In reading the Quran, we often come across many concepts with which
we are familiar in our daily lives. These concepts are the key to an understanding
of the Quran. Wisdom, patience, loyalty, unbelief and the favours
of Allah are some of these concepts, to name a few.
The majority of the aforementioned concepts are, however, used with quite
different connotations in the course of our daily lives. Should those
somewhat conversant with the Quran establish their Quranic standpoint
on the basis of these connotations, they will surely come to have a poor
grasp of its content.
Lets take wisdom as an example. Wisdom is randomly used to express
intelligence, smartness etc. Yet, none of these meanings bear any similarity
whatsoever to the word´s actual meaning in the Quran. In its real sense,
wisdom is a favour granted exclusively to believers. Contrary to the prevalent
conviction, it does not remain constant; it changes depending upon the
strength of personal faith. Wisdom is a divine guide for the soul; displaying
a righteous attitude and conduct to earn the pleasure of Allah, observing
Allahs limits, obeying the commandments of Allah, distinguishing good
from evil, conducting oneself in the best possible way, giving the best
decisions to attain the hereafter-all these become possible through wisdom.
An unbeliever, albeit an intelligent one, can never employ wisdom. He
can be very intelligent; yet, being unfaithful, he can never conceive
what wisdom really is. Intelligence is often believed to be synonymous
with wisdom. Some, on the other hand, construe wisdom as a kind of intelligence
blended with some sort of dignity and maturity. In reality, however, an
unbeliever, even a mature, experienced, intelligent and sober one, lacks
It is quite possible that someone with the aforementioned mentality may
arrive at completely erroneous interpretations of the concepts in the
Quran. At times, the dimensions of such a misinterpretation may be serious;
they may become the source of bigoted or distorted beliefs. The same thing
holds true for other concepts also.
That is why an accurate understanding of Quranic content and the meaning
of these concepts is essential. It is necessary also to know the Quran
by heart and to apply it to daily life.
In this booklet, some concepts frequently encountered in the Quran are
explained in the light of the relevant verses; we have endeavoured to
explain their hidden meanings as well as their general and special uses.
Surely, Allah knows best.