Christoph Luxenberg’s “Syro-Aramaic Reading Of The Koran” – My View

This is a one-shot answer to those people who ask me questions about “Christoph Luxenberg’s” Syro-Aramaic Reading Of The Koran

PSEUDONYM

Christoph Luxenberg is the pseudonym of the author of The Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Koran:
A Contribution to the Decoding of the Language of the Qur’an (German edition 2000,
English translation 2007)[1] and several articles in anthologies about early Islam.

THE QUR’AN

We sent it down
As an Arabic recitation
That you might use reason.
12:2

And thus have we revealed it as an Arabic judgment[…]
And if thou follow their vain desires after the knowledge which has come to thee
Thou wilt have against God neither ally nor defender.
13:37

And we know that they say: A man but teaches him.
The tongue to which they incline is foreign
But this is a clear Arabic tongue.
16:103

And thus sent we it down an Arabic recitation
And expounded therein some warnings
That they might be in prudent fear
Or it relate to them a remembrance.
20:113

And it is a successive revelation of the Lord of All Mankind
Brought down by the Faithful Spirit
Upon thy heart
That thou be among the warners
In clear Arabic speech.
26:192-195

And we have presented to mankind in this Qur’an every sort of example that they might take heed
An Arabic recitation free of deviation that they might be in prudent fear.
39:27-28

A successive revelation from the Almighty, the Merciful
A decree the proofs whereof are set out and detailed
An Arabic recitation for people who know
A bearer of glad tidings and a warner
But most of them turn away so they hear not.
41:2-5

And thus we instruct thee by an Arabic recitation:
That thou warn the mother of cities and those around her
And thou warn of the Day of Gathering whereof there is no doubt.
Some will be in the garden
And some in the inferno.
42:7

We made it an Arabic recitation that you might use reason
43:3

But before it was the law of Mūsā an example and mercy.
And this is a confirming decree in the Arabic tongue
That it might warn those who do wrong
And bring glad tidings to the doers of good.
46:12

CRITICISM

Dutch archaeologist Richard Kroes[10] describes Luxenberg’s book in a review article as
“almost unreadable, certainly for the layman. One needs knowledge of eight languages (German,
English, French, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic and Syriac) and of five different alphabets
(Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Estrangelo) to comprehend the book fully.
A good working knowledge of German, Arabic and Syriac is indispensable to be able to assess the book.
[…] Luxenberg’s main problem however is that his line of reasoning doesn’t follow the simple and
strict method that he set out at the beginning of his book.”[11]

MY WORK

Pan-textual analysis
Quranic definitions

And follow thou not that whereof thou hast no knowledge
(The hearing
And the sight
And the heart
Each of these is to be accounted for)
17:36

Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDslY-zEB_o

How To Give Charity For The Greatest Benefit

Some thoughts and insights on giving charity with reference to both the Qur’an and my own experiences.

The example of those who spend their wealth for the cause of God is like the example of a grain which sprouts seven ears

In each ear a hundred grains.

And God increases manifold to whom he wills.

And God encompasses, knows.

Those who spend their wealth for the cause of God

Then follow not what they have spent with condescension or hindrance

They have their reward with their lord

And they need not fear

Nor will they regret.

Fitting speech and blindness to deficiency is better than charity followed by hindrance.

And God is free from need, forbearing.

O you who heed warning: make not your charity vain through condescension and hindrance

Like the one who spends his wealth to be seen of men and believes not in God and the Last Day.

And his example is like the example of a rock whereon is soil:

The rain fell upon it leaving it bare.

They possess nothing of what they earn.

And God guides not the people who spurn guidance while claiming virtue.

And the example of those who spend their wealth

Seeking the pleasure of God

And as a confirmation of their souls

Is like the example of a garden on high ground:

The rain fell upon it and it yielded double fruit.

And if rain fall not upon it, then dew.

And God sees what you do.

Does one among you wish that there be for him a garden of date-palms and grapes beneath which rivers flow

He having every sort of fruit therein?[…]

And old age befell him.

And he had offspring without strength.

And a cyclone wherein was fire fell upon it and it was burned up:

Thus does God make plain to you the proofs

That you might give thought.

O you who heed warning: spend of the good things you earn and of what we bring forth for you from the earth.

And resort not to the bad thereof – to spend thereof – when you would not take it for yourselves save that you should disdain it.

And know that God is free from need, praiseworthy.

(2:261-267)

Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G78sdFmPlpA