Whenever we start studying a new subject, typically the first question is: Where to begin? Studying the Quran is not an exception. In-fact in this case the issue is much more complex due to several reasons.
First, the Quran contains a large number of subjects which deal with different aspects of life. Studying all the subjects or themes and relating them to each other is sometimes a challenge, even for those who are studying Quran for many years.
Second, the Quran is in classical Arabic. It is not the language of many students of the Quran. If you are one of them, you naturally begin with a handicap. You need to refer to dictionaries, lexicons and commentaries to discover the meanings of Arabic words used by the Quran. It can very easily take your focus away from studying the Quran and more towards learning Classical Arabic.
Lastly, there are many different interpretations and books available on subjects related to the Quran. It is usually a difficult decision to pick some and leave the others. These books also reflect the perspective of their authors, which is often, unfortunately, tainted by parochial and sectarian beliefs.
So where do we begin? To make the study easier, we propose a simple approach which is evolutionary and close to the natural process of human learning. In fact the Quran itself refers to this process of learning in the following verse:
But their (the believers) description in Injeel (Gospel) is like a (sown) seed which sends forth its shoot, then makes it strong, it then becomes thick, and it stands straight on its stem, delighting the sowers that He may enrageth the disbelievers with them. [48:29]
Here the example of men or women who believe is like a seed; their knowledge and faith comes out of this seed as small plant and as they grow it becomes stronger and stronger till they reach a stage where they develop confidence and steadfastness in their faith; just like a tree which is standing firm on its stem.
Therefore we suggest that the process of studying and learning from the Quran and applying it in our lives must follow a natural step-by-step approach, something like below :