The Clear Guidance is a multi-volume book project that addresses the needs of today's youth and families. The Clear Guidance is a unique commentary of the Noble Qurʾān being written in English, offering an easy-to-follow format that provides more understanding of the Word of Allah.
The Clear Guidance is a tafsīr of the Qurʾān that features a verse by verse commentary. This project is a fusion of multiple authoritative commentaries of the Noble Qurʾān into one comprehensive repository.
The project is under the guidance of Moulana Nabi R. Mir (Abidi), the lead researcher and writer is Shaykh Saleem Bhimji. Research included the volumes of prominent tafsirs and scholarly works that have been blended with their scholarly experience to articulate this wealth of knowledge and insight into a commentary that is understandable, and relevant to the youth and families of today. Built on the foundation of Tafsīr-e Nemuneh authored by Ayatullah Nasir Makarim Shirazi, and incorporates the content of multiple contemporary works, including Tafsīr Noor of Shaykh Mohsin Qara’ati, Tasneem of Ayatullah Jawadi Amuli, and others.
The Final Revelation - the Qurʾān - sent by Allah (God) for humanity, undoubtedly is a guidance for all of humankind at one level; while at the same time, it has a deeper guidance for those who have God-consciousness (taqwā).
In order to truly understand the nuances of the Qurʾān and be able to benefit from its universal guidance. a person needs to have a teacher - and as Allah as clearly tells us in the Qurʾān, that is none other than Prophet Muhammad (ṣ), and those who are firmly grounded in the knowledge of the Qurʾān, the Ahlul Bayt (ʿa): "It is He (Allah) who has sent down to you this Book (the Qurʾān), wherein are verses absolutely explicit and firm: they are the core of the Book: while there are other (verses) which are allegorical.
Those in whose hearts is a deviation, pursue what is allegorical in it seeking (to cause) dissension; and seeking to make it open to arbitrary interpretation- although none knows its interpretation except Allah and those firmly rooted in knowledge, (and they) say: 'We believe in it (in the entirety of its verses, both explicit and allegorical; all is from our Lord? Yet, none derives admonition except the people of discernment" (Qurʾān, Sūrah Al Imran (3), Verse 7)
Thus, in order to truly understand the Qurʾān the way that Allah intended, people need to latch onto and understand its contents based on both guides - the physical Qurʾān and the teachers of the Qurʾān - with an emphasis on the second of the two weighty things, the Prophet (ṣ) and his Ahlul Bayt (ʿa); and as an extension to this, the Muslim scholars who have struggled to understand the Qurʾān in the light of these teachings: This is the goal of The Clear Guidance.