoted seventeen
years to its compilation. Spending of days and nights,”for such a long’ period
in the study of the Holy Quran is itself a great exercise in devotion. For this
work, he has consulted standard translations, explications and annoations of a
great many learned scholars belonging to different schools of thought, and he
has also kept in view many other such Indexes already existent. By the Grace of
Allah, while availing himself of different schools of thought, he has not
evinced any narrow-mindedness and sectarian prejudice; nor has he allowed any
juristic bigotry to influence his work. Indeed his broad-mindedness has helped
him in presenting a very broad perspective for understanding the Holy Quran.
this Index we also find a new style of organizing the contents. Mr Malik has
given in this ex, not only the comprehensively detailed references to Surah,
Para and Verses, but has also incorporated . along with the original Quranic
Text, the authentic translations in Urdu and English.
reader of the “Quranic Prism”, apart from knowing the references to themes and
subjects, 2S an opportunity of reciting the Quranic Verses and thus
earning’ abundan! blessings of the Almighty allah Moreover,
it helps him not only to develop a genuine and deep-understanding of the Holy
Quran but also affords him chances of committing the short Verses to memory by
most prominent distinction of this Quranic Prism is that it includes all the
6336 Verses of the Holy Quran (Though there-Is some difference of opinion among
the scholars and explicators regarding the total number of Quranic Verses, yet
it does not affect in any way the study and understanding of the Quran).’
fact is that, as the Prophet “PBUH” has said “ Deeds go after motives.” Mr.
Malik’s noble ideal has illumined his path for him.
Malik’s work has opened up the path for the readers of Urdu and English to seek
God’s grace and guidance with ease and convenience.
Malik has greatly benefited from his stay in’ Hermain Shareefain (the Holy
cities of Makkah Mukarrama and Madina Munawwarah) and continued this noble task
during his presence there. I believe that during one’s presence in Harmain
Shareefain, even one’s blood chemistry is transformed, every glimpse of Khana
Kaaba brings about an internal transformation in man, wherein the Almighty
Allah (the Lord of the Holy House), bestows upon man a new existence, and
metamorphoses him into a new being. The circumambulation of Khana Kaaba makes
us feel that all the chains of selfish interests and wordly desires are broken
one by one. In Madina Munawwarah, (the Holy city of Prophet) the feeling of
presene and proximity of the Holy Prophet becomes a living truth. In adopting
the Urdu translation in the “Quranic Prism” Mr. Malik has shown a very refined
aesthetic sense, circumspection and moderation. He has made use of three
standard translations, and has taken every care to avoid unnecessary details
and digressions. It cannot be disputed that the Holy Quran is untranslatable;
one can describe only the drift of its expressions, that is indispendsable for
understanding its message.
these materialistic and mercenary times, when hypocrisy and evasion from
Allah’s commandments on the excuse of expediency has become the order of the
day, Mr. Malik’s Quranic Prism will prove infinitely helpful to the common
readers to make an analysis, in its light, of their positions, actions and
Quranic Prism will not fail to impress upon us the veritable fact that our
present debased position in the world is the guerdon of our own doings.
Allah the Beneficent accept this devotional labour of Malik Abdul Hakim and
reward him with his boundless blessings.
I have never had the audacity to lay claims to islami
scholarship and qurani studies. That ideal will take several life-times for its
pursuit. In fact, as one grows older, year by year, one is over awed by genuine
humility out of the sobering realization of one’s own ever-growing limitations,
including ignorance in the light of the contemporary information overload, and
explosion of knowledge and learning.
this necessary apologia, I need to say a few words about the present admirable
labour of love by Abdul Hakeem Malik Sahib. In his preamble, he describes it to
be a devoutly inspried attempt of compiling a subject index and thermatic
reference source of the Holy Quran. He attributes its success to the prayers of
his revered mother. It is trilingual, being in the original Arabic, Urdu and
English. According to Malik Sahib, “The Arabic verses have been reproduced from
the approved and certified copy of AI-Quran”. For its Urdu translation, he has
depended primarily on Maulana Fateh Muhammad Jalandhari’s translation, and only
partly ‘oh Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi’s and Maulana Maududi’s translations of the
Holy Qruan. The English translation incorporated by him is of Marmaduke
Sahib has rendered ‘Munshur-e-Quran’ as ‘Manifesto of the Quran’ His
justification of the caption is both convincing and captivating it is three-fold,
Literaly, ‘Munshur’ is meant to be ‘Manifesto’. Scientifically, it is as
scintilatingly bright and luminous as a prism. And in appearance, the
traingular texture of the prism symbolises with the present trilingual text.
Sahib’s persistant dedication to this noble task is spread over 17 years of his
life in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The work was started in 1978. Its pristine
purpose is to provide ready guidance to the ordinary seeker of the Divine will
in Allah’s own crystal clear language. It is on about all major Themes of the
Holy Quran, ranging from the ‘Deen’ to “Dunya” spirituality to secularism, with
their real- life applications to the main aspects of existence.
Divine source of eternal enlightenment is for all humanity, non-Muslim and
Muslim alike. Being trilingual, it is bound to benefit even the non-Arabic
knowing students and devotees of Islam, especially the younger generations
lured by the spell of secular westernism. In the current critical times of
Islam- bashing, the present publication should go a long way in helping to
remove the mischievous myths and naive misunderstandings about Islam, so that
humanity can enter the 21st century more unbiasedly, open-mindedly,
large-heartedly, receptively and peacefully.
undertaking and accomplishing this soulful feat, Malik Sahib must be credited
for continuing an extremely useful tradition of Islami Qurani Studies. His
colleagues in the tradition are among others, Mr. Zahid Malik for “Subjects of
the Quran” and like wise Lt: Col:(R) Sheikh Abdul Rauf for ‘The Vision”.
one can not simply help admiring, respecting, and blessing Abdul Hakeem Malik
Saheb for this distinguished service .to Islami Studies, and thereby, ‘to
Islam. He deserves every kudo and the heartiest congratulations on the success
of his great venture. May Allah Almighty guide, protect and bless him in
future, also! Amin! Suma Amin!
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