A Universal Reading of Fasting and Ramadhan
“The Quran is, as Muslims believe, a revelation from Allah sent down as guidance for humankind irrespective of space and time. Very ironically however, it does not suggest any set of religious authorities to mitigate the understanding of this revelation. Rather, in hundreds of verses, it speaks to the individual Reader who appears in the text as the singular, second person ‘you’ (‘ka’ in Arabic). It is traditionally assumed this Reader is Prophet Muhammad himself although there is nothing in the text to suggest it. When the Quran wishes to talk about Muhammad, it uses the very word ‘muhammad’!
Bearing this universal readership in mind, we can therefore assume that the Author of the Quran expects readers of a variety of cultures and traditions to read and interpret it. It should then come as no surprise when alternative readings emerge.
For me personally, the Quran must be interpreted in the most universally applicable way possible. This is because of my understanding Chapter 17 Verse 9 which tells me that the Quran guides to that which is most established. Hence the more applicable it is to me, the more correct the understanding.”