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‘The Meaning Of Text Is As Moral As Its Reader’

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‘The meaning of text is as moral as its reader’

The meaning of the text is often only as moral as its reader.If the reader is intolerant ,hateful,or oppressive,so will be the interpretation of the text.The main goal of the reader is to understand what is described in the text.This understanding is on the basis of factors such as biological,cognitive or behavioural issues. Individual readers may either accept, modify,ignore or reject text or any reading material, according to their experience , attitudes and purposes.Ultimately ,the Quran speaks through its reader.Its interpretation depends on its reader.If one take it as a Holy book then he will never ...view middle of the document...

At one point in verse 4:34 Quran has allow to beat women but on the many other occasions Quran stop us from being brutal to women.Quran guides us to give them their rights and they should be given equal right as men are given.The Quran also says that Allah has created love and compassion between husband and wife. If then husband is allowed to beat his wife, love and compassion have no meaning left between the two whatsoever.So there is always a hidden reality behind each and every verse of the Quran.They are always meant for different cases and different occasions.If women are allow to beaten then there would be reason behind it ,otherwise Islam and Quran always emphasize on agenda of equal rights for both genders.This was the reason that Quranic language never has the word like husband or wife ,it always emphasize to treat zawj(spouse) absolutely equally.If we take another example from Quran regarding the enemies we find that there were different occasions where Allah has forgiven Prophets enemies and there were occasions where Allah killed there enemies.If some one will read Quran then how will he interpret its knowledge?It can be so that one reader may get the concept of forgiving and other may get the concept of killing.So this shows that it is just to dependent on the reader that how he interpret the knowledge.So it is upto the understanding of reader that how he interpret the knowledge given in Quran , if he will take...

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