respect and reverence is shown towards the Qur’an by Muslims all over the world,
and multitudes recite its verses regularly. Yet, beyond our daily recitation of
its verses – which is a form of worship that is praiseworthy and highly rewarded
by Allah – few of us make much effort to understand the meaning of these verses
in depth. Such an understanding, however, is critical in order to comprehend
thoroughly the guidance laid out for us by Allah in this Majestic
of the verses of the Qur’an were revealed in response to a particular situation
or question that arose in the young Muslim communities of Makkah and Madinah.
The situations or questions that preceded the revelation of specific verses
addressing them are known as asbâb an-nuzool, or the reasons for
revelation. By understanding the context in which particular verses were
revealed, we can attain a deeper understanding of the meaning of these verses
and better insight into how these verses guide aspects of our daily
Strauch translated this book into English for the benefit of
English-speaking Muslims and students of the sciences of the Qur’an.