Dr. Hathout attempts to demystify the Quran in an effort to make the Quran accessible to the average person.
Defining the Quran and why we need to learn it.
When and how the Quran was revealed.
Dr. Hathout breaks down the process into 3 stages: during the life of the Prophet, the life of Abu Bakr, and the life of Uthman ibn Affan.
Style of the Quran, science, prophecies, and historical facts.
Classifying the Quranic verses revealed in Mecca and Medina. What is the importance and how were they classified?
Using your mind to arrive at the creed of Islam.
Looking at science to understand verses in the Quran.
Defining tafsir. What are the requirements to be an authority on tafsir? History of tafsir, beginning with the time of the prophet.
History of tafsir: tai’un (generations that followed the death of the prophet and his companions). The start of the schools of tafsir, 3 schools of methodology.
The universal call to humanity in the Quran. Dr. Hathout outlines the relationship between God and humanity, the Prophet Muhammad, revelation, and the Day of Judgment.
The Quran’s message to the believers in Medina and the Prophet Muhammad.
The life of Jesus.
The life of Moses.
Reading the Quran beginning to end, order of revelation, or by theme.