Islamic Renaissance The Real Task Ahead by Dr. Israr Ahmad
The present edition of “Islamic Renaissance” includes the original Urdu text as well as a new English translation. While the previous translation faithfully conveyed the gist of the primary text, the sophistication of its language tended to discourage many lay readers. Furthermore, Dr. Israr Ahmad was highly meticulous in his choice of words, so that rendering his key terms according to their general or approximate sense did not always capture the very specific meanings he seemed to have in mind. The present translation aims at preserving the author’s unique voice while communicating as coherently as possible what is most likely to be his intended meaning. We are convinced that “Islamic Renaissance” has lost none of its value and relevance since its first appearance in 1967. If anything, the events and trends of the last half century have vindicated the arguments presented in this treatise. We hope that the present edition will reach a wider audience, including a new generation of Muslims, and that it will facilitate a deeper insight into the modern predicament that Islam is facing, thereby encouraging appropriate efforts, insh’ Allah. Dr. Ahmed Afzaal
Dr. Israr Ahmad was born on April 26, 1932 in Hisar (a district of East Punjab, now a part of Haryana State) in British India. He graduated from King Edward Medical College (Lahore) in 1954 and received his masters in Islamic Studies from the University of Karachi in 1965. As a high school student, he briefly worked for the Muslim Students Federation; and, following the creation of Pakistan in 1947, he became actively involved with the Islami Jam'iat-e-Talaba and subsequently became a member of the Jam'at-e-Islami Pakistan. After resigning from the Jama'at in 1957 due to irreconcilable differences, Dr. Israr Ahmad continued to serve the Holy Qur'an in his personal capacity. He gave up his thriving medical practice in 1971 in order to launch a movement for the revival and renaissance of Islam. As a result of his efforts, the Markazi Anjuman Khuddam-ul-Qur'an Lahore was established in 1972 while Tanzeem-e-Islami Pakistan was founded in 1975. After a long and active career of public speaking, writing, and organizing, Dr. Israr Ahmad passed away on April 14th, 2010. This early and profound work is published in English with the original Urdu along side it.
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