Surah al-Baqarah is the longest chapter in the Quran. The 286 verses cover a vast range of topics: from legislative rulings, such as the laws of inheritance, divorce, gambling, wine and usury; to stories of the past prophets including Adam, Abraham, Jacob, Moses and Jesus. The surah grapples with theological issues such as the oneness of God, entry into Heaven, the process of guidance and the concept of Imamate.
By explaining the context of revelation, Understanding Surah al-Baqarah seeks to draw important lessons and explore a wide variety of subjects that are of significant relevance to contemporary Muslims.
The book discusses fascinating concepts such as male-dominated interpretations of the Quran, gender relations, the need to prefer the spirit of the law, religious pluralism, Muslim sectarianism, anthropomorphic interpretations of the Quran, and the role of free will and determinism in the way God guides his creation.
How did a cow solve a murder? What happened when Iblis refused to prostrate to Adam? Why and how did the direction of prayer change? Can people still go to heaven after abandoning Islam? How does a person lose their faith? How can tyrants be topped by great faith?
Find out the answers and much more. This book promises to be a guide for all those seeking to understand Surah al-Baqarah!