By Allama Ghulam Ahmad Parwez. The history of mankind makes tragic reading. Down through the ages we come across a series of sequences of the rise, growth, decline and fall not only of nations but even of their civilizations and cultures. No doubt, man has all along shown a remarkable constructive genius, having attained many an awe-inspiring success, now and then, despite occasional set-backs and natural catastrophes. But his constructive genius, was always undermined by some inherent weakness underlying his ideals or his way of life which ultimately brought about a disastrous end to his efforts. Nevertheless, there have been some notable exceptions in the series of sequences when the idea of the universal welfare of mankind took practical shape, but the main characteristic of the type of the society in all those civilizations, however, always remained one of frustration.
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Ghulam Ahmad Parwez , Sheraz Akhtar. In order to understand the true message and spirit of the Holy Quran, it is essential to know the language it has been revealed in. The first step is to understand the meaning of individual words. One needs to understand how words were used by the ancient Arabs by the time of Quranic revelation, and not depend on anyone's explanation or understanding as to what they mean today.
Along with proper understanding of Arabic grammar, the true meanings of Quranic words, and their use with respect to the context in which they have been revealed in, one student of Quran may get closer to the Truth. The task of creating a Quranic dictionary or encyclopedia that would explain the classical meanings of Quranic words and their use along with significance was undertaken by Allama Ghulam Ahmed Parwez in , where he compiled Lughat-ul-Quran in Urdu language.
Now this dictionary has been translated to English by Quranic Education Society in Norway, in order to appeal to a larger audience worldwide and to inspire modern Quranic students. Parwez was born in British India. The grandson of a Sufi master, Parwez possessed expert knowledge in the beliefs and practices of traditional Islam.
Through his own independent study he came to understand that the Islam of today has little to do with the Islam presented in the Quran. His numerous titles bear testimony to a man who was open-minded, a rationalist in his approach, who genuinely cared about humanity, and above all, was absolutely committed to finding the Quranic Truth.
Ghulam Ahmed Perwez
Gurdaspur, on the 9th of July, Batala, a town now in the Punjab Province of India, was at that time a very prominent seat of Islamic learning, philosophy and culture where his grand-father Hakim Maulvi Raheem Bakhsh enjoyed the status of a celebrated scholar and eminent Sufi of the Chishtia Nizamia discipline of mysticism. Allama Parwez studied the Quran and the classics of Islam under the sole guidance of his grandfather. This thorough grounding in the entire system of ideas which has traditionally passed under the name of religion in the Muslim society, formed the basis of Mr. On the emergence of Pakistan he occupied the same seat in the Central Government and took pre-mature retirement as Assistant Secretary Class I gazetted Officer in in order to devote his entire time towards his mission.
Books by Ghulam Ahmad Parwez
Nadeem F. Paracha has called Parwez's Islam: A Challenge to Religion one of the most influential books in the history of Pakistan. He migrated to Pakistan in He studied Quran and other Islamic literature. In , he received a master's degree from the Punjab University. Muhammad Iqbal introduced him to Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Later, Jinnah appointed him to edit the magazine Talu-e-Islam for the purpose of countering propaganda coming from some of the religious corners in support of Congress.