A Koran Commentary
INTRODUCTION – TOWARD AN INTELLIGIBLE KORAN
Islam is a language unto itself. If you learn nothing else from this American’s treatment of the Koran, this singular perception shift is worth the price of all the pages that follow; for, the Koran is a testament revealed in the language of Islam with the specific role of guiding those who are willing to submit to Allah’s divine discernment of the difference between truth and falsehood, between right and wrong, between good and evil, between friend and foe until the end of time.
After well over a decade in constant study of the religion known as Islam, its holy texts, bios of its key personalities, the geographic and societal impact of its imperialist expansion, the thought of its classical scholars across its wide ranging sciences, and the modern conflicts and the terror nodes that plague the faith, what I can say for certain is I have embarked on a life long journey toward rendering an intelligible Koran for those western minds that seek to achieve a lasting peace in the decades ahead.
Muhammad’s Criterion is a necessary commentary on the Koran written by a non-Muslim with an express aim: to help others make sense of the bewildering holy text that serves as the central proof of Allah’s existence, as the central theophany of the religion of Islam. The commentary represents the first book length manuscript of a man who has spent a quarter of his life in pursuit of resolutions to the problems generated by the rise of Islamic Supremacism in our current information age.
By no means is Muhammad’s Criterion intended to be an exhaustive accounting or anything nearing a comprehensive appraisal of the Koran, of the prophet Muhammad’s life or the religion of Islam. Charting new avenues toward an intelligible Koran is my only province in the creation of this directed commentary on the sacred text of what is all but destined to be the world’s largest religion by 2060. This exercise in exegesis is geared to present a balanced appraisal of a uniquely Islamic concept referred to in Arabic as “al-Furqan” and often translated into English as “the Criterion”.